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Weekend Planner — Music: Springfield Symphony Orchestra kicks off new season

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is kicking off the new year Saturday with a musical tour of the fjords of Norway and the forests of Finland. Assisted by three soloists, the SSO will perform works by three Scandinavian composers: Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia,” a rousing and turbulent symphonic poem written in defiance of Russian censorship and oppression; Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in …

State Police nab Erving man in Turners Falls after 120 mph chase up I-91

Sunday, January 31, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — After a high-speed chase from Springfield to Turners Falls, police apprehended a man driving without a valid licence on Sunday morning. Authorities cornered the driver, 20-year-old Anthony Fortunato, of Erving after he dodged motor vehicle stops in Springfield, Holyoke, and Deerfield, maneuvering a yellow Mustang through light traffic on I-91 …

Northampton native Julie Costello returns as CEO of Hampshire Regional YMCA

Friday, January 22, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Julie Costello remembers scurrying down the road to the Hampshire Regional YMCA with her three siblings as a young girl, swimming in the pool and watching her brothers play basketball. Four decades or so later, she’s back — this time as its new CEO. Costello, 51, comes to Northampton from the …

State Police investigating fatal hit-and-run crash caused by drunken driver

Sunday, November 22, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — State Police arrested a 26-year-old Springfield man for drunken driving in connection with a three-car accident on Interstate 91 South in Springfield that killed a 21-year-old man early Sunday morning. James Sexton of Springfield was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, …

Following overdose outbreak, Tapestry Health schedules forums on opioid crisis in Amherst and Springfield

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In response to a dramatic spike in overdoses in western Massachusetts over the past week, Tapestry Health of Northampton is sponsoring two free community forums to educate the public about the opioid crisis. The first session …

Pioneer Valley hospitals report roughly 50 heroin overdoses in past week

Monday, November 16, 2015

SPRINGFiELD — A medical expert at Baystate Medical Center said Monday that a purer form of heroin circulating in the region is likely behind dozens of suspected heroin overdoses in recent days. Dr. Niels K. Rathlev, chairman of …

Area business briefs

Monday, November 16, 2015

Artist Lorna Ritz opens Valley View Studio PELHAM — Valley View Studio and Gallery has opened at 44 Amherst Road in Pelham. Owner Lorna Ritz is an abstract expressionist painter and professor who lives and works in Amherst. …

Several disturbances at Craig’s Place homeless shelter result in one arrest

Thursday, November 12, 2015

AMHERST — Multiple disturbances at the Craig’s Place homeless shelter required police intervention and led to the arrest of a Springfield woman Wednesday night, police said. Officers were first dispatched to the shelter, housed in the First Baptist Church, 434 North Pleasant St., at 7:23 p.m., when three …

Springfield slaying victim identified as delivery driver

Monday, November 9, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Police say the victim of a fatal weekend shooting in Springfield was delivering food for a city restaurant when he was killed. Police on Monday identified the victim of the Saturday night shooting as 40-year-old Fan Cheung Li. Li was found on a street in the …

Police investigating 2 separate shootings in Springfield

Monday, November 9, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police are searching for suspects in two separate shootings that left multiple unidentified victims wounded in western Massachusetts. Springfield Police Lt. Richard LaBelle tells The Republican (http://bit.ly/1MrjTsP ) that police believe the shootings aren’t related. The first incident occurred just after 2 a.m. Saturday in …

Friday night football: Miscue costs Northampton in 30-22 loss to West Springfield

Friday, November 6, 2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD — The Northampton football team was driving. With the ball on the West Springfield 12-yard line, the Blue Devils tried a trick play But the play backfired when the halfback option pass was mishandled. West Side recovered the fumble and returned it to the Northampton 19. …

Northampton police arrest two from Springfield for cocaine trafficking following Conz Street traffic stop

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man and woman pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court to cocaine trafficking and other charges Wednesday after police arrested them earlier in the day during a Conz Street traffic stop. Jean Marie Kendall and Jose Miguel Rivas were each ordered held on $20,000 …

Three sent to hospital after crash in Amherst early Sunday morning

Sunday, November 1, 2015

AMHERST — Three men were transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after a one-car crash early Sunday morning, according to Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson. Just before 4 a.m. on North East Street, paramedics responded to a crash in which three occupants were trapped inside. One …