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Larry Hott heads to Vietnam on Fulbright Grant

Friday, May 22, 2015

Right on the heels of the screening of his new film, “SciTech Band: Pride of Springfield,” Larry Hott will head to Vietnam for a month to lead a series of classes and workshops on documentary filmmaking, courtesy of a Fulbright grant. Hott, who runs Florentine Films/Hott Productions with his wife, Diane Garey, will lead the sessions in Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City throughout June. The Fulbright program, which …

Music as life lesson: Northampton filmmaker profiles the SciTech Band of Springfield

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

They’ve been dubbed “The Pride of Springfield” for the hope they embody, both in a struggling school and the hardscrabble city they live in. And for the students in the band at Springfield High School of Science and Technology (HSST) — as well as the band’s inspirational director, Gary Bernice — music is …

Gun found in hollowed-out Bible at suspect’s home

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Massachusetts police executing a search warrant at a drug suspect’s home say they found a gun inside a hollowed-out Bible on his nightstand. Police say an officer involved in Wednesday night’s raid in Springfield opened the Bible and found the pages had been cut out to make room for a 9mm Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun and a clip containing …

N. Adams man gets 4 years on child porn charge

Friday, February 13, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A North Adams man prosecutors say collected child pornography on his computer, loitered around college dormitories with night vision goggles, and sneakily shot video at nude beaches has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Wade Galli was also sentenced Wednesday in U.S. …

Ex-boyfriend charged with killing Springfield teen

Friday, February 13, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The former boyfriend of a 17-year-old high school girl who was stabbed to death in her Springfield home has pleaded not guilty to murder. Nickolas Lacrosse, 20, was ordered held without bail Thursday during his arraignment in District Court in Springfield. Lacrosse is accused of …

Roman Catholic Diocese of Springield launches $3 million annual appeal

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has launched its annual appeal, hoping to raise the ambitious amount of $3 million. The theme of this year’s appeal is “Serve With Love,” a quote from Pope Francis. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski said in a letter to parishes last …

Wednesday’s colleges: UMass drops fifth straight with loss at URI

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cierra Dillard had 16 points and Emily Mital added 15 but the UMass women’s basketball team fell 70-58 at Rhode Island Wednesday. Kim Pierre-Louis had nine points and 15 rebounds for the Minutewomen (8-13, 2-7 Atlantic 10). Springfield 56, Smith College 52 — Alyssa Barrett had 12 points …

Stations

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Improvements to the Connecticut River Line have allowed Amtrak to change its Vermonter route to a faster and more comfortable commuter ride from Brattleboro to Springfield. The route change diverts the train from the Amherst station and has it stopping in Greenfield, Northampton, and Holyoke instead. As always, …

Scene Here: Dinner with Friends

Saturday, January 10, 2015

It’s a cold evening on Worthington Street in Springfield, but the Resource Center has filled with warmth. In the last minutes before dinner, visitors keep busy by playing cards, writing, reading, braiding hair, and swapping stories. The Resource Center is run by Friends of the Homeless, a Springfield-based …

Engaged: Alexandra Markiewicz and Adam Hebert

Friday, January 9, 2015

Danuta Markiewicz of Manlius, New York, is announcing the engagement of her daughter, Alexandra Markiewicz to Adam Hebert, both of Belchertown. Alexandra is also the daughter of the late Michal Markiewicz. Adam is the son of Anne and …

Judge reduces bail for alleged child rapist Alphonso Cintron of Springfield to $50,000

Friday, January 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A judge Friday reduced the bail set for a Springfield man accused of raping a child at a former residential treatment program in Northampton. After a hearing, Hampshire Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup reduced the bail …

Police: Springfield man drove wrong way on I-91

Monday, December 29, 2014

LONGMEADOW (AP) — A Springfield man is facing drunken driving and other charges after allegedly driving the wrong way on Interstate 91 and causing two crashes. State police say 36-year-old Hugo Gonzalez drove his pickup truck south in the northbound lanes of the highway starting in Springfield at …

Commuter rail options next step in improved rail service along ‘Knowledge Corridor’

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Now that the decades-long dream of a high-speed train zooming along the Connecticut River is a lock, the region’s leaders expect to turn their attention to the next significant game-changer — a commuter rail system shuttling …