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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 …

Osman Arshad of West Springfield identified as victim of fatal accident on Interstate 91

Friday, October 30, 2015

The victim in Thursday’s fatal crash on Interstate 91 northbound was identified by Massachusetts State Police as Osman Arshad, 20, of West Springfield. Police said he died at the scene of the accident at 7:18 a.m. near Exit 14 in West Springfield. “Preliminary investigation indicates that the 2015 …

MGM execs hold casino talks in Springfield

Thursday, October 29, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — MGM’s top executive says more design changes are in store for the company’s $800 million Springfield but none he would deem major. MGM Resorts International chief executive James Murren joined Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno at City Hall Thursday in an effort to mend fences. The …

Windsor Locks rejects airport casino proposal

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — A proposal to build a casino at Bradley International Airport to compete with a casino planned for nearby Springfield, Massachusetts, suffered a setback when Windsor Locks selectmen rejected the idea. Selectmen voted 2-1 Tuesday against the casino proposal, after hearing form several proponents, including …

Mayors of Northampton, Greenfield and Holyoke call for increased rail service

Monday, October 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Just as they did more than two years ago, the mayors of Northampton, Greenfield and Holyoke are calling on state officials to help establish increased rail service for commuters in the Pioneer Valley. In a joint letter to Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack, Northampton Mayor …

Tuesday’s colleges: Mount Holyoke makes lone shot count vs Springfield

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Mount Holyoke women’s soccer team had one shot, but the Lyons made it count. Ashleigh Hartsock scored midway through the first overtime as Mount Holyoke beat Springfield College, 1-0, Tuesday in Springfield. The Pride (8-4-2, 5-2-1 NEWMAC) outshot the Lyons 35-1. Zoe Marshall made 10 saves for …

Casino project shrinks

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

BOSTON — MGM confirmed plans to cut the size of its casino development in Springfield by nearly 14 percent Tuesday, a revelation that drew sharp rebuke from Springfield officials who said they were caught by surprise at the latest changes to the $800 million development. Mayor Domenic Sarno, …

Business briefs

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Blue Marble opens at Thornes Marketplace NORTHAMPTON — After eight years of business in Amherst, the Blue Marble gift shop has expanded to include an additional store on the second level of Thornes Marketplace. The new shop celebrated …

Area business briefs

Monday, October 12, 2015

Valley Wed plans event at Quonquont Farm WHATELY — Valley Wed will hold its first event from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at Quonquont Farm in Whately showcasing Pioneer Valley vendors for couples who value local wedding …

Thursday’s high school soccer: Northampton takes down defending girls state champion West Springfield

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Playing on the home field of the defending Division I state champions, Emma Tanner delivered for the Northampton High School girls soccer team Thursday night. The Blue Devils sophomore midfielder scored with 7.2 seconds left on an assist from Brigitte Goeler-Slough to beat host West Springfield, 2-1. Alex …

Amtrak service interruptions following Vermont derailment to last at least through Wednesday

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Amtrak service in the Pioneer Valley will be impacted at least through Wednesday following a derailment in central Vermont Monday. Passengers who would be taking the train — Amtrak’s “Vermonter” — from points north of Springfield will be provided with alternate transportation via buses. Those passengers …