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KEVIN GUTTING
Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee member Wendy Sinton leads a tour of the African American Heritage Trail in Florence for fifth, sixth and seventh graders from Commonwealth Academy in Springfield on Monday.

Tales of Truth Springfield students take Florence walking tour in study of famed abolitionist

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Florence is the classroom this week for 55 students from Springfield’s Commonwealth Academy who are studying famed abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Thanks to a $9,248 “Engaging New Audiences” grant from the Northampton-based Mass Humanities, the private, college preparatory school that opened in Springfield in 2012, is bringing its entire student body to Florence for a first-hand look at the …

Dalton man sentenced to prison on child pornography charge

Saturday, October 25, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Dalton man who had violent and sadistic child pornography images and videos on his computer has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Jared Sprague was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Springfield to four years and four months behind bars, followed by 10 years of probation. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Sprague also will …

Suspect in Springfield fatal shooting last November captured in Mexico

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Federal marshals say a suspect in a fatal shooting in Springfield nearly a year ago has been captured in Mexico. Daniel Spellacy, supervisor for the Springfield U.S. Marshals office, tells WSHM-TV that Julio Leiva was apprehended in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday night. Leiva, whose address was listed as Framingham, is wanted in connection with the slaying last November of 34-year-old …

Director named for UMass’ Springfield center

Thursday, July 10, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield native on Thursday was named to lead the new University of Massachusetts downtown Springfield satellite center. William Davila was named director of operations for the UMass Center at Tower Square. Davila is a 1996 graduate of UMass-Amherst who holds advanced degrees from Boston …

Two face manslaughter charges in I-91 death

Thursday, July 3, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Two Springfield men who ran onto a highway to retrieve couch cushions that fell from their pickup truck have been indicted on manslaughter charges for allegedly causing the death of a teenager who crashed after swerving to avoid them. Authorities tell The Republican that 32-year-old …

Amherst joins South Hadley in moving July 4th events to Saturday

Thursday, July 3, 2014

AMHERST — The threat of heavy rain as result of Hurricane Arthur prompted the Town of Amherst to move its July 4th celebration on the University of Massachusetts campus to Saturday. The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the fields behind McGuirk Alumni Stadium, with fireworks scheduled …

‘American Moderns’ New exhibit at Springfield Museums highlights 20th-century art during time of dramatic change

Thursday, July 3, 2014

From 1910 to 1960, the United States changed in ways that few people at the turn of the century could have imagined. Between two world wars, the Great Depression, growing urbanization and rapid advances in technology — from …

Girl in church van hurt in Springfield shooting

Sunday, June 29, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police are investigating a shooting that injured a 12-year-old passenger in a church van in Springfield. The Republican reports that police responded late Friday night to reports of numerous rounds of gunfire. At least one round shattered a window of the passing van that was …

Lococos celebrating 70th

Friday, June 27, 2014

Marion “Mae” McCarthy, of 35 Market St., Northampton, and Sgt. August “Gus” Lococo, of 84 Market St., were married at St. Mary’s Church in Northampton on July 1, 1944, while Gus was on a one-week leave from active …

Local baseball: King & Cushman hammers Longmeadow, 16-2

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Northampton King & Cushman American Legion baseball team broke through in a big way Wednesday evening. Post 28 pounded out 16 hits while batting around in both the second and sixth innings to pick up its second …

Springfield mayor: Stop sending refugees to city

Monday, June 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Mayor Domenic Sarno of Springfield is calling for an end to refugee resettlement in his city, saying Somali families are putting pressure on already strained services in Springfield, a onetime industrial center where nearly a third …

Local weekend round: Mastalerz wins another for Belchertown Legion

Sunday, June 22, 2014

For the second time in as many days, Jon Mastalerz played the role of extra-inning hero in leading the Belchertown Post 239 American Legion baseball team to victory. On Saturday afternoon, Mastalerz singled in the winning run in the top of the 10th as Belchertown defeated South Hadley …