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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, the train will continue to stop in Springfield. The switch will shave 25 minutes off the trip. Amtrak officials estimate the change should increase daily ridership by 386 percent by 2017. But before that happens, the individual stations have to be finished. Below is an overview of what will happen to the five train stations involved in the Vermonter route change and how ridership is expected to …

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 nonprofit. The organization, founded 27 years ago, also manages 110 low-income housing units next door, …

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 Richard Hebert of Easthampton. Alexandra is a chemical engineer at Eastman Chemicals in Springfield. She …

Coakley, Healey, Warren visit Northampton; Baker wows crowds in Springfield

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Republicans and Democrats both had their chance to rally their troops on the final weekend before Tuesday’s election, when two candidates for governor made stops in the Valley. Charlie Baker, the Republican candidate for governor, and running mate …

Hot Table Panini will open at new mini-mall on Route 9 in Hadley

Friday, October 31, 2014

HADLEY — Amid the many tenants which are national chains preparing to open in a new mini-mall on Route 9 will be one that is family-owned and headquartered in Springfield. Hot Table Panini will open later this month between a Starbucks and Aspen Dental, said John DeVoie, the …

Question 3 on state ballot would repeal 2011 law for licensing up to three resort casinos in Massachusetts

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Voters Tuesday will decide whether to repeal the 2011 casino gaming law allowing the state to license up to three resort casinos and one slot parlor that supporters say will generate much-need jobs and revenue. Opponents argue that …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Salvation Army issues appeal for more donations to ‘Coats for Kids’ campaign

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Organizers of the Salvation Army’s “Coats for Kids” campaign made a pitch this week for local people to step up — saying donations to this year’s campaign so far are “very low.” Started in 1980, the program provides free coats for children who do not have one. “This …

Man’s ashes packed for fireworks display

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri funeral director is sending his father out with a bang. His father’s ashes, anyway. Greenlawn Funeral Homes will hold its first Firework Memorial program on Saturday night, when fireworks packed with James Carver’s cremated remains will be launched skyward as part of …

Two plead guilty to 2011 Springfield slaying

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Two Springfield men have pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in connection with a fatal shooting in the city three years ago. James Texidor and Manuel Lora had originally been charged with murder in the August 2011 slaying of 25-year-old Jonathan Tallaj but pleaded guilty to …

Gov. Deval Patrick scheduled to appear in Amherst on Tuesday

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to be in Amherst Tuesday afternoon to make an announcement related to investments in infrastructure and housing developments across Massachusetts. The town’s website Monday posted an invitation to the event at 2 p.m. at Kendrick Park at the northern end of …