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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 …

Rail ways: Trains return to a line less traveled, now ready for speedier travel

Thursday, December 18, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of four days of coverage about the planned expansion of passenger rail in the Pioneer Valley. NORTHAMPTON — The Dec. 29 return of Vermonter service to Northampton and Greenfield for the first …

Suspect in fatal Chicopee stabbing faces fall trial

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield man charged with fatally stabbing a Chicopee woman in 2011 will go to trial next fall. The Republican reports that a Hampden Superior Court judge on Wednesday scheduled 23-year-old Dennis Rosa-Roman’s murder trial for Oct. 27. Twenty-year-old Amanda Plasse was found dead in …

Store owner arrested in alleged food stamp scheme

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities say the owner of a Springfield convenience store and market has been arrested in connection with the unlawful use of Electronic Benefit Transfer cards and food stamps. Ten illegal gaming machines also were found. The Attorney General’s Office says state police arrested 55-year-old Julio …

Driver to be charged in crossing guard’s death

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police say a driver who struck and killed a West Springfield school crossing guard on Monday will be charged in the accident. West Springfield Police Sgt. Hubert Rees said Wednesday that a 61-year-old Agawam woman will be charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligence. …

Tickets now available for Amtrak trains stopping in Northampton and Greenfield beginning Dec. 29

Friday, December 12, 2014

All aboard! With train service to and from New York — as well as Essex Junction and St. Albans, Vermont — in a little over two weeks, the times and fares for those trains have been made available by Amtrak. According to a new Amtrak schedule that takes …

Belchertown girls hoop loses halftime lead, drops opener

Thursday, December 11, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD ­— With a chance to open the season on a high note, the Belchertown girls basketball team had a nine-point halftime lead slip away in a game of runs as the Orioles fell 51-38 to West …

MGM offers update on Springfield casino project

Thursday, December 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — MGM Resorts International hosted what it called a construction information session as it prepares to move forward with an $800 million casino in downtown Springfield. Company officials promised an update on design and a projected construction timeline for the casino at Thursday’s event. They have …

Hinds, UMass starters struggle in loss

Sunday, December 7, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — With Seth Berger out due to a foot injury, UMass coach Derek Kellogg hoped the chance to start might ignite struggling guard Jabarie Hinds. But the junior guard remained in a funk after the Minutemen’s 84-75 …

Girl, 7, hit by car in Springfield, dies

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield police say a 7-year-old girl has died two days after being struck by a car while crossing a street with her mother and cousin. Police spokesman Sgt. John Delaney said the girl died Wednesday at Baystate Medical Center. Her name has not been released. …

Homily praises late Bishop Joseph Maguire’s ‘ministry of presence’

Monday, December 1, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — A retired bishop of the western Massachusetts Roman Catholic diocese, criticized for his handling of clergy sex abuse, was praised at his funeral Monday for what mourners called dedicated and joyful leadership of the church. Retired …