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Anti-casino campaign launched in Springfield

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — Anti-casino activists on Wednesday set their sights on Springfield, which would be home to Massachusetts’ first licensed casino, as they attempt to win voter support for a November ballot question to repeal the state’s casino law. Organizers for “Repeal the Casino Deal” chose the city to hold their first formal meetings with volunteers since the state’s highest court cleared the way for the question to be placed on … 0

Weekend baseball/softball: Northampton advances to Sandy Koufax final

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Northampton Sandy Koufax baseball team remained undefeated with a 2-0 win over Frontier in the semifinals of the New England Youth Sports Association Division A playoffs at home on Sunday. Jordan Washburn earned the win for top-seeded Hamp (21-0), striking out six while holding Frontier to two hits and no walks over 6 innings. Tim Fay had an RBI single in the … 0

Springfield diocese holds special ‘Purple Mass’ for dementia patients

Saturday, July 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield is holding its first special Mass to offer spiritual support to people suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as their loved ones and caregivers. The so-called Purple Mass is scheduled for Saturday at St. Michal’s Cathedral. The event was organized by Joy Danita Allen, whose mother has Alzheimer’s, as well as other members of … 0

Friday’s high schools: Northampton baseball rallies twice, tops West Springfield

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Northampton baseball team had to rally twice, but earned a 9-6 win over Valley Wheel-leader West Springfield on the road Friday. After tying the game at 3-3 in the top of the fifth, the Terriers (10-3, 6-1 Valley Wheel) answered with three runs. The Blue Devils (4-8, … 0

Massachusetts court hears arguments Monday in casino case

Monday, May 5, 2014

BOSTON — Both sides in the casino gambling debate are encouraged by the questions asked by Massachusetts supreme court justices in a case centered on a proposed voter referendum repealing the state’s 2011 casino law. John Ribeiro, chair of “Repeal the Casino Deal,” said the Supreme Judicial Court … 0

Friday’s high school lacrosse recaps: Amherst boys rout West Springfield

Friday, May 2, 2014

Donovan Riley scored four goals and assisted on three others as the Amherst Regional boys lacrosse team earned a 16-2 home blowout over West Springfield Friday evening. Melvin Espinosa-Rosa and Alex LaRaja helped the Hurricanes (4-6), each scoring three goals in the win. John Noonan made six saves … 0

Hampden DA seeks recusal in double fatal case

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni has filed a motion to recuse himself from a case involving a double fatal accident in Holyoke over concerns about his friendship with a relative of one victim. Moira Murphy and Brian Callahan, both 23-year-old Holyoke residents, died in the … 0

Amherst Chamber hires former Springfield BID chief as its new executive director

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AMHERST — A Springfield resident with an extensive background in economic development and historic preservation is the new executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. Donald Courtemanche, who resigned as executive director of the Springfield Business … 0

Thursday’s colleges: UMass softball shut out as La Salle wins in walk-off fashion

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The University of Massachusetts softball team was shut out, 3-0, by La Salle in Philadelphia on Thursday. Pitcher Caroline Raymond took her own shutout into the seventh inning, but La Salle’s Alicia Aughton (2 for 4) hit a three-run walk-off homer to center field for the Explores (15-14, … 0

Area briefs

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Southampton AVIATION TALK: The Southampton Historical Society will present a talk about aviation at the Senior Center at 210 College Highway at 7 p.m. April 24. June Granville Dakin, who wrote the book “Farmers Take Flight” about two Southampton men, Romaine Lambert and Mark Granville, will lead the … 0

Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield woman charged with stabbing her boyfriend because she thought he was cheating on her has been ordered held. Latrisa Pace pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Monday to charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and intimidation of a witness. The … 0

Tuesday’s college recaps: Amherst men’s lacrosse holds off Springfield

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The 18th-ranked Amherst College men’s lacrosse team held off a late rally by No. 13 Springfield College to win 13-12 in Springfield Wednesday. Kane Haffey tallied three goals, while Dylan Park, Patrick Moroney and Aaron Mathias all chipped … 0

Foot chase in Springfield leads to apprehension of suspect in December armed robbery at Cumberland Farms in Florence

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Springfield police early Tuesday arrested a man who is wanted in connection with a December armed robbery of a Florence convenience store. Shamaad Jones, 19, of Springfield, was arrested about 1 a.m. on Quincy Street on … 0