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BRIEFS: Granby High School coach Tom Burke to replace Florence Bank CEO John Heaps Jr. as chairman of WMass Sports Commission

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday that Tom Burke will serve as chairman of the Western Massachusetts Sports Commission. Burke replaces John F. Heaps Jr., president and CEO of Florence Bank, who served a two-year term as chairman. Burke, a longtime area coach, has served has Granby High School’s golf and girls varsity basketball coach for the last nine years. The Springfield native has been or is involved in a variety of civic organizations, including the Jimmy Fund Council of Western Mass., the Spirit of Springfield, the Springfield Parking Authority, the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Springfield Youth Commission. …

Man freed from prison after 27 years sues police

Thursday, August 20, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A man freed from prison after serving 27 years of a life sentence filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against police and prosecutors, arguing that they violated his constitutional rights. Mark Schand is seeking unspecified monetary compensation from police in Hartford, Connecticut, and in Springfield, Massachusetts, and from the Hampden County District Attorney’s office in Springfield. “As a direct result of doctored …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend will be hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Massachusetts …

Vito Perrone to leave Easthampton High School for principal’s job in West Springfield

Monday, June 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton High School principal Vito Perrone will leave his position at the end of the school year to become the new principal at West Springfield High School. “It’s really an amazing opportunity for me professionally,” Perrone …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Doctor says stabbing suspect was high on PCP

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The suspect in the stabbing death of a 25-year-old Springfield woman was high on PCP at the time according to a court psychiatrist. Van Dorsey Jr.’s lawyer entered not guilty pleas to charges including murder and drug offenses at his arraignment Wednesday in connection with …

Woman charged with delivering crack from truck

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — With her four adult children watching, a Massachusetts woman has pleaded not guilty to running a crack cocaine delivery service from her pickup truck. Sixty-year-old Donna McLeod entered the plea Tuesday on the trafficking cocaine charge at her arraignment in Springfield District Court. She was …

Local Catholics pledge to continue fight for St. Mary’s Church in Northampton

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Local Catholics fighting to reopen a landmark city church they feel was wrongly closed five years ago are not prepared to give up, despite news Wednesday that the Vatican’s highest court upheld the decision to close …

Springfield offers incentives for historic home rehab

Monday, April 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A historic house in Springfield that was damaged by a tornado is being sold by the city as part of a revitalization effort. Officials tell the Republican of Springfield developers can apply for a forgivable, interest-free loan of up to $25,000 toward exterior improvements. Numerous …

Stray bullet hits university cafeteria twice in 3 weeks

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Police say a building located on the campus of a western Massachusetts college was struck by a stray bullet for the second time in about three weeks. The Republican of Springfield reports the “Hive,” American International College’s student cafeteria located in the Schwartz Campus Center, was …

To Do List: Family fun

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

FRUIT, Veggies, Fun Spring has sprung, baseball season’s first pitch has been thrown, the black flies are biting, and the farm fields are finally free of snow. The Amherst Farmers’ Market has returned, offering music, a story hour, …