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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 …

Search ended for burglary suspect who jumped off Springfield bridge

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield authorities have ended their river search for one of two men who jumped out of a car and off a bridge on Tuesday while fleeing police. Police said they were sought in a West Springfield housebreaking in which two men were seen carrying away …

Tuesday’s high school tennis/track: Amherst boys, girls net sweeps to stay undefeated

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Amherst Regional boys and girls tennis teams are off to a fine start to the season. Each team improved to 3-0 on the season with shutouts Tuesday: the girls beat South Hadley, 5-0, while the boys did the same to Belchertown. Girls tennis Amherst Regional 5, South …

Thursday’s colleges: Springfield sweeps doubleheader from Smith College

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Smith College softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader against Springfield College, losing 8-5 and 4-3, Thursday in Northampton. Allison Snyder went 4 for 6 with two runs scored and two runs batted in on the day for Smith. Rowan Turner had three hits with two …

MGM breaks ground on 1st casino in state

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — With confetti and fanfare, MGM officially broke ground Tuesday on an $800 million casino in western Massachusetts that represents the largest economic development project the region has seen in generations. Hundreds attended the ceremony held on …

Family To Do List

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CREATURES GALORE Spring is here, right? Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, invites children ages 3 to 6 and their parents or guardians, siblings and friends to search for early signs of the season Saturday …

Easthampton Police issue arrest warrant for Springfield man on charges related to death of toy poodle in housebreak

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — More than six months after a toy poodle was killed during a daytime housebreak in Easthampton, police said they plan to bring charges against a Springfield man. Easthampton Police said an arrest warrant has been issued for a 37-year-old Springfield man on charges related to killing …

Thursday’s colleges: Longtime Springfield College coach Naomi Graves named to 2015 Atlantic 10 Legends Class

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Springfield College women’s basketball head coach Naomi Graves was named to the Atlantic 10 Legends Class of 2015. The Legends program was established in 2013 to recognize men’s and women’s basketball players and coaches who have impacted their …

Drink up: WGBY’s Wine Lovers Weekend

Friday, March 6, 2015

Wine Lovers WGBY, the PBS station in Springfield, is holding its 30th Wine Lovers Weekend, a wine, beer and food tasting and dinner March 13 and 14 at the Springfield Marriott. The tasting takes place Friday from 5 …

MGM plans March 24 groundbreaking on $800 million Springfield casino

Thursday, March 5, 2015

BOSTON — MGM outlined its construction schedule for an $800 million resort casino in Springfield on Thursday, starting with a March 24 groundbreaking. At a rare Springfield meeting for the state Gaming Commission, officials for the Las Vegas-based casino company said they expect basic site preparation activities will …

Friday’s high schools/preps: Amherst Regional boys win 4x800 at New England track championships

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Amherst Regional boys 4x800-meter relay is the best in New England. Kelzy Rodrigues anchored the Hurricane team of Allen Vance, Connor Evans and Rob Sailer to a first-place finish in 7 minutes, 53.85 seconds to win at …