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Thursday’s high school soccer: Northampton takes down defending girls state champion West Springfield

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Playing on the home field of the defending Division I state champions, Emma Tanner delivered for the Northampton High School girls soccer team Thursday night. The Blue Devils sophomore midfielder scored with 7.2 seconds left on an assist from Brigitte Goeler-Slough to beat host West Springfield, 2-1. Alex Bertuch-Wallace opened the scoring in the 48th minute assisted by Abby Springfield, but the Terriers countered less than two minutes later. Sydney …

Amtrak service interruptions following Vermont derailment to last at least through Wednesday

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Amtrak service in the Pioneer Valley will be impacted at least through Wednesday following a derailment in central Vermont Monday. Passengers who would be taking the train — Amtrak’s “Vermonter” — from points north of Springfield will be provided with alternate transportation via buses. Those passengers will be contacted directly to ensure they are aware of the service changes, Amtrak spokeswoman …

MGM President William Hornbuckle reiterates commitment to Springfield casino

Monday, October 5, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The head of MGM Resorts International said Monday the company remains committed to building a casino in downtown Springfield despite a recent redesign that eliminated a 25-story hotel and associated apartments. The project will still include a 250-room, six-story hotel and 30 to 35 market-rate apartments that will be built in a former school department building that has been vacant …

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center hosts entrepreneurship roundtable in Springfield

Friday, June 12, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Area business owners, chamber of commerce officials and state legislators gathered in Springfield on Friday to talk about entrepreneurship. The western regional office of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center held a legislative roundtable session titled “Entrepreneurship: The Future of the Pioneer Valley” at the Andrew …

Former Springfield City Councilor John Lysak denies charge of sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl in Goshen

Friday, June 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Springfield city councilor has denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl he knew during a 2014 camping trip in Goshen. John A. Lysak, 36, of Springfield, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Thursday to charges of indecent assault and battery on …

Northampton Housing Authority unanimously hires Cara Clifford as executive director

Monday, June 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield woman who has worked in the housing field in West Hartford, Connecticut for nearly two decades was named Monday to succeed Jon Hite as executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority.** With little discussion, the housing authority’s board of directors unanimously voted to hire …

Police investigate fatal Springfield shooting

Monday, June 8, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield police say a man riding in a car has been killed in what they call a gang-related shooting. Two officers were patrolling in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood about 1:30 p.m. Sunday when they heard multiple gunshots. They found evidence of a shooting at …

Arise with art: Valley artists donate their work for auction to benefit Springfield community group

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

It’s no secret that art — for most artists — is not a big money-making venture. Whether you’re a painter, photographer, musician, sculptor or something else, you do the work because it’s important to you. But the way …

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 …