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Conn. man dies in W. Springfield motorcycle crash

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Connecticut man has died in a motorcycle crash in western Massachusetts. Police said 47-year-old Michael Strom of Farmington apparently lost control of his motorcycle Tuesday night and struck a guardrail after clipping the back of the car on the Memorial Bridge rotary in West Springfield. Strom was pronounced dead at a hospital. … 0

Metro softball: Easthampton falls in championship

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

To get a shot at the Metro League Championship, the Easthampton Eliminators first had to win the conclusion of a suspended semifinal game Tuesday night. A 5-3 win over Chicopee sent them to the finals, but their season came to an end with a 6-4 loss to West Springfield. The runner-ups were paced … 0

Northampton police news

Friday, July 25, 2014

Police received a report Thursday at 2:18 a.m. that a bicycle of unknown value was taken from in front of Northampton Lodging at 129 Pleasant St. David A. Therrien Jr., 26, of Springfield, was arrested at 122 Grove St. Wednesday at 6:33 p.m. on a charge of domestic assault and battery after he allegedly punched a woman in the stomach. Kevin J. Murray, … 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

Springfield police boss unveils plan

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield’s incoming police commissioner is vowing to make the department more proactive rather than reactive when it comes to crime. John Barbieri told a crowd of more than 300 residents at his first public meeting on Monday night that to do so he needs the … 0

Kristen Culver & Christopher Cirelli

Friday, April 4, 2014

Donald and Diane Culver, of Westhampton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristen Culver of Westhampton, to Christopher Cirelli of Springfield. Christopher is the son of John and Lisa Cirelli of Springfield. Kristen is employed at MassMutual. She … 0

Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri signs five-year contract

Thursday, April 3, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield’s incoming police commissioner has signed a five-year contract that will pay him $167,000 the first year. The contract starts June 1, when John Barbieri takes over from the retiring William Fitchet. Barbieri’s initial salary is the same as Fitchet’s. The salary is subject to … 0

American Red Cross Pioneer Valley chapter Director Richard Lee to retire in August

Thursday, March 27, 2014

This August, the longtime director of the Pioneer Valley chapter of the American Red Cross will say goodbye to the best and most challenging job he says he could imagine. Richard Lee, 64, said he will step down … 2

Springfield principal Marisa Mendonsa hired to head Amherst Regional Middle School

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

AMHERST — The principal of a middle school in Springfield, who once taught in Amherst, has been hired to head the Amherst Regional Middle School. Marisa Mendonsa will be paid $110,000 annually and begins work here July 1, said Kathryn Mazur, director of human resources for the Amherst … 0

Family Finds: Film series, egg hunt, ‘The Sound of Music’ and more

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL FILMS: Project Native holds its fourth annual free environmental film festival in Great Barrington. “Revolution” plays Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center; Sunday features several films at the Triplex Cinema, starting with a … 0