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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

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

Making news in Valley business

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mullins Center has new marketing director AMHERST — Rachel Meyrowitz has been named director of marketing for the 10,000-seat Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts. Meyrowitz previously worked for Global Spectrum, which operates the Mullins Center, at … 0

Deputy chief is chosen to lead Springfield police

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield native and longtime member of the department was appointed Wednesday as the city’s new police commissioner. Deputy Chief John Barbieri was selected by Mayor Domenic Sarno during a process that had come under scrutiny by some civic leaders who said it wasn’t transparent enough … 0

Massachsuetts News Roundup: Springfield names new top cop, 5 charged in Boston subway brawl, restrictions on Mass. lottery winnings sought, more

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Springfield’s new police commissioner named SPRINGFIELD — Springfield’s mayor has selected a longtime member of the police department as the city’s next police commissioner. Mayor Domenic Sarno announced Wednesday that John Barbieri will take over upon the retirement of current Commissioner William Fitchet in May. The 51-year-old Barbieri … 0

Three finalists named for Norris School principal job in Southampton

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Three finalists for William E. Norris School principal are elementary school principals in Holyoke, Springfield and Ware. They are Aliza Pluta of Morgan Elementary School in Holyoke, Jackie Mendonsa of Lincoln Elementary School in Springfield and Daniel Somes of Stanley M. Koziol Elementary School in Ware. … 0