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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 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the dinner will be held Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. Over 400 wines, craft beers, ciders …

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 follow soon after the formal groundbreaking. That includes demolition of existing buildings, upgrades to utility …

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 the 28th annual New England Interscholastic Indoor Track & Field Championships, held Friday at the …

Three children struck crossing Springfield street

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield man has pleaded not guilty to driving drunk when police say he hit three young teenagers in a crosswalk, critically injuring one of them. Pedro Gonzalez, 58, was ordered held on $10,000 bail at his arraignment Tuesday on drunken driving charges and a …

Coakley, Healey, Warren visit Northampton; Baker wows crowds in Springfield

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Republicans and Democrats both had their chance to rally their troops on the final weekend before Tuesday’s election, when two candidates for governor made stops in the Valley. Charlie Baker, the Republican candidate for governor, and running mate …

Hot Table Panini will open at new mini-mall on Route 9 in Hadley

Friday, October 31, 2014

HADLEY — Amid the many tenants which are national chains preparing to open in a new mini-mall on Route 9 will be one that is family-owned and headquartered in Springfield. Hot Table Panini will open later this month between a Starbucks and Aspen Dental, said John DeVoie, the …

Question 3 on state ballot would repeal 2011 law for licensing up to three resort casinos in Massachusetts

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Voters Tuesday will decide whether to repeal the 2011 casino gaming law allowing the state to license up to three resort casinos and one slot parlor that supporters say will generate much-need jobs and revenue. Opponents argue that …

Tales of Truth Springfield students take Florence walking tour in study of famed abolitionist

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Florence is the classroom this week for 55 students from Springfield’s Commonwealth Academy who are studying famed abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Thanks to a $9,248 “Engaging New Audiences” grant from the Northampton-based Mass Humanities, the private, college …

Dalton man sentenced to prison on child pornography charge

Saturday, October 25, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Dalton man who had violent and sadistic child pornography images and videos on his computer has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Jared Sprague was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Springfield to four years and four months behind …

Suspect in Springfield fatal shooting last November captured in Mexico

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Federal marshals say a suspect in a fatal shooting in Springfield nearly a year ago has been captured in Mexico. Daniel Spellacy, supervisor for the Springfield U.S. Marshals office, tells WSHM-TV that Julio Leiva was apprehended in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday night. Leiva, whose address …

Salvation Army issues appeal for more donations to ‘Coats for Kids’ campaign

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Organizers of the Salvation Army’s “Coats for Kids” campaign made a pitch this week for local people to step up — saying donations to this year’s campaign so far are “very low.” Started in 1980, the program provides free coats for children who do not have one. “This …

Man’s ashes packed for fireworks display

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri funeral director is sending his father out with a bang. His father’s ashes, anyway. Greenlawn Funeral Homes will hold its first Firework Memorial program on Saturday night, when fireworks packed with James Carver’s cremated remains will be launched skyward as part of …

Two plead guilty to 2011 Springfield slaying

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Two Springfield men have pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in connection with a fatal shooting in the city three years ago. James Texidor and Manuel Lora had originally been charged with murder in the August 2011 slaying of 25-year-old Jonathan Tallaj but pleaded guilty to …