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  1. Club Scout: Arts Block in Greenfield to kick off November in grand styleRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 27, 2014 | MassLive.com

    We are almost into November and there is definitely a chill in the air. But there's nothing like a good slate of artistic endeavors to warm both heart and soul.

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  2. Gov. Deval Patrick announces $66 million in MassWorks grants for 31 projects across the stateRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 21, 2014 | MassLive.com

    Amherst officials celebrated the news that the town had received a $1.5 million MassWorks grant Tuesday for infrastructure improvements, but it was just one of 31 projects to receive funding. Gov. Deval L. Patrick announced $66 million in funding for 31 projects in 28 communities.

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  3. Springfield's Putnam Academy sets up 'Zone' to aid scholar-athletesRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 17, 2014 | MassLive.com

    SPRINGFIELD — There are numerous examples of a star athletes being sidelined from playing in a key high school football game because of academic ineligibility. And there are probably even more cases of would-be athletes who never make the school team because their grades aren't good enough.

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  4. Just Breathe benefit set for Donald Zulch, Ludlow father of six who received lung transplantRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 20, 2014 | MassLive.com

    Donald Zulch, of Ludlow, front row center, is shown here with his wife, Marissa, left, and their six sons. A community fundraiser to help the Zulch family is planned for Oct. 24 at the Polish-American Citizens Club in Ludlow.

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  5. Boston's $4.5B 2024 Olympic plans include a temporary stadium,...Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 17, 2014 | MassLive.com

    A rough price tag has been determined and a number of possible venue locations have been identified by boosters of Boston's 2024 Summer Olympic bid. Boston 2024 organizers revealed extensive details of the plan with a group of reporters at their South Boston Waterfront headquarters on Friday, just hours after they met with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the city's delegation on Beacon Hill.

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  6. Candidate viewpoint: Why I am running for GovernorRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 16, 2014 | MassLive.com

    The future of Massachusetts is bright and we have weathered the storm of the Great Recession. We are a leader in energy efficiency, education, biotech, and innovation.

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  7. Beacon Hill politicians defend decision to exclude Massachusetts...Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 15, 2014 | MassLive.com

    The Massachusetts State House, in Boston, where there is an oversight hearing on Oct.16 on Ebola preparedness in the state. Of the 12 people scheduled to give testimony Thursday at a hearing regarding the state's capability to respond to an Ebola virus outbreak, not one is from Western Massachusetts and no members of The Massachusetts Nurses Association, which represents some 23,000 nurses from 54 of the state's 67 hospitals, have been invited.

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  8. Massachusetts Nurses Association spokesman David Schildmeier on state ...Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 15, 2014 | MassLive.com

    An entrance to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston, is illuminated by lights Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. A patient at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, in Braintree, Mass., who has visited Liberia, was brought to the medical center in Boston by ambulance Sunday.

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  9. Horror film 'Blood Reservoir,' filmed in Western Massachusetts, to debut before HalloweenRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 13, 2014 | MassLive.com

    AGAWAM -Horror movies seem to come out of the woodwork as Halloween approaches, and for those who like a film with some blood but no gore, Agawam movie producer Mark A. Del Negro has something to fit the bill: "Blood Reservoir." The "thriller/horror/mystery movie" he filmed in Western Massachusetts is "similar to the kind you'd see during on Alfred Hitchcock Presents ," he said.

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  10. Viewpoint: Eric Lesser and Debra Boronski should get back to the issuesRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 11, 2014 | MassLive.com

    Left to right, Debra Boronski, Mike Franco and Eric Lesser, candidates for the 1st Hampden and Hampshire Senate seat, meet for a debate at WGBY-Channel 57 in Springfield. It's given Massachusetts Senate candidates Eric Lesser and Debra Boronski more time to zero in on what really matters - which of them is more open to criticism in their handling of money.

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  11. Holyoke to begin campaign for $220,000 to restore City Hall stained glass windowsRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 6, 2014 | MassLive.com

    HOLYOKE -- A drive to raise $220,000 to restore stained glass windows at City Hall will be headed by two well-known former officials. Mayor Alex B. Morse is scheduled to announce Tuesday that former mayor Elaine A. Pluta and Raymond H. Feyre, a former city councilor, will be cochairmen of the effort to work on the 13 windows that line the upstairs auditorium at City Hall at High and Dwight streets, a press release said.

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  12. Governor Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to attend pro-Boston 2024 Olympic eventRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 1, 2014 | MassLive.com

    Two of the most powerful elected leaders in the state are scheduled to attend an event boosting Boston's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The event is significant because it marks the first time that Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh will be in the public eye actively promoting the bid.

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  13. Holyoke Police to be host of Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement annual conferenceRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 30, 2014 | MassLive.com

    The Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement, whose annual conference is here on Thursday , is an organization that discusses issues that affect women in law enforcement. ) HOLYOKE -- The Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement will holds its 11th annual conference here Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Senior Center, 291 Pine St. Workshop topics will include drug-endangered children, retirement planning, Hawaii's Hope Probation program , female juvenile violence, criminalization of Wi-FI and the impact on identity theft and domestic violence in police relationships, according to the organization's website.

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  14. Rusney Castillo's aggressiveness working well so far for Boston Red SoxRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 27, 2014 | MassLive.com

    Rusney Castillo entered Friday night averaging 3.31 pitches per plate appearance, making him among the three most aggressive hitters in baseball . Castillo's first home run came on the first pitch against Steven Geltz of the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.

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  15. Editorial: Springfield Armory Cultural District holds history and promise for cityRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 25, 2014 | MassLive.com

    The Springfield craftsmen working in iron and fire helped shape not only horseshoes, but also the city and, to a degree, the nation. The early blacksmiths led to the creation of the Springfield Arsenal, a military supply depot sited by General Henry Knox, and approved by General George Washington in 1777.

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  16. Winner of rare Northampton liquor license to be chosen by lottery;...Read the original story w/Photo

    Sep 23, 2014 | MassLive.com

    Commissioner William Rosen said his board would evaluate presentations and proposals from seven downtown restauranteurs vying for the license seized in May from businessman Eric Suher, eliminate any application deemed not in the public interest, and at the commission's regular October meeting, select the lucky recipient in a random drawing.

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  17. Washington state man, suspect in East Longmeadow ATM...Read the original story w/Photo

    Sep 23, 2014 | MassLive.com

    EAST LONGMEADOW --- A Washington State man, suspected of placing electronic devices on and near an ATM machine at North Main Street TD Bank branch in an attempt to steal customer information last weekend, was ordered held in lieu $50,000 cash bail during his arraignment in District Court. A Secret Service investigator told prosecutors there have been numerous complaints of similar incidents across New England and said the 33-year-old suspect could be part of a much larger operation throughout the region, CBS3 reported .

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  18. Report: Municipal services threatened by rising health care costs for ...Read the original story w/Photo

    Sep 22, 2014 | MassLive.com

    Report: Municipal services threatened by rising health care costs for retired public workers in Springfield, Holyoke, Amherst, North Adams, other communities SPRINGFIELD - Health care costs for retired Springfield municipal employees increased by $6 million over five years, in addition to the city's already formidable unfunded pension debt, a new report by the Pioneer Institute has found. The city's retiree health care costs jumped from $25 million to $31.2 million between 2008 to 2013 while property taxes increased by just $4.3 million during the same period, according to the report detailing health care liabilities for Springfield, Holyoke, Amherst, North Adams and six other low income communities.

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  19. 'Ride to Remember' launchesRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 20, 2014 | MassLive.com

    Republican reporter Patrick Johnson photographed riders this morning as they prepared to kick off the 2014 Ride to Remember. Johnson joined some 230 bicycle riders as they began their ride from downtown Springfield to Beacon Hill in Boston.

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  20. 230 cyclists from area law enforcement to hit the road from...Read the original story w/Photo

    Sep 19, 2014 | MassLive.com

    Some 230 riders will depart from Springfield beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday to ride to the Massachusetts Fallen Officers Memorial in Boston for the annual Ride to Remember. SPRINGFIELD - An estimated 230 riders, mostly from area law enforcement, will set out on bicycles from downtown Springfield to Beacon Hill in Boston on Saturday for the second annual Ride to Remember .

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