Over 60 western Massachusetts parishes have shut down since 2000, as church attendance declined. Last week, a Vatican court ruled the diocese can de-consecrate and sell two churches in the region.
More than three years after the FBI began investigating him, former Lee, Massachusetts, Police Chief Joseph Buffis is scheduled to go on trial Monday in Springfield.
An increasing number of grandparents in Massachusetts stepping in to parent for a second time around. In many cases, they take custody because their adult children are using heroin. It’s a similar family situation in other parts of New England, and many grandparents are forced to be more resourceful than usual. In doing so, they are also finding friendship in the trenches.
For now, no trains leaving Springfield are going beyond New York City. Meanwhile, some passengers who planned to travel on the Northeast corridor are grateful they avoided the ill-fated train.
Speaking for much of Patriots Nation, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey questioned the priorities of the National Football League a day after it announced a four-game suspension of quarterback Tom Brady, a hefty fine and the loss of two draft picks.
It’s nothing new that family steps in when family needs help. But more and more grandparents are raising grandchildren. At the center of this? Prescription drug and heroin addiction. This is the first of a two-part series looking at how the region’s opioid crisis is affecting generations of families.
Town meeting members have approved a new bylaw requiring residents to maintain their lawns or face fines.
One question proposed by Joseph Buffis’ lawyer seems to leave little surprise for trial. It asks, “Does the fact that this case involves allegations that Mr. Buffis stole charitable donations intended for a fund to provide toys to needy kids at Christmastime affect your ability to be a fair and impartial juror?”
After 18 months in and out of jail and rehab, Lance Rice graduates from a court-mandated treatment program. If he can stay away from drugs, his will be a rare success. But his story is not without casualties — including a friendship that started him on the road to recovery.
Senate President Stan Rosenberg’s leadership team is preparing to release its first annual state budget proposal on Tuesday.Joint legislative committees, which are controlled by the House, have scheduled eight hearings for Tuesday as those panels ramp up their activity five months into the 2015-2016 session.
It’ll be another beautiful day today…with above average temperatures for this time of year. But it’ll cost you. That’s the takeaway from a recent study […]
The survey asked 293 registered voters in Holyoke about the state’s decision to bring in what the poll called an “independent education expert” to run the schools.
Bhuwan Gautam came to the U.S. after spending 16 years in a refugee camp in Nepal. His family had fled there from the small Himalayan country of Bhutan — forced out with thousands of other Nepali Bhutanese.
Heather Neal, a licensed massage therapist currently living in Greenfield, Massachusetts, was born and raised in Ireland to British parents.
Many movies, from swashbucklers and westerns to military and gangster films, have featured firearms designed and made in Springfield, home to the country’s first armory. A new exhibit, Springfield Armory Goes To Hollywood, is on display through the end of September.