HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Holyoke Public Schools

Schools districts in Massachusetts that have been educating students recently arrived from Puerto Rico will soon be getting a portion of $15 million in state funding. 

The Connecticut River at Springfield, Massachusetts, on April 3, 2017.
Ryan Caron King / WNPR

The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has qualified for a $50 million low-interest loan that could help the Connecticut River run cleaner. 

Water running from a faucet.
Skitterphoto / Creative Commons

The city of Westfield, Massachusetts, has filed a lawsuit against three companies after chemical contaminants were found in two of its wells.

A painting of Trayvon Martin by Imo Nse Imeh at Westfield State University.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

  

An art professor just spent four days publicly painting a six-foot-tall portrait of Trayvon Martin, the black teen whose murder in 2012 polarized the country and ignited a debate on racial profiling and civil rights.  

MassMutual's offices in Enfield, Connecticut, which will close as part of an expansion in Massachusetts.
Don Treeger / The Republican

A town official in Enfield, Connecticut, said he was surprised by the news its largest taxpayer will be leaving, but is confident another corporation will take its place.

The MassMutual headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company plans to nearly double its Bay State workforce over the next few years, consolidating offices around the country as part of plan that includes a newly disclosed package of state incentives worth roughly $46 million, the company announced Thursday.

A PVTA bus.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority is once again considering service cuts, to help close a projected $3.1 million budget deficit. Also on the table: a roughly 25 percent fare hike.

Kacey Bellamy, a three-time U.S. Olympian from Westfield, Mass. is part of a parade during the Eastern States Exposition.
Dave Roback / The Republican/masslive.com/photos

The winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are getting underway this week. These are the third Olympics for Westfield, Massachusetts, native Kacey Bellamy -- part of the U.S. women's hockey team. 

Springfield, Massachusetts, City Hall.
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City councilors in Springfield late Monday night called for increasing diversity in Mayor Domenic Sarno's cabinet. Sarno has pushed back strongly.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
File photo / MassLive / MassLive.com/photos

On Monday night, the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council will consider a resolution that calls for more diversity in Mayor Domenic Sarno's cabinet. 

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