Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Homes lay in ruin as seen from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations, Black Hawk during a flyover of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria September 23, 2017.
Kris Grogan / U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Students, families and many school staff in Holyoke, Massachusetts, are still desperate for news from relatives in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit last week.

File Photo / The Republican

On Tuesday, voters in Holyoke, Massachusetts, will narrow the field of candidates for mayor.

A scene from Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
PBS NewsHour

Hurricane Maria is creating a challenge for a Massachusetts business.

In Springfield, Massachusetts, A School Divided

Sep 22, 2017
Kaitlin Giorgio, a member of Teach for America, guards the doors at the entrance of the Springfield Honors Academy at the High School of Commerce in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Monday, September 11, 2017.
Brittany Greeson / Crossing The Divide

On an early Monday morning, a stream of sleepy teenagers wearing maroon polos and tan slacks passed under a decorative gothic arch to enter the High School of Commerce in Springfield, Massachusetts.

National Hurricane Center

Carmen Ocasio has a lot of family on Puerto Rico. She said Wednesday that she is not watching television or going on social media. She can't handle it. 

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield
Springfield Museums / via MassLive

Since it opened in June, the new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum has attracted thousands of visitors to Springfield. It features murals and statues of some of the author's most famous characters, like Horton the Elephant and the Cat in the Hat.

Democratic candidates for Massachusetts governor Setti Warren, left, Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie participate in a debate in East Longmeadow on September 16, 2017.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

In the first debate among Democratic candidates for Massachusetts governor, the three 2018 hopefuls spoke in support of western Mass. infrastructure projects, while slamming the incumbent, Republican Charlie Baker.

Jafet Robles (right), celebrates with City Councilor Adam Gomez.
File Photo / The Republican

Friends and fellow activists in the Springfield area are remembering Jafet Robles.

The 33-year-old organizer with the group Neighbor to Neighbor was found dead in Chicopee's Szot Park on Monday, and had been shot multiple times.

Springfield City Councilor Adam Gomez said Robles fought for a minimum wage hike, criminal justice reform and neighborhood issues in the city's North End. But Gomez also recalled a trip they took to Washington DC.

Rebecca Lobo speaks during the Class of 2017 press conference at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield on September 7, 2017.
Chris Marion / The Republican

Rebecca Lobo set a Massachusetts state record for points while playing for the Southwick-Tolland Regional High School girls' basketball team. The school was just 13 miles away from the Basketball Hall of Fame.

A C-5M aircraft arrives for the 439th Airlift Wing at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.
Dave Roback / MassLive

Officials at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts, are studying the impact of the base on the surrounding area.