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Past articles by Darren:

Traffic peaks Tuesday for the 4th of July holiday

It’s been dubbed the “Terrible Tuesday” of traffic by AAA, the busiest day of the holiday travel week, as families across the Pioneer Valley hit the roads and the skies for the 4th of July holiday. → Read More

Hotel rooms can now be reserved at MGM Springfield

In just 50 days, MGM will be opening its doors and those already planning their trip for day one can reserve a room or suite at the hotel as of Monday morning. → Read More

Shoplifting suspect injured in confrontation with store clerk

Springfield Police tell Western Mass News that around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, the clerk of a Sunoco gas station on East Columbus Avenue confronted a shoplifter inside. → Read More

Mater Dolorosa: Purchase plans to be discussed on Monday

Discussions are expected to continue in Holyoke on Monday evening regarding the Mater Dolorosa church. The city plans to purchase the church pending city council approval. → Read More

Residents take bus to Boston for immigration rally

On Wednesday afternoon many will rally on the steps of the Statehouse, urging lawmakers to better protect undocumented immigrants in the Commonwealth. This includes a group of western Mass residen... → Read More

100 people homeless following roof collapse in Springfield

An entire apartment building in Springfield, housing 100 people, has been condemned following a water leak that led to a roof collapse. → Read More

New study to examine water quality of the Conn. River

A unique study began Tuesday on the Connecticut River in Franklin County to determine how much Massachusetts may contribute to poor water quality in Connecticut's Long Island Sound. → Read More

One last act: The Hu Ke Lau to auction off remaining equipment

The last of the furniture and equipment from the iconic Hu Ke Lau restaurant in Chicopee will be auctioned off on Wednesday morning, officially marking the end to the popular Polynesian restaurant ... → Read More

Thousands of items auctioned off from Hu Ke Lau

The last of the furniture and equipment from the iconic Hu Ke Lau restaurant in Chicopee will be auctioned off on Wednesday morning, officially marking the end to the popular Polynesian restaurant ... → Read More

Ludlow Central Bakery reopens following murder of owner

The Ludlow Central Bakery opened its doors Tuesday morning for the first time since the owner was stabbed to death by a former employee. → Read More

DCF takes custody of child from Springfield home where bodies we

State officials have taken custody of a child who lived at a Springfield home where three bodies have been found. → Read More

Hampden County Sheriff to announce plans to fight the opioid cri

A major announcement is planned for Wednesday in the ongoing efforts to fight the opioid crisis. → Read More

MGM Springfield hotel reaches another milestone

Exactly three months from today, on Friday, August 24, the new MGM Springfield casino will open its doors in the city's South End. Today, another construction milestone was reached as the big dome... → Read More

Man accused of killing Ludlow bakery owner appears in court

The man accused of stabbing the owner of a Ludlow bakery to death has appeared in court for the first time. → Read More

Springfield police to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrific

Springfield police will hold a memorial service on Wednesday as part of National Police Week. That ceremony will be held right next to the fallen officers’ memorial in front of the police station ... → Read More

Crews work to repair water main break in Springfield

Crews are working to repair a water main break on Bridge Street in the Stearns Square area, according to Springfield police. → Read More

Residents head east for Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day

A bus full of western Mass residents will be headed to Boston on Tuesday to take part in an event for Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day. When they get to the city, the plan is to turn the grand staircase at... → Read More

Not up to code, construction begins at Northampton’s City Hall

Starting on Monday, the sidewalks and parking lot behind Northampton City Hall will be closed. This, as the city tries to make improvements for all of its residents who use the building. → Read More

Two convicted of deadly Orange home invasion sentenced

The man and woman who robbed and killed an Orange couple in a home invasion will be sentenced today. → Read More

Warm weather doesn't mean warm water, so leave it to the fish

The warmer temps are finally arriving, but that doesn’t mean warmer water in lakes or ponds. Safety officials are warning residents about the dangers of taking a dip too soon in the season. And whi... → Read More