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Chicopee parents, educators push for education funding

CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- A community meeting was held in Chicopee on Thursday to discuss the impact of inadequate funding for its schools and it's ...

2019 Chicopee Colleen crowned

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Twenty-three contestants competed to be this year's Chicopee Colleen and only one young lady was crowned Colleen Saturday ...

2019 Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade: Line of March

The 2.65-mile parade begins at the K-mart Plaza on Northampton Street and makes its way to Hampden Street via Beech, Appleton and High streets.

Former Chicopee High School teacher acquitted of child rape

SPRINGFIELD -- A former Chicopee High School teacher convicted five years ago of raping a student was acquitted Wednesday in a 2017 case accusing him of ...

8th annual "Dancing with the Teachers" event held at Chicopee High School

Trophies were awarded to the top three acts, as well as to the fan favorite and best costume.

Prom 2018 photos: Chicopee High School prom at The Log Cabin in Holyoke

The 2018 Chicopee High School prom was held on Saturday, May 19 at The Log Cabin in Holyoke.

Jury trial held for Chicopee high school teacher

Today is the jury trial for the former Chicopee high school teacher accused of raping a student.

Chicopee High School graduates 222 in 2018 commencement ceremony (photos)

The class valedictorian is Seth Dunlea and the salutatorian is Rachael Vasilchenko.

Chicopee High vice principal promoted to head the school after principal leaves for new job

CHICOPEE - Principal James Blain is leaving his position as head of Chicopee High School after 18 months in the position and will be replaced by an educator ...

Competition among Chicopee High School students serves as food drive for Lorraine's Soup Kitchen

Chicopee High School students delivered over 900 pounds of non-perishable food-items to Lorraine's Soup Kitchen and Pantry on Friday.

Chicopee Comp defeats Chicopee High 54-6 in Thanksgiving Day game

Chicopee Comprehensive High School defeated Chicopee High School 54-6 in the annual Sword Game.

Chicopee police looking for runaway teen

Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk said Mary Ricardi was last seen at Chicopee High School on Wednesday.

Chicopee HS students competing to fill Lorraine's Soup Kitchen shelves

33 years ago, Chicopee High School students made it their goal to donate groceries to help fill the shelves at Lorraine's Soup Kitchen every year.

Fundraiser held in memory of former Chicopee H.S. wrestler

A scholarship fundraiser was held in memory of a former Chicopee High School wrestler Friday night.

Missing Chicopee teen found safe

Mary Ricardi, a 16-year-old girl who had been missing for days, has been found safe in Chicopee.

Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade Line of March and Lot Lineup Map

Thousands of people will be marching in the 68th annual St. Patrick's Parade in Holyoke this Sunday. Take a look at the order of appearance.

Fifteen athletes and two teams earn election to Chicopee Hall of Fame

CHICOPEE - Fifteen athletes, two championship teams and four contributors form the Chicopee Athletic Hall of Fame's Class of 2018. The new class will be ...

Chicopee expands School Choice program, hopes to raise more money for education

CHICOPEE - With the potential to raise nearly $500,000 in additional money by taking in students from other communities, the School Committee voted to ...

Prom 2017 photos: Chicopee High School at the Springfield Sheraton

The 2017 Chicopee High School junior/senior prom was held at The Sheraton in Springfield on Saturday, May 20. You can see photos from the prom, which ...

Former Chicopee High School teacher, serving prison sentence, faces new child rape charges

SPRINGFIELD -- A former Chicopee High School teacher convicted five years ago of raping a student faces new charges that he raped a young child.

City Council approves nearly $531K for new turf field at Chicopee High School

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - The Chicopee City Council has approved an order from Mayor Richard Kos for $530,888 to replace the turf field at Chicopee High ...

Chicopee schools begin effort to cut $4 million from budget

The School Committee is facing a budget crisis for the third year in a row and is expecting to have to cut between $4 and $4.5 million to balance the budget.

After not renewing DPW superintendent's contract, Chicopee mayor starts search for new department head

Chicopee DPW Superintendent Jeffrey Neece briefs reporters following a gas leak in 2015. Neece's five-year contract ended June 30 and was not renewed by ...

Chicopee to dedicate new War on Terror monument in memory of 6 men killed in action

CHICOPEE - A cross made with red and white carnations has been used for years on Memorial Day to remember the six men who were killed in the War on ...

Chicopee teachers reject one-year contract offer with one-time .08 percent bonus

CHICOPEE - Teachers rejected a one-year contract offer that would have reduced their out-of-classroom duties and awarded each a one-time bonus that would ...

Hoophall Classic returns Thursday to Springfield College

The 2019 Spalding Hoophall Classic will get underway Thursday at Springfield College, the birthplace of basketball. The nation's top-ranked high school teams ...

Martin retiring as city's AD, but will keep Hall of Fame role until 2019

With athletic director Mike Martin as the driving force, an athletic Hall of Fame for Springfield's public schools was set in motion in the summer of 2006. By the fall ...

Construction begins to renovate the old Chicopee High School

Chicopee Academy and school offices at the former Chicopee High School have mostly moved out of the building.

Chicopee athletic director hired as principal, replacing Chicopee High head promoted to assistant superintendent

James Blain has been respected as the athletic director and previously worked as assistant principal at Roger L. Putnam Vocational-Technical High School in ...

Chicopee High School announces second quarter honor roll

CHICOPEE – Chicopee High School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the school year. The following is the list of honor students: Grade 12, ...

Wood hits century mark  The Recorder

How do you put a nice little bow on a day in which you earn your 100th career varsity wrestling victory? You go out and win the tournament you're competing in.

Chicopee City Council rescinds plan for 20 mph speed limit on Front Street, looking to alternatives

CHICOPEE - The City Council will continue to search for ways to slow down drivers on Front Street after the city engineer recommended against creating an ...

Ex-Chicopee teacher charged with rape again

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A former Chicopee High School teacher who is already in prison in a child rape case is now facing new charges.

Chicopee's Vyce heading for 'trifecta' at Hall of Fame induction

CHICOPEE- It will be "trifecta" time for Alec Vyce when the Chicopee Athletic Hall of Fame inducts its Class of 2017 Sunday afternoon at the Castle of Knights, ...

Questions linger about Jeffrey Neece's ouster after 5 years as Chicopee DPW superintendent

In a 2007 photo, Jeffrey A. Neece, then director of the Southwick Department of Public Works, stands with plow blades the town was selling. (The Republican file).

200 people are at Chicopee High School to benefit kids going through cancer

Kids are going the extra mile this Saturday morning by running for a cause, and it's to benefit someone maybe you know.

Chicopee offering open swim on Sundays

CHICOPEE - The Parks and Recreation Department will hold open swim at Chicopee High School Pool on Sundays from Jan. 7 through March 25. The pool will ...

Remembering Al Stanek, ace pitcher, great family man and caring tutor

Al Stanek during a visit to Wrigley Field in Chicago in 1963.(The Republican file photo) On an early spring evening in 2004, my wife and I arrived at Holyoke's ...

Western Mass. Baseball Hall of Fame honors Chicopee High School's golden era

chicstars.JPG. Members of the Chicopee High baseball team from the early 1960s gathered in 2011. From left they aret Alex Vyce, Bill Davis, Dan Dulchinos, ...

Roof fire at the old Chicopee High School

There was a roof fire during renovations Saturday morning at the former Chicopee High School on Front Street.

Western Massachusetts students participate in nationwide school walkout

Here's a look at school walkouts that happened right here in western Massachusetts.

Chicopee teachers begin 'work-to-rule' to protest lack of contract

CHICOPEE - Starting Monday teachers will walk into school exactly 15 minutes before the bell rings and will leave exactly 10 minutes after school ends.

Students, parents lobby Chicopee School Committee to save REACH program

CHICOPEE - Elementary children hoping to enter the problem-solving course for gifted students next year, their parents and former student are protesting the ...

Mayor Kos among inductees in Chicopee Public Schools Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Richard Kos. Mayor Richard Kos played football and hockey for Chicopee High School, graduating in 1971. Mayor Richard Kos will be part of the Chicopee ...

Wave looks to keep rolling  The Recorder

It's year No. 2 of the new-look Greenfield High School hockey program and if year one was any indication, there is reason to be excited inside Collins-Moylan ...

Day 1: Local teachers undergoing Marine boot camp experience

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - It's Day 1 of training for western Massachusetts teachers and school administrators who made the trip down to Marine Recruit Depot ...

Chicopee to hold open swim on Sundays

The open swim is limited to city residents and costs $3 a person.

Nancy J. Underwood  Hartford Courant

1943 -2019Chicopeen Nancy J. (Galica) Underwood, 75, of Chicopee, died peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Mary's ...

Chicopee High School student had sex with teacher Donald Cushing 3 or 4 times in closet, court documents reveal

The relationship between the 59-year-old special education math teacher and the girl began when they exchanged cell phone numbers and rapidly intensified ...

What will Chicopee school administrators earn this year after raises?

The 2 percent raises are consistent with the salary increases teachers and other union employees received this year.

Photos: Chicopee High School Class of 2014 graduation; 227 diplomas awarded

Raven Fournier is the class valedictorian and Michelle Karparis is the salutatorian.

Chicopee schools begin class Tuesday: Bus schedule released  The Republican -

Kindergarten and early childhood students will start class one week later.

New Chicopee Middle School officially dedicated to 1st Sgt. Kevin Dupont, Army National Guardsman killed in Afghanistan

The city of Chicopee, Massachusetts officially dedicated the former Chicopee High School as the 1st Sgt. Kevin Dupont Memorial Middle School Saturday ...

22News travels to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island with local teachers

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. (WWLP) - Dozens of school teachers and administrators from western Massachusetts are taking part in an educator's workshop at the ...

High school athlete threatened with arrest after on-field scuffle, witnesses say

A chippy high school soccer game in Chicopee early last month ended in five city police officers and a barking German shepherd police dog on the field ...

Thursday's high schools: Northampton boys basketball beats Chicopee in physical game  GazetteNET

Henry Doherty scored at the rim on multiple occasions in a 66-52 win for the Northampton High boys basketball team over Chicopee on the road Thursday night.

Chicopee Schools: Szetela preschool won't move as planned

There are not enough rooms or parking for both schools to share a building.

2018 Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade Line of March

LINE OF MARCH: The 67th annual Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade is set for Sunday, March 18.

Chicopee's Dupont Middle School to open Monday with new look, state-of-the-art technology

The former Chicopee High School received a $39 million facelift to be converted into a middle school.

Early 1960s golden era for Chicopee High School baseball

In the spring of 1961, Chicopee High School hosted the now-defunct Springfield Tech in a junior varsity baseball game. When it was over, Chicopee had an ...

Chicopee to open new pool this week but Rivers pool closed for repairs

CHICOPEE - Reconstruction of the Ray Ash Pool is nearly complete and people will be able to swim in it for the first time this weekend. The pool was closed in ...

29 advanced placement teachers from across Massachusetts to be honored

The teachers will be honored on April 12 at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton.

Anniversary: Ann and Terry St. Marie celebrate 50th  GazetteNET

Ann and Terry St. Marie, of Easthampton, and Vero Beach, Florida are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 17.Ann Catherine Sheridan and Terry ...

Busy Saturday for local teams  The Recorder

It's a busy day on the local high school front, as Mother Nature postponed a pair of hoop games Friday night, leaving three games involving Recorder-area ...

Chicopee Athletic Hall of Fame unveils Class of 2012

CHICOPEE – For the first time since its inception in 2009, the Chicopee Athletic Hall of Fame will enshrine teams with its Class of 2012. The ceremonies will take ...

Late Chicopee resident donates $80000 to library, senior center

The late Frances Wilkins created a trust fund to benefit the city where she spent much of her life.

Derek Dobosz announces candidacy for Chicopee City Council in Ward 6

Dobosz, a correctional officer for the Hampden County Sheriff's Department, has been a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for nearly three years.

Chicopee School Committee renames Fairview Middle School

fairv.JPG. Drama Club students practice a play from the stage of Fairview Veterans Memorial Middle. The school will be renamed the Fairview Veterans ...

Chicopee ready to sell former Belcher School building

The 110-year-old elementary school was vacated in October when the city bought a former Catholic school and renovated it.

Chicopee reduces speeds on side streets to 25 mph

CHICOPEE - The City Council passed an ordinance reducing the speed limit on all side streets to 25 miles an hour in the hopes of getting drivers to slow down.

WMass soccer: Mahar girls, Pioneer boys pace local seeds  The Recorder

For the second time in as many years, drama surrounded the releasing of the Western Massachusetts Soccer Tournament brackets on Wednesday. At least two ...

Chicopee school superintendent, principals, directors receive raises

The School Committee granted the city's 15 principals and other directors and non-union employees a 1 percent raise.

Robert Kumor, 67; former Chicopee mayor and presiding justice at Springfield District Court  Boston Globe

At 33, Robert F. Kumor Jr. was elected Chicopee's mayor and later served as the presiding justice at Springfield District Court. And for those with whom he ...

Merle "Skip" Pimentel obituary  The Local

Funeral Dec. 2: Rev. Merle R. "Skip" Pimentel, 86, former pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Ipswich and loving husband of Barbara A. (Newton) Pimentel, ...

Chicopee announces hours for pools, spray parks

rivers pool 2.JPG. Swimmers enjoy the Leandre Gagne Pool at Rivers Park in Chicopee. (Dave Roback/ Republican file). CHICOPEE. - The Parks and ...

Chicopee elementary schools hire 2 new vice principals

Two new elementary vice principals have been hired, but school officials are now searching for four more vice principals to fill vacant middle school and high ...

Seen@ Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards Banquet at the Log Cabin in Holyoke

HOLYOKE - The Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards honored 42 teachers from western Hampden County at a banquet at Log Cabin on Wednesday ...

Chicopee officials cut ribbon on Ray Ash Pool; will open Saturday

CHICOPEE - The new pool at Ray Ash Park is something anyone can use, even the very young or the disabled. There are swim lanes for the serious athlete, ...

Owner of popular Chicopee breakfast restaurant to open ice cream shop in former funeral home

The Petros Ice cream shop will offer "a taste to die for" with 24 flavors of Gifford's hard ice cream and soft serve cones.

Schools: Chicopee icemen unload on Green Wave, 10-3  The Recorder

Ryan McDonough scored four times on Saturday to lead Chicopee High School to a 10-3 win over Greenfield High School in a Fay-Wright Division hockey game ...

Jaywalking: Students, athletes, colleagues adored Bill Budness  The Recorder

You have to wonder if Bill Budness knew exactly how many lives he touched during his 30 years teaching and coaching at Greenfield High School.Over the past ...

Moe's Southwest Grill a new dining option in Chicopee

Sy Becker - CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Moe's Southwest Grill is one of the newest options for diners in Chicopee to choose from when going out to grab a bite ...

18th Annual Spalding Hoophall Classic presented by Eastbay Draws Elite Talent to the Birthplace of Basketball  PR Newswire

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Oct. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the field of teams and game schedule ...

Sabina Gadecki of Chicopee talks about 'Entourage,' acting

The Wednesday release of the big screen "Entourage" has been anticipated by fans of the HBO television series upon which it is based and also by the family ...

Chicopee polling places announced: Ward 4A and 4B moved  The Republican -

Ward 4 residents typically vote at the former Chicopee High School but that building is under construction.

Dan Dulchinos, legendary Chicopee Comp baseball coach, winds down 50-year run

Even more than 600 victories do not measure the impact of the coach-teacher.

29 contestants vie for 2014 Chicopee colleen

Twenty-nine young women are competing in the 2014. Chicopee colleen. contest. This year's coronation ball will be held Feb. 22 at the Castle of Knights on ...

Former Chicopee Comp basketball coach Alex Vyce honored with Harold 'Kid' Gore Award

SPRINGFIELD – In his 35 seasons of serving as varsity high school basketball coach at Chicopee Comprehensive, Alex Vyce's most memorable moment may ...

Actress-model Sabina Gadecki of Chicopee reflects on success, family

Ford Model and actress Sabina H. Gadecki wanted to perform for as long as she can remember. The Chicopee native began dance lessons before she was 3 ...

Fred Pelczar, HealthSouth team up for stroke awareness  The Republican -

Under doctor's orders, I can now walk up to a mile a day,” said Pelczar.

Stephen Jendrysik: Chicopee among first to lose a son in WWII

In 1962, a memorial was erected over the sunken battleship. The USS Arizona serves as the final resting place for Joseph Gosselin and 1176 of his shipmates ...

Cheerleaders start competition season  The Cub

LHS cheerleaders competed in their first official competition on February 10 at Chicopee High School and placed fourth, and on February 11 at Holyoke High ...

Former Greenfield HS football coach was a role model to many students

How a former NFL player and Greenfield High School gym teacher died this week is being remembered by his old school.

Mitch Korn, 'the goalie whisperer,' savors Stanley Cup with Caps

Washington Capitals celebrants lifting the Stanley Cup Thursday night included Mitch Korn, renowned in the NHL as "the goalie whisperer." Long before his ...

Petros Ice Cream celebrates Chicopee opening  Reminder Publications

CHICOPEE – Petros Ice Cream hosted an official ribbon cutting on Tuesday. Owner Petros Mirisis, joined by Mayor Richard Kos and City Councilor John Vieau, ...

Love of basketball motivated Frank "Moose" Stronczek's success at Chicopee and AIC  The Republican -

Frank "Moose" Stronczek achieved basketball success at Chicopee and AIC, but now there's another challenge.

Western Massachusetts high school graduation dates set

commerce graduation 2014.JPG. The High School of Commerce for Advanced Studies Class of 2014 gathers for commencement at Springfield Symphony Hall ...

Army Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Dupont, who grew up in Chicopee, dies from injuries following explosion in Afghanistan  The Republican -

The Chicopee High School graduate was burned over 65 percent of his body.

Derek Piquette of Chicopee reflects on life after 'So You Think You Can Dance'

The 18-year-old will take part in a national dance tour.

Schools: Wave boys track down victory over Pioneer  The Recorder

It was a field versus track battle in Greenfield Friday.Thanks to a stellar performance in the running events, Greenfield High School held serve on its home terrain ...

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