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Chicopee using social media for anti-vaping campaign

CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Vaping and juuling continues to be problem, studies show, especially among young students across the country.

Community remembering, preparing to say goodbye to fallen soldier

CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- The services for Master Sgt. Luis Deleon-Figueroa are set for next Monday and Tuesday and the community is coming ...

Green Beret From Chicopee Killed in Afghanistan Is Remembered  NECN

As the body of a decorated member of U.S. Special Forces was returned to home soil from Afghanistan on Friday, the Massachusetts native was remembered by ...

Anne Mary (O'Brien) Ahern  Sentinel-Tribune

Anne Mary (O'Brien) Ahern, age 83 passed away peacefully on Friday, September 6, 2019 at her home.

Family of fallen special forces soldier speaks out

CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - The army says two special forces soldiers were killed yesterday in Afghanistan, and Western Mass News has learned that one ...

Chicopee High School student arrested after threatening vice principal

CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - A Chicopee High School student was taken into custody after police say he threatened one of the school's vice principals.

Family keeping memory of Chicopee High grad alive with new scholarship

CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- The family of a Chicopee High School graduate who recently died of an overdose is trying to turn their personal tragedy into ...

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 ...

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.

Western Mass teachers, parents gather to promote increase in education funding

Teachers from Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, Belchertown, South Hadley and Granby talked about how budget cuts have increased class sizes and cut art, ...

2019 Chicopee Colleen Madison Hartling and her court chosen at Coronation Ball

CHICOPEE -- More than 250 guests filled the Castle of Knights in Chicopee as 21 teenagers competed for the title of 2019 Chicopee Colleen. The ballroom was ...

Chicopee police looking for runaway teen

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

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.

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.

2019 Chicopee Colleen crowned

Twenty-three contestants competed to be this year's Chicopee Colleen and only one young lady was crowned Colleen Saturday night. The annual tradition is ...

Hoax Threat Caused Chicopee High School To Be Placed On Lockdown  CBS Boston

Students at a high school in western Massachusetts were placed in lockdown and dismissed while police investigated a report of a suspicious person in the ...

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, ...

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.

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.

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 ...

Athol continues to improve even in loss  The Recorder

ATHOL — The Athol boys volleyball team played indecisively for one set against Chicopee High School and it ended up costing the Red Raiders in a 3-2 loss on ...

Chicopee offering open swim on Sundays

Children 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Coalition threatens lawsuit over school funding formula

The Council for Fair School Finance is taking the first steps toward litigation to force the state to provide more money to public schools.

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 ...

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 ...

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

CHICOPEE — A total of 227 seniors from Chicopee High School officially graduated in a ceremony Thursday evening. The main speakers were the graduates.

Williams College reigns supreme in Division III sports

Williams College has a seven-year winning streak in Division III national competition for the Learfield Directors Cup, emblematic of athletic supremacy.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 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 ...

Chicopee School finance director leaving, will be replaced with 2 people

CHICOPEE - The long-term director of finance and human resources at the School Department is leaving for a new job, forcing education officials to hire two ...

Chicopee remembers fallen veterans on Memorial Day

Jeanette DeForge | Chicopee remembers its fallen vetrans on Memorial Day. CHICOPEE – The city held its 2017 Memorial Day services ...

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

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

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).

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.

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 ...

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 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.

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 ...

Chicopee ready to sell former Belcher School building

CHICOPEE - Saying the city no longer has a use for the now-empty Belcher School building, officials have agreed to begin the process to sell the building.

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 ...

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 ...

Chicopee to induct 41 into high school hall of fame

CHICOPEE – A class of 37 athletes and four contributors will be inducted into Chicopee's Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Castle of Knights.

Stephen Jendrysik: Honoring Robert 'The Binger' Kumor, a Chicopee celebrity

Fifty-one years ago ... nearly every TV set in Chicopee was tuned to WWLP-Channel 22. This was the initial season of the high-school quiz show "As Schools ...

Western Massachusetts students participate in nationwide school walkout

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

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 ...

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 ...

Ann Hennessey not seeking reelection to School Committee  GazetteNET

NORTHAMPTON — School Committee member Ann Hennessey will not be running for reelection in November.“I don't think there's one particular reason,” she ...

Kaween Fernando announces candidacy for Chicopee School Committee in Ward 8

Fernando said he has innovative ideas to cuts costs and said his business experience and education will make him a good School Committee member.

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.

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

Mayor Richard J. Kos is in favor of combining the Water Commission and Sewer Commission into a single commission.

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.

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 ...

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.

Chicopee elementary schools hire 2 new vice principals

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

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

CHICOPEE — When Chicopee Comprehensive High School won the first of its four Western Massachusetts baseball championships, its winning moment came ...

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, ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

Double enshrinees Garry St. Jean and Bill Davis headline Hall of Fame inductees for Chicopee and Chicopee Comp high schools

Two men honored as both player and coach head the Class of 2010 for Chicopee's High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Garry St. Jean played basketball in the ...

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 ...

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

derek piquette.jpg. Host Cat Deeley announces the elimination of contestant Derek Piquette of Chicopee on "So You Think You Can Dance" on Monday, August ...

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 ...

Chicopee City Councilor James Tillotson announces bid for re-election

CHICOPEE - Long-term Councilor James K. Tillotson is announcing his candidacy for re-election to an at-large seat. Tillotson, who has served on the council for ...

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 ...

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.

2016 Western Massachusetts high school graduations: Dates, times, locations

It's cap-and-gown season in Western Massachusetts. As final papers and exams are completed, graduating high school seniors are preparing to celebrate the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 Police Department adds 6 new patrolmen, 1 new sergeant

CHICOPEE — As a child, Christopher Malooly always looked up to one of his neighbors who was a police officer – now he will be the one children admire.

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Chicopee Falls Branch Library to close

Circulation at the library has dropped since the new main library on Front Street opened 10 years ago about one mile away.

Sister of Chicopee man lost on Mount Marcy in the Adirondacks finds peace 40 years later

Forty years is a long time to take to deliver thanks. But, for Pat Atkinson-Sirois, the journey to today has not been without an unwelcome companion. Grief never ...

Schools: Frontier wrestlers host, sweep own Quad  The Recorder

Frontier Regional School worked a perfect sweep of its own Frontier Quad on Saturday as it defeated East Longmeadow High School (60-6), West Springfield ...

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 ...

30 new Chicopee police officers, firefighters sworn in  The Republican -

By PAMELA H. METAXAS CHICOPEE - Fifteen new police officers and 15 new firefighters were sworn in today in an historic ceremony at ...

Local baseball legend Al Stanek remembered by family and friends

Western Massachusetts is mourning the loss of Al Stanek who was known for all things baseball from his time in the Pioneer Valley through his run with the ...

Springfield police identify dead teen found in parked vehicle as Ashley Hubbard of Chicopee

This is an update to a story originally posted at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday. SPRINGFIELD - Police on Thursday identified the 17-year-old girl found dead Wednesday ...

Chicopee's Seaboard Drilling goes to work for MGM Springfield 1 day after voters reject anti-casino ballot question  The Republican -

Campbell said MGM's pledge to hire local companies isn't "just lip *service* ."

Chicopee soldier, 1st Sgt. Kevin Dupont, honored by Army National Guard with readiness center named in his honor

KEVIN_DUPONT_2.JPG. Before deploying to Afghanistan, 1st Sgt. Kevin A. Dupont served the Massachusetts Army National Guard in its counter drug program.

People in Business: Lisa Booth joins Eastern States Exposition Staff

West Springfield - Eastern States Exposition recently welcomed Lisa Booth, of Agawam, to the staff of its sales department as sales assistant. A native of ...

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton School Committee candidates are running unopposed in six wards. The Gazette asked each candidate to supply information  GazetteNET

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton School Committee candidates are running unopposed in six wards. The Gazette asked each candidate to supply information.

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

By HOLLY ANGELO CHICOPEE - Army Sgt. 1st Class Kevin A. Dupont succumbed to his battle injuries Wednesday morning following a ...

Schools: 'Big 3' power Green Wave  The Recorder

The Big 3 of Samantha Smith, Raegan Hickey and Katie Haselton combined for 54 points, and host Greenfield High School showed no signs of a letdown after ...

Principal Mike Parent retiring after 11 years at high school  The Daily News of Newburyport

NEWBURYPORT — When Newburyport High School Principal Mike Parent reviews his background of more than four decades in education, his recollection ...

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