Grand Band Slam Top 4 Finalists Announced!
Aug25
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Between the Lines: Let Brandon Have His Tree House Already
Aug25

Between the Lines: Let Brandon Have His Tree House Already

I’ve never met Brandon, but I know him. He lives in my old neighborhood and just about every time I come in for a visit, I can spot Brandon out on the front lawn of his Havenhurst Road home swinging on a giant blue, high-back swing, or playing golf with his dad. He always has a big smile on his face as he waves to the passing cars. Brandon, a 15-year-old West Springfield boy with physical and mental disabilities, and his family have...

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Letters From Our Readers: Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2015
Aug25

Letters From Our Readers: Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2015

Social good or Catholic bashing? In a coincidental twist, right before coming across Editor Kristin Palpini’s article, “Catholic Church Shirks Duty to Aging Religious,” Aug. 6-12, 2015, I read that the Diocese of Springfield donated $1 million dollars to the Sisters of St. Joseph, explicitly because “the sisters lack adequate funds to care for their retired and infirmed members,” from Bishop Mitch Rozanski’s Facebook page. In...

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News of the Weird: Cecil Speaks
Aug25

News of the Weird: Cecil Speaks

The distress across the Western world in July over the big-game killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe was apparently misdirected, according to veteran “animal communicator” Karen Anderson of Elk, Washington, who told Facebook and Internet visitors (http://www.AnimalCommunicating.com) that Cecil and she had discussed his demise and that he was over it. Also, Cecil apparently speaks in formal, graceful English, as Anderson quoted him....

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Scene Here: Yoga and Beer
Aug25

Scene Here: Yoga and Beer

AMANDA DRANE PHOTO At 6:20 p.m. on a Thursday I arrive at Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton to do yoga and drink beer. Clad in yoga attire, we the attendees make our way up to the large, bustling farm building on Fort Hill Road. Brightly colored mats, yoga clothes, and water bottles in hand, the yoga crowd starkly contrasts with the muted tones of beer drinkers spilling out of the tasting room. “Where are you guys doin’ yoga?” one beer...

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The Driving Toll: Smartphone use underlies spike in US fatal car crashes
Aug25

The Driving Toll: Smartphone use underlies spike in US fatal car crashes

Fatal traffic accidents are up 14 percent from 2014 in the U.S. — and that’s only counting the first six months of 2015. According to new data released by the National Safety Council, injuries from traffic accidents are also up 30 percent over the same time span —and these numbers don’t even consider July and August, the most dangerous months of the year on the road. What may be fueling this rise in deaths and injuries on American...

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