HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Chicopee High School in Chicopee, Massachusetts.
File Photo / The Republican/ Masslive.com / photos

The Chicopee, Massachusetts, public schools are recovering from a ransomware attack on their computer systems.

The TD Bank building in downtown Springfield.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

A Massachusetts state representative said the closure of the only bank in Springfield's Mason Square neighborhood is unfair to its residents.

Mayor-elect Don Humason in Westfield, Massachusetts, on election night in 2019.
Karen Brown / NEPR

With Massachusetts state Senator Don Humason soon vacating his seat to become mayor of Westfield, two state representatives may run for the job.

Inside the MGM Springfield Casino.
Don Treeger / The Republican / Masslive.com/photos

The MGM Springfield casino reported a bump in gambling revenues in October.

Outgoing Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin, at left, talks with Mayor-elect Roxann Wedegartner on election night.
Paul Franz / The Greenfield Recorder / recorder.com

Contested mayoral elections took place in a half dozen western Massachusetts cities this week. Two of the closest races were in Westfield and Greenfield.

Michael McCabe, right, concedes the mayoral election to Don Humason, left, at Humason's district office in Westfield.
Karen Brown / NEPR

The Westfield, Massachusetts, mayor’s race appears to be over.

Rep. Neal: East-West Rail Should Be 'Price' Of Boston-Area Rail Investments

Nov 7, 2019
Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal.
File photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

If Massachusetts is going to invest in fixing the Boston-area MBTA transit agency, as it appears leading lawmakers intend to, then state officials also need to invest in an east-west rail connection, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal told business leaders in Boston. 

Michael McCabe, at left, and state Senator Don Humason, at right.
McCabe: Greg Saulmon / Humason: Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Michael McCabe says he plans to ask for a recount in the Westfield, Massachusetts, mayoral election after Tuesday's unofficial results put him 97 votes behind Don Humason — out of almost 10,000 total votes.

Police cruisers in Springfield, Massachusetts.
File photo / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The Springfield, Massachusetts, police department has gone through some high-profile scandals in the last few years. But while investigators have focused on police misconduct on the job, one claim has not made the same headlines.

A polling place sign in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Updated at 1:25 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2019

Election results are in for the six western Massachusetts cities with a mayoral contest this year.

Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno, at podium, speaks at a press conference on the MGM construction site on March 29, 2017.
Henry Epp / NEPR

Updated at 8:38 p.m. 

After little in the way of campaigning, Mayor Domenic Sarno is seeking a fifth term in Tuesday's mayoral election in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Michael McCabe, at left, and state Senator Don Humason, at right.
McCabe: Greg Saulmon / Humason: Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Massachusetts State Senator Don Humason and Westfield Police Captain Michael McCabe are both hoping to replace Mayor Brian Sullivan after he announced last January he would not seek a third term. 

A basketball hoop.
Steve Johnson / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/artbystevejohnson

Greater Springfield, Massachusetts, tourism officials say a new three-on-three basketball tournament planned for next summer could attract major tourism dollars to the area.

Adolfo's Ristorante was raided by FBI agents on October 23, 2019.
Greg Saulmon / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

An FBI raid on an Italian restaurant in downtown Springfield last week has apparently shuttered the business for good. Adolfo's Ristorante was one of two establishments raided by federal agents and state police on October 23. 

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, at left, and City Councilor Melissa Mazzeo at right.
Tyer: Rosanne Frieri / Tyer for Mayor Facebook / Melissa Mazzeo for Mayor Facebook

With election day next Tuesday, the mayor's race in Pittsfield is proving to be the most expensive of a half-dozen contests across western Massachusetts.

Runner-up for Chicopee Mayor Joe Morisstte (left) and new Chicopee Mayor John Vieau (right).
Joseph Morissette: Facebook / John Vieau: City of Chicopee chicopeema.gov

The race to lead Chicopee, Massachusetts, is one of three mayoral elections in western Massachusetts with no incumbent on the ballot.

Homes in Holyoke, Massachusetts, including a for-sale sign.
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Home sale prices across Massachusetts are up this year. And two of the counties with the biggest jump were in the western part of the state.

Greenfield holds its local elections at the high school.
MELINA BOURDEAU / The Recorder / recorder.com

Voters in a half dozen communities in the four western counties of Massachusetts have some big decisions to make on November 5. Chicopee, Greenfield, North Adams, Pittsfield, Springfield and Westfield each have contested races for mayor.

Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts.
Karen Brown / NEPR

Westfield State University has gone through a fair amount of leadership drama in recent years.

Massachusetts officials and press got a look at one of the new MBTA Orange Line cars Wednesday before the first new set of cars was launched into general service.
Chris Lisinski / State House News Service

A Springfield lawmaker left a meeting with Chinese rail officials last week concerned that the headquarters of CRRC MA, where most of the high-salaried executives work, is in eastern Massachusetts and not Springfield — where the new Red Line and Orange Line MBTA cars are being assembled. 

Inside MGM Springfield.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

September was the second-worst full month for gambling revenue at the MGM Springfield casino, which saw a more than 26% drop from the same time last year.

Aluminum Overcast, the B-17 that will fly from Barnes Airport in Westfield, Massachusetts on October 12 and 13, 2019.
D. Miller / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/fun_flying/340407376

A vintage B-17 plane will carry paying passengers in Westfield, Massachusetts, this weekend. That's despite the deadly crash last week of a similar aircraft at Connecticut's Bradley International Airport.

From left seated in the same row in Hampden Superior Court: Springfield police officers Igor Basovskiy, Anthony Cicero, Daniel Billingsley, Christian Cicero and Jameson Williams.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

As we look back at news of the week, new Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood in Springfield, Massachusetts, left the door open to indicted officers returning to the job, if they are acquitted. 

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse at the Holyoke Elks Lodge in January 2012.
File photo / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Updated 4:00 p.m.

A press release over campaign fundraising Thursday touched off a volley between Mayor Alex Morse of Holyoke, Massachusetts, and Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Springfield. 

Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood takes the oath from District Court Judge John Payne during her swearing-in ceremony.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood said if officers currently facing criminal charges are acquitted, she'll try to bring them back on the job. 

A family from Bhutan greets newly resettled family members at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in November 2016.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

An official with an organization that resettles refugees in New England said a recent cut in the number allowed to enter the country is misguided.

A "refugees welcome" sign.
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As we look back at the top stories of the week, some western Massachusetts mayors aren't sure if they'll allow more refugees to resettle in their communities. 

Springfield mayoral candidate Yolanda Cancel.
Springfield Board of Elections / MassLive / masslive.com/photos

With less than a month before the election, a debate between Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno and challenger Yolanda Cancel appears unlikely.

A large banner saying "Refugees Welcome" means solidarity for all. Photo taken in November, 2015.
Rasande Tyskar / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/rasande/

Some western Massachusetts mayors say they are pondering what an executive order from President Trump will mean for refugee resettlement in their communities. 

Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, a Democrat, speaks at an apperance in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Tuesday.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Springfield said the House Ways and Means Committee is looking to interview a whistleblower who alleges "inappropriate attempts to influence" a tax audit of President Trump. 

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