March 20, 2014

Admitted drug user faces more charges

WESTFIELD – A West Springfield man already held pending trial for larcenies to support his heroin addiction returned to the city Friday after additional stolen items surfaced and he was charged with additional crimes. The man allegedly stole jewelry from residences where his girlfriend had been staying. In February, Det. Brian Freeman investigated a report […]

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Fighting modern fires

SOUTHWICK – As times change, so do fires. Southwick Fire Chief Richard Anderson said modern fires are much different than fires fought just a few decades ago, and the department’s approach is different, too. “One thing that affects the change is how houses are built today,” said Anderson. “Homes are tighter now, with improved windows, […]

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WG&E warns of scam

WESTFIELD – Since April, Westfield Gas and Electric has been warning customers of a telephone scam in which a caller would give a customer an ultimatum: pay their utility bills with a wire transfer or a prepaid money card or face termination of their electric services. Reports coming from the greater Westfield area have indicated […]

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Maintenance Dept. creeps forward

WESTFIELD – The City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance which will create a new centralized municipal maintenance department, but indicated there will be change, some substantial, before the vote to give final approval for the ordinance. Mayor Daniel M. Knapik submitted the proposed Department of Facilities Management to protect the $44 million […]

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Sports Top Story

Kicking it up a notch

WESTFIELD – Practice sessions got under way for all sports teams in the Greater Westfield area this week, and all over Western Massachusetts for that matter. Nearly 30 varsity teams, stretching from the town of Southwick to the hills in Huntington, laced up their shoes, donned practice jerseys, and went “camping.” There are some big […]