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Police give updates on Winchester home invasion

WINCHESTER, Conn. (WFSB) - On June 29 the Winchester Police Department investigated an armed home invasion. During this investigation, police identified Edwin Martinez as a second suspect. Investigators learned that Martinez was also wanted on an active Escape in the 1st Degree warrant out of Southbury. Winchester Police Patrol and...

AJ Vinatieri, Son Of Ex-Patriot Adam Vinatieri, Decommits From UMass

One step forward, two steps back. Such is life for UMass Football. The Minutemen suffered a blow to their 2022 recruiting class, as kicker/punter AJ Vinatieri announced he would be decommitting from UMass on Twitter. “I have decommitted from the University of Massachusetts, and my recruitment is now 100% open,”...

Community coming together to help victims of Holyoke fire

HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - An early morning fire tore through a Holyoke apartment building and left over 20 people without a place to stay. On Friday, we spoke with one woman from Providence Ministries, who was there on the scene as soon as the fire broke out. Now, she said efforts are underway to help the people who lost everything.
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Westfield High School Student Journalists Win Prestigious Honor

Westfield High School’s weekly student newspaper, Hi’s Eye, has received a prestigious 1st place award by the American Scholastic Press Association. The association critiques college and high school newspapers from around the United States annually and scores them on format, content, presentation, and other criteria. Founded in 1935 and continuing today as an independent, uncensored, student-run newspaper, Hi’s Eye was among a number of student newspapers at high schools across the country within a specific enrollment category to receive 1st place recognition for 2021-2022.

Restaurant chairs worth over $1,000 stolen in West Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - A deli in West Springfield is calling for the public’s help after several of their outdoor chairs worth more than $1,000 were stolen two weeks ago. Tony Calabrese is the owner of Calabrese Market and Deli in West Springfield. He tells Western Mass News several...

Oxford native preparing for return to Nathan's hot dog eating contest

OXFORD – Geoffrey Esper has an appetite for competition.The Oxford resident will be back on Coney Island for the 4th of July, looking to scarf down as many hot dogs and buns as possible during the annual Nathan's hot dog eating contest. Last year, Esper ate 51 hot dogs to tie his personal best and take home second place overall. Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, the perennial favorite to run away with first place, is expected to do the same once again on Monday."I'm looking to try to get second place because I think Joey's got that first place down pretty good....

Letter: Amherst’s Residential Taxes Are Too High

My wife and I decided to move to the Town of Amherst, Massachusetts and consequently purchased our condominium in June 2019. One of the first questions we asked the owner/builder of the condominium, both real estate agents, the closing lawyers, and the Town of Amherst Tax Assessors Office was, how much are the real estate taxes on our unit? No one was able to answer because we were part of a condominium association that had not been completely sold and the condominium association had not been set up. Furthermore, we were told that the original house was taxed approximately $11 -$12K yearly and if you divide the 6 units into that figure you should have an approximate figure.