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Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 12:11 am

District 186 pushes for academic excellence

 Anyone who doubts the intellectual powers of public high school students need only watch Ruby Latif teach advanced placement literature to seniors at Southeast High School.The year’s reading l...
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 12:13 am

HISO Music is one man’s dream of helping others’ dreams comes true

 In a long brick building within a rented suite on Yale Boulevard in Springfield’s Harvard Park neighborhood, a quiet, yet profound revolution is underway. Here is the headquarters of HISO (pro...
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 12:12 am

Three fresh voices aim to shake up Springfield’s literary scene

 Poetry is at once the most marginalized and the most accessible of art forms. Pretty much anyone with both a thought and the desire to express it can jot down a few words and head to the local c...
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 12:11 am

Faded gem needs direction

Downtown Springfield lacks many things.A hardware store. A movie theater. A college. A dry cleaning shop. Modern parking meters.What it does have are things that no city wants in its urban heart. Vaca...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:09 am

Chuck’s top 10 of 2016

 There were two dominating factors in American film this year – Disney Studios and animated features – and it should come as no surprise that the success of one went hand-in-hand with the oth...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:08 am
 Movies are about moments – big moments that erase our cynicism about cinema and remind us of its capacity to dazzle as well as touch us. This happens in a way only possible with a medium that...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:07 am
 Each winter for the past 25 years, the Springfield Art Association has offered an antidote to the common blockbuster with the Molly Schlich Independent and International Film Series. Over the co...
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 12:08 am
 A vivid, effective MonsterWhile no one would ever mistake J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls as Christmas fare, love is at the core of the film. This is an at times difficult-to-watch movie that de...
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 12:13 am
 The visual arts in Springfield blossomed throughout 2016, with established institutions and grassroots groups alike reporting a great range of positive motion in spite of potentially mitigating...
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 12:11 am

She’s sorry, and she wants her daughter back

 Just two months ago, Jennifer Watkins and her daughter Sidney were living a new life in Massachusetts that now seems light years away.Watkins moved from Florida to Massachusetts last summer. Wan...

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