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Belchertown Man Sentenced For Scamming “Brokers”

(Springfield, MA) — A Belchertown man has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for running a scam. 65-year-old John Sacco placed advertisements in national newspapers promising big profits to those who signed up to become brokers of business loans to people with poor credit. He persuaded 130 people to send him an average of six-thousand-dollars apiece to participate in the scheme, which never materialized. Sacco pleaded guilty in May to fraud and firearms charges.

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Spring ahead! Daylight-saving time starts Sunday

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Don't forget to spring forward this weekend.

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Northampton Gets Tougher on Snow Removal

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The city council has given initial approval to an updated snow removal ordinance which makes failure to clear sidewalks a civil offense, punishable by a new fine structure.

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MGM-Springfield to Break Ground March 24

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MGM has been soliciting contractors interested in working on the 800-million-dollar casino project.

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Demand Skyrockets For Holyoke Charter School

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The annual lottery for admission into the Holyoke Community Charter School drew 632 families this year.