There are additional police officers patrolling in two western Massachusetts cities now following a police academy graduation. 

Thirty-one men and women marched smartly forward to the front of an auditorium, swore an oath to become police officers, and then one-by-one stepped on stage to have badges pinned to their chests.  Proud relatives, friends, and veteran police officers in the auditorium took pictures, recorded videos, and cheered.

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There were two major announcements Thursday at the University at Albany.

Diocese of Springfield

The new regional Catholic high school in western Massachusetts will open at a temporary campus next August.

  Holyoke Catholic and Cathedral High School will merge to become Pope Francis High School next August at a temporary campus in Chicopee, while a new $50 million high school is built in Springfield.              

  That’s contrary to the plan, announced earlier this year by diocesan education consultant Paul Gagliarducci to maintain separate sites until the new building opened in 2018.

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SABIC Innovative Plastics is shutting down its Pittsfield’s facility, which employs some 300 people.

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Two cities in western Massachusetts will soon have more police officers on patrol.

Springfield and Chicopee will have new police officers sworn in for duty Friday at a police academy graduation ceremony.

With 21 graduates joining the ranks of the Springfield Police Department, the number of police officers will exceed 400 for the first time nearly two decades.  Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno included  an additional $1.8 million in this year’s budget to hire additional police.


In baseball, in the American League playoffs, Texas beat Toronto 5-3 and it was Houston over Kansas City 5-2.

Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda, who guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to their last World Series title in 1988, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the NL Division Series. Lasorda will take the mound Saturday night before the Dodgers play the New York Mets.

Experts say a large amount of clean hydro-electricity from Canada is available for use in the New England states if ways can be found to bring that power into the country.