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Psychic medium Matt Fraser returning to MGM Springfield

Updated: Jul. 5, 2024 at 5:07 PM EDT

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By Matt Price and Ryan Trowbridge

America’s top psychic medium, Matt Fraser, is returning to MGM Springfield for one night only.

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Holyoke Public Schools kick off ‘Summer Eats’ program

Updated: Jul. 1, 2024 at 3:09 PM EDT

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By Abbey Carnivale, Photojournalist: Andrew Evans and Ryan Trowbridge

School is out for summer, but hunger never stops.

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Hooplandia is a slam dunk in West Springfield

Updated: Jun. 22, 2024 at 6:51 PM EDT

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By Wesley Days, Photojournalist: Benjamin Jackson and Abigail Murillo Villacorta

The heat didn’t stop basketball players from hitting the pavement for day two of Hooplandia over at the Eastern State Exposition on Saturday.

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Ride to Remember steps in to help injured Officer Nestor Santos

Updated: Jun. 20, 2024 at 10:49 PM EDT

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By Maria Wilson, Photojournalist: Sean Bechtel and Tyler Beraldi

Communities continue to rally around a local officer, injured during a recent shooting spree.

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Businesses come together to fundraise and support Officer Santos

Updated: Jun. 20, 2024 at 5:03 PM EDT

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By Olivia Hickey, Photojournalist: Robert Jewell and Tyler Beraldi

Springfield Pharmacy and other local businesses collectively donated $9,000 to Springfield police Officer Nestor Santos and his family.

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Springfield free summer meals program begins

Updated: Jun. 20, 2024 at 6:38 AM EDT

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By Taylor Smith

Home Grown Springfield will be providing free meals for kids and teenagers 18 years old and under. No sign-up is required.

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Organizations working to help child food insecurity during summer months

Updated: Jun. 13, 2024 at 4:00 PM EDT

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By Taylor Smith and WKYT News Staff

Without access to free school meals, efforts are underway to help.

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Springfield preparing to open pools, still looking for lifeguards

Updated: Jun. 13, 2024 at 3:30 PM EDT

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By Matt Price and Ryan Trowbridge

The hot weather we are experiencing now and next week means the pools will soon be open and they couldn’t open any sooner.

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Westfield Starfires Summer Classic returning to Springfield

Updated: Jun. 11, 2024 at 2:50 PM EDT

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By Matt Price, Photojournalist: Matt White and Ryan Trowbridge

The team announced Tuesday that they will be returning to Walker Memorial Grandstand

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Food pantries seeing increase in demand as school year nears end

Updated: May. 24, 2024 at 3:57 PM EDT

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By Regan Stoddard, Ryan Trowbridge and Photojournalist: Robert Jewell

Food pantries across western Massachusetts are seeing an increase in demand and many of these demands on local food banks and pantries begin to increase even more during the summer months as kids get out of school.

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Northampton fights opioid deaths with new Narcan initiative

Updated: May. 2, 2024 at 4:22 PM EDT

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By Regan Stoddard and Tyler Beraldi

Northampton is adding to its fight against opioid deaths by connecting more people in the community with lifesaving overdose medication.

Basketball Hall of Fame moving 2024 enshrinement to October

Updated: Apr. 24, 2024 at 4:10 PM EDT

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By Ryan Trowbridge

Officials with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame have announced changes to this year’s enshrinement events.

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Coworkers, family continue to mourn Holyoke murder victim

Updated: Apr. 18, 2024 at 4:21 PM EDT

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By Raegan Loughrey, Ryan Trowbridge and Photojournalist: Kevin Culverhouse

In the days following the murder of Hampden County Sheriff’s Department employee Eileen Monaghan, those who knew her are grieving the loss of their loved one, friend, and co-worker.

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Anti-Defamation League releases report on antisemitism among universities

Updated: Apr. 11, 2024 at 10:43 PM EDT

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By Matt Price and Photojournalist: Benjamin Jackson

Multiple colleges and universities, including several in Massachusetts, received failing grades from the Anti-Defamation League regarding how they have handled antisemitism on their campuses, with anti-Jewish hate spiking in the time since Israel was attacked on October 7th.

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Springfield custodian in running for National Custodian of the Year award

Updated: Apr. 11, 2024 at 4:22 PM EDT

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By Abbey Carnivale, Photojournalist: Erik Rosario and Ryan Trowbridge

Custodians are the unsung heroes in any workplace and there’s one in the Springfield Public Schools who is getting the attention he deserves.

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Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival opens Thursday in Longmeadow

Updated: Apr. 3, 2024 at 3:48 PM EDT

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By Addie Patterson and Ryan Trowbridge

The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival in Longmeadow, now in its eighteenth year, is quickly approaching and this year’s lineup features nearly a dozen award-winning films from around the world.

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UMass Amherst conducting studies to research Alzheimer’s disease

Updated: Mar. 27, 2024 at 6:04 PM EDT

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By Raegan Loughrey, Photojournalist: Kevin Culverhouse and Tyler Beraldi

Flyers can be seen scattered across the western Mass community advertising different studies going on at UMass Amherst. After seeing one of these flyers firsthand, we got answers on how the university is using their labs to improve lives.

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Thomas J. O’Connor Adoption Center hosting kitten shower to help pet fosterers

Updated: Mar. 22, 2024 at 10:33 AM EDT

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By Samantha O'Connor

Like a baby shower, people can come and donate items to help prepare volunteer fosterers for the influx of kittens that are born and brought in to the shelter during the spring and early summer months.

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Springfield Museums introducing Taylor Swift inspired planetarium show

Updated: Mar. 19, 2024 at 2:25 PM EDT

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By Matt Price, Photojournalist: Matt White and Ryan Trowbridge

Starting this weekend, many in Springfield and across western Massachusetts can be treated to a special weekly Taylor Swift show like never before.

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Historic Holyoke building set for renovation

Updated: Mar. 13, 2024 at 7:21 PM EDT

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By Raegan Loughrey, Photojournalist: Robert Jewell and Tyler Beraldi

An effort is underway to revitalize a historic building that has been a staple in Holyoke’s neighborhood Flats, dating back to the 1940′s.

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Discussion held on how violence impacts young mothers and children

Updated: Mar. 7, 2024 at 4:28 PM EST

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By Olivia Hickey, Photojournalist: Robert Jewell and Ryan Trowbridge

On Thursday, Western Mass News got a rare glimpse into the lives of young mothers who are trying to protect themselves and their children at a time of personal crisis and community violence in Springfield

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Holyoke to provide free shuttle service to St. Patrick’s road race, parade

Updated: Feb. 26, 2024 at 1:44 PM EST

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By Matt Price and Ryan Trowbridge

We are less than three weeks away from St. Patrick’s Day weekend, which includes the well-known holiday parade in Holyoke and the city is going to make things easier for those of you who are outside of Holyoke to help get you to and from the event for free.

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Shelters reaching capacity amid cold weather, migrant crisis

Updated: Feb. 23, 2024 at 3:31 PM EST

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By Raegan Loughrey, Photojournalist: Kevin Culverhouse and Ryan Trowbridge

Springfield is the latest community to join the growing number of cities and towns across the state that have reached their shelter system capacity.

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Granby farm owners grateful for community support after devastating fire

Updated: Feb. 20, 2024 at 3:58 PM EST

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By Photojournalist: Robert Jewell, Robin Stockler and Ryan Trowbridge

It’s been just over two days since a devastating fire at Red Fire Farm in Granby and now, for the first time since reaching out for help online, we’re hearing from the owners. While they’re still in shock over the events that night, they’re grateful for the outpouring of support.

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West Springfield businesses excited as Hooplandia registration gets underway

Updated: Feb. 20, 2024 at 1:47 PM EST

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By Matt Price, Photojournalist: Rich Crane and Ryan Trowbridge

New England’s ultimate 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Hooplandia, is coming back to West Springfield.

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School vacation means busy week at Children’s Museum of Holyoke

Updated: Feb. 19, 2024 at 2:14 PM EST

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By Matt Price, Photojournalist: Rich Crane and Ryan Trowbridge

It is February school break for many across western Massachusetts with Monday marking the Presidents Day holiday.

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Town by Town: Girls Inc. Ambassador Program, “Dial-a-Lawyer” Program for Elders

Updated: Feb. 7, 2024 at 7:59 PM EST

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By Addie Patterson, Photojournalist: Erik Rosario and Tyler Beraldi

The Girls Inc. of the Valley announced their free 2024 Ambassador Program! Wednesday’s Town by Town also discussed the monthly “Dial-a-Lawyer” program that kicked off once again in Chicopee.

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Lt. Gov. Driscoll visits Holyoke to discuss helping domestic violence survivors

Updated: Jan. 26, 2024 at 4:28 PM EST

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By Olivia Hickey and Ryan Trowbridge

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll visited western Massachusetts on Friday to discuss and express support for the work being done to help survivors of domestic abuse.

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Holocaust survivor discusses importance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Updated: Jan. 26, 2024 at 2:02 PM EST

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By Matt Price, Ryan Trowbridge and Photojournalist: Rich Crane

This year’s observance comes in the midst of the deadly war with Israel and Hamas.

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Ironman 70.3 to return to western Massachusetts in June

Updated: Jan. 25, 2024 at 3:10 PM EST

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By Matt Price, Photojournalist: Rich Crane and Ryan Trowbridge

Get ready for one of the biggest pre-summer events of the year. the Ironman.

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19-year-old woman killed in Springfield, city’s first murder of 2024

Updated: Jan. 24, 2024 at 7:23 PM EST

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By Olivia Hickey, Photojournalist: Kevin Culverhouse and Tyler Beraldi

In an update to a story we have been following closely, Springfield marked the city’s first murder of the year on Sunday.

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Local parents and schools react to shooting of Wilbraham officer

Updated: Jan. 24, 2024 at 7:18 PM EST

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By Glenn Kittle, Photojournalist: Matt White and Tyler Beraldi

Wilbraham Police Officer Cameron Prosperi remains hospitalized on Wednesday night after being shot in the line of duty on Saturday night.

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Pop-up warming shelters open in Holyoke as temperatures dip

Updated: Jan. 18, 2024 at 7:20 PM EST

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By Raegan Loughrey, Photojournalist: Kevin Culverhouse and Tyler Beraldi

Providence Ministries in Holyoke has a partnership with the city that allows them to open pop-up warming shelters for the homeless in the community.

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Resources available for heating assistance throughout winter months

Updated: Jan. 18, 2024 at 6:30 PM EST

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By Olivia Hickey, Photojournalist: Andrew Evans and Tyler Beraldi

Heating your home is essential as the temperatures drop, but what can you do if you can’t afford to pay the bill?

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Preparations underway, excitement building for Red Sox Winter Weekend in Springfield

Updated: Jan. 18, 2024 at 12:49 PM EST

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By Matt Price, Photojournalist: Rich Crane and Ryan Trowbridge

We are just hours away from Red Sox Winter Weekend and with some baseball legends in attendance, the event is expected to bring lots of fun, excitement, and business to downtown Springfield.

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Holyoke School Committee comments on high absentee rate

Updated: Jan. 11, 2024 at 5:51 PM EST

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By Raegan Loughrey, Photojournalist: Kevin Culverhouse and Tyler Beraldi

Western Mass News sought reaction from one school community as Massachusetts will attempt to tackle chronic absenteeism. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has put a public outreach program in place to raise awareness on the issue.

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Plans for closings and rescheduling ahead of weekend snowstorm

Updated: Jan. 5, 2024 at 8:00 PM EST

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By Raegan Loughrey, Photojournalist: Kevin Culverhouse and Tyler Beraldi

Our weather team at Western Mass News has told us there is a high potential that we’ll see some significant snowfall Saturday night into Sunday.

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Outdated wiring in older homes creates major fire risk

Updated: Jan. 4, 2024 at 7:51 PM EST

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By Abbey Carnivale, Photojournalist: Erik Rosario and Tyler Beraldi

Following the deadly fire in Somers, Connecticut, Western Mass News got answers on why older houses pose fire dangers that can be deadly.

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What to expect from this year’s First Night Northampton

Updated: Dec. 29, 2023 at 9:34 PM EST

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By Olivia Hickey, Photojournalist: Matt White, Photojournalist: Matt Lafreniere and Tyler Beraldi

We’re days closer to 2024, and the annual First Night Northampton! A city-wide event held to welcome the new year. Western Mass News got answers on what people can expect from this year’s celebrations.

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New tax package being introduced in Massachusetts targeting middle class and families

Updated: Dec. 29, 2023 at 4:21 PM EST

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By Raegan Loughrey, Photojournalist: Erik Rosario and Tyler Beraldi

With the new year comes new legislations, and with inflation hitting everyone’s wallet, Massachusetts will be introducing a new tax package come 2024. On Friday, Western Mass News got answers on how these new tax cuts will help those struggling here in the Baystate.

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This Sunderland farm is taking Christmas tree donations for their animals

Updated: Dec. 28, 2023 at 4:14 PM EST

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By Taylor Smith and Tyler Beraldi

If you had a live Christmas tree this year and are interested in donating it to a good cause, we have an idea for you. As we wrap up the holiday season, a family-owned farm in Sunderland is accepting discarded Christmas trees to help feed their livestock during the winter months.

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Springfield Rescue Mission preparing for annual Christmas banquet

Updated: Dec. 21, 2023 at 2:37 PM EST

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By Matt Price, Photojournalist: Rich Crane and Ryan Trowbridge

A nonprofit organization in Springfield - known for helping the hungry, homeless and others - is getting ready for its annual Christmas banquet and it is expected to be a big one.

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Fleetwood Mac tribute band ‘Tusk’ to perform at MGM Springfield

Updated: Dec. 15, 2023 at 5:28 PM EST

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By Matt Price, Photojournalist: Rich Crane and Ryan Trowbridge

A band that pays tribute to Fleetwood Mac is making their way to Springfield to perform on New Year’s Eve.

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Family asking for holiday letters for Easthampton boy battling rare, life-threatening illness

Updated: Dec. 5, 2023 at 4:30 PM EST

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By Matt Price, Photojournalist: Rich Crane and Ryan Trowbridge

There’s a heartwarming show of support for a little boy in Easthampton as we approach the holidays.

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Applications now being accepted for state’s home energy assistance program

Updated: Nov. 28, 2023 at 4:30 PM EST

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By Daniel Santiago, Ryan Trowbridge and Photojournalist: John O'Donoghue

With colder temperatures already settling in all over western Massachusetts, more people are turning up the heating to keep warm, but that comes with a cost.

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Chelsea Handler bringing comedy tour to Springfield this weekend

Updated: Nov. 17, 2023 at 12:34 PM EST

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By Raegan Loughrey and Ryan Trowbridge

Comedian Chelsea Handler will be in Springfield this weekend as part of her current comedy tour.

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Efforts continue to preserve historic Springfield homes

Updated: Nov. 14, 2023 at 5:09 PM EST

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By Addie Patterson and Ryan Trowbridge

Efforts to restore historic buildings in Springfield will be in the spotlight Tuesday night.

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Community to hold fundraiser after 18-year-old dies in Springfield fire

Updated: Oct. 20, 2023 at 4:37 PM EDT

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By Olivia Hickey, Photojournalist: Erik Rosario and Ryan Trowbridge

This weekend, the community is coming together to support the family through this dark time.

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Ways to avoid scams when donating to Israeli, Palestinian civilian relief efforts

Updated: Oct. 17, 2023 at 2:27 PM EDT

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By Daniel Santiago and Ryan Trowbridge

As the Israel war continues to unfold, humanitarian and relief efforts are building to help those impacted Israelis and Gazans, but how do you make sure a collection effort is legitimate and if it’s safe to make donations without falling victim to a scam.

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Springfield church targeted by arson fire receives funding to help rebuild

Updated: Oct. 3, 2023 at 2:21 PM EDT

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By Matt Price, Photojournalist: Rich Crane and Ryan Trowbridge

A Springfield church that was targeted in a hate crime arson two years ago is now getting help to rebuild.

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