Author Natasha Lowe says she wrote "Lucy Castor Finds Her Sparkle" in her kitchen in Deerfield, Massachusetts.
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Our back-to-school book series continues with the story of nine-year-old Lucy Castor, who starts fourth grade at the beginning of the book, "Lucy Castor Finds Her Sparkle." 

Students rally against gun violence near Smith and Wesson in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 14, 2018.
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A four-day march against gun violence is taking place this week from Worcester to Springfield, Massachusetts, ending Sunday at the headquarters of gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson.

The $54.4 million Pope Francis Preparatory School at the intersection of Wendover and Surrey roads is complete and ready to welcome students.
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Even before the 2011 tornado battered Cathedral High School in Springfield, Massachusetts, enrollment in Catholic schools was shrinking. Now, a multi-million dollar high school is about to open. 

Alan Raczka, left, of Easthampton, and JFK Middle School eighth-grader Evan Yurko of Holyoke challenge each other in a game of Scrabble in February 2018.
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A teenager from Holyoke, Massachusetts, has returned a champion from a national Scrabble tournament in Buffalo, New York.

The Penderwicks At Last
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Our back-to-school book series for younger readers begins with Northampton, Massachusetts, writer Jeanne Birdsall and her book, "The Penderwicks At Last."