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Falling tree damages four cars in South Hadley

Friday, August 1, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A tree fell on top of four cars parked on College Street during a sudden rain storm Friday afternoon, according to a report by 22News. The report states that four vehicles were damaged when the storm caused a tree to fall into a parking lot. There was no mention of injuries. South Hadley Fire District 2 confirmed that the incident happened, but neither that department nor town … 0

Pro-Palestinian rally draws 150 in Northampton

Friday, August 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A pro-Palestinian protest spilled into the street in front of Northampton City Hall on Main Street Friday evening, prompting police to move in to control the crowd. Police Lt. Craig Kirouac said no arrests were made, but that officers were present to direct traffic as well as ensure the safety of the protesters. He estimates that there were around 150 protesters … 0

Hadley farm launches kickstarter campaign to support expansion

Friday, August 1, 2014

HADLEY — More than two dozen dairy cows live at a Mill Valley Road farm, but they don’t yet provide milk for public consumption. That could change later this year. Their owners hope to make these Brown Swiss cows more productive when they open a store that will sell a variety of local products, including raw milk. “We just want our cows to … 0

Hilltown Voices: health center news; Hilltown Business directory, Goshen employees retire

Friday, August 1, 2014

Eliza Lake has been named interim executive director of the Hilltown Community Health Centers. “Eliza was recommended by four members of senior management,” said Janet Laroche, executive assistant and credentialing specialist. Lake replaces the centers’s former executive director, … 0

Area briefs

Friday, August 1, 2014

Amherst ROAD WORK: Pine Street is the latest Amherst road where a resurfacing project is commencing. Lane Construction is expected to be at the North Amherst road lowering road structures for the next several weekdays, starting at 7 a.m. Driveways will be accessible, though delays are expected for … 0

Landmark green awning at Thornes in Northampton to come down as part of exterior renovation

Friday, August 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The landmark green awning that’s been in place for three decades at Thornes Marketplace downtown will come down Monday morning as part of an exterior renovation project designed to give the shopping center a fresh look. … 0

Area police news

Friday, August 1, 2014

Amherst ■ A Belchertown Road property owner reported Thursday at 8:57 p.m. that metallic salvage material was stolen from the location. Northampton ■ Police received a report Thursday at 2:24 p.m. from a man whose tablet worth $150 was stolen after he accidentally left it at the bus … 0

Joseph W. Podolak, 71, of Westhampton arrested for third OUI after leading Northampton Police on 3.3 mile chase

Friday, August 1, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — Northampton police pursued a 71-year-old driver for 3.3 miles until he parked his car in his driveway in Westhampton, where he was arrested on his third drunk driving charge and other charges. Joseph W. Podolak, of 97 Stage Road, was arrested Friday at 1:02 a.m. on … 0

Drinking water treated in Southampton

Friday, August 1, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — The Southampton Water Department treated drinking water in a well and storage tank after routine water testing found a kind of bacteria that is not considered harmful. Total coliform bacteria were detected in three out of 11 water samples collected in July, according to a press … 0

Police believe break in on Franklin Street may be related to theft at Nuttelman’s Florist

Friday, August 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police still have no suspects in a reported break-in and theft at Nuttelman’s Florist earlier this week, but they are looking into whether a break in that occurred nearby could be related. Detective Patrick Moody said a homeowner at 46 Franklin St. contacted police Thursday to … 0

A walk on wild side: ‘Meadowfication’ of Amherst cemetery looks to some more like a jungle

Friday, August 1, 2014

AMHERST — Emily Dickinson’s grave, a popular draw for fans of the 19th-century poet, features newly restored ironwork surrounding the family plot and well-groomed grass that honors its place of prominence in West Cemetery. But across a narrow … 0

Christopher Kouniotis of Florence, hospitalized after his bicycle was struck by a Leeds driver Wednesday afternoon

Friday, August 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man was hospitalized after the bicycle he was riding was struck by a vehicle turning in to a driveway Wednesday afternoon. Christopher J. Kouniotis, 50, was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital for face and arm injuries following the crash, according to police. Information about … 0

Late-night cigarette theft leads to arrests

Friday, August 1, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Three men were arrested July 21 after allegedly breaking into a Granby Road convenience store in the middle of the night and stealing $585 worth of cigarettes. Matthew C. Doolittle, of 472 Amherst Road, and David Slater of 2 Hunter Terrace, both 19, and Sean … 0