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Monday, May 25, 2015

∎ Kenneth L. English, 50, of 43 Center St., was arrested near 109 Main St. at 12:27 p.m. Sunday on an Eastern Hampshire District Court warrant for assault and battery and threatening to commit a crime. ∎ Police investigated a reported shoplifting at Wal-Mart at 180 North King St. at 9:52 p.m. The man who had allegedly shoplifted a fishing knife fled and his two friends told police they did …

Northampton police chief screening committee interviewing six candidates for post

Monday, May 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A screening committee has narrowed the field of applicants to be the next police chief from 34 to six and will finish interviewing the candidates this week. Screening committee member William H. Dwight, also City Council president, said the committee hopes to recommend two to four finalists to Mayor David J. Narkewicz with sufficient time for him to name his choice …

Joseph Morrison works to live right ‘outside the wall’ and share his story with others

Sunday, May 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In the spring of 2013, Joseph Morrison was 14 years into his 15-year prison sentence for masked, armed robbery. He was coming to terms with the things he had done, from violent crime to dealing drugs to being an absent father to his five children. After watching his fellow inmates get …

‘Glorious’ weather brings crowds to Hadley Memorial Day parade to celebrate and reflect

Sunday, May 24, 2015

HADLEY — Donald and Kathie Pipczynski of North Hadley were among the spectators who sat along Route 9 as the Memorial Day parade, held annually the Sunday before the holiday, passed by to the tune of honks, sirens …

Former Saturday Night Live actor Brad Hall brings levity to Williston graduation ceremony

Sunday, May 24, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — With the sound of bagpipes, applause and cheers in the air, 139 graduates took their seats under the big tent outside the Reed Campus Center for the Williston Northampton School’s 174th commencement ceremony Sunday morning. Giving …

Amherst College graduates 470, remembers first African-American to be chosen as class speaker 100 years ago

Sunday, May 24, 2015

AMHERST — Several thousand family members, friends and well-wishers gathered on white folding chairs in the shade of a couple dozen oak trees on the Amherst College quad Sunday to see the 470 students of the class of …

Development at former Belchertown State School site ‘visibly taking hold’

Saturday, May 23, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — It has been well over two decades since the last patients, staff and administration left the Belchertown State School for the last time. This week, demolition crews moved in on some of the buildings that housed …

Armed Forces Family Appreciation Day at Look Park provides camaraderie, information to those who served

Saturday, May 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Sitting at a picnic table at Look Park Saturday as giggling children ran by and dozens of families enjoyed grilled food, William Rakaska said appreciation for veterans has come a long way since his U.S. Army …

Amherst police say man found dead in bathroom at Hess Express gasoline station on West Street

Saturday, May 23, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst man was found dead in a service station bathroom early Saturday morning, police said. The 36-year-old man was discovered in the restroom of the Hess Express at 468 West St. in South Amherst around …

Workshop Tuesday in Greenfield on federal review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, May 23, 2015

To help communities in the region plan for the formal federal review process of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the dining commons at Greenfield Community College. …

Hilltown Voices: Williamsburg Fire Department gets new protective gear

Saturday, May 23, 2015

With the help of a $10,500 grant from the Massachusetts Call/Volunteer Firefighters’ Association, six more Williamsburg volunteer firefighters are now better protected with up-to-date turnout gear. The personal protective equipment consists of a turnout coat, pants, helmet, boots, …

Area legislators join anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in Berkshire Gas pact with Tennesee Gas

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Several area state legislators are joining anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in the request by Berkshire Gas Co. to become a customer of the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, has joined with …

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

Saturday, May 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The …