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The climber is seen at the Bridge Street School's playground in Northampton Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.  The equipment is one of new additions to the playground.

Improvements made to Bridge Street School playground in Northampton

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bridge Street School’s colorful playground has long been an eye-catcher. The community recently celebrated special new features to the beloved play structure. Over the summer, the hard-packed dirt outside the school was transformed into a bouncy rubber surface, where children can play without worrying about kicking up dirt or getting muddy. There is also now an asphalt area for basketball and wall ball, tables for arts and crafts, and a playhouse. “There’s lots of places for them to explore and just be kids,” Bridge Street School Principal Beth Choquette said recently while looking out at the new play area from her office window. …

Easthampton Matters to host informational forum on ballot questions

Saturday, October 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A community group is hosting an informational forum Wednesday for voters who want to learn more about the four state ballot questions in the Nov. 4 election. The free forum takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers at 50 Payson Ave. It will also be broadcast live on local cable channel 5 by Easthampton Community Access …

Power back on in Northampton after 90-minute Friday afternoon failure linked to squirrel in substation

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Power was restored to more than 5,000 customers, many in downtown Northampton, about 90 minutes after a power failure knocked traffic lights out of service and forced diners and shoppers from darkened restaurants and stores. Much of downtown turned into a parking lot as drivers inched along major routes. The power …

Nicholas Schauer committed to Bridgewater for psychological evaluation after alleged ‘Columbine’ threat against Frontier

Saturday, October 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — The 19-year-old Sunderland man who was arrested Thursday for threatening to “bring Columbine to Frontier” Regional School was committed to Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental health evaluation following an appearance Friday morning in Greenfield District …

Antiques Center on Market Street in Northampton to close next month as building sold

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After 27 years selling antiques on Market Street the Antiques Center will close next month because the building has been sold. One of the owners of the building that houses the Antiques Center, Stuart Solomon, confirmed the building will be sold, although he declined to reveal …

UMass director of community relations Tony Maroulis starts series of informal town-gown conversations

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — An initiative to continue building relationships between the University of Massachusetts and its host communities begins Monday with a series of coffee-shop meetings. Tony Maroulis, director of community relations at UMass, is starting the “community conversations” at 10:30 a.m. at the Black Sheep Deli, 79 Main …

Work planned for railroad crossing on Damon Road in Northampton to cause traffic delays

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly three months after completing upgrades to a railroad crossing at the Damon Road-Industrial Drive intersection, construction crews will return to the area starting Monday to complete the final part of the project in preparation for high-speed rail. Crews under the direction of the Massachusetts Bay …

Area court news

Friday, October 24, 2014

Huntington ■ Alex Brown, 23, of 20 Blandford Hill Road, Apt. B, Huntington, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Thursday to a charge of assault and battery on a family or household member. He was arrested at his home at 10:52 p.m. Wednesday after allegedly throwing …

Area police news

Friday, October 24, 2014

Amherst ■ Shane Omidi, 24, of Grafton, was arrested at 3:59 a.m. Friday on North Pleasant Street on a warrant. ■ Management at El Comalito restaurant, 460 West St., reported a break-in at 10:31 a.m. Thursday. Easthampton ■ Reynaldo Aponte, 34, of 20 Berkeley St., was arrested at …

Police called to Subway restaurant in Florence after clerk reports threat

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police were called to the Subway restaurant, 91 Main St., Florence, at 7:15 p.m. Friday by a customer who found no one working in the store. Initial broadcasts by police were that the store’s employee reported …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, October 24, 2014

∎   Fall Landscape Photography Field Trip — Workshop, field trip and critique with photographers Andrea York and Michael Zide in Amherst, Oct. 25, 8 to 11 a.m. RSVP zide@comcast.net. ∎   Holyoke VNA 5K Run/Walk for Hospice Life Care — 5K run/walk at Ashley Reservoir, Oct. 25, …

Watching northern harriers in flight

Friday, October 24, 2014

Every October they arrive, with the oranges and crimsons of the sugar maples beginning to fade and the low-bush blueberry leaves flushing scarlet. The greens of summer are mostly gone, replaced by the reds, purples and browns of …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, October 24, 2014

QUABBIN MIST Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley Early morning fog or mist is something I enjoy photographing. The only problem being getting up and out in time. I was later …