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Whately voters will be asked to buy Western Massachusetts Regional Library building for municipal offices

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WHATELY — After a last-minute petition effort, residents will be asked to approve buying the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building in the Whately Industrial Park for $815,000 during the town’s April 28 Town Meeting. The building has been at the center of the debate over what to do about municipal office space needs, and town officials have been discussing a possible purchase with the building’s current owners, the Massachusetts …

Motorcycle riders injured in collision with deer in Williamsburg

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A motorcycle rider and his passenger were injured Sunday evening after colliding with a deer while traveling on Ashfield Road in Williamsburg, emergency responders reported. The accident occurred around 8 p.m., with the Williamsburg police and fire departments, and Highland Ambulance arriving shortly thereafter. According to Fire Chief Jason Connell, the …

Sunny weekend, big events keep Amherst police busy

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AMHERST — Thousands of people converged on Amherst over a three-day weekend to take advantage of warm, sunny weather and two popular events — Extravaganja on the Town Common and the spring concert at the University of Massachusetts. Even though no arrests were linked to either event, police were kept busy over a weekend in which officers handled 298 calls for service between …

Local Jewish, Muslim students embark on journeys of faith, understanding

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Growing up in Florence, Eliza Moss-Horwitz, 17, does not remember meeting a person of Muslim faith. She attended Lander-Grinspoon Academy, a Jewish day school, for kindergarten through grade 6, then JFK Middle School. She describes her …

‘Last few inches’ of digital divide prove taxing for towns

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

After years of pushing for the state to build out the “middle mile” and help with building the “last mile” to bring broadband Internet service to the most rural unserved and underserved towns, communities are confronting a grim …

Clinton courts liberals at campaign’s outset

Sunday, April 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — This time, Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to be on liberals’ good side. As a presidential candidate in 2008, she opposed gay marriage, equivocated on granting driver’s licenses to people who were living in the U.S. illegally …

Amherst’s Extravaganja pro-pot rally attracts thousands downtown for peaceful gathering

Sunday, April 19, 2015

AMHERST — Thousands of people showed up on the Town Common Saturday afternoon for Extravaganja, the 24th annual pro-marijuana rally, and enjoyed an afternoon of music, food and speakers with no disruptive incidents. Though Amherst Police Chief Scott …

Empty chairs honor victims of Oklahoma City bombing

Sunday, April 19, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — Every day when Dr. Rosslyn Biggs goes to work as a federal government veterinarian she is reminded of her mother, one of 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing and honored Sunday on the …

Area police news

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Granby ∎ Shannon P. Couture, 51, of Gilbertville, was arrested on East Street at 9:55 p.m. April 11 on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license. Northampton ∎ Chad Lockwood, 36, of Vernon, Vermont was arrested at 1:19 a.m. Sunday and charged with operating …

Work to clear trees felled by microburst will close Mountain Road in Easthampton next week

Sunday, April 19, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Mountain Road (Route 141) will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27-30 for the removal of trees uprooted in the Oct. 8 microburst. The trees pose a danger of falling onto the road, according to Mayor Karen Cadieux. The city’s Department of Public …

Hadley crash sends 73-year-old man to hospital

Sunday, April 19, 2015

HADLEY — A two-car crash at a busy intersection snarled traffic Sunday morning and sent one driver to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said. According to Police Sgt. Mitch Kuc, a 73-year-old male driver from Belchertown was attempting to turn left from Bay Road to go …

Smith College shuts down event in Scott Gym

Sunday, April 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College police had to close down an event in Scott Gynasium late Friday night after the crowd became too large and additional people were trying to enter the building, a college spokesperson said. Sam Masinter, director of college relations, said in an email in response …

Major repairs set for Bridge Road

Sunday, April 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The signs are in place, the cones and barrels lined up, the heavy equipment parked nearby. Starting Tuesday, a section of Bridge Road, one of the busier thoroughfares in Northampton, will be partly closed to traffic, as construction workers begin reclaiming and milling the road during …