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Area court news

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Chesterfield ■ Joseph D. Worpek, 23, of 205 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Monday to three counts of larceny under $250, possession of a class A drug, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. According to court documents, a household member reported to police at 11:25 a.m. Sunday that Worpek had used his debit card three times and taken a car without permission. When …

Girl riding bicycle injured after collision with mini-van in Northampton

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 14-year-old Northampton girl was injured Tuesday afternoon when she was struck by a mini-van while riding her bicycle on Prospect Avenue. Police said the girl, who they declined to identify, was taken by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield to be treated for injuries that did not appear to …

Amherst-Pelham Regional High School evacuated after bulletin board set on fire

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst-Pelham Regional High School was evacuated early Tuesday afternoon after a bulletin board was set on fire and activated the school’s fire alarms, according to the Amherst Fire Department. The second-floor fire was quickly doused by a female student with a bucket of water, according to Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson. He said the student noticed the fire after leaving …

UMass police seek man who allegedly bit student in neck near Fine Arts Center

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts police are searching for a man who allegedly bit a student on the neck and threatened several other students near the Fine Arts Center early Sunday morning. Police received a report Monday that a college-age man approached students outside the Fine Arts Center …

Northampton man whose car struck Lathrop Community building released from hospital

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The man whose Mercedes crashed into the community building at the Lathrop Community on Monday was treated and released from Cooley Dickinson Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Andrew Walsh, 86, of 29 Crabapple Lane, was backing out of a parking spot in the parking lot …

Preschools latest to take on environmental movement

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — Three-year-old Clara Centola seems unconcerned by the adults around her as she works at a mini-kitchen, deciding which cloth-toy fruits and vegetables to serve her imaginary guests. There are no plastic fast-food replicas to choose …

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tickets are now on sale for the first-ever “A Country Music Concert For A Cause” Oct. 4 at Millside Park, where family-friendly festivities will kick off at 5 p.m., and live music start at 6. Easthampton High School’s chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter has organized …

Radical ideas At the Paulo Freire charter school in Holyoke, learning is infused with ideas about social justice

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HOLYOKE — Upon entering the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School, there is a small room to the left with five flat-screen computers. These are for students who do not have computers at home. The room is also …

Katherine Osborne of Northampton drops idea for patriotic crosswalk downtown

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The proponent of an idea to paint a downtown crosswalk red, white and blue has withdrawn the proposal after failing to get a consensus among veterans about whether it was a good idea. Resident Katherine Osborne said she will not move ahead with the idea after …

Ladyslipper Lane in Amherst closed Wednesday and Thursday for sewer work

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

AMHERST — Ladyslipper Circle will be closed to vehicles Wednesday and Thursday as crews from Revoli Construction of Franklin continue the sanitary sewer work in Amherst Woods. Grading and paving will begin between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. both days. This will require closing the road, with no …

Differentiated instruction takes into account differences and similarities

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Picture this 8th grade English classroom: Four students read an article on Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and prepare a guided tour complete with period costumes. Two additional student groups study models and drawings of the Globe Theatre. They also …

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DIRECT MAIL: Northampton Superintendent John Provost believes it is important for educators to be engaged in discussions about public education. This is why he has launched his new blog at ourworkinthenorthamptonschools.blogspot.com. “There are important discussions occurring in the public sphere concerning the future of education, and I think …

NHS teacher makes a splash

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ALL WET : Northampton High School science teacher Dan Moylan started his school year off with a splash. On the first day of school, Moylan asked his biology and environmental science classes to take part in the Ice …