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Owner of Hangar Pub and Grill and Wings Over Amherst plans restaurant in Greenfield

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — The owner of a chicken wings delivery service founded in Amherst in 1999, which has nearly three dozen stores in 13 states, is planning a new restaurant in Greenfield. Harold Tramazzo, who owns both the Wings Over Amherst and Hangar Pub and Grill restaurants on University Drive, said last week that he is examining a similar enterprise at the former Lunt Silversmith property on Federal Street in Greenfield. …

Former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury indicted on firearms charges resulting from Belchertown incident

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A former Massachusetts police chief acquitted of charges connected to the 2008 death of an 8-year-old boy at a gun show has been indicted on unrelated firearms charges. The Republican reports that a grand jury Tuesday handed down an indictment charging ex-Pelham Chief Edward Fleury with assault with a dangerous weapon and 22 counts of improper storage of firearms. Authorities allege …

Housing projects headline $1.1 million in CPA funds to be considered by Northampton City Council

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two Pleasant Street projects that would significantly add to the city’s affordable housing stock will highlight the latest round of Community Preservation Act grants scheduled for discussion before the City Council Thursday night. The plans being pitched by Valley Community Development Corp. at the former Northampton Lumber site at 256 Pleasant St., and by HAPHousing at the Northampton Lodging site at …

Northampton to ask state Legislature for five new all-alcohol licenses

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Three months after awarding a highly desired all-alcohol liquor license to Bistro Les Gras in a random drawing, the city intends to seek permission from the state that would allow it to issue similar licenses to five of the businesses that were not as lucky. Mayor …

Family, friends rally to help Chloe Rombach as she recovers after being struck in Northampton crosswalk

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The family and friends of Chloe Rombach, the 22-year-old city woman critically injured when struck by a vehicle in a Bridge Street crosswalk last week, have started an online fundraiser to aid in the expenses associated …

Former Southampton Fire Chief Stephen Hyde Sr. fined $7,500 for violating conflict of interest law

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — The state Ethics Commission has fined former Southampton Fire Chief Stephen Hyde Sr. $7,500 for violating the state’s conflict of interest law in connection with falsified payroll records for his son, a firefighter, in 2011. In …

Lefen ‘Helen’ Chen pleads guilty in insurance fraud ring, may face deportation

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A woman from Taiwan may face deportation after she admitted in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday that she led a scheme that defrauded insurance companies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars over six years. Lefen “Helen” Chen, 56, of Flushing, New York, accepted a plea agreement …

Hadley Public Works Director Gary Girouard to retire, creating another department head vacancy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

HADLEY — The town is now seeking a new Department of Public Works director in addition to a police chief. Public Works Director Gary Girouard told the Select Board on Wednesday that he will retire at the end of March, three months before his five-year contract expires. “I’m …

State approves tax deal for Mohawk Fine papers envelope plant in South Hadley

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Mohawk Fine Papers moved a step closer to bringing up to 37 manufacturing jobs to South Hadley by winning unanimous approval Wednesday from the Massachusetts Office of Business Development Economic Assistance Coordinating Council for a tax incentive crafted by the town. The company announced last …

Easthampton City Council approves $5,000 increase in mayor’s pay to take effect in 2016

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The City Council unanimously approved a $5,000 increase in the mayor’s salary Wednesday that will take effect in 2016. The mayor currently earns $70,000 annually, according to City Clerk Barbara LaBombard. The 7.14 percent increase to $75,000 will take effect in January 2016, after the first …

Area police news

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Amherst ■ A resident of an East Pleasant Street home reported at 4:39 p.m. Tuesday that the word “molly” was spray-painted on the side of the building. The resident told police the vandalism may be linked to a disturbance Dec. 5 in downtown Amherst. Easthampton ■ Shawn M. …

Serena Desantis admits role in Christmas Eve theft of donated items from Unitarian Society in Northampton

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke woman admitted in court Wednesday that she took part in the theft last Christmas Eve of items donated to a Northampton church. Serena Desantis, 34, pleaded guilty to larceny over $250 in Hampshire Superior Court on Wednesday, a day after her accomplice in the …

Robert Caret resigns from UMass presidency to become chancellor of University System of Maryland

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret has resigned to return to the University System of Maryland, where he will become chancellor. The University System of Maryland late Wednesday afternoon announced Caret’s hiring, effective July 1. …