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Workers clear ice and snow from switches at the East Deerfield Rail Yard. Recorder/Paul Franz

Concern over proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline passing through contaminated rail yard in East Deerfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — With projects to clean up pollution at the Pan Am Railways yard in East Deerfield underway, some town residents are worried that the Tennessee Gas Pipeline route will pass through the property and further spread contaminants. Lynn Rose, a former member of the town’s Planning Board who has been working with Pan Am for 15 years to get …

Roof on century-old barn in Granby collapses under weight of snow

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

GRANBY — Robin Mercier was standing in her driveway talking with her cousin just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday when she heard a crunching sound and then a loud thwack just before the rood of a barn across the street collapsed under the weight of this winter’s snow. “We heard the first part happen and it sounded like a car accident,” she said. …

Amherst Town Manager John Musante defends police named in UMass student’s lawsuit over Blarney Blowout arrest

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Town Manager John Musante issued a statement Wednesday defending five Amherst Police officers who have been sued by a student arrested during last year’s Blarney Blowout. “The police professionals on duty that day were confronted with behavior that threatened public safety,” Musante wrote Wednesday. “I am confident that our police exercised good judgment in a very difficult and unprecedented situation.” Thomas …

UMass students, officials have different ideas about successful Blarney Blowout

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Some plan to attend. Some plan to steer clear. But few if any University of Massachusetts Amherst students doubt this year’s Blarney Blowout will be the raucous event it’s known as despite the unpopular university policies …

Paul Goodhind named principal of Mosier Elementary School in South Hadley

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Completing a change in leadership for the younger grades, the School Department announced Wednesday that Paul Goodhind, an educator in central Massachusetts, will be the new principal of Mosier Elementary School. He will replace Jill Pasquini-Torchia who is moving over to the Plains Elementary School …

Juicy J, Kesha and Ludacris will appear at free concert for UMass students Saturday

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — An on-campus concert aimed at keeping University of Massachusetts Amherst students off the town streets during this year’s Blarney Blowout on Saturday will feature three big names and about two dozen banned items. The artists will be Juicy J, Kesha and Ludacris, according to a statement …

Harold Tramazzo, owner of Hangar Pub and Grill, takes over operations at Amherst Brewing Co.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — The owner of the Hangar Pub and Grill is taking over all operations at the nearby Amherst Brewing Co., including food preparation, customer service and beer brewing. Hangar owner Harold Tramazzo said Wednesday that he intends to keep Amherst Brewing moving forward as changes are made …

Amherst Regional stages production of Tony award-winning musical ‘Hairspray’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — The curtain will rise Thursday at Amherst Regional High School for the Tony award-winning musical “Hairspray.” The musical, which debuted on Broadway in 2002, portrays 1960s Baltimore during racial integration. “We wanted to take on something …

Former employees André and Devon Boulay take ownership of downtown icon A2Z Science & Learning

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Florence resident André Boulay remembers trips to Northampton when he was around 7 from his Blandford home — they invariably involved stops at a place he adored, A2Z Science & Learning Store in Thornes Marketplace. Extra …

Northampton City Council expected to protect 34 acres of open space, consider new fines for snow and ice removal

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council is expected to finalize protection of approximately 34 acres of open space across the city when it meets Thursday. It also plans to take initial votes on several ordinances, including one pertaining to snow and ice removal from city sidewalks. After initial approval …

State to review Northampton school programs for special education, English language learners

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City schools will be reviewed by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the areas of special education, English language learners, and civil rights. Such evaluations, called Coordinated Program Reviews, are conducted routinely every six years by the department to satisfy state and federal …

Ex-Marine Victor Nunez Ortiz runs write-in campaign for seat on Amherst School Committee

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — A former Marine who served in Iraq and now assists veterans who are at risk of losing their benefits and becoming homeless is running a write-in campaign for a seat on the Amherst School Committee at the March 31 town election. Victor A. Nunez Ortiz, of …

Condemned Northampton spas unlicensed, fined by state as police probe into alleged criminal conduct continues

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two spas condemned by local health officials for unsanitary conditions last week were not licensed to operate in Massachusetts and have been issued $1,000 fines, according to the state Division of Professional Licensure. One of those …