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New scholarship for graduating seniors recognizes LGBTQI youths and allies

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Franklin-Hampshire Chapter has announced a new scholarship for graduating seniors in Franklin and Hampshire counties. Known as the Eric Collins Memorial Award, the scholarship will be given to two graduating seniors, one each in Franklin and Hampshire county secondary schools, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The award is a one-time $250 stipend. This award has been established to …

Incense left unattended causes minor damage to apartment on Masonic Street in Northampton

Monday, March 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Masonic Street apartment sustained minor smoke and water damage after unattended incense was left burning Monday night. Deputy Fire Chief John Davine said 13 firefighters responded to 20 Masonic St. after a neighbor reported smoke coming from the second floor unit around 9:30 p.m. Two engines, a ladder truck, an ambulance and one command vehicle were on scene for close …

Amherst road work will include resurfacing of Pine Street and three roads near Shutesbury town line

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Resurfacing of Pine Street will be complete and three neighborhood streets near the Shutesbury town line will be rebuilt as part of $1.14 million in road work planned for the 2015 construction season. But the list of other roads that will be improved, including sections where …

Judith Houle will serve as interim school superintendent in Granby

Monday, March 2, 2015

GRANBY — The School Committee Monday night negotiated a contract with Judith Houle, the former superintendent of the Belchertown schools, who has been named interim superintendent. Houle will take over March 19 for Isabelina Rodriguez who announced earlier …

Six downtown Amherst bars agree to open later Saturday as town seeks to deter large-scale Blarney Blowout disturbances

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Six downtown bars, including three establishments owned by business partners who sponsored the pre-St. Patrick’s Day event known as Blarney Blowout, are voluntarily delaying their openings Saturday. Town Manager John Musante told the Select Board Monday …

Boehner mum on Homeland Security vote

Monday, March 2, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility Monday that the House might pass long-term funding for the Homeland Security Department without immigration provisions attached, as Republican options dwindled for avoiding a capitulation to the White …

South Hadley introduces new website, adopts social media policy

Monday, March 2, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — The town’s Internet presence was recently upgraded with a revamping of its website and a new social media policy governing content on its Facebook page. Because anyone may post and comment on the South Hadley …

Science for the People continues revitalization at UMass with panel discussion Saturday

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Less than a year after a group focused on using science to pursue social and environmental justice held a reunion at the University of Massachusetts — a quarter century after the original Science for the People was dissolved — the group plans to continue its revitalization …

Bail set at $1,000 for Christopher Rigali of South Hadley who allegedly injured Northampton police officer

Monday, March 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton District Court judge set bail at $1,000 for a 35-year-old South Hadley man who was arrested Sunday night on multiple charges after he allegedly injured a police officer and threatened and assaulted staff at two downtown bars. Christopher C. Rigali, of 418 Granby Road, …

Two arrests as police respond to several incidents in Amherst during the weekend

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Police responded to several incidents during which they made two arrests on the last weekend in February. Officers were called at 1:35 a.m. Saturday to Townehouse Apartments, 50 Meadow St., where an unwanted guest was making a scene, said Detective Jamie Reardon. Jean Philippe C. Beaudet, …

Soldiering along in creative economy Three Valley artists talk about how they make ends meet while pursuing their muse

Monday, March 2, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: Making a living in the arts is always a challenge. In this story, Gazette arts writer Steve Pfarrer speaks with three members of the “creative economy” about the ways they make a living while making art. …

Gov. Charlie Baker proposes early retirement incentives to help reduce deficit in next year’s state budget

Monday, March 2, 2015

BOSTON — Thousands of state employees could receive incentives to retire early under a proposal Gov. Charlie Baker hopes will help plug a sizeable deficit in the next state budget, the administration confirmed Monday. The governor’s office is …