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Deerfield takes steps to reduce projected budget deficit by $293,018

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Town officials are considering several changes to the current budget proposal that would decrease next year’s projected deficit by $293,018. By the latest Finance Committee estimates, the town faces a $639,139 shortfall for the next fiscal year beginning July 1. The newest estimates bring the shortfall to $346,121. The Finance Committee plans to meet again with the Select Board on Tuesday. The town hopes to avoid a … 0

Calendula Chaudle of Holyoke arrested on gun, drug charges

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — State police arrested Calendula Chaudle, 37, of Holyoke, at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday in Holyoke and charged him with unlicensed carrying of a firearm and possession of a Class A drug (heroin). Chaudle was taken to the Northampton barracks where he was held pending his arraignment in Holyoke District Court. … 0

Northampton City Council approves Community Preservation Act money for housing program, playgrounds

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city is in line to be among the first communities in the state to launch a program using Community Preservation Act money dedicated solely to helping low- and moderate-income residents who live in affordable housing to stay in their homes. The City Council Thursday night unanimously approved a $195,000 CPA grant to the Housing Partnership for a three-year initiative called … 0

Senate OKs bond bill with millions for road, rail improvements

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The state Senate Thursday approved a five-year, $12.7 billion transportation bond bill that includes money for commuter rail service in the Pioneer Valley, $6.53 million for seven projects in Northampton and up to $300 million a year for … 0

Easthampton Mayor Karen Cadieux presents her first proposed budget, a 2.6 percent increase over current fiscal year

Thursday, April 17, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Mayor Karen L. Cadieux’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 is a 2.6 percent increase over the current year and includes the biggest education funding increase in seven years, though it will mean layoffs in city schools. The budget for the fiscal year that starts July … 0

District attorney’s office alleges that drugs, related paraphernalia and $8,833 in cash seized in Amherst raid

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — A variety of substances believed to be drugs, related paraphernalia, $8,833 in cash and a check for $2,000 were among the items seized during a raid Tuesday at a Main Street home, according to the Northwestern … 0

Hadley audit finds improvements needed in treasurer’s office

Thursday, April 17, 2014

HADLEY — A routine audit of the town’s finances has found that improvements are needed in the treasurer’s office as it continues its transition from manual to electronic bookkeeping. The audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, found that a cash book did not total correctly, … 0

Area police news

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating a break-in at a Duxbury Lane home reported at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday Entry was made through a bathroom window and inexpensive silver-plated jewelry was stolen, according to police. UMass ■ Baoquan Sun, 20, of Marlborough, was arrested at 11:27 p.m. Wednesday on North … 0

Three small farms in Amherst and Hadley get boosts from $10,000 state grants

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — Customers who come to the first Amherst Farmers Market on Saturday will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of greens harvested from three high tunnels and four greenhouses at Danya Teitelbaum’s North Amherst farm, known as Queen’s Greens. But as the recipient of a $10,000 … 0

Local doctor says man accused of gunning down three in Kansas Sunday conspired in death of her husband in 1979 'Greensboro Massacre'

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local physician Marty Nathan watched with more than distant interest as the news unfolded that a white supremacist had been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of three people Sunday in Overland Park, Kan. That … 1

Area Briefs

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easthampton EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS: Early childhood screenings for city children ages 3 to 5 will be held May 1 and 2 at Maple Elementary School. Parents of children who may have special needs or are interested in enrolling as “peer partners” in the city’s Early Childhood Program may … 0

Jason Swift of Agawam sentenced to year of probation for Huntington house break

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Agawam man was sentenced to one year of probation Thursday after pleading guilty to felony breaking and entering and larceny charges. Jason Swift, 29, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court before Judge John A. Agostini to charges of felony breaking and entering in the daytime, … 0

Charles Ryan denies charges connected to alleged home-based marijuana growing operation at his Worthington home

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A tip to police led to the discovery of an alleged marijuana-growing operation at a Worthington home and — after a nearly 10-month wait for test results on the drugs that were seized — the homeowner denied charges this week. Charles T. Ryan, 31, of 43 … 0