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Amherst schools again collecting backpacks, supplies to distribute to students in need

Monday, July 28, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst school district is again collecting new backpacks and schools supplies to distribute before the start of school to students in need. This will be the project’s sixth year and the fifth for a companion effort, Safe Seats for Kids, which provides car seats for income-eligible families. Project Backpack is a collaborative effort by the schools and many community organizations which donate packs, supplies and cash, said … 0

AREA POLICE NEWS

Monday, July 28, 2014

Amherst  A New Hampshire man was arrested and charged with a number of crimes early Sunday morning, including assault and battery on a police officer, after he allegedly was found sleeping on the porch of Amherst Laser and Skin Care on North Pleasant Street. Police said they woke up Brandon Borghi, 20, of Alton Bay, shortly before 2 a.m. and he allegedly … 0

Anti-pipeline walk ends with Statehouse rally

Monday, July 28, 2014

With a couple of days to rest after their statewide “rolling march” to fight the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. proposal, opponents are gearing up for a Boston rally in front of the Statehouse, where they plan to present two sets of petitions to lawmakers. The timing, Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., comes just as the House and Senate are about to … 0

Florence group seeks ballot vote to stop politicians from taking campaign money from industries they regulate

Monday, July 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence-based group is trying to remove the influence of money from politics, one vote at a time. Represent.Us, which formed about two years ago, says it has collected a little more than 1,500 signatures to … 1

Crews put in OT to fix water main break on Villone Drive in Leeds

Monday, July 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — For the third time in the last two months, crews from the Department of Public Works scrambled to fix one of the city’s many antiquated water mains — this time in Leeds where a pipe broke on Villone Drive Saturday night. The 8-inch pipe burst around … 0

'I committed no fireable offense' Unclear why Easthampton mayor's assistant Susan Giza, who surpassed 50 candidates for job, let go after 6 months

Monday, July 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Six months after Mayor Karen L. Cadieux hired Susan Giza to be her administrative assistant, Giza is no longer on the job and says she was dismissed without cause. Giza, 61, of 7 Meadowbrook Drive, held … 0

Former Amherst GOP chairwoman dies at age 65

Monday, July 28, 2014

AMHERST — During the 2008 presidential election, Paulette Henderson-Brooks served as president of the Amherst Republican Committee. At the same time, her husband, H. Oldham “Harry” Brooks, led the Amherst Democratic Committee. “It was like they were the … 0

Fire destroys home on Thrasher Hill Road in Worthington; cause said to be lightning

Monday, July 28, 2014

WORTHINGTON — A severe fire that destroyed a home at 68 Thrasher Hill Road in Worthington on Sunday night was caused by lightning, according to the state fire marshal’s office. The fire was reported around 6:30 p.m. by … 0

MAP Roadwork near UMass begins today; seek alternate routes to avoid delays

Monday, July 28, 2014

AMHERST — Road construction on six neighborhood streets off North Pleasant Street north of the University of Massachusetts campus is slated to begin Tuesday morning, The streets, Berkshire Terrace, Fairfield Street, Farview Way, Moorland Street, Old Town Road … 0

ID of Oklahoma City’s ‘John Doe No. 2’ key to FBI trial

Sunday, July 27, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — One man’s quest to explain his brother’s mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. What some consider a far-flung conspiracy … 0

No. 34: New Habitat home in Northampton completed for area family

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After working two jobs, raising four kids and putting in 250 hours of labor over the last 21 months, Kimberly Antequera finally got what she’d been striving so hard for — the keys to her first … 0

Northampton police

Sunday, July 27, 2014

■ Joseph M. Stanislawski, 23, of 74 Barrett St. Apt. #304, Northampton, was arrested about 8:39 a.m. Saturday on Barrett Street on a pair of warrants. One was issued from Hampshire Superior Court on five counts each of nighttime felony breaking and entering, malicious destruction of property over … 0

Chain grocery stores increasingly getting into local produce act; Big Y forms partnership with UMass student farm

Saturday, July 26, 2014

According to the “food odometer” developed by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa, the average fruit or vegetable travels nearly 1,500 miles to get from farm to consumer. And, to keep food from spoiling during these … 0