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Appointment for open South Hadley Electric Light Department seat to be made Tuesday

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Two candidates to fill a seat on the board of commissioners for the South Hadley Electric Light Department will present their credentials to a joint session of the Select Board and the remaining SHELD commissioners on Tuesday night. The seven members of the combined bodies will then vote on an appointment. Daniel Whitford of 5 Misty Court served with a Navy submarine squadron for 24 years as …

Construction underway for half-mile extension of rail trail in Leeds

Sunday, August 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Construction has started on an over $500,000, half-mile extension of the MassCentral Rail Trail in Leeds, which is part of the city’s long-term goals to increase bicycle and foot traffic and connect the rail trail transportation network to Williamsburg. Gagliarducci Construction began working about two weeks ago on the new section, which will extend from the Grove Avenue connector toward Williamsburg. …

Police make six drunken-driving arrests as part of ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ initiative

Sunday, August 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Six drivers allegedly operating under the influence of alcohol on city streets were arrested between Friday night and Sunday morning as part of the grant-funded initiative “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” focused on removing impaired drivers from roads, according to police. At 11:01 p.m. Friday, Brittany Elizabeth Deats, 24, of Greenfield, was arrested on Center Street on charges of operating …

Bicycle reported stolen in Laurel Park neighborhood — and other area police news

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Northampton ∎ A woman at Moe’s restaurant, 228 King St., who was allegedly making threats and repeatedly shouting the word “homicide” at 8:52 p.m. Saturday, was removed by police for a mental health evaluation. ∎ A Coachlight Condominiums resident reported at 12:51 p.m. Saturday that her purse was …

Westfield man breaks wine bottles at one Northampton eatery, smears blood in kitchen area of another

Sunday, August 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Westfield man allegedly destroyed more than $1,000 worth of wine and caused extensive damage at two restaurants during a temper tantrum that led to his arrest Saturday night. Roger James Dwyer, 32, of 23 Linden Ave., was arrested at 10:47 p.m. at Mimmo’s Pizza, 71 …

Prospect Street area roadwork in Northampton scheduled for completion next week

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Many of the city’s road paving projects will begin wrapping up next week. Paving on Prospect Street, Woodlawn Avenue and Massasoit Street will be completed on Monday. Crews will work during the remainder of the week …

New Northampton and Easthampton firefighters among state academy graduates

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New recruits from the Easthampton and Northampton fire departments were among those who graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Friday. David J. Nalewanski of the Easthampton Fire Department and Nicholas J. Demetrion of the Northampton Fire Department and 22 others from across the state completed the 45-day Career …

Northampton Police Department swears-in three new officers, promotes three

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three new Northampton Police officers joined three veteran ranking officers when they were sworn in by Mayor David J. Narkewicz at a ceremony Thursday night. Capt. John Cartledge, Lt. David Callahan and Sgt. Patrick Moody, who …

Drawing the line

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Hilltown Voices: Chesterfield blueberry farm wraps up season after battling invasive fly

Saturday, August 29, 2015

For the last couple of years Bruce Roberts, owner of Roberts Blueberry Farm at 220 South Street in Chesterfield, has had to end his season early due to damage done by a newly introduced fruit fly. This year the farm has made a bit of a come back …

Timothy Lipski denies charges related to two alleged armed robberies in Easthampton and Northampton

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Easthampton man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Friday to two counts of armed, masked robbery and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with two alleged robberies of stores in Easthampton and Northampton in 2013. By agreement of the …

Bail reduced for Boston woman who allegedly cashed $13,000 in fraudulent checks from Northampton Area Pediatrics in 2013

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Boston woman who was initially charged in 2013 with cashing $13,000 in fraudulent checks from Northampton Area Pediatrics had her bail reduced in Hampshire Superior Court Friday. Aisha Freeman, 39, has pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Aug. 6 to charges of larceny over …

Cummington Fair draws large turnout Friday, fun continues through Sunday

Saturday, August 29, 2015

CUMMINGTON — The Cummington Fair is living up to its billing as the “biggest and bets little fair in the country,” based on the sizeable crowds that have flocked to the Hilltowns to take part in the first …