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Two suffer minor injuries in I-91 rollover

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two people suffered minor injuries due to a rollover accident on I-91 between Exits 18 and 19 around noon Wednesday, according to fire officials. Northampton Fire Capt. William Millin responded to the accident, according to a Fire Department spokesman. The weather was clear and sunny. The vehicle was a total loss and was flipped over in the median when fire officials arrived. The two occupants, who were not …

Easthampton City Council OKs Brickyard Brook trail, soccer field expansion at meeting Wednesday

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The City Council Wednesday unanimously voted to approve two green-space projects and money for a new police cruiser and public works vehicle. Around a dozen people came to participate in or listen to hearings on the proposals, with the largest number of comments coming in support of installing an irrigation system at the Nonotuck Park Soccer Complex and creating an accessible …

Northampton panel backs $1.45M for Pulaski Park renovation; allocation for condo site project fails

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The transformation of Pulaski Park, an acre of common space on Main Street bordered by the Academy of Music and Memorial Hall, got the green light from the Community Preservation Committee Wednesday night to the tune of $1,450,000. That sum is not the entire $1.675 million request for the project. CPC members decided to postpone funding a portion of the project …

Town clerk sends election day campaign flier to Office of Campaign & Political Finance for review

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AMHERST — An election day flier left Tuesday at homes in a North Amherst precinct may have violated state campaign laws, although likely only if those who printed it spent more than $250, according to a spokesman for the state’s Office of Campaign & Political Finance. Town Clerk …

Area brief

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Amherst BIRDS OF PREY TALK — Raptor rehabilitator Julie Anne Collier will give a live birds of prey presentation from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Amherst Copy and Designworks, 37 East Pleasant St. Birds to be displayed include an American kestrel, a peregrine falcon, a red-tailed  hawk and a great horned owl. Collier’s artwork, including portraits of the raptors she cares for, will also be on display. …

Northampton City Council to consider raising water and sewer rates

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council Thursday night will consider a request from Mayor David J. Narkewicz to increase water and sewer rates starting in July. The proposed rates are $5.74 per 100 cubic feet for water and $6.27 per 100 cubic feet for sewer — up from the …

Area police news

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Amherst ∎ A woman living at Mill Valley Estates, 740 Riverglade Drive, reported to police at 11:29 p.m. Tuesday seeing a Peeping Tom looking in her windows. Officers who responded were unable to find any suspects in the area of the South Amherst apartment complex. Northampton ∎ Ian …

UMass names astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as commencement speaker

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AMHERST — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at the undergraduate commencement of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on May 8, the school announced Wednesday. Tyson is executive editor and on-camera host for “Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey,” the …

Hinge cited for liquor license violation, punishment suspended for two months

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The License Commission gave The Hinge, a Main Street bar and music venue, two months to improve management after determining the business violated its liquor license during a February snowstorm when police found employees and friends drinking in a third-floor suite well after everyone should have …

Moe’s Southwest Grill to open in two weeks on King Street in Northampton

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The owner of the Hadley franchise of Moe’s Southwest Grill is gearing up to open another franchise in Northampton, next to Stop & Shop, in space formerly occupied by Blockbuster Video. Sagar Shah, 30, of Connecticut, appeared Wednesday before the License Commission seeking a license to …

Workers at Clinical & Support Options rally in Northampton to protest stalled contract negotiations

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A breakdown in contract negotiations sent more than 100 human service workers from Clinical & Support Options Inc. into the street to protest outside the agency’s headquarters on Atwood Drive Wednesday morning. Chanting “Two, four, six, …

Stephanie Solivan of Northampton gets probation for her role in beating woman at Meadowbrook with chain

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton woman will be on probation for 18 months after admitting she played a role in an incident in which a woman was pulled from her home at Meadowbrook Apartments and beaten with a chain. Stephanie Solivan, 27, of 241 Jackson St., Apt. 4B, pleaded …

Sunderland Town Administrator Margaret Nartowicz accepts job offer in Rutland

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sunderland Town Administrator Margaret Z. Nartowicz has accepted an offer for the same job in Rutland. Nartowicz was selected over four other finalists as the first town administrator in Rutland, which is in Worcester County. The Rutland Select Board interviewed candidates over the last two weeks, and voted …