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Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz talks with an audience member during a meeting at the Senior Center on Wednesday to discuss the Parks and Recreation Department move to the facility. At left is an original site plan for the senior center.

Northampton mayor pledges to end veteran homelessness this year

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When First Lady Michelle Obama issued a challenge last year to the country’s mayors to end veteran homelessness, Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz didn’t immediately jump on board. Instead, he said he wanted to be certain Northampton could achieve that goal in 2015, through its local veterans support network, before signing any pledge. He made that commitment Wednesday …

Strawberry fields

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Deficiencies in Southampton Fire Department revealed, restoration of paramedic-level services pushed back to Aug. 1

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — The relaunch of the town’s paramedic-level ambulance service is being pushed back for a second time to Aug. 1 as new staff is hired and planned drug management procedures are put into place. Those services were temporarily suspended after a May 28 inspection by the state Department of Public Health Office …

US, Brazil look to move beyond 2013 spying flap

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff publicly closed that chapter Tuesday, declaring that the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil is …

Iran nuclear talks get weeklong extension

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

VIENNA — Pushing past a Tuesday deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week as the U.N. nuclear agency prepared to announce Tehran had met a key condition — significantly reducing …

Two hikers rescued by Hadley Fire Department after getting lost on the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

HADLEY — Two Longmeadow residents were rescued by the town Fire Department after they got lost while hiking on the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail in Hadley on Tuesday night, according to Hadley Police. Officer Jesse Green said the hikers, a 30-year-old man and 34-year-old woman, had started hiking around 6 …

Former Deerfield Academy student files federal lawsuit alleging sexual abuse during athletic trips to Connecticut in 1980s

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — A former student at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts has filed a federal lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused by a faculty member while on athletic trips to Connecticut in the 1980s. The former student names Deerfield Academy and its former golf and squash coaches as …

US, Cuba to announce plan to open embassies

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, a major step in ending hostilities between the Cold War foes, a senior administration …

Whately Board of Health to consider raising legal age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WHATELY — Following the example of other nearby Franklin and Hampshire County communities, the Board of Health will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday to discuss revising the town’s bylaws to make it harder for young people to obtain tobacco products. The hearing will be in …

Jody Kasper makes history in taking over Northampton Police Department as chief

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police Chief Jody D. Kasper acknowledges that generally speaking, these aren’t good times for police squads across the country, something she finds both daunting and inspiring as she assumes leadership of the city’s 74-person department. She …

Municipal investment in public art supported in Amherst

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

AMHERST — Municipal investment in public art that would make Amherst a more prominent destination for artists and people visiting cultural attractions appears to have widespread support in the community, with town officials beginning to examine the best ways to ensure such financing is possible. Results of feedback …

Granby Veterans Memorial Committee continues to raise money for construction project

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GRANBY — When the Granby Veterans Memorial Committee first got together in 2012, the members had one goal — to dedicate their time to the development and construction of a memorial to honor Granby residents who served their country in times of war. Working hand-in-hand with Friends of …

Children’s book author Molly B. Burnham announces candidacy for at-large Northampton School Committee seat

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Children’s book author Molly B. Burnham, of 18 New Street in Florence, has announced her candidacy for an at-large seat on the Northampton School Committee. She is at least the fourth candidate for the two at-large seats in the Nov. 3 election. Burnham, 48, is author …