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September death of Marissa Jackson ruled suicide

Friday, March 6, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst woman whose body was found in a wooded area near the intersection of Amity Street and University Drive Sept. 9 died from an overdose of a prescription antidepressant, according to the state medical examiner’s office. The office recently determined that Marissa Jackson, 26, committed suicide by from acute sertraline intoxication, Terrel Harris, spokesman for the state’s Executive Office of Public Safety, said in an email to …

Mixed reaction from area legislators to first budget proposal by Gov. Charlie Baker

Friday, March 6, 2015

The first budget proposal by Gov. Charlie Baker has gotten a mixed reaction from the area’s state legislative leaders, who raised questions about details in the proposal as well as concerns about sections that could shortchange western Massachusetts. Among these are proposed cuts for tourism and regional school busing. Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, said he has already heard about cuts that would eliminate …

Deerfield and Sunderland consider regional wastewater treatment plant

Friday, March 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Select Boards in Sunderland and Deerfield are beginning to talk about yet another potential regional project — consolidating sewer services. They are discussing the possibility of decommissioning one of the town’s wastewater treatment plants, upgrading, expanding and hardening the other one against powerful weather events such as Tropical Storm Irene and pumping both towns’ wastewater to that plant — a …

‘The Cat in the Hat’ and other Dr. Seuss characters entertain students at Crocker Farm Elementary School

Friday, March 6, 2015

AMHERST — “The Cat in the Hat” and company paid a visit to Crocker Farm Elementary School on Wednesday. To celebrate “Read Across America,” a nationwide event sponsored by the National Education Association, Crocker Farm librarian Susan McQuaid …

Northampton approves stiffer penalties for failing to clear snow, ice from sidewalks

Friday, March 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council unanimously gave initial approval Thursday night to a new ordinance that requires property owners to remove snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours or face increasing fines that can reach $250 per day if they fail to comply. The ordinance still requires …

University, town embrace Davis report advice

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst didn’t “officially end the Blarney Blowout” but it and the town of Amherst have hewed to most of the other recommendations included in a report by former Boston Police Commissioner Edward …

Social media fuel Blarney-style gatherings in hard-to-predict ways

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — Last year, social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram led Blarney Blowout revelers from one epic bash to another, leaving destruction and empty beer cans in their wake. Social media have changed the way the masses gather. Real-time tweets let wandering revelers unite under common …

Northampton City Councilor Paul Spector issues warning about great horned owl spotted on Massasoit Street

Thursday, March 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Ward 2 City Councilor Paul Spector is warning residents about a great horned owl he spotted recently on Massasoit Street, saying they should take caution with small pets. “It is not normally seen in the daylight and it is enormous,” Spector said while making a one-minute …

MGM plans March 24 groundbreaking on $800 million Springfield casino

Thursday, March 5, 2015

BOSTON — MGM outlined its construction schedule for an $800 million resort casino in Springfield on Thursday, starting with a March 24 groundbreaking. At a rare Springfield meeting for the state Gaming Commission, officials for the Las Vegas-based casino company said they expect basic site preparation activities will …

Bruce Bennett of Leeds held on $50,000 bail for charges related to theft of jewelry, other items worth nearly $10,000

Thursday, March 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Leeds man denied burglary charges in Hampshire Superior Court on Wednesday during his 105th arraignment on “larceny-type offenses,” according to court records. Bruce V. Bennett, 62, of 421 North Main St., Apt. 6, was ordered held on $50,000 bail after he pleaded not guilty to …

Area briefs

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Amherst ABSENTEE BALLOTS: The town clerk’s office in Town Hall has absentee ballots for the March 31 town election. Applications for absentee ballots must be made in writing and include the voter’s name, address, precinct, contact information and signature. Those who have a religious belief, will be out …

Thursday, March 5, 2015

South Hadley Board of Health shuts down food service at Stoney’s Pub/Underground Pizza

Thursday, March 5, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Stoney’s Pub/Underground Pizza has been ordered by the Board of Health to stop cooking and serving food after several violations were found in an inspection last week. The Board of Health reported Feb. 26 that inspector Jennifer Jernigan visited the restaurant that day to follow …