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The Cosby property on Bardwells Ferry Road in Shelburne with closed gates and signs asking for privacy: “If you are not invited do not pass through these gates."

Not much talk among Shelburne Falls residents about sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby

Friday, December 19, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Sawyer News Co., with its spread of local and national newspapers and racks of magazines, has always been the place to go for news. The headlines on newspapers and the gossipy tabloids often spark lively comments. But these days, when comedian Bill Cosby — Shelburne’s most famous resident — is in the bold tabloid headlines, not many …

Smith Vocational, VA launch new partnership based on community service, shared stories

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Army Sgt. Gerard Peters of Easthampton not only had “the best veal I ever had” last week, but was reminded that younger people continue to appreciate his service. Peters, 52, who was in the Army for 10 years that included the invasion of Grenada in 1983, was among five veterans from …

Amherst town manager expects inclusionary zoning bylaw promoting affordable housing by next spring

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — A revised municipal bylaw that would promote private investment in the development of affordable housing should be ready for annual Town Meeting, according to Town Manager John Musante. Musante told the Select Board this week that he wants an updated inclusionary zoning bylaw to be complete so a vote can be taken at the sessions commencing April 27. “This is the …

Bail reduced for NY man shot in Ware while allegedly trying to run down officer

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Thursday reduced bail for the New York man who was shot by a Ware police officer he was allegedly trying to run down with his car. Judge Mary-Lou Rup set bail for Sajid Dacres, who uses an alias of Quinton Avant, …

Academic programs see opening of relations simplifying Cuban exchanges

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — During his most recent visit to Havana just last week, Jerry Guidera noticed hints of a looming change in the long-strained relations between Cuba and the United States. “There was a sense of excitement building that I hadn’t seen before,” said Guidera, an Amherst resident who …

Gas company nixes new customers in several towns

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Saying the natural gas pipeline that provides gas to much of the Pioneer Valley is nearing capacity, Berkshire Gas Co. has imposed a moratorium on new customers in Greenfield, Deerfield, Montague and Whately. The decision has the potential to stifle economic development in the affected towns …

Northampton City Council delays vote on Community Preservation Act grant for CDC project on Plesant Street

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council delayed a vote Thursday on a $300,000 Community Preservation Act grant for a local nonprofit that hopes to redevelop the former Northampton Lumber site on Pleasant Street into primarily affordable housing. By a 6-2 vote, councilors said that though they want Valley Community …

Rail ways: Trains return to a line less traveled, now ready for speedier travel

Thursday, December 18, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of four days of coverage about the planned expansion of passenger rail in the Pioneer Valley. NORTHAMPTON — The Dec. 29 return of Vermonter service to Northampton and Greenfield for the first …

US-Cuba thaw validates Congressman James McGovern’s longtime advocacy for improved relations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Congressman James P. McGovern, long an advocate of improved U.S.-Cuba relations, got a front-row seat Wednesday to the event he said made increased diplomacy possible — the return of American prisoner Alan Gross from Cuba. The Worcester Democrat, …

Governor gets high-level call on air

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded calls on hundreds of subjects during his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio show. But this call was one of a kind. “Uh, Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville,” the caller began Thursday. “I’ve got a few complaints about …

Northampton swears in six new police officers, begins return to fully-staffed department

Thursday, December 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Six new full-time officers were sworn in Thursday, joining five current members of the Northampton Police Department who were promoted during a ceremony celebrating what Chief Russell P. Sienkiewicz described as progress after a “dark time” …

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy praises outgoing president Robert Caret

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said President Robert L. Caret will leave the university in a strong position when he departs next year to become chancellor of the University System of Maryland. Subbaswamy, who became chancellor of UMass Amherst under Caret’s leadership, said …

Area court news

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Northampton ■ Rodney A. Boyce, 56, of 64E Musante Drive, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Northampton District Court to charges of strangulation or suffocation, assault and battery on a family or household member, and intimidation of a witness. According to court records, Boyce was arrested at his home …