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Scott Specht and Louise Harpman of Specht Harpman Architects are asked questions by Stephen Chan at TEDx Amherst Saturday. The duo spoke about rethinking the size of the American home.

TEDx at UMass explores ‘pioneering’ as event expands; 12 speakers reach audience of over 700

Saturday, April 25, 2015

AMHERST — Speakers at the largest TEDx event convened at the University of Massachusetts explored the theme of pioneering Saturday, defined this way by the event’s chief curator, Nicole Malinowski: “to develop or be the first to use and apply.” “We are living in an age of transformative and powerful pioneering ideas being implemented by people all around the world,” …

Christine Archambault resigns from South Hadley Electric Light Department commission

Saturday, April 25, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Less than two weeks after a hotly contested election in which five candidates ran for two open seats as commissioners on the South Hadley Electric Light Department, Christine Archambault, the only member whose seat was not on this year’s ballot, announced her resignation effective immediately. The surprise move last week means that the Select Board, together with the two remaining …

Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman tells Franklin County Chamber of Commerce of ‘critical need’ for Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, April 25, 2015

DEERFIELD — Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell made a case last week with the region’s business leaders for what he called the “critical need” for the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline. Farrell said it is needed not only to grow the economy, but to keep businesses from leaving. Having Tennessee Gas Pipeline as the only supplier for Berkshire …

Sunderland Town Meeting adopts lower Frontier Regional budget, backs anti-pipeline resolution

Friday, April 24, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland has become the first of the Frontier Regional School District towns to approve Superintendent Martha Barrett’s original, no-increase budget for next year. The vote at Friday night’s annual Town Meeting was a stand against the regional School Committee’s decision in March to restore funding for …

Summary of findings and recommendations in the Walker Parking Consultants report

Friday, April 24, 2015

The management techniques in place in Northampton are sound, but some “tweaks” should help to reduce pressure on employees looking for all-day parking and visitors needing easy access, according to a study released Friday that was prepared by Walker Parking Consultants. Short term ∎ Increase the rate on …

Study recommends increasing Northampton parking costs, fines

Friday, April 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Despite any public opinion to the contrary, the parking system in Northampton is efficiently run, for the most part has adequate capacity and with some fairly minor tweaks could be even more efficient and less stressful …

Amherst to focus inspections on common areas at multi-family dwellings

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — As more than 1,300 property owners begin renewing their rental permits in advance of a June 30 deadline, the town’s inspection services department will focus on inspecting common areas at multi-family dwellings. Building Commissioner Robert Morra said Friday that periodic inspections of common areas is a …

Amherst Police will join national initiative to enforce law prohibiting texting while driving

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst Police will crack down on texting while driving during an initiative conducted through Friday. The Amherst Police Department is joining 191 other law enforcement agencies in the state in the national “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” mobilization, which is funded by a federal grant …

Scott Pascoe of Amherst arrested on drunken driving charge after allegedly hitting bicyclist

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst man was arrested Thursday night on a charge of drunken driving after the vehicle he was driving a short distance from his Main Street residence struck a bicyclist, according to police. Scott Pascoe, 44, of 536 Main St., Apartment 3, was turning into a …

Area police news

Friday, April 24, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Samantha M. Baghdadi, 44, of 66½ Maple St. Apt. N, was arrested at 1:06 a.m. Friday at her home on a warrant. Police arrested Baghdadi after responding to the apartment for a medical call involving her roommate. Northampton ∎ The theft of a battery valued at …

Amherst agencies create award recognizing volunteer service by teenagers

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Two teenagers dedicated to volunteer service in the community will be awarded cash prizes through a partnership between the Amherst Club and the Amherst Boys & Girls Club. The first Youth Community Service Awards will be presented later this spring to one high school-age student and …

More than 100 people gather in Northampton to commemorate centennial of Armenian genocide

Friday, April 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — More than 100 people gathered Friday in front of Memorial Hall to commemorate the centennial of the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks. The annual gatherings in Northampton, which began 15 years ago, are …

Joshua Hooper, 18, of Granby held on 31 drug possession charges after father tells police he had trash bag full of allegedly stolen prescription drugs

Friday, April 24, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — An 18-year-old Granby man cried Friday as a judge ordered him held in jail over the weekend after the teen’s father told police his son had a trash bag full of prescription drugs that were not his. His parents and the judge hope that he can …