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Camp cars for railroad workers are seen on the Pam Am Railways track in Northampton, Mass., Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

City Councilor: Pan Am’s train camp in Northampton set to roll away on Friday

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In what will likely come as a relief to many North Street residents, Pan Am Railways on Friday expects to disband and roll away a temporary worker camp of train cars parked on the railroad tracks behind their homes. According to Ward 3 City Councilor Ryan R. O’Donnell, Pan Am officials informed him Wednesday of their expected departure. … 0

Against judge’s advice, Robert Vitelli Jr. decides to represent himself on open and gross lewdness charges that carry potential of 12 years in prison

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard Carey’s advice to the contrary, Robert Vitelli Jr. insisted on representing himself in court on charges that he exposed himself in public. In court Wednesday, Vitelli pleaded not guilty to four counts of open and gross lewdness. Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Christine Tetreault, who is prosecuting the case, said in court Wednesday, if convicted, Vitelli … 0

Area police news: Man shackled during Hadley arrest

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Chicopee man shackled during arrest in Hadley HADLEY — A Chicopee man who damaged a Bay Road property was arrested at Mountain Farms Mall Tuesday evening. Anselmo J. Alonso, 32, was arrested Tuesday at 7:37 p.m. outside Whole Foods Market at Mountain Farms Mall on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and carrying a dangerous weapon (a throwing star) and three counts of … 0

Pipeline protest held in Boston

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BOSTON — An estimated 400 to 500 people rallied on the Boston Common Wednesday, bringing their “Stop the Pipeline” message to the Statehouse. Speakers included state Reps. Stephen Kulik, Paul Mark and Denise Andrews, all opposing Tennessee Gas … 0

Rosenberg issues nuanced statement on gas pipeline

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, clarified his position Wednesday on Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Northeast Energy Direct project in a statement, as three area legislators prepared to attend a rally across from the Statehouse emphasizing their own positions opposing the … 0

Brandon Martin of Northampton, third suspect arrested in connection with alleged Monday night assault and robbery on Eastern Avenue

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police on Wednesday arrested a third suspect in connection with an assault and robbery on Eastern Avenue Monday night. Brandon Nathaniel Martin, 21, of 80 Barrett St. Apt. #A-2, Northampton was arrested about 7:41 a.m. on King Street on a single count of unarmed robbery. He … 0

Chesterfield firefighters retire, taking 155 years of experience with them

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CHESTERFIELD — When you add it up, these former Chesterfield firefighters logged a total of 155 years fighting fires and responding to emergencies in Chesterfield and neighboring Hilltowns. The four men likely would have stayed longer, but because … 0

Consultants to release findings of housing, economic development study for Amherst and the University of Massachusetts Tuesday

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AMHERST — Preliminary findings from a town-gown study focused on improving housing and promoting economic development will be released Tuesday. Representatives from U3 Advisors, a Philadelphia consulting firm hired by the University of Massachusetts and the town of Amherst, will share this information with the Town-Gown Steering Committee … 0

Northampton officials prep for Damon Road closure Aug. 9-10

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police and transportation officials are preparing a game plan to handle potential traffic issues that may crop up when a portion of Damon Road is closed to through traffic for most of the Aug. 9-10 weekend as upgrades to a railroad crossing are made. In addition … 0

Yeshaq A. Warren, charged with Amherst knife threats against William Lovett, ordered by the court to stay out of town

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AMHERST — A man who allegedly twice threatened a senior citizen with a knife and stomped on the man’s foot will not be allowed in Amherst and must have regular drug and alcohol screenings, according to a ruling from an Eastern Hampshire District Court judge at a dangerousness … 0

Hadley to pave three roads next week

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

HADLEY — Three paving projects will take place over the next week. On Friday, crews from Warner Brothers of Sunderland will be resurfacing Mountain Road. The work continues Monday, when the intersection of Rocky Hill Road and North Maple Street is repaved. Finally, on both Monday and Tuesday, … 0

Northampton begins largest paving operation in years

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In what Northampton’s public works director calls the largest paving operation in years, road repairs to the tune of some $2 million are officially in full swing at various spots around the city. Nearly a dozen … 0

Florist hit by break-in Couple loses money for daughter’s wedding

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When someone broke into the safe inside Nuttelman’s Florist sometime overnight, it wasn’t money for the business or to pay bills that was taken, said office manager Mary Nuttelman. It was the money she and her … 0