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Town clerk sends election day campaign flier to Office of Campaign & Political Finance for review

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AMHERST — An election day flier left Tuesday at homes in a North Amherst precinct may have violated state campaign laws, although likely only if those who printed it spent more than $250, according to a spokesman for the state’s Office of Campaign & Political Finance. Town Clerk Sandra Burgess said Wednesday that the double-sided sheet of paper, which endorsed election of 10 Town Meeting members and three candidates for …

Area brief

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Amherst BIRDS OF PREY TALK — Raptor rehabilitator Julie Anne Collier will give a live birds of prey presentation from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Amherst Copy and Designworks, 37 East Pleasant St. Birds to be displayed include an American kestrel, a peregrine falcon, a red-tailed  hawk and a great horned owl. Collier’s artwork, including portraits of the raptors she cares for, will also be on display. …

Northampton City Council to consider raising water and sewer rates

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council Thursday night will consider a request from Mayor David J. Narkewicz to increase water and sewer rates starting in July. The proposed rates are $5.74 per 100 cubic feet for water and $6.27 per 100 cubic feet for sewer — up from the current rates of $5.58 per cubic feet for water and $6.08 per cubic feet for …

Area police news

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Amherst ∎ A woman living at Mill Valley Estates, 740 Riverglade Drive, reported to police at 11:29 p.m. Tuesday seeing a Peeping Tom looking in her windows. Officers who responded were unable to find any suspects in the area of the South Amherst apartment complex. Northampton ∎ Ian …

UMass names astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as commencement speaker

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AMHERST — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at the undergraduate commencement of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on May 8, the school announced Wednesday. Tyson is executive editor and on-camera host for “Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey,” the 21st-century remake of the hugely popular “Cosmos,” hosted by Carl …

Hinge cited for liquor license violation, punishment suspended for two months

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The License Commission gave The Hinge, a Main Street bar and music venue, two months to improve management after determining the business violated its liquor license during a February snowstorm when police found employees and friends drinking in a third-floor suite well after everyone should have …

Moe’s Southwest Grill to open in two weeks on King Street in Northampton

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The owner of the Hadley franchise of Moe’s Southwest Grill is gearing up to open another franchise in Northampton, next to Stop & Shop, in space formerly occupied by Blockbuster Video. Sagar Shah, 30, of Connecticut, appeared Wednesday before the License Commission seeking a license to …

Workers at Clinical & Support Options rally in Northampton to protest stalled contract negotiations

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A breakdown in contract negotiations sent more than 100 human service workers from Clinical & Support Options Inc. into the street to protest outside the agency’s headquarters on Atwood Drive Wednesday morning. Chanting “Two, four, six, …

Stephanie Solivan of Northampton gets probation for her role in beating woman at Meadowbrook with chain

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton woman will be on probation for 18 months after admitting she played a role in an incident in which a woman was pulled from her home at Meadowbrook Apartments and beaten with a chain. Stephanie Solivan, 27, of 241 Jackson St., Apt. 4B, pleaded …

Sunderland Town Administrator Margaret Nartowicz accepts job offer in Rutland

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sunderland Town Administrator Margaret Z. Nartowicz has accepted an offer for the same job in Rutland. Nartowicz was selected over four other finalists as the first town administrator in Rutland, which is in Worcester County. The Rutland Select Board interviewed candidates over the last two weeks, and voted …

Jones Library, Amherst History Museum may forge new relationship

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AMHERST — Jones Library officials are pursuing a project to renovate and expand the building, but limitations on the less than one-acre site at 43 Amity St., where the building is located, might cause much of the existing …

Emmanuel Bile Jr. gets 8 to 10 years in state prison for what judge calls ‘alcohol-fueled, sex-crazed assault of horrific proportions’

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Wednesday sentenced Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. to eight to 10 years in state prison for his part in a gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that the judge characterized …

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito to officiate at wedding of Senate President Stanley Rosenberg

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, a one-time staunch opponent of gay marriage, will officiate at the wedding of state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg to his partner Bryon Hefner, Rosenberg confirmed on Wednesday. Rosenberg, an Amherst Democrat, …