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Dog bites man in front of Easthampton business

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Scott R. Plogger, 44, of 499 Burts Pit Road in Florence, was arrested after a motor vehicle stop on Florence Road Wednesday at 11:23 p.m. on charges of marked lanes violation and a third offense of operating under the influence of liquor. ∎ Police responded to a report of a dog biting a man at Jenny’s Place at 77 Main St. Wednesday at 5:42 p.m. The man was …

Northampton PD launches user-friendly website with modern look

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Police Department launched a new website Tuesday, which Police Chief Jody Kasper said is more modern and user-friendly. The site features new graphics, drop-down menus and pictures, and reflects the new community programs and positions the Police Department is introducing. “Our old site was good, but we wanted to …

Shutesbury hydrogeologist wants federal regulators to require more detailed pipeline maps

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

While the proponent of a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cross 64 miles of Massachusetts may include some detailed maps of its route in its filings with federal regulators, a Shutesbury hyrdogeologist said that information is incomplete. Michael Hoostein, in written testimony submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week, argues for detailed, town-by-town maps of geologic formations, including aquifers, beneath …

William E. Norris school inspection reveals dozens of issues, officials move to remedy

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Inspections conducted by town officials last week at the William E. Norris Elementary School revealed a laundry list of problems, from mold in the cafeteria kitchen refrigerator, to pillows with missing advisory tags — but school …

Man rides bike into CVS in Amherst

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Amherst ∎ An officer observed a man riding a bicycle through the parking lot at the CVS Pharmacy, 165 University Drive, and then into the store through the main entrance at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday. No one inside the store was injured, though some customers were frightened and upset …

Demolition permit for Amherst Carriage Shops waiting on final plan to recreate Amherst History Mural

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AMHERST — A permit to demolish the three buildings that make up the Amherst Carriage Shops complex, slated to be replaced by the mixed-use One East Pleasant project, could soon be issued by the town’s inspection services department. …

Hatfield seeks new fire chief, hiring process under way

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

HATFIELD — Local officials have launched a search for the town’s next fire chief, a post that becomes vacant in late November when longtime Fire Chief William Belden retires. After advertising the position this month, the Select Board Wednesday named a five-member screening panel that includes Easthampton Fire …

Jurors in Adam Liccardi UMass rape trial see text messages exchanged by defendants

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Unlike his two co-defendants who have already been convicted, Adam T. Liccardi did not text much with his friends about the night in October 2012 that led to the four of them being charged with raping …

Two-car crash slows Route 9 traffic in Hadley Wednesday morning

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

HADLEY — A two-car crash slowed traffic on Route 9 Wednesday morning, but neither driver was taken to a hospital, police said. The crash was reported at 8 a.m. in front of Auto Express at 212 Russell St., according to Hadley police officer Doug Costa. Costa said a …

New signs point the way to Northampton Amtrak station

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Signs guiding travelers to the Northampton Amtrak Station were recently installed on city streets and on Interstate 91 — a move that increases the station’s visibility during what officials have said is an already booming period …

Easthampton’s official zoning map to be digitized, updated after property owners’ input

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Residents and landowners helped clarify inconsistencies in Easthampton’s 20-year-old official zoning map at a public hearing Tuesday in an effort to aid the Planning Department in its quest to update the document in digital form. Though …

Belchertown planners reject 135-foot cellphone tower

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — The Planning Board on Tuesday rejected a controversial bid by Verizon Wireless to erect a 135-foot cellphone tower on Aldrich Street in an area zoned for agricultural use but which has become a residential neighborhood in …

Baker directs $5.5M toward worker training in HCC appearance

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

HOLYOKE — In an effort to support training for workers in the state, Gov. Charlie Baker announced $5.5 million in capital projects Tuesday at Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College. Baker told reporters, elected officials and …