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Amherst to review plan for disbursing Community Development Block Grant money

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AMHERST — With Amherst assured of $725,000 in Community Development Block Grant money as a “mini-entitlement community,” town officials are creating a process for ensuring the money is used for housing, social service and other community projects that benefit low- and moderate-income people. The first step is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Glass Room at the Bangs Community Center, when residents are invited to comment on the …

Amherst tax rate to drop slightly, although average residential bill expected to increase by 1.8 percent

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AMHERST — With Amherst assured of $725,000 in Community Development Block Grant money as a “mini-entitlement community,” town officials are creating a process for ensuring the money is used for housing, social service and other community projects that benefit low- and moderate-income people. The first step is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Glass Room at the Bangs Community Center, when …

Long-awaited asbestos cleanup to begin at former Belchertown State School

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Work on removing contaminants from areas of the former Belchertown State School will begin as soon as next week. Bay State Contracting of Springfield has been awarded a $40,800 contract to remove asbestos debris from the administration building of the former state school, according to Mark Sternman, a spokesman for MassDevelopment. The state agency is taking the lead on finding developers …

Body ID’d as that of missing man

Monday, November 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has positively identified the body found in a Look Park pond Friday as that of Reed Bennett, the 34-year-old Easthampton man who had been missing for four days, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Mary Carey, spokeswoman for …

Amherst Police remind college students about break-ins during holiday

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — With many students expected to be home for the Thanksgiving holiday, and then away for the winter break in January, Amherst Police is issuing a reminder about the ways to avoid being victimized by a break-in. Amherst Police are again using what they call the STOP …

UMass heeds forecast, will close Wednesday

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — A snowstorm predicted for mid-week has prompted the University of Massachusetts to announce the campus will be closed beginning Wednesday at 5 a.m. According to its “emergency closing status” web page, the possibility of a severe storm that could dump 5 to 8 inches of snow …

2 defendants in crowbar beating get jail time

Monday, November 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It might be a while before Joseph Florence feels right about helping someone in trouble. Florence was brutally attacked last January after he responded to a plea for help from a pregnant woman who said she was having car trouble near his Searle Road home in …

Order up: Jerry’s Place reopens after a month of repairs

Monday, November 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Bacon is sizzling and spatulas are flying for the first time in almost a month at Jerry’s Place. Deerfield Selectman David Wolfram and his wife, Mary, were among some of the first hungry patrons to step through the familiar Elm Street doors into the newly …

Amherst Police break up parties, issue citations for noise violations

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — Police broke up several parties and brought charges against individuals that could total $2,700 in fines on the weekend before area college students clear out for Thanksgiving break. A West Street resident called police Friday at 10:45 p.m. to report that about 100 noisy people passed …

Afghan suicide bomber kills 45

Sunday, November 23, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 45 people in the country’s deadliest terrorist attack this year, officials said. The bloodshed came just …

Area police news

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Granby ∎ Nathaniel Adams, 21, of 160 Harris Street, was arrested on Harris Street at 8:26 p.m. Wednesday on a warrant. ∎ Gregorie L. Wilson, 18, of 4 Karen Drive, South Hadley, was arrested on East Street at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday on a charge of operating a motor …

HackEbola at UMass aids fight against West African epidemic

Saturday, November 22, 2014

AMHERST — From across the world, young mathematicians, biologists and other scholars at the University of Massachusetts Amherst crunched numbers this weekend in hopes of aiding the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. “It has to …

Douglas Finn leaves Frontier Cable Access Televsion for Deerfield government job

Friday, November 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — The town has hired Douglas Finn, the general manager of Frontier Cable Access Television, as executive assistant to Town Administrator Kayce Warren. The decision ends a search that started in February, when Warren was named interim town administrator. Warren held the assistant position for a decade …