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Whately Planning Board approves Bayer MaterialScience factory expansion

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WHATELY — The Planning Board has approved a site plan for a proposed expansion to the Bayer MaterialScience thermoplastics company’s factory. The review was completed at three board meetings since July 29. According to Planning Board Chairman Don Sluter, the board attached two conditions to the approval. They are an agreement to increase the size of one of the site’s storm water retention basins, and to build a foot-high berm …

Obama rallies Maine voters

Thursday, October 30, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — President Barack Obama on Thursday rallied for a Democrat to become Maine’s next governor while keeping his distance from the state’s bubbling controversy over its Ebola policies and a nurse who has defied them. In a final-week burst of campaigning, Obama headlined a boisterous rally for Mike Michaud and other …

South Hadley Electric Light District commission split in moving forward with new building on Old Lyman Road

Thursday, October 30, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — After a 90-minute discussion which grew heated at times, the commissioners of the South Hadley Electric Light District voted 2-1 Thursday to move ahead with plans to build a $10 million headquarters on Old Lyman Road. The new building in a residentially zoned area would replace its current facility in the South Hadley Falls neighborhood. Voting in favor were chairwoman …

Court denies injunction sought by JM Farm’s Patient Group over medical marijuana licensing

Thursday, October 30, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A state court has denied the request for a preliminary injunction by a locally based nonprofit to halt the state medical marijuana selection process. A Suffolk Superior Court judge denied the motion filed in August against the state Department of Public Health by JM Farm’s …

Amherst Education Foundation Trivia Bee features 30 teams Thursday night

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST — A friendly competition to see how well people know arcane trivia, in particular about elections, will help raise money to support local educational initiatives. The 20th annual Amherst Education Foundation Trivia Bee, featuring 30 teams competing for the top prize, will be held at the Amherst …

Some voters to consider stronger anti-corruption measures for politicians, legalization of marijuana

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Strengthening anti-corruption laws for politicians and taking a step toward full legalization of marijuana are public policy questions on Tuesday’s ballot in two area legislative districts. With state Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, expected to become president of the Massachusetts Senate next year, voters in the 24 communities …

Richard Hogans Jr., Amherst teen missing since Monday, found safe in New Haven

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

AMHERST — A 15-year-old Amherst boy missing since Monday afternoon was found safe in New Haven, Connecticut, Wednesday evening. Amherst police said in a press release at 10 p.m. that Richard Hogans Jr. was on his way to …

Man killed by train in Belchertown Wednesday night

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — A 38-year-old man was struck and killed by a freight train on tracks near the Wilson Road bridge about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to Police Chief Francis Fox Jr. The man’s name was not made public Wednesday night because relatives had not been notified of his …

Chemical reaction prompts evacuation of Sanderson Academy in Ashfield

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ASHFIELD — A chemical reaction of cleaning fluid in a plugged-up classroom drain resulted in the temporary evacuation of about 125 children from Sanderson Academy Wednesday morning. The children were bused to the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School, as a precautionary measure, while Ashfield firefighters examined the cause of fumes …

Hampshire Halloween concert prompts full emergency staffing in Amherst

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

AMHERST — Multi-gendered rapper and poet Mykki Blanco headlines an annual Halloween celebration at Hampshire College on Friday night. Blanco is one of at least six musical acts scheduled to take the stage between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. at an event that also features fireworks and is …

Day of prayer and reflection Sunday at New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

AMHERST — Racist graffiti in dormitories at the University of Massachusetts. A black youth dead from a bullet fired by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ebola virus claiming lives in West Africa. While the events may be unrelated, they concern a broad spectrum of people who …

US sets 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — Ordering firm restrictions for U.S. troops returning from West Africa, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that the military men and women helping fight Ebola must undergo 21-day quarantines — longer than required for many civilian …

Renewed grant continues advocates supporting survivors of domestic and sexual assaults in Amherst, Northampton

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A grant that has allowed survivors of domestic and sexual assaults in Amherst and Northampton and on the University of Massachusetts campus to receive immediate support and services from civilian advocates will continue for another three years. Amherst Police, in collaboration with Northampton Police, UMass Police and the …