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Deerfield takes steps to reduce projected budget deficit by $293,018

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Town officials are considering several changes to the current budget proposal that would decrease next year’s projected deficit by $293,018. By the latest Finance Committee estimates, the town faces a $639,139 shortfall for the next fiscal year beginning July 1. The newest estimates bring the shortfall to $346,121. The Finance Committee plans to meet again with the Select Board on Tuesday. The town hopes to avoid a … 0

Calendula Chaudle of Holyoke arrested on gun, drug charges

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — State police arrested Calendula Chaudle, 37, of Holyoke, at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday in Holyoke and charged him with unlicensed carrying of a firearm and possession of a Class A drug (heroin). Chaudle was taken to the Northampton barracks where he was held pending his arraignment in Holyoke District Court. … 0

Northampton City Council approves Community Preservation Act money for housing program, playgrounds

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city is in line to be among the first communities in the state to launch a program using Community Preservation Act money dedicated solely to helping low- and moderate-income residents who live in affordable housing to stay in their homes. The City Council Thursday night unanimously approved a $195,000 CPA grant to the Housing Partnership for a three-year initiative called … 0

Amherst Select Board reminds farmers market to make room for local producers

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — As the Amherst Farmers Market begins its 43rd year Saturday, town officials are reminding organizers they need to ensure that local growers and producers are represented at the weekly event downtown. Although the Select Board recently approved the request to close Spring Street and portions of … 0

Northampton traffic stop leads to man arrested on drug charges, homeless woman on Berkshire County warrant

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A traffic stop Wednesday afternoon led to the arrests of a Northampton man on drug charges and a homeless woman on an unrelated warrant issued from a Berkshire County court. Gary J. McHugh, 61, of 129 Pleasant St., Apt. #31, Northampton, was arrested about 5:25 p.m. … 0

Northampton School Committee approves three-year contract for new Superintendent John Provost with annual salary of $147,500

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The School Committee has approved a three-year contract for incoming School Superintendent John Provost with an annual salary of $147,500. Provost, who is to start July 1, must now sign the contract, according to Interim Superintendent Regina Nash. Provost, 42, of Easthampton who has led the … 0

Area police news

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Granby ■ Jose A. Marquez, 45, of Holyoke, was arrested on West State Street at 7:56 a.m. April 9 on a warrant out of Holyoke District Court. ■ Kevin R. Ellis, 26, of 6 Philip Circle, was arrested at home at 8:27 p.m. April 8 on a warrant … 0

Town Meetings in Amherst, Leverett to vote on resolutions restricting drones

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Town Meetings in Amherst and Leverett will consider resolutions calling on the federal government to end the use of drones for assassinations on foreign soil and to enact regulations on the use of the unmanned aircraft in the … 1

More than 1,000 support gay community at UMass rally, countering five from Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay protest at the University of Massachusetts came and went quickly and without incident Wednesday, while a rally supporting the campus’ gay community drew over 1,000 people. The two events were sparked … 3

With UMass talk overrun by activists, John Ashcroft answers questions from audience on the Patriot Act, torture

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — When former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft stepped up the podium in the UMass Student Union Ballroom Wednesday night to both hearty applause and boos, he told the crowd of about 150 that he planned to … 1

Amherst Town Manager John Musante confident about Survival Center bus stop

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — A regular bus stop at the Amherst Survival Center in North Amherst will be part of the revised routes the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority puts in place later this year, Town Manager John Musante told the … 0

Greenfield man hurt by falling block raises Northampton officials' concern about aging retaining walls under railroad bridges

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It has been nearly one month since a large concrete block fell out of the retaining wall near a downtown underpass and injured a Greenfield man, and the block is still sitting where it fell in … 0

Sunderland School Committee reduces budget request by $52,980

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The Sunderland Elementary School Committee is reducing its budget request by $52,980 to help close the town’s budget gap. The committee voted Tuesday to adjust its budget down to $2,104,000. With the changes, the committee is asking to spend $18,268, or less than 1 percent, more … 0