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High level of disinfection byproducts found in Amherst water supply

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AMHERST — A higher-than allowed concentration of disinfection byproducts were found in the municipal water supply last year, though public works officials said the results did not pose a threat to the public. “This was not an emergency,” according to a statement released Tuesday by the Department of Public Works. “If it had been, the Amherst Water Department would have provided notification to customers within 24 hours.” Water tests from …

Hazzard, Douangmany elected to Amherst School Committee

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AMHERST — Two new members elected to the Amherst School Committee pledged to listen to the community and work together with their colleagues after winning seats at Tuesday’s town elections. Phoebe F. Hazzard, 208 Snell St., who previously taught fourth grade in Bennington, Vemont, and is a stay-at-home mother of two, and Viraphanh …

Iran talks push past deadline

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — With stubborn disputes unresolved, nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers went past a self-imposed deadline and into overtime as negotiators renewed efforts to hammer out the outline of an agreement. Enough progress had been made to warrant the extension past midnight Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, …

Police arrest or summon to court 17 people as the result of weekend disturbances in Amherst

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — Even with persistently cold weather, several house parties during the last weekend of March kept police busy. At 1:14 a.m. Saturday, officers broke up a large party with loud music playing at 198 Sunderland Road, said Detective Janet Lopez. A 22-year-old Amherst man will be summoned …

Amherst voters Tuesday will decide contested race for two School Commitee seats

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — Voters will decide just one townwide race for two positions on the School Committee in Tuesday’s election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Three candidates are running for School Committee, Viraphanh Douangmany, 12 Longmeadow Drive, Unit 21, and Phoebe F. Hazzard, 208 …

How much is that doggy on the Facebook page? Lost pooch in Hadley wins a lot of ‘likes’

Monday, March 30, 2015

HADLEY — A stray dog found running along Moody Bridge Road on Friday is getting some of the heaviest traffic ever on the Hadley Police Department’s Facebook page, although police Monday still had no clues about the dog’s …

Steven Paul of Belchertown admits to firing gun in domestic dispute; agrees to alcohol treatment, batterers’ counseling

Monday, March 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 60-year-old Belchertown man in Hampshire Superior Court Monday admitted to threatening to kill his then-wife and firing a gun during a domestic dispute with her in 2013. Steven W. Paul, 60, of 175 Warner St., pleaded guilty to charges of assault and battery with a …

Area police news

Monday, March 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ A man repeatedly throwing a pocket knife against a tree near the bus stop at the intersection of College Street and Boltwood Avenue at 6:27 p.m. Sunday was warned to stop because it was alarming passers-by. ∎ Staff at the CVS Pharmacy, 76 North Pleasant St., …

Central Berkshire Regional School District to maintain preschool in Cummington

Monday, March 30, 2015

CUMMINGTON — The Central Berkshire Regional School District has agreed to maintain a half-day, preschool program at the Berkshire Trail Elementary School after the rest of its classrooms are shut down at the end of this school year. The district school committee voted in December to close the …

Attorney general targets alleged sexual harassment of Hadley diner employees; Route 9 business closes

Monday, March 30, 2015

HADLEY — As the state attorney general filed a complaint alleging “regular and repeated sexual harassment at the Route 9 Diner, the Hadley restaurant closed its doors Monday. The attorney general claims the diner’s owners and managers knew …

Business leaders from Hampshire and Franklin counties discuss regional economic development

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Hampshire County economy was a topic for the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce when it gathered last week to discuss regional economic development planning. The presentation on how the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is being written in preparation for an April 28 draft release by the …

Area churches announce Holy Week, Easter services

Monday, March 30, 2015

The following is the schedule of Holy Week services in the area provided by churches that responded to a Gazette request for listings: AMHERST First Congregational Church, 165 Main St. March 29, 10:30 a.m., Palm/Passion Sunday, worship with communion April 1, 7 p.m., A service of foot washing …

Jury convicts Emmanuel Bile Jr. on two charges of aggravated rape of UMass student

Monday, March 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A jury Monday found Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. guilty of two counts of aggravated rape and acquitted him of a third count in connection with the 2012 rape of an 18-year-old student at the University of …