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Amherst ZBA allows Many Hands program intern house arrangement

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — A farm program that trains college students won a reprieve Thursday night when the town’s zoning board decided the program can seek special approval to place more than four students in a rental house. The Zoning Board of Appeals Thursday, at the request of Building Commissioner Robert Morra, reversed an order prohibiting Many Hands Farm Cooperative from using a home at 110 Logtown Road, said Senior Planner Jeffrey …

Pine Street project pushes Amherst commuters to the edge

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — Commuting from her Leverett home to her job at Whole Foods Market in Hadley, Sarah Burke veers her vehicle around potholes, divots and depressions on what is likely the region’s most heavily traveled gravel road. “Today it was so bad that I had to drive in the opposite road of traffic,” …

Planning ahead meant Amherst ready for Srillex concert frenzy

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — An electronic dance concert that entertained more than 3,000 spectators at the Mullins Center Thursday night resulted in two dozen people treated for alcohol consumption and other issues. A handful of others were arrested outside the arena on charges of drug possession. Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson said his department planned ahead for the Skrillex concert and handled a steady …

Area police news

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Amherst ■ Nathaniel Douville, 22, of 40 Goldenrod Circle, was arrested at 2:23 a.m. Thursday on Montague Road on charges of attempting to commit a crime, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest after he repeatedly banged on the door to a home and allegedly tried to break in, …

Area brief

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Southampton TAX BILLS DUE: Tax bill payments for the second quarter are due Nov. 3. Real estate, personal property and motor vehicle tax bills can be paid online at www.town.southampton.me.us by clicking the link for online tax payment. Checks, but not cash, can be left in the drop …

Easthampton awards lowest bidder Nashawannuck Pond promenade job - still project cost balloons

Thursday, October 23, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A South Hadley company won the contract to build the Nashawannuck Pond promenade, though it will come at a much higher cost than anticipated. The long-awaited project is expected to begin within two weeks. Marois Construction …

Hampshire Regional Drama Company to stage ‘Fools’ Friday through Sunday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — The Hampshire Regional High School Drama Company will stage a play this weekend about a Russian village that has been cursed with stupidity. Neil Simon’s comedy “Fools,” set in the late 19th-century, follows schoolteacher Leon Tolchinsky as he tries to educate the townspeople and eventually falls …

Telephone service malfunctions at Gazette for most of Thursday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Northampton — A problem with telephone service at the Daily Hampshire Gazette at 115 Conz St. on Thursday was repaired by mid-evening. The problem which began in the early morning prevented callers from reaching employees directly for much of the day Thursday. Outgoing calls were also affected. Verizon …

Deerfield Board of Health votes to ban Tennessee Gas Pipeline construction within town’s borders

Thursday, October 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Board of Health voted Wednesday night to ban construction of a proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline within the town’s borders, calling the project an “unreasonable risk to the health and lives of …

Amherst bylaw dating back to 1966 jeopardizes farm intern program

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — Driving stakes into the ground and stringing up tomato plants on them was hard work for Samantha “Sam” Bavelock. Despite the many hours of planting, weeding and harvesting she put in as an intern with the …

Bankers say data breach over that affected Easthampton, Southampton businesses, including Big E’s

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Local bankers said this week that data breaches at some retailers in Easthampton and Southampton, including Big E’s Supermarket, appear to be over, thanks partly to businesses’ efforts to upgrade security. Easthampton Savings Bank President and …

Moderator breaks tie vote at Whately special Town Meeting over spending $10,000 to revive Town Hall project

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WHATELY — Voters this week deadlocked over spending $10,000 to explore options for improving the Town Hall building. Town Moderator Paul Fleuriel broke the 23-23 tie vote at a special Town Meeting on Tuesday by ruling in favor of the article to approve spending the $10,000 to hold …

Alleged leader of auto insurance fraud ring based in New York indicted on 29 more charges

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The alleged leader of an auto insurance fraud ring has been indicted on 29 new charges. Lefen “Helen” Chen, 55, of Flushing, N.Y., is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on those charges of insurance fraud, perjury and conspiracy. Chen is accused of being the ringleader of a New …