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Soldier’s Heart founders from Belchertown seek to restore ‘the soul after war’

Monday, May 25, 2015

ROWE — As the nation on Memorial Day honored its soldiers who died in battles of every era, a psychotherapist specializing in “the war after war” says we need to resanctify the age-old compact with our warriors if we are ever to heal what he calls our “post-traumatic stress social disorder.” Edward Tick, the Belchertown co-founder with his wife of Soldier’s Heart, a national veterans’ support organization, worked during the …

Police cruiser damaged as officers break up crowd near Mill River

Monday, May 25, 2015

Northampton ∎ A Northampton police cruiser was damaged about 4 p.m. Sunday after police dispersed a group of people near a dam behind Chartpak on River Road in Leeds. Police said they plan to summon a 21-year-old Chicopee man on charges of trespassing, trespassing with a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with no inspection sticker and leaving the scene of property damage. …

Amherst teacher, like her mother, to receive Massachusetts Teachers Association Lifetime Civil Rights Award

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMHERST — Alicia Lopez of Amherst went through school knowing that whatever her life path would be, there was one career she would avoid at all costs — teaching. Both her parents were teachers, and even seeing her mother, Sonia Nieto, win the prestigious Massachusetts Teachers Association Lifetime Civil Rights Award did not convince Lopez that the hard work and long hours were …

Hilltown Voices: Williamsburg Fire Department gets new protective gear

Saturday, May 23, 2015

With the help of a $10,500 grant from the Massachusetts Call/Volunteer Firefighters’ Association, six more Williamsburg volunteer firefighters are now better protected with up-to-date turnout gear. The personal protective equipment consists of a turnout coat, pants, helmet, boots, …

Area legislators join anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in Berkshire Gas pact with Tennesee Gas

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Several area state legislators are joining anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in the request by Berkshire Gas Co. to become a customer of the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, has joined with …

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

Saturday, May 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The …

Congressman James McGovern, attorneys for environmental groups criticize Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, May 22, 2015

Two letters released by federal officials this week — including one by Congressman James McGovern — chide the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. for lack of transparency and misleading statements about its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. In letters …

Easthampton City Council unanimously rejects Board of Health nominee Dennis Lacourse

Friday, May 22, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Mayor Karen L. Cadieux on Friday explained her choice of former city health agent Dennis Lacourse to serve on the Board of Health, two days after his unanimous rejection by the City Council. Cadieux said she …

Former Northampton student teacher’s emails prompt letter from superintendent, police visit

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City police paid a visit to former Northampton High School student teacher Kurt Ostrow this week after a parent complained about him contacting a child by email after he left as a freshman English teacher May …

Economy, cultural climate topics for Congressman James McGovern during walking tour of downtown Amherst

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — Economic development, potential arts programs and the existing cultural environment will be the focus of a two-hour visit by U.S. Congressman James McGovern to Amherst center Tuesday afternoon. McGovern, D-Worcester, will lead a walking tour that begins at the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, 28 Amity …

Former students face charges over Wesleyan drug overdoses

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Federal authorities charged two former Wesleyan University students Friday with selling the synthetic party drug Molly, which resulted in the hospitalization of at least a dozen students on two occasions during the 2014-15 school year. A federal grand jury indicted Eric Lonergan, 22, of …

Motorcyclist killed in Leverett crash identified as Timothy Cote of Ludlow

Friday, May 22, 2015

LEVERETT — The motorcyclist killed Sunday in a three-vehicle crash on Shutesbury Road has been identified as Timothy Cote, 30, of Ludlow. Massachusetts State Police said two motorcycles and one other vehicle were involved in the crash on Shutesbury Road near Cushman Road about 7 p.m. Both motorcyclists …

Area police news

Friday, May 22, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police were notified at 5:03 p.m. Thursday that a woman in the parking lot outside The Trading Post, 460 West St., had been taking photographs of vehicles and license plates about 90 minutes earlier. Police received a similar report of suspicious behavior at 12:55 p.m. May …