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Pelham police arrest 2 Fitchburg men on heroin charges following Route 202 traffic stop

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

PELHAM — Two Fitchburg men who were allegedly in possession of 160 bags of heroin were arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Route 202 Monday afternoon, according to Pelham police. The vehicle was traveling north on Route 202 near the lookout when Pelham officers stopped the vehicle at 4:45 p.m. after observing that it had a smashed taillight, said Police Chief Gary Thomann. Andrew Lannuzzi, 36, and Jeffrey Boyd, …

UMass annual community breakfast highlights university collaboration with businesses, town

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Closer ties between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and its surrounding towns will foster success — not only for the students who are educated on campus but for the business community and the residents who make their homes in the region. That was the message delivered by UMass Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy at the 49th annual community breakfast, organized by UMass …

Comments sought for Hatfield’s hazard mitigation plan

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

HATFIELD — Residents are encouraged to provide comments on a proposed final version of the town’s Hazard Mitigation Plan during a public meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. The plan is designed to help the town manage and mitigate risks from natural hazards with the goal of eliminating long-term risks to human life and property, according to the Pioneer Valley Planning …

Northampton water superintendent Gregory Nuttleman placed on paid leave

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The city’s water division superintendent, Gregory Nuttelman, has been placed on paid administrative leave, though city officials have declined to say why. When questioned about the matter Monday, Mayor David Narkewicz said that DPW Director Ned Huntley took Nuttelman off the job early last week but …

Live band in Amherst warned of town’s noise bylaw — and other area police news

Monday, August 31, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police twice responded to 15 Sunrise Ave. for a reported live band playing in the basement. At 11:28 p.m. Saturday, police warned the band members to stop the music and advised the tenants to send their 40 to 50 guests home for the night. At 12:57 …

UMass pitches in $80,000 to staff Amherst ambulances

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — Financial assistance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst will again allow additional Amherst Fire Department ambulances to be staffed during peak hours this academic year. UMass officials announced Monday the university will provide $80,000 toward ambulance operations during the fall and spring semesters. These direct payments, …

Search underway for next head of UMass police department; position carries new title, responsibilities

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — More than five months after Police Chief John Horvath announced he would leave the University of Massachusetts Amherst department, campus officials are beginning the search for a successor in a position that carries a revised title, job description and new responsibilities, including a larger focus on …

Amherst police arrest 5 drivers for impaired operation

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — Five allegedly impaired drivers — including four accused of operating under the influence of alcohol — were arrested over the weekend by Amherst Police. Though the department is participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement action, Detective Michael Forcum said Monday that the …

New Atkins store opens in North Amherst Mill District

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — Bins filled with corn, lettuce and tomatoes — as well as tables displaying locally grown fruits and vegetables, including apples and peaches — will greet customers entering the new Atkins Farms Country Market satellite store in …

Impact statement cites possible safety risks with pipeline

Monday, August 31, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield has officially made its submission to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s environmental impact statement scoping process. The 12-page document, approved by the Board of Selectmen during their meeting last week, details the town’s concerns about the impact the pipeline could have on the town’s economy, …

Obama changes Mt. McKinley’s name to Denali on eve of trip

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will change the name of North America’s tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack …

Firefighters return from wildfire duty in Oregon

Sunday, August 30, 2015

MONTAGUE — Two firefighters from Montague were among a crew of 20 that returned home Wednesday after battling blazes in Oregon for the past two weeks. Walker Korby and Ezra Ward worked alongside eight other municipal firefighters and …

UMass cancer researcher looks to limit testing on animals

Sunday, August 30, 2015

AMHERST — Shelly Peyton, a 34-year-old assistant professor and chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is working on a project that may lead to a reduction in testing cancer drugs in animals. Peyton recently received a …