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Amherst to relaunch search to fill new economic development director position

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — Despite a thorough effort to hire the town’s first economic development director, Amherst officials have not yet found the right person to take on the job and are relaunching the search. Assistant Town Manager David Ziomek told the Select Board this week that he and staff have completed an “extensive recruitment effort,” but that the five-member search committee has not yet found a candidate they can recommend to …

Area police news: Loose lizard prompts police response in Amherst, and more

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hadley ∎ Police responded to a one-vehicle crash at the intersection of North Lane and West Street at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday. A 25-year-old driver from Dover, Massachusetts, struck a tree with her 2009 Honda Civic. The car was totalled in the accident, according to police. No injuries were reported. Amherst ∎ A loose …

Mediation, deliberation at issue in Amherst

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — It’s a war of words among Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members, who will meet Monday about two deliberation-based complaints. The first is a dispute about whether an email sent to the entire board from member Katherine Appy constituted deliberation, thereby violating the state’s Open Meeting Law. The second is what sparked the email — Appy’s assertion that committee Chairman Trevor Baptiste …

Valley observers see positives in Boston 2024’s failure

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HATFIELD — Judy Strong, who competed as a field hockey player in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, said she was torn Monday on learning that Boston would not be the host in 2024. Strong, now 55 and an umpire, was 24 when her team won the bronze, …

Energy department backs pipeline contract

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has argued before the state Department of Public Utilities that Berkshire Gas Co.’s 20-year contract to use gas from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project should be approved. DOER …

Watershed association scolds Tennessee Gas Pipeline report for lack of transparency

Monday, July 27, 2015

On the eve of the region’s first federal public hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, the company’s most recent report has come under heavy criticism from the Greater Northfield Watershed Association. The association wrote to FERC in response to Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s release …

Former Easthampton man pleads not guilty to child rape charges

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Easthampton man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Monday to a half dozen child rape and indecent assault and battery charges. Kevin Paulin, 43, now of Palmer, was charged with two counts each of aggravated statutory rape of a child, indecent assault and …

Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal ‘ridiculous,’ ‘sad’

Monday, July 27, 2015

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran “ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.” Standing before television …

Parking restrictions to go into place at Lincoln Avenue intersections in Amherst

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — Parking restrictions are going into place at all intersections along Lincoln Avenue, with changes aimed at addressing public safety concerns without impeding residents, their guests and contractors from parking on the street. The Select Board Monday …

Amherst town manager fractures ankle while away, expects to continue working at or near full time

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — A fractured right ankle suffered by Town Manager John Musante Thursday will restrict his mobility for the next few weeks, but he anticipates being able to work regular hours. “I expect to be at or near full time,” Musante said when reached by phone Monday night. …

SJC to hear appeal in Rintala case, defense attorney says

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The state’s full Supreme Judicial Court will hear an appeal by defense attorney David Hoose on whether there is insufficient evidence to conduct a third trial for Cara Rintala, who is accused of strangling her wife, Annamarie Rintala, in their Granby home in March 2010. Hoose, …

Westhampton Fire Department awarded $238,000 federal grant for new truck

Monday, July 27, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — The thought of a burning building usually conjures up images of firefighters racing to the scene and quickly hooking up a hose to a hydrant in order to extinguish the blaze. But in communities without a municipal water supply and fire hydrants, like Westhampton, water — …

Pride gas station planned for former Aqua Vitae site; Hadley firefighters using neighboring vacant home for training

Monday, July 27, 2015

HADLEY — Within the next 45 days, Pride Stores will submit a plan to build a Super Pride Gas Station on the site of the former Aqua Vitae restaurant and some neighboring properties, according to Pride founder Bob Bolduc. Until then, however, Hadley’s fire department will use one …