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Two Amherst police officers hurt in separate Sunday incidents

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — Two Amherst police officers suffered work-related injuries on Sunday that could force them to take extended medical leaves while they recuperate, Police Chief Scott Livingstone said. A police sergeant suffered a broken hand during an incident involving a prisoner at the police station early Sunday morning, while a patrol officer suffered a significant shoulder injury a short time later during a response to a domestic disturbance, according to …

Area police news

Monday, September 15, 2014

Amherst ∎ Shannon M. Walsh, 22, of Norwood, was arrested at 5:23 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Pine Street and Sand Hill Road on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol after she was found slumped over the steering wheel of the vehicle which was partially in the road, police said. ∎ Emma Mack, 15, of …

“Disruption,” documentary about climate march screened Tuesday night

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A documentary that traces the history of climate change and profiles the People’s Climate March in New York City Sunday will be shown Tuesday night. “Disruption” is being screened at 7 p.m. at Stoddard Hall auditorium on Elm Street, across from the Art Museum on the Smith College campus. The film is being presented by the Smith College Green Team and …

No injuries in fire that damages Hatfield house built in 1840

Saturday, September 13, 2014

HATFIELD — As firefighters cleared burned items from the attic of his Depot Road home Saturday evening, Bernard Motyka said he was just glad that no one was hurt. “It’s about people,” said Motyka. “Not about stuff.” Motyka, …

Opinions differ on whether Board of Health could prohibit Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline

Saturday, September 13, 2014

DEERFIELD — There is a difference of opinion about whether the Board of Health has the power to prevent Kinder Morgan’s controversial Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline from passing through town. Cristobal Bonifaz, a lawyer from Conway whose law office is in Amherst, believes so, and the Deerfield Board …

Questions raised over change in police reporting of domestic violence arrests

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Over the past month, police have been carefully separating domestic violence calls from the police log, shielding them from public view as required by new legislation. But local law enforcement authorities and legislators are now questioning the merits …

Area police news

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Amherst  A 21-year-old Amherst man was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Thursday after he drove into a ditch on Amity Street near Rafters restaurant. Clarke E. Gale of 319 Pine St. was arrested after an Amherst police officer going to work saw him drive his vehicle off the …

Preparations for Northampton’s permanent 'swap shop' move ahead

Friday, September 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As they patched and painted an old garage door Wednesday at what will soon house the city’s new swap shop, Mac Everett and Peter Rackelbusch talked passionately about what the center will mean for residents who …

Andrew Shelffo of Ward 2 resigns from Northampton School Committee

Friday, September 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Andrew Shelffo of Ward 2 has resigned from the Northampton School Committee. “Due to a recent change in personal circumstance, I am no longer domiciled in Northampton,” he wrote Friday in a letter of resignation. “It has been an honor to serve the City of Northampton …

Authorities have not yet confirmed cause of death for Marissa Jackson of Amherst

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMHERST — Authorities have not confirmed the cause of death for Marissa Jackson, the 26-year-old Amherst woman discovered dead Tuesday near the University of Massachusetts campus, but say that no life-threatening injuries were found on her body, according to a statement issued Friday by Steven E. Gagne, first …

Six names added to Eva Trager memorial honoring contributions to downtown Northampton

Friday, September 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Gary Golec touched the monument that now bears the name of his wife, Christina Cavallari, on the way back to his seat from accepting a plaque in her honor Friday evening. Cavallari, the longtime owner of …

Valley Swim School in Northampton to close due to high pool costs

Friday, September 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Rising costs to maintain an indoor pool on the former Clarke School campus in Northampton are leading to the closing of the Valley Swim School next month. That will mean some 300 children, senior citizens and …

South Hadley teachers reach agreement on three-year contract with 2 percent annual raises, benefit reduction

Friday, September 12, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A new three-year contract for teachers includes a 2 percent annual pay raise and added longevity pay. It also contains a reduction in benefits and increased work hours. Similar agreements were reached with four other bargaining units. Superintendent Nicholas Young said he is currently negotiating …