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Northampton road projects scheduled for week of Sept. 7

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The following construction work is scheduled for the week of Sept. 7, according to information posted to the Department of Public Works blog. ∎ Woodlawn Avenue, Prospect and Massasoit streets: Warner Bros. will be constructing driveway transitions Tuesday and Wednesday. ∎ Clark Avenue, Pomeroy Terrace and Maple Street: Warner Bros. will be adjusting manholes and catch basins on Wednesday and Friday. ∎ Chesterfield and Reservoir roads: Warner Bros. …

Cardin’s opposition to Iran deal sets back White House hopes

Friday, September 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — White House hopes for stopping a congressional challenge to the Iran nuclear deal and sparing President Barack Obama from using a veto suffered a blow Friday when a key Senate Democrat announced his opposition. The setback came in the announcement from Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, top Democrat on the Foreign …

Area police news

Friday, September 4, 2015

Amherst ∎ Bryan Santiago, 21, of Holyoke, was arrested at 1:24 a.m. Friday on South Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and operating a motor vehicle without headlights. Northampton ∎ The theft of a bicycle valued at $120 from Hampton Avenue was reported at 4:49 p.m. …

Michele Gay, mother of Sandy Hook shooting victim, speaks to Williston faculty and staff about school safety

Thursday, September 3, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Michele Gay stood in front of more than 200 faculty and staff at the Williston Northampton School on Thursday and recounted step by step what she can remember from the day her youngest daughter, Josephine, was …

Comprehensive tree management program takes root in Northampton

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The streets of Northampton were much greener a century ago than they are today, according to photographs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Those photographs appeared in a June 2014 presentation to City Council by Lilly Lombard, who led an advocacy effort last year …

‘Amherst for All’ charter commission group launches local government study with event at The Pub

Thursday, September 3, 2015

AMHERST — After 14 years of serving the community on both the Select Board and Planning Board, Aaron Hayden said he became frustrated that issues facing the town — such as student housing in neighborhoods and traffic problems — are not easily solved. “People need things done, and …

Area police news

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Amherst ∎ Michael Gerald Cote, 45, of 138 Sunderland Road, was arrested on a warrant at 9:42 p.m. Wednesday on East Pleasant Street. ∎ Zackery E. Holland-O’Neill, 25, and Natasha Sarah Stern, 26, both of 1 Stadler St., Apartment 8, Belchertown, were arrested about 1 p.m. Wednesday in …

Home-rule petition would allow Amherst to offer tax breaks to developers who build affordable housing

Thursday, September 3, 2015

AMHERST — A home-rule petition working its way through the state legislative process would allow Amherst officials to offer property tax relief to developers who build affordable housing as part of their projects. State Rep. Ellen Story, D-Amherst, said Thursday that she recently filed the special act “providing …

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst will have outdoor service, offer greetings to students

Thursday, September 3, 2015

AMHERST — The Immanuel Lutheran Church is welcoming back students and reaching out to the community with two special events. At 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Pastor Steven Wilco will lead a “Worship on the Lawn” service at 867 North Pleasant St. as a way to make the church more …

Around South Hadley: Barbara Merchant appointed public library trustee

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The newest addition to the nine-member South Hadley Public Library Board of Trustees is Barbara Merchant of 20 Canal St., a reading specialist in the Chicopee schools. Merchant, who lives down the street from the new library in …

The first day

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hampden Care Facility in Chicopee proposes marijuana dispensary for Hadley

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

HADLEY — A medical marijuana dispensary may be coming to town. The Select Board voted 4-1 Wednesday to accept a letter of intent from Thomas Gallagher, director and president of Hampden Care Facility Inc. in Chicopee, to open a registered marijuana dispensary in Hadley. The lone dissenting vote …

Obama heads north of Arctic Circle

Thursday, September 3, 2015

KOTZEBUE, Alaska — President Barack Obama crossed the Arctic Circle on Wednesday in a first by a sitting U.S. president, telling residents in a far-flung Alaska village that their plight should be the world’s wake-up call on global …