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Hundreds in Valley waited days for power to be restored; burdened tree limbs brought new losses Friday

Friday, November 28, 2014

Local utility companies largely completed power restoration efforts by Friday evening, but a handful of customers still remained without electricity. By 8:30 p.m. Friday, National Grid was working to restore about 850 customers statewide while Western Massachusetts Electric Co. was working on just under 1,000. Leverett, Shutesbury and Worthington remained the most affected local towns, with Worthington still recovering from …

Black Friday relatively low key at Valley shopping destinations

Friday, November 28, 2014

HADLEY — Michele Wojtowicz found the deal she was looking for at the Hampshire Mall on Black Friday: a $150 jacket at J.C. Penney, which she bought for her niece for $29.99. But she didn’t have to trample or claw her way to the front of lines to get the bargain. She and …

State Rep. Ellen Story joins protest in support of workers outside Hadley Wal-Mart

Friday, November 28, 2014

HADLEY — Not everyone who showed up at the Wal-Mart at the Mountain Farms Mall in Hadley on Black Friday was there to shop. About 100 protesters associated with a group called “Western Mass. Jobs with Justice” mounted an hour-long demonstration, accusing the retail giant of paying its workers such low wages that …

US moves to tighten smog limits

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but …

UPDATED: First storm of season comes in as predicted: a whopper on Thanksgiving eve

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Carla Tettah-Kpodar’s first brush with snow — in her lifetime — turned out to be an eventful one Wednesday. The Smith College first-year student, who hails from Ghana in West Africa and had only seen snow …

Peter Pan Café reopens in Easthampton after agreement on tax payment reached with state

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The doors of the Peter Pan Café were unlocked at noon Wednesday and the neon Miller Lite sign in the window invited patrons back to the bar, eight days after it was shuttered by the state for nonpayment of taxes. Behind the bar, co-owner Robert LaBombard …

Judge denies bail reduction for Fabian Williams, charged with raping two girls at Northampton residential treatment program for teens

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Wednesday denied a request to reduce the bail of Fabian Williams, a 27-year-old Springfield man who is accused of raping two girls when he was an overnight staff member at a former residential treatment program for children in Northampton. Williams’ attorney, …

Bill Cosby steps down as honorary co-chairman of UMass Amherst fundraising campaign

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Wednesday night that it has cut ties with embattled entertainer Bill Cosby amid accusations that he sexually assaulted more than a dozen women during his career. UMass joins at least …

Florence woman cited for texting while driving after car hits telephone pole

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Deborah L. Feen-Epstein, 52, of 168 Maple Ridge Road, Florence, was given a written warning for texting while driving after her vehicle struck a telephone pole on Pine Street in Florence Tuesday evening. Feen-Epstein was not injured in the accident. According to police, she was driving …

Area police news

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Northampton ∎ Francis Besson, 51, of 421 North Main St., Apt. B6, Leeds, was arrested at the Northampton Police Station at 1:47 a.m. Wednesday on a warrant issued by Woburn District Court for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding. ∎ A report that someone had rubbed …

Lavery Greenfield of Hatfield collects 1,009 pounds of peanut butter and jelly for Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HATFIELD — For the entire month of October, Lavery Greenfield, 8, came home from school to find several jars of peanut butter and jelly on her front steps. Sometimes, the third-grader at Hatfield Elementary School recalls, there would …

Attorney general-elect Maura Healey names David Sullivan, Thomas Lesser to transition team

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Attorney general-elect Maura Healey has named two area lawyers to her transition team as she prepares to take over as the state’s top prosecutor in January. Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan and Thomas Lesser, who …

Paul Dunphy resigns from Williamsburg Select Board due to illness, new member sought

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — Paul Dunphy has resigned from the Select Board after receiving news that he needs a bone marrow transplant as part of his treatment for a blood disorder. He has been a member of the board for …