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Amherst schools again collecting backpacks, supplies to distribute to students in need

Monday, July 28, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst school district is again collecting new backpacks and schools supplies to distribute before the start of school to students in need. This will be the project’s sixth year and the fifth for a companion effort, Safe Seats for Kids, which provides car seats for income-eligible families. Project Backpack is a collaborative effort by the schools and many community organizations which donate packs, supplies and cash, said … 0

AREA POLICE NEWS

Monday, July 28, 2014

Amherst  A New Hampshire man was arrested and charged with a number of crimes early Sunday morning, including assault and battery on a police officer, after he allegedly was found sleeping on the porch of Amherst Laser and Skin Care on North Pleasant Street. Police said they woke up Brandon Borghi, 20, of Alton Bay, shortly before 2 a.m. and he allegedly … 0

Anti-pipeline walk ends with Statehouse rally

Monday, July 28, 2014

With a couple of days to rest after their statewide “rolling march” to fight the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. proposal, opponents are gearing up for a Boston rally in front of the Statehouse, where they plan to present two sets of petitions to lawmakers. The timing, Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., comes just as the House and Senate are about to … 0

New retail shop, Port MA, brings 'classic' clothes to Main Street, Northampton

Saturday, July 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Springfield native Benjamin Glushein, 36, achieved a long-held dream to own his own boutique when he opened Port MA at 202 Main St. July 13. He took a circuitous route to get here, but that makes … 0

Group eyes historic Colrain Brick Meeting House for office space, cafe

Saturday, July 26, 2014

COLRAIN — Hoping to spur the revitalization of the town’s village center, a group of residents wants to renovate the historic Brick Meeting House and do what Michael McCusker has done for the Odd Fellows/McCusker’s Market building in … 0

Easthampton’s Popcorn Noir becomes The Platinum Pony with new mission but same spunky attitude

Saturday, July 26, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Change has been the rule at 30-32 Cottage St. since Kristen Davis and Thomas Doherty turned the space into Popcorn Noir, a free movie theater, in October 2011. One year later, they expanded into a next … 4

B2B ID: Gabe Ripley, owner, Off the Map Tattoos, Easthampton

Saturday, July 26, 2014

NAME: Gabe Ripley TITLE: Owner, Off the Map Inc., 112 Cottage St., Easthampton WEBSITE: OfftheMapTattoo.com AGE: 39 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: Essentially 1996, officially in 2000 HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: More than 30 WHAT YOU DO: Off … 0

'Most people are not dishonest' Hadley farmers talk farm stand thefts; police arrest two

Saturday, July 26, 2014

HADLEY — Though thieves made off with the cash box Friday at his unstaffed farm stand at the corner of Comins and Shattuck roads, by Saturday morning, longtime farmer Joseph Czajkowski was more focused more on the fact … 1

Neal opposed to Westover as site for migrant children

Friday, July 25, 2014

CHICOPEE — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal this week criticized Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposal to house refugee children at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, saying it was “virtually unlikely” to be chosen as a site. In an interview … 0

Deaf and hard of hearing children find their story at Clarke Schools camp in Easthampton

Friday, July 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — In a classroom on The Williston Northampton School campus Thursday, six children clapped, hopped and boogied while singing backup along with a recording of “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors while Jordan Gatewood, 13, … 0

Montessori School collects for Guerra family

Friday, July 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In the wake of the fire that destroyed the home of restaurateur Claudio Guerra, the Montessori School of Northampton, where his children are enrolled, is collecting cards, clothing, toys and gift cards for Guerra and his … 1

Iraqi students at UMass speak out about turmoil in their homeland

Friday, July 25, 2014

AMHERST — They look like typical college students, dressed in jeans, sneakers, sandals, a sleek sports jacket for one of the men, a stylish white bag for the woman. They’ve been enjoying themselves the past few weeks — … 0

IT bond bill gives broadband initiative $50M boost

Friday, July 25, 2014

Included in the legislation passed in the final days of this Beacon Hill session is a measure giving Massachusetts Broadband Institute the mechanism to begin using a $50 million bond to help build last mile telecommunication in unserved and underserved parts of the state. The multifaceted information technology … 0