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Gazette offices closed Friday

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The offices of the Daily Hampshire Gazette will be closed on Friday in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Customers experiencing any delivery issues may contact the customer service department at 413-586-1925 between 7 and 10 a.m. The Gazette will be published on Saturday, when customer service again will be available from 7 to 10 a.m. …

Marine killed during World War II is buried in Massachusetts

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WESTFIELD (AP) — A Marine killed during World War II in the Pacific battle of Tarawa has been buried in his hometown. Capt. Richard Vincent’s remains arrived by plane in Connecticut on Wednesday and were taken to Westfield for burial on Thursday. Vincent was reported killed in action 71 years ago, but his remains were not identified until last October. Firtion-Adams Funeral Service …

Connecticut River Watershed Council plans legal action against Chang Farms over alleged discharges

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WHATELY — Alleging that Chang Farms has been violating its federal pollution discharge permit routinely over the past five years, the Connecticut River Watershed Council announced Thursday that it plans to take legal action against the bean sprout farm based in Whately. According to a letter of intent sent to the owners, Tso-Cheng Chang and Sidney Chang, the watershed council said it plans …

In first step, US, Cuba to reopen embassies

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other’s capitals this month, marking a historic full restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War …

Petition to name Nashawannuck Pond boardwalk for Debra and Michael Tautznik circulates in Easthampton

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Several city residents are organizing a petition calling on city officials to name the Nashawannuck Pond boardwalk for Debra and Michael Tautznik. The text of the petition states that people who sign it want to honor the “dedicated service” of former mayor Michael Tautznik, who worked …

David Ewing takes out nomination papers for at-large City Council seat as election season begins in Easthampton

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON —At least one new candidate may run for the four at-large City Council seats in November as former mayoral candidate David G. Ewing took out nomination papers Wednesday. Two incumbents, Mayor Karen L. Cadieux and at-large City Councilor Joseph P. McCoy, also took out papers for their …

Southampton voters to consider less expensive public safety complex at July 9 special election

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — After a proposed $10.8 million public safety complex was voted down at Town Meeting in May, officials are asking voters at a special election July 9 to allow an architect to draw up plans for a combined police and fire station at a lower cost. Voters …

Following Iran brouhaha, UMass revises guidelines for international admissions

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

AMHERST — Following a widely condemned decision to limit admissions and course availability to Iranian students in February and a quick reversal of that position, University of Massachusetts Amherst officials this week announced new guidelines for international admissions. …

Northampton Police investigate purse-snatching on King Street that turned violent

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are investigating a purse-snatching on King Street that turned into a fight Tuesday night. Detective Lt. Alan Borowski said a woman and her boyfriend were walking near Acme Auto at 220 King St. at 11:30 p.m. when two men approached them from behind, grabbed the …

Area police news

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Amherst ∎ Mabvuto Kenneth Tsonga, 38, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 1:44 a.m. Wednesday at a Main Street residence on a warrant after a resident contacted police for assistance in removing him from the home. ∎ Police are investigating a break-in …

Host of WMUA ‘Focus’ program turned off in May files grievance with UMass student-run radio station

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst woman whose “Focus” program on the University of Massachusetts student-run radio station was taken off the air in the middle of a broadcast in May is filing a grievance. Merrylees “Molly” Turner said Tuesday …

Kevin Pardee of Easthampton held on $75,000 bail for charges related to alleged kidnapping, assault of ex-girlfriend

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man accused of kidnapping and beating his ex-girlfriend over the course of a day as well as threatening her with an illegal gun was ordered held on $75,000 bail at his arraignment Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court. Kevin E. Pardee, 28, whose last known …

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz pledges to end veteran homelessness in city this year

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When First Lady Michelle Obama issued a challenge last year to the country’s mayors to end homelessness among veterans, Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz didn’t immediately jump on board. Instead, he said he wanted to be …