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Deerfield Board of Health votes to ban Tennessee Gas Pipeline construction within town’s borders

Thursday, October 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Board of Health voted Wednesday night to ban construction of a proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline within the town’s borders, calling the project an “unreasonable risk to the health and lives of the residents of Deerfield.” The decision came after more than two months of public hearings on the topic and is based on the advice of Cristobal Bonifaz, a lawyer who lives in …

Amherst bylaw dating back to 1966 jeopardizes farm intern program

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — Driving stakes into the ground and stringing up tomato plants on them was hard work for Samantha “Sam” Bavelock. Despite the many hours of planting, weeding and harvesting she put in as an intern with the Many Hands Farm Corps over the summer, Bavelock said she loved the experience so much …

Bankers say data breach over that affected Easthampton, Southampton businesses, including Big E’s

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Local bankers said this week that data breaches at some retailers in Easthampton and Southampton, including Big E’s Supermarket, appear to be over, thanks partly to businesses’ efforts to upgrade security. Easthampton Savings Bank President and CEO Matthew S. Sosik said banks are always dealing with some level of fraudulent activity, …

Suspended Massachusetts State Police trooper denies indecent exposure, assault and battery charges

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A suspended Massachusetts state trooper was arraigned Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court on indecent exposure and sexual assault charges related to incidents in Worthington in July. Christopher J. Kennedy, 31, of West Springfield, pleaded not guilty to charges of indecent exposure, assault and battery, and indecent …

State places Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School on probation

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since a state review this summer, the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School has put in place programs for Title 1 and English language learning and hired a school psychologist and three family engagement coordinators. But the changes appear to be too little, too late. The Greenfield-based cyber …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline schedules three December ‘open house’ meetings in Franklin County

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline has scheduled three “open house” meetings Dec. 2, 3 and 10 in Franklin County to discuss its proposed Northeast Direct Natural Gas Pipeline project. The company on Tuesday submitted its schedule of a dozen meeting dates with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including Dec. 2 …

South Hadley Electric Light Department urged to consider site in Falls neighborhood for new headquarters

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Nearly 50 people attended a hearing Tuesday about a new site for the South Hadley Electric Light Department headquarters because of problems with its existing building at 85 Main St. Some who attended asked the …

Hatfield votes to demolish old Center School but rejects sale of property

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HATFIELD — It’s the end of an era for a town building, but perhaps a new beginning for the piece of land on which it stands. About 100 residents at a special Town Meeting on Tuesday evening voted …

State review: Southampton in ‘vulnerable financial condition’ after poor budget planning

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — State inspectors who visited Southampton earlier this summer to review the workings of its financial offices say they found the town in a “vulnerable financial condition” because of poor budget planning. The Department of Revenue’s Division …

Southampton voters approve $7,000 to clean up condemned property on Gunn Road; take no action on land purchase behind Town Hall

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Voters at a special Town Meeting on Tuesday unanimously approved spending $7,000 to demolish and cleanup a condemned property at 59 Gunn Road that drew the attention of health officials and animal welfare agencies in July. Brie Eichstaedt, the town’s health agent, who spoke in support …

Kick-starting development: Gov. Deval Patrick announces almost $5 million in MassWorks grants for Amherst, Easthampton, Hatfield

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — A $1.5 million state grant designed to be a catalyst for continued economic development at the northern end of downtown Amherst was announced at Kendrick Park Tuesday by Gov. Deval Patrick. With the steel frame of …

Mother of Ryan Road School student objects to police firearms training nearby during weekdays

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence woman said she plans to keep her fifth-grade son at home two days next week so he remains out of earshot of gunfire when the Police Department’s state-required firearms training partially overlaps with school …

Ronnie Vinson of Springfield denies fraudulent use of credit card

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man denied charges in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday related to the unauthorized use of a credit card that a woman reported losing in Amherst in 2013. Ronnie Vinson, 28, pleaded not guilty to two charges of fraudulent use of a credit card under …