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A photo of the Sept. 4 accident at the downtown railroad bridge provided by Northampton Police.

Northampton’s ‘truck-eating bridge’ claims another victim; officer tries unsuccessfully to stop vehicle

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police Officer Benjamin Beaver tried to stop a tractor-trailer heading toward the downtown railroad bridge early Friday morning, only to watch as the too-tall truck struck the underside of the bridge anyway. The impact of the crash, at 1:15 a.m. Friday, caused significant damage to the truck’s cab and trailer but no damage to the bridge’s artwork, according …

Investigations by Easthampton police, national agencies lead to child pornography indictments for men from Easthampton, Southampton

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court grand jury this week indicted men from Southampton and Easthampton on charges that include distribution of child pornography. James J. Smith, 61, of 53 Holyoke St., Easthampton, was indicted Tuesday on three counts of possession of child pornography and one count each of posing or exhibiting a child in a state of nudity and distributing material depicting …

Loan from Common Good Finance boosts completion of Northeast Biodiesel plant in Greenfield

Friday, September 4, 2015

Long in the planning to ensure it is locally owned, the Northeast Biodiesel plant nearly ready at the Greenfield Industrial Park is getting a final boost from a 160-member, community-based nonprofit finance system. The $200,000, seven-year loan is provided by Ashfield-based Common Good Finance to Co-op Power, a Hatfield-based energy cooperative that is developing the $4.2 million biodiesel plant. It will cap a …

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 …

Amherst Regional Middle School now eyed as new home for Leisure Services and Supplemental Education

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

AMHERST — A plan to move the town’s Leisure Services and Supplemental Education department to a former school building will be scrapped after town officials recently learned that upgrading the East Street School for municipal purposes would be more costly than projected. Instead, the department that offers a …

Obama has votes to seal Iran deal

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Overcoming ferocious opposition, President Barack Obama secured a legacy-defining foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats clinched the necessary votes to ensure the Iran nuclear agreement survives in Congress. The decisive 34th commitment came from Maryland …

Nomination papers for elected office in Easthampton due Sept. 15; two contested races possible in Nov. 3 election

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — With less than two weeks left before nomination papers for elected office are due, the possibility is shaping up for voters to decide at least two contested races on the ballot in November. Seventeen people have taken out papers for to run for seats on the …

Mount Holyoke Deputy Police Chief Barbara Arrighi earns rare title in form of karate

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — When Barbara Arrighi walked into her first karate class 43 years ago, she was one of a small number of women pursuing this martial art. Last month, Arrighi, the deputy chief of campus police at …

Prosecutor alleges Christopher Conley poisoned his daughter in April and had been making her sick for years

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton man accused of poisoning his 7-year-old daughter with drain cleaner in April may have been purposely making her seriously ill for years, according to documents filed in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday by the Northwestern …

Culvert repair project to close section of Northampton Bikeway Thursday and Friday

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A section of the Northampton Bikeway behind the Stop & Shop plaza on King Street will be closed Thursday and Friday as the Department of Public Works repairs a culvert. The bikeway will be closed to bicycle and pedestrian traffic between Adare Place and Stoddard Street …