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Friday, July 3, 2015

Amherst ∎ Dennis Lavigne, 36, of 12 Weaver Circle, was arrested at 6:20 a.m. Friday on Cherry Lane on a warrant. Police said Lavigne was found in a vehicle with Vermont license plates parked on the street after a resident reported that someone might be living in the vehicle. ∎ Thomas Charles Crossman, 32, of 10 Gatehouse Road, Apartment 320, was arrested at 1:18 a.m. Friday on Snell Street on …

Solar farm developer says proposed moratorium in Shutesbury would kill project

Friday, July 3, 2015

SHUTESBURY — Developers proposing a six-megawatt solar farm to Pratt Corner Road are ready to begin the town’s permitting process, even as a citizens’ petition is before officials requesting that any action by town boards be delayed until a new solar bylaw is developed. Marnin Lebovits, managing director and co-founder of Chicago-based Lake Street Development Partners, said this week that establishing a moratorium …

Former Chesterfield official David Kielson files lawsuit alleging that hip surgery worsened dementia

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former longtime Chesterfield official well known in the Hilltowns has filed a lawsuit alleging hip surgery in 2013 turned a mild condition of dementia into a severe case. The suit was filed Friday on behalf of David and Gail Kielson against Cooley Dickinson Hospital, surgeon Henry Drinker and anesthesiologist Brian D. Johnson. Kielson was 78 at the time of the …

Florence company buys former Getty gasoline station in Hadley

Thursday, July 2, 2015

HADLEY — A Florence-based company has purchased the former Getty gasoline station at 13 Russell St. in Hadley, but owner Amrik Singh said he is unsure how the company will use the property. “It just happened,” he said …

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz names Duane Nichols new fire chief

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Assistant Fire Chief Duane Nichols, a city native and 28-year veteran of the Fire Department with deep roots in the ranks of Northampton’s public safety services, will be the next fire chief if the City Council …

Federal regulators plan July 29 meeting in Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Federal regulators have issued formal notice for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Northeast Energy Direct project, scheduling a July 29 public meeting in Greenfield. The notice starts the clock for the 60-day process to decide the scope of issues considered in a environmental impact statement on the project, …

Hatfield Historical Commission votes to delay demolition of Center School for a year

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

HATFIELD — The old Center School has been saved from the wrecking ball for at least a year after the Historical Commission on Wednesday unanimously deemed the building “preferably preserved” under the town’s demolition delay bylaw. The vote means the building commissioner cannot issue a demolition permit to …

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 …