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Deerfield Elementary School seeks crossing guard

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DEERFIELD — Students at Deerfield Elementary School may get a surprise as they head to and from school, at least for the first few months of the year. Assistant Principal Clay Connor is temporarily filling in as school crossing guard at Pleasant Street as the town looks to fill the position. The town has been seeking a new crossing guard since the last one retired this year. There are two … 0

Deerfield Academy buys John F. Thorn estate for $1.5 million

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DEERFIELD — For the second time this year, Deerfield Academy has purchased property in Old Deerfield for $1.5 million. According to the Franklin County Registry of Deeds, the Trustees of Deerfield Academy purchased the John F. Thorn estate at 22 Old Main St. from Jennifer A. Wood, a personal representative, on July 29. … 0

Unsuccessful applicant for medical marijuana license in Franklin County sues state

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A locally based nonprofit that wants to sell medical marijuana in Franklin County has sued the state for “arbitrarily and capriciously” rejecting its application. JM Farm’s Patient Group is suing the state Department of Public Health to halt the medical marijuana selection process and to explain why it did not … 0

Pelham police warn of scam involving caller claiming to be Internal Revenue Service agent

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

PELHAM — Police are warning residents not to divulge any personal information on the telephone if they receive calls from someone claiming to be an Internal Revenue Service agent. Pelham Police Chief Gary Thomann said three residents contacted him Tuesday afternoon to report getting calls from an agent … 0

Area police news

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Amherst ∎ Samuel Webb, 20, of Westborough, was arrested at 11:43 p.m. Monday at Puffton Village on charges of violating the town’s noise bylaw and possession of a fake identification. Webb was arrested after officers responded to the 1040 North Pleasant St. apartment complex for shouting and loud … 0

Judie’s Restaurant in Amherst to add room for ‘paint-and-sip’ events

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown restaurant best known for its popovers will soon be adding a room where customers can drink a glass of wine while painting their own masterpieces. Judie’s Restaurant at 51 North Pleasant St. is taking over the 650-square-foot space in the attached Boltwood Place building … 0

Silent vigil in Northampton remembers shooting victim Michael Brown

Monday, August 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Thirty-six women, 19 men and three children sat in silence on the steps of City Hall for almost an hour Monday evening holding in front of them portraits of Michael Brown photocopied in color on plain … 1

Open Meeting Law complaint filed against Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee for controversial session held to discuss member’s reprimand

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst man has filed a complaint with the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee claiming members of the board violated the state’s Open Meeting Law when they met in defiance of then-chairman Lawrence O’Brien to discuss a … 0

Dawnn Jaffier, victim of fatal shooting in Boston, graduated from UMass in 2010

Monday, August 25, 2014

BOSTON — A University of Massachusetts graduate who died from a gunshot wound Saturday morning is remembered for her work with city children in Boston and her ability to inspire underprivileged youths. Dawnn Jaffier, 26, a 2010 graduate … 0

Civil lawsuit opens with testimony by opponents of Northampton Business Improvement District

Monday, August 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly two months after the Northampton Business Improvement District re-upped through 2019, a long-anticipated civil lawsuit in Hampshire Superior Court began Monday that could have major implications for the BID’s immediate future. The lawsuit was filed … 0

Bicyclist Gabor Lukacs hurt in Amherst accident

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — A bicyclist was injured after being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of South Pleasant and Snell streets Friday morning, police said. Jamison Medrek, 21, of Pepperell, was issued a citation for failure to use … 0

Heberlein violin and other items valued at $8,500 stolen from Belchertown Road home in Amherst

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — Police are investigating two breaks, including the theft of a violin and other items valued at $8,500 from a home on Belchertown Road which was reported at 11:18 p.m. Sunday. There were no signs of forced entry, said Detective Gregory Wise. The items taken included a … 0

Area police news

Monday, August 25, 2014

Amherst ∎ Dmitri A. Ray, 24, of East Longmeadow, was arrested at 1:04 a.m. Sunday on College Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a lights violation. ∎ Molly Brownhill, 21, of … 0