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Owner of Hangar Pub and Grill and Wings Over Amherst plans restaurant in Greenfield

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — The owner of a chicken wings delivery service founded in Amherst in 1999, which has nearly three dozen stores in 13 states, is planning a new restaurant in Greenfield. Harold Tramazzo, who owns both the Wings Over Amherst and Hangar Pub and Grill restaurants on University Drive, said last week that he is examining a similar enterprise at the former Lunt Silversmith property on Federal Street in Greenfield. …

Former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury indicted on firearms charges resulting from Belchertown incident

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A former Massachusetts police chief acquitted of charges connected to the 2008 death of an 8-year-old boy at a gun show has been indicted on unrelated firearms charges. The Republican reports that a grand jury Tuesday handed down an indictment charging ex-Pelham Chief Edward Fleury with assault with a dangerous weapon and 22 counts of improper storage of firearms. Authorities allege …

Housing projects headline $1.1 million in CPA funds to be considered by Northampton City Council

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two Pleasant Street projects that would significantly add to the city’s affordable housing stock will highlight the latest round of Community Preservation Act grants scheduled for discussion before the City Council Thursday night. The plans being pitched by Valley Community Development Corp. at the former Northampton Lumber site at 256 Pleasant St., and by HAPHousing at the Northampton Lodging site at …

State grant expands precision-machinist training in Franklin and Hampshire counties

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a $276,705 state grant, Greenfield Community College and Franklin County Technical School will be able to continue to offer its precision-machinist training over the next two years as well expand offerings to include blueprint reading, metrology, grinding and lean manufacturing. A total of 56 adults …

Northampton to study crosswalk safety after pedestrian critically injured last week

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City officials plan to conduct a study of all city crosswalks in light of safety concerns after a Northampton woman was critically injured when she was struck by a car in a crosswalk on Bridge Street …

HitPoint Studios, successful gaming company, leaves Amherst for Springfield

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AMHERST — With its move to Springfield next week, an Amherst company that has developed online video games for Facebook and smartphones is poised to launch its own channel from which gamers can select the new content they wish to play. The relocation of HitPoint Studios is prompted …

Easthampton City Council to vote on $5,000 increase in mayor’s pay

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton City Council plans to vote Wednesday after a public hearing on a proposed $5,000 increase in the mayor’s salary that would take effect in 2016. The mayor currently earns $70,000 per year, according to …

Sex offender Charles Capen of Easthampton accused of sexually assaulting teenager after chaperoning party

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton sex offender accused of inappropriately touching a teenager after chaperoning a party in Hatfield was arraigned in Northampton District Court on Monday and bail was set at $5,000. Charles W. Capen, 32, of 4 Clinton St., pleaded not guilty to a charge of indecent …

Westfield State University names presidential search committee

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University has established a search committee for choosing its 20th president. Former president Evan Dobelle retired Nov. 8, 2013, after being placed on paid administrative leave amid an investigation into reports of extravagant spending during domestic and overseas travel and improper use of school …

Deerfield seeks legislation requiring pipeline ‘royalties’ for owners of any property taken by eminent domain

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Select Board wants legislation requiring the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. or any other pipeline company to pay “royalties” on exported natural gas to landowners whose property has been taken by eminent domain for the pipeline — on grounds that such land-takings are allowed “for the …

Belchertown man wanted for allegedly assaulting infant

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Police are asking for help finding a 29-year-old man wanted for alleged assault and battery on an infant. Keith Truehart, 29, who was last known to be living at the Lord Jeffery Apartments, is wanted on …

Average residential tax bill to increase by nearly 2 percent in Amherst

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AMHERST — When residents receive their next tax bills that are due Feb. 1, most will see increases in their property taxes as well as the surcharge associated with funding the Community Preservation Act. The Select Board on Monday unanimously adopted a recommendation from the Board of Assessors …

Stephanie Solivan of Northampton denies beating another woman with chain

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton woman in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday denied beating another woman with a chain in October. Stephanie A. Solivan, 26, of 241 Jackson St., Apt. 4B, pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, breaking and entering …