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South County Emergency Medical Service to cost nearly $750,000 in first year

Saturday, April 19, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Southern Franklin County residents will be asked to approve $749,594 for the first full year of the South County Emergency Medical Service. The latest budget numbers for the regional paramedic service are $387,999 for Deerfield, $235,947 for Sunderland and $125,647 for Whately. The budget reflects the estimated full-year cost to run the regional round-the-clock paramedic service. In October, residents approved only the half-year cost. The administrators of … 0

Whately to consider town hall renovations at April 29 Town Meeting

Saturday, April 19, 2014

WHATELY — By September 2015, residents could have a modern town office with more meeting rooms, a 175-seat, air-conditioned auditorium and a fully accessible Town Hall as the civic and cultural center on Chestnut Plain Road. The Municipal Building Committee, chaired by Select Board member Jonathan Edwards, Wednesday presented its final design plans for the Town Hall rehabilitation and expansion project. The town … 0

Out-of-control brush fire damages house on East Street in Goshen

Friday, April 18, 2014

GOSHEN — A small brush fire that had been started to destroy weeds at a home at 665 East St. quickly got out of control Thursday afternoon and flames began to burn the siding of the house. Before the fire was extinguished it caused an estimated $15,000 in damage to the home, which was built in 1844, according to Fire Capt. Bob Labrie. … 0

Holyoke mayor’s cousin reaches plea agreement in connection with March drunken driving incident on city bike path

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man arrested last month after he drove onto the city bike path near Union Station will lose his driver’s license for 45 days and pay $300 in fines under a plea agreement reached in Northampton District Court. Nicholas A. Duclos, 22, a cousin of … 0

Ware man pleads guilty to Social Security fraud

Friday, April 18, 2014

BOSTON — A Ware man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently collecting more than $50,000 in Social Security disability payments while working an $80,000-per-year job. Carl Lynch pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to a charge of theft of public money. Prosecutors say the 43-year-old Lynch began receiving disability … 0

University of Massachusetts student Karleigh DiFranco arrested after allegedly breaking into Amherst restaurant

Friday, April 18, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student was arrested early Friday morning after allegedly breaking into a downtown restaurant and setting off its alarms, police said. Karleigh E. DiFranco, 21, of Watchung, N.J., was arrested at 1:58 a.m. on a charge of breaking and entering during the nighttime … 0

Pioneer Valley Bread House to hold bread-making event Monday in South Hadley to honor Earth Day

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — In honor of Earth Day, children are being asked to play with their food. The Pioneer Valley Bread House, an initiative to bring the community together through free monthly bread-making sessions, is holding its next event Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the kitchen … 0

Around Granby: Race at MacDuffie School to benefit typhoon victims

Friday, April 18, 2014

GRANBY — Registration is open for the “Run for Hope” 5k race to benefit international charities held at the MacDuffie School April 26 at 10 a.m. “Run for Hope” is a student-organized event started two years ago to broaden student service, said head of MacDuffie School Steve Griffin. … 0

Deerfield takes steps to reduce projected budget deficit by $293,018

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Town officials are considering several changes to the current budget proposal that would decrease next year’s projected deficit by $293,018. By the latest Finance Committee estimates, the town faces a $639,139 shortfall for the next fiscal year beginning July 1. The newest estimates bring the … 0

Calendula Chaudle of Holyoke arrested on gun, drug charges

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — State police arrested Calendula Chaudle, 37, of Holyoke, at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday in Holyoke and charged him with unlicensed carrying of a firearm and possession of a Class A drug (heroin). Chaudle was taken to the Northampton barracks where he was held pending his arraignment in … 0

Northampton City Council approves Community Preservation Act money for housing program, playgrounds

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city is in line to be among the first communities in the state to launch a program using Community Preservation Act money dedicated solely to helping low- and moderate-income residents who live in affordable housing … 0

Senate OKs bond bill with millions for road, rail improvements; local officials propose projects for funding

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The state Senate Thursday approved a five-year, $12.7 billion transportation bond bill that includes money for commuter rail service in the Pioneer Valley, $6.53 million for seven projects in Northampton and up to $300 million a year for … 0

Easthampton Mayor Karen Cadieux presents her first proposed budget, a 2.6 percent increase over current fiscal year

Thursday, April 17, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Mayor Karen L. Cadieux’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 is a 2.6 percent increase over the current year and includes the biggest education funding increase in seven years, though it will mean layoffs in city schools. The budget for the fiscal year that starts July … 0