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Amherst Planning Board opens hearing on Retreat housing proposal

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AMHERST — As a large-scale student housing project proposed for the Cushman section of Amherst comes before the Planning Board, whether such a development is even allowed under town bylaws became a point of contention at Wednesday’s first hearing on the definitive subdivision plan. With more than 75 residents, many wearing Save Historic Cushman buttons, at the hearing on The Retreat at Amherst, board members stated that their review of … 0

City Councilor: Pan Am’s train camp in Northampton set to roll away on Friday

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In what will likely come as a relief to many North Street residents, Pan Am Railways on Friday expects to disband and roll away a temporary worker camp of train cars parked on the railroad tracks behind their homes. According to Ward 3 City Councilor Ryan R. O’Donnell, Pan Am officials … 0

Against judge’s advice, Robert Vitelli Jr. decides to represent himself on open and gross lewdness charges that carry potential of 12 years in prison

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard Carey’s advice to the contrary, Robert Vitelli Jr. insisted on representing himself in court on charges that he exposed himself in public. In court Wednesday, Vitelli pleaded not guilty to four counts of open and gross lewdness. Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Christine Tetreault, who is prosecuting the case, said in court Wednesday, if convicted, Vitelli … 0

Northampton florist has money for daughter’s wedding stolen in break-in

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When someone broke into the safe inside Nuttelman’s Florist sometime overnight, it wasn’t money for the business or to pay bills that was taken, said office manager Mary Nuttelman. It was the money she and her … 0

Artist pledges to help save Amherst mural

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — The artist who created the Amherst Community History Mural that may be jeopardized by potential redevelopment of the Amherst Carriage Shops says he’ll work with town officials and the developers to save the large artwork. “The … 0

MAP Multi-year volunteer project to make Mud Pond Trail, off Moody Bridge Road in Hadley, accessible to all nears completion, opening set for October

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

HADLEY — On a sweltering late July day, Henry Kahan, 16, took a break from building a boardwalk for a trail through the forest in the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Hadley. He got … 0

Hampshire College president says federal investigation into sexual abuse policy not prompted by complaint

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — Hampshire College was recently added to the list of 71 colleges being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for its handling of campus sexual assaults, but this was not prompted by … 0

Profiting from loss: S. Hadley man accused of stealing $5,000 from fundraiser for classmate who died

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite her anger, Cathy Machak said she doesn’t want jail time for the man who allegedly embezzled thousands of dollars from a fundraiser in memory of her late son, who died last year. Machak said a … 1

Anonymous donor gives $10.3M to UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — An anonymous donor has given an estimated $10.3 million to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to benefit the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy calls it a “transformative gift” that is among the largest in the history of the university, according to … 0

Area police news

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Amherst ■ A 19-year-old Holyoke man will be summoned to court on a charge of breaking and entering during the nighttime after he entered the community room at Jean Elder Apartments, 9 Chestnut St., and was dound asleep there Saturday at 8:16 a.m., police said. Belchertown ■ Gina … 0

Music for a cause Haydenville musician proves you’re never too young for good deeds

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On certain sunny weekday afternoons, Sayla Russell-Blake can be found playing her violin on Main Street in Northampton. Sayla isn’t an out-of-work music student looking for extra cash — she’s 7, and she’s playing to raise … 0

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Around Belchertown: Robert Wojtczak appointed to fill Planning Board opening

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A joint session of the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board named Robert Wojtczak to the Planning Board Monday night. The other candidate was Michael Hofler. The two men were looking to fill the remainder of the … 0