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CHRIS LINDAHL Signs warning drivers of roadwork on Prospect Street in Northampton. Many of the city's paving projects will be wrapped up starting Aug. 31.

Prospect St. area roadwork in Northampton scheduled for completion next week

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Many of the city’s road paving projects will begin wrapping up next week. Paving on Prospect Street, Woodlawn Avenue and Massasoit Street will be completed on Monday. Crews will work during the remainder of the week to install traffic markings on those streets and will construct driveway transitions on Woodlawn Avenue and Massasoit Street on Friday, according to …

New Northampton and Easthampton firefighters among state academy graduates

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New recruits from the Easthampton and Northampton fire departments were among those who graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Friday. David J. Nalewanski of the Easthampton Fire Department and Nicholas J. Demetrion of the Northampton Fire Department and 22 others from across the state completed the 45-day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program. The course is designed to give new firefighters basic skills for …

Northampton Police Department swears-in three new officers, promotes three

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three new Northampton Police officers joined three veteran ranking officers when they were sworn in by Mayor David J. Narkewicz at a ceremony Thursday night. Capt. John Cartledge, Lt. David Callahan and Sgt. Patrick Moody, who were promoted earlier this year, were sworn in along with new officers Rebecca Mazuch, Monica …

Northampton Housing Authority board to address Open Meeting Law violations, ‘litigation issues’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Housing Authority’s board of commissioners will convene a special meeting early Monday to publicly address for the first time a reorganization of the agency. The meeting begins with a closed-door session to discuss “litigation …

On Katrina anniversary, Obama salutes people of New Orleans

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — Visiting residents on tidy porch stoops and sampling the fried chicken at a corner restaurant, President Barack Obama held out the people of New Orleans on Thursday as an extraordinary example of renewal and resilience …

Chairwoman of South Hadley utility commissioners calls management decision to not involve board in audit preparations ‘unacceptable’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — The chairwoman of the South Hadley Electric Light Department board of commissioners is upset that the manager of the municipal utility has laid the groundwork for an audit without involving board members. Anne Awad said …

UMass football player Da’Sean Downey to be arraigned in October in connection with altercation that injured 2 students

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — A linebacker for the University of Massachusetts Amherst football team will be arraigned in October on assault charges stemming from an altercation at a Hadley house party earlier this year that left one victim temporarily unconscious …

With lease up in June 2016, Nonotuck Community School considers next steps

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With the city’s lease to the Nonotuck Community School set to expire next June, the future of the Florence child care center is uncertain — and school officials are hoping for more time to develop a new plan to continue operating. “We’re certainly not planning on …

Forbes Library in Northampton to end its outreach program for homebound people

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A long-running Forbes Library program that hand delivers books to homebound people will cease operations in September. The Forbes outreach program delivers books, videos and other materials to people who are confined to their homes or …

Amherst group ponders ways to move Little Red Schoolhouse, including tapping CPA funds

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — An effort to move the former Little Red Schoolhouse building from Amherst College to an off-campus site may hinge on obtaining money from the town’s Community Preservation Act account. The CPA Committee is expected to make …

Dog bites man in front of Easthampton business and other police news

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Scott R. Plogger, 44, of 499 Burts Pit Road in Florence, was arrested after a motor vehicle stop on Florence Road Wednesday at 11:23 p.m. on charges of marked lanes violation and a third offense of operating under the influence of liquor. ∎ Police received a …

Northampton PD launches user-friendly website with modern look

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Police Department launched a new website Tuesday, which Police Chief Jody Kasper said is more modern and user-friendly. The site features new graphics, drop-down menus and pictures, and reflects the new community programs and …

Shutesbury hydrogeologist wants federal regulators to require more detailed pipeline maps

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

While the proponent of a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cross 64 miles of Massachusetts may include some detailed maps of its route in its filings with federal regulators, a Shutesbury hyrdogeologist said that information is incomplete. Michael Hoostein, in written testimony submitted to the Federal Energy …