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State will end prohibition on wine shipments to consumers Jan. 1

Saturday, July 12, 2014

BOSTON — Whether it’s pinot noir, merlot, chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon, wine lovers in Massachusetts will soon be able to have some of their favorite bottles shipped straight from the vineyards to their homes. A provision in the new state budget lifts a long-standing prohibition on direct deliveries from wineries to consumers. It follows a spirited campaign by out-of-state producers and customers that recently received a major endorsement from former … 0

Springfield diocese holds special ‘Purple Mass’ for dementia patients

Saturday, July 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield is holding its first special Mass to offer spiritual support to people suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as their loved ones and caregivers. The so-called Purple Mass is scheduled for Saturday at St. Michal’s Cathedral. The event was organized by Joy Danita Allen, whose mother has Alzheimer’s, as well as other members of … 0

After 2013 fire, Dockside Restaurant reopens at South Hadley marina

Saturday, July 12, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — It’s not official yet and the grand re-opening is still a couple of weeks away, but the Dockside Restaurant & Brunelle’s Marina, destroyed by a fire last year, is up and running. “There’s no such thing as a soft opening when you are on the river and everybody wants to … 0

Man arrested after allegedly attacking Pleasant Street pizzeria clerk in Northampton with gumball machine

Friday, July 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man is facing a string of charges after an altercation at a downtown restaurant Thursday night in which police say he struck a clerk with a gumball machine and caused other damage during an … 0

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Friday, July 11, 2014

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Northampton City Council approves herbicide treatment to kill phragmites in Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area

Friday, July 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In approving a grant Thursday night to pay for the use of herbicides on a batch of invasive plants at Fitzgerald Lake, the City Council at the same time threw its support behind the creation of … 0

MAP String of burglaries puts Shutesbury residents on alert

Thursday, July 10, 2014

SHUTESBURY — A recent string of burglaries has police asking residents to be on the lookout and lock their doors when they leave home. Jewelry, tools and a firearm are among the items take in the break-ins. Police … 0

Amherst reschedules outdoor events to avoid mosquitoes

Thursday, July 10, 2014

AMHERST — For two years, sports games and practices and other outdoor activities in summer and early fall have been rescheduled after the mosquito-borne illnesses West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis were documented. This year, officials are … 0

Deerfield eyes pheromone spray to stymie mosquito reproduction

Thursday, July 10, 2014

DEERFIELD — As the peak of mosquito season draws near, Deerfield town officials are looking for ways to control the insect’s population growth and are urging residents to take measures to protect themselves from being bitten by the … 0

Masonry work to begin this month at Easthampton’s Emily Williston Memorial Library

Thursday, July 10, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Work to repair the stone veneer exterior of the Emily Williston Memorial Library will take place over the next few weeks, but will not affect library hours or services. Thomas Raffensperger, a spokesman and member of the Public Library Association of Easthampton’s Board of Directors, said … 0

Grant funds repairs, renovations, at Dickinson Museum

Thursday, July 10, 2014

AMHERST — The Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst will install a sprinkler system and new heating and cooling units with a $380,000 grant it has received from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund. Such nuts and bolts jobs are typically tough fundraising projects, said Jane Wald, project manager at … 0

Southampton man to lead area Boy Scouts council

Thursday, July 10, 2014

southampton — The newly elected president of the Western Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts of America doesn’t want for experience in scouting. Jeff Glaze of Southampton, who became president June 30, has been involved with the Boy Scouts since 1968, when he was 10. In 1971, he … 0

Amherst wins state grant to study brook polluted by street run-off

Thursday, July 10, 2014

AMHERST — A contaminated brook which brings pollutants to the Fort River and may compromise the habitat for threatened and endangered species living in the river will be the subject of a study. A $36,100 grant from the … 1