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New Goodwin Memorial Library Director Patrick Borezo scans books at the Goodwin Memorial Library in Hadley Tuesday.  Borezo, of Orange, has worked at the library for five years before being tapped as the library's  director.

New (and familiar) faces Hadley’s Goodwin Library taps staffer for director job

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HADLEY — Trustees at Goodwin Memorial Library tapped veteran staffer Patrick Borezo of Orange to become the new library director, replacing Jane Babcock, who retired in August. Borezo, 40, who has worked at the library since 2009, said he is pleased to take over as library director. “I really liked the community and staff I worked with. I felt it …

Devon McNabb gets probation after pleading guilty to possession of heroin, unlicensed firearm

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 34-year-old Northampton man told Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson Tuesday that he was grateful for a “second chance” as he was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to three charges. Devon J. McNabb, who previously lived in Ware, pleaded guilty to negligent operation of a motor vehicle, possession of a class A drug (heroin), and unlicensed …

Area police news

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Northampton ■ An Ashfield woman will be summoned to Northampton District Court to face a shoplifting charge after she allegedly took groceries worth $52.45 from Big Y supermarket, 136 North King St., at 2:03 p.m. Monday. …

Cause of South Hadley fire that killed nine dogs remains under investigation

Saturday, October 18, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Officials continue to investigate a kitchen fire Friday in a house at 5 Grandview Road that killed nine dogs and displaced one woman. No cause of the fire had been determined as of Sunday evening. …

Woman hospitalized after head-on crash on South Maple Street near malls in Hadley

Saturday, October 18, 2014

HADLEY — One woman was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a head-on collision Saturday afternoon on South Maple Street. The two vehicles collided at 12:42 p.m. as one left the Hampshire Mall and the other exited the Mountain Farms Mall, said Officer Jesse Green. One …

Hikers enjoy Salamander Trail at newly opened Mount Warner Reservation in Hadley

Saturday, October 18, 2014

HADLEY — Outdoor enthusiasts dodged falling leaves Saturday to take the inaugural hike on the newly opened Mount Warner Reservation. “Every time you walk a trail here, it’s different,” said Hadley resident Andrew Morris-Friedman. “It’s great to be …

Southampton Town Meeting Tuesday to consider buying land behind Fire Station, but future use unclear

Saturday, October 18, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Officials will ask Town Meeting on Tuesday to approve using Community Preservation Act funds to buy a small piece of land behind the Town Hall, but it cannot legally be used for the purpose originally intended. Officials had hoped to use money designated for preserving open …

From costumes to art, Northampton ReUse Committee encourages repurposing waste

Saturday, October 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Ellen Smith showed up at the Halloween costume swap at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Saturday morning to drop off the makings for a skunk and rooster. She and her 5-year-old twin sons Gabe and …

Smith Vocational serves up breakfast and talk about its future for area politicians

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Student cooks at the Oliver Smith Restaurant at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School served up breakfast Friday morning to nine legislators while officials discussed possible changes in the way the school operates. Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson …

Congressman James McGovern cites importance of Greenfield Community College to region at its foundation’s annual meeting

Saturday, October 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Some colleges and universities build big fences and walls around their property and have no interaction with the community, said U.S. Congressman James McGovern, speaking at the Greenfield Community College Foundation’s annual meeting Friday night. Not here. “This school is an essential part to the future …

Pipeline opponents sponsor ‘Not in Anyone’s Back Yard Sales’ fundraiser

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cummington is among the Hilltowns that will join other communities in Massachusetts and New York this weekend in holding a “Not in Anyone’s Back Yard Sales” fundraiser to fight a proposed natural gas pipeline. Other participating towns in the region include Conway, Northfield, Orange, Athol and Royalston. While …

Seven dogs die in South Hadley house fire

Friday, October 17, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A fire killed seven dogs and displaced one resident from a Grandview Road home Friday afternoon. No people were injured. Firefighters from South Hadley Fire District 1 and 2 responded to a fire at 5 Grandview Road after a 911 call was received at 12:29 …

Pelham special Town Meeting votes to oppose Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, October 17, 2014

PELHAM —Voters at a special Town Meeting Wednesday voiced opposition to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline that would pass through western Massachusetts, and assessments that might be levied on residents to pay for its construction. Voters overwhelmingly adopted a citizen petition opposing the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by …

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