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JERREY ROBERTS
Railroad camp cars and a generator rest on the tracks behind North Street in Northampton Thursday.

North Street neighborhood ready for rail worker camp to move on, calls for more communication from Pan Am next time

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While many North Street residents are excited about the return of passenger rail service to Northampton, most won’t shed a tear Friday when a temporary camp of railroad workers stationed behind their homes moves out as expected. “We’ll be waving you goodbye; we’re glad you’re going,” said Joan Rasool, of 96 North St. Rasool and her neighbor Marge … 0

Scathing inspector general’s report details Evan Dobelle’s excessive and wasteful spending of public money

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly nine months after Evan S. Dobelle resigned as president of Westfield State University, the state inspector general on Thursday released a stinging review of his spending, suggesting a leader who repeatedly abused his authority, exploited more than $180,000 of public money for personal use and violated the public trust. The … 0

Linens, spoons and lunatics: Team works to preserve county probate records

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON —According to records from Hampshire County Probate Court, on July 15, public notice was given that Josiah Allis was officially declared a lunatic. Oh, that was July 15, 1843, just to be clear. That probate record, along with thousands of others, some dating back nearly 350 years, is in the process of … 0

Northampton officials prep for Damon Road closure Aug. 9-10

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police and transportation officials are preparing a game plan to handle potential traffic issues that may crop up when a portion of Damon Road is closed to through traffic for most of the Aug. 9-10 weekend as upgrades to a railroad crossing are made. In addition … 0

Get out of town: At dangerousness hearing, Yeshaq Warren, charged with knife threats against senior citizen, barred from Amherst

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AMHERST — A man who allegedly twice threatened a senior citizen with a knife and stomped on the man’s foot will not be allowed in Amherst and must have regular drug and alcohol screenings, according to a ruling … 1

Hadley to pave three roads next week

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

HADLEY — Three paving projects will take place over the next week. On Friday, crews from Warner Brothers of Sunderland will be resurfacing Mountain Road. The work continues Monday, when the intersection of Rocky Hill Road and North Maple Street is repaved. Finally, on both Monday and Tuesday, … 0

MAP Northampton begins largest paving operation in years with $2 million and dozens of streets picked for improvement

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In what Northampton’s public works director calls the largest paving operation in years, road repairs to the tune of some $2 million are officially in full swing at various spots around the city. Nearly a dozen … 1

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