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Mediation, deliberation at issue in Amherst

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — It’s a war of words among Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members, who will meet Monday about two deliberation-based complaints. The first is a dispute about whether an email sent to the entire board from member Katherine Appy constituted deliberation, thereby violating the state’s Open Meeting Law. The second is what sparked the email — Appy’s assertion that committee Chairman Trevor Baptiste planned to participate in mediation with the …

AREA POLICE NEWS

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Amherst ∎ Two males fighting outside an apartment at The Boulders, 188 East Hadley Road, at 3:53 p.m. Monday ended their scuffle when police got there. They were advised they could pursue their own assault-and-battery complaints in court. Hadley ∎ Police responded to a two-car crash on Route 9 at 8:48 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection with Mill Valley Road. A 53-year-old woman …

Strong afternoon storm downs trees in Deerfield

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — The sudden storm that moved through the area Tuesday afternoon left little more than rapidly evaporating puddles in some towns, but tore down trees elsewhere. Police closed a section of Lower Road in Deerfield, where massive limbs stripped from one tree pinned power lines. Another stout tree, in the front yard …

South Hadley’s arts, music festival keeps on growing

Monday, July 27, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Armed with a torch, pliers and sunglasses, Hugh Naggar fielded questions about his glassblowing and spinning as he melted glass with his blue flame. “Can you do almost anything?” one woman asked. Naggar, who operates …

Springfield Marine laid to rest

Monday, July 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The Massachusetts Marine killed a by a gunman in Tennessee earlier this month was remembered Monday by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield as “exemplary” and “a leader and a man of true courage.” Gunnery Sgt. …

South Hadley FallsFest fosters community spirit, economic development

Saturday, July 25, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Armed with a torch, pliers and sunglasses, Hugh Naggar fielded questions about his glassblowing and spinning as he melted glass with his blue flame. “Can you do almost anything?” one woman asked. Naggar, who operates …

Outdoor fun

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Obama urges Kenya to root out corruption

Sunday, July 26, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya — Declaring Kenya at a “crossroads” between promise and peril, President Barack Obama on Sunday pressed the nation of his father’s birth to root out corruption, treat women and minorities as equal citizens, and take responsibility …

Vehicle accidents send five to hospital, delay traffic on Route 9 in Hadley

Sunday, July 26, 2015

HADLEY — A two-car crash sent five people to Cooley Dickinson Hospital on Sunday afternoon, two of them children. Police received a call at 3:46 p.m. that a rear-end accident took place in front of Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters at 227 Russell St. A Subaru driven by a 26-year-old …

Police break up underage party — and other area police news

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Northampton ∎ Noah Edward Chouinard, 19, of 597 Westhampton Road in Florence, and Adam Isaac Osherow, 19, of 357 Kennedy Road in Leeds, were arrested at 12:32 a.m. on Sunday after police responded to a report of an underage drinking party at Osherow’s home. Osherow was charged with …

‘Guerrilla gardening’ met with gratitude

Sunday, July 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When Jeanne Birdsall of Gothic Street would walk by the flower garden at the side of the courthouse, she would think to herself that it was sad no one seemed to be keeping it up. Weeds …

Goggins Real Estate relocates to former Bank of America branch site

Sunday, July 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly two years after the Bank of America closed its branch on 79 King St., Goggins Real Estate relocated its headquarters to the one-acre site last week. The real estate offices were previously located at 8 Main St. in Florence. “We were happy tenants in our …

Research at UMass could prevent bats from being killed by flying into wind turbines

Sunday, July 26, 2015

AMHERST — High pitched frequencies may be the key to preventing hundreds of thousands of bats from being killed by wind turbine blades, according to a University of Massachusetts Amherst research team. Paul Sievert, a research associate professor in the department of environmental conservation at UMass Amherst, will …