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Forum scheduled in Amherst to discuss priorities for Community Preservation Act money

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — Every year, projects that protect open space, preserve affordable housing and promote historical preservation come before annual Town Meeting. Almost all of these projects financed using Community Preservation Act money since the town adopted the surcharge in 2001 have been approved by the members. Last spring $1.25 million was appropriated that allowed town officials to work with a private developer to preserve 41 units of affordable housing at …

New building at Kendrick Place in Amherst will not have on-site parking for tenants, businesses

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — A five-story building that will house 102 tenants and three businesses is being constructed at the intersection of Triangle and East Pleasant streets. When these units at Kendrick Place are leased next fall, there will be no on-site parking for residents or patrons of the businesses. The lack of new parking conforms with rules governing such projects in the municipal parking …

Area court news

Friday, September 19, 2014

■ Michael Tomasella, whose address is listed as the streets of Windsor Locks, Connecticut, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Thursday to three counts of violating an abuse prevention order and intimidation of a witness. According to court documents, Tomasella was arrested at 5:14 p.m. Wednesday at the corner of Olive and South streets after visiting a home on Revell Avenue where …

Amherst bars planning ‘Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day’ event despite town’s concerns

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — A digital countdown clock on the wall near the entrance to McMurphy’s Uptown Tavern is a reminder to patrons, down to each fraction of a second, about when the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day event begins. The 15th year for the event, formerly known as Halfway …

Broadside Bookshop celebrates 40 years in Northampton with weekend events

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bruce MacMillan came to Northampton 40 years ago aiming to start a local bookstore for the community. This weekend, the owners who took over Broadside Bookshop when MacMillan died in 2001 are throwing a party to celebrate the store’s survival through the ups and downs of …

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce booth to be removed from Town Common and reused as farm stand

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — In this digital age, items such as brochures, maps and bus schedules have become, well, quaint. For that reason, the iconic Chamber of Commerce information booth — situated near the Town Common for 50 years — …

Area police news

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating the theft of $100 in cash from Ren’s Mobil, 161 North Pleasant St. Police responded to a burglar alarm sounding at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and found a window had been kicked in to gain entry to the building. Northampton ∎ Thomas P. Olstead, …

Area briefs

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amherst CULTURAL GRANTS: Artists, performers and educators interested in seeking grants from the town’s Cultural Council are invited to an informational meeting in the Goodwin Room of the Jones Library at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. There will be information about eligibility, funding priorities and special criteria. Priority will be …

Easthampton High School Class of 1944 will hold 70th reunion Saturday

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — When members of the Easthampton High School Class of 1944 wanted to get their senior yearbook to all of their classmates, it meant having to track down Army Post Office addresses for some of them. “It was a carefree time in your life, but a tough …

Northampton will consider ban on Styrofoam, plastic bags

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city is considering joining a growing list of communities nationwide to ban plastic bags in supermarkets and other retail stores, and Styrofoam disposable food and beverage containers used in restaurants. Responding to multiple requests from constituents asking the city to move toward such a ban, …

Northampton may order property owners to give city permission to access land for erosion control project

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The owners of two Reservoir Road properties will not give the city permission to use a portion of their land for an erosion control project at a brook near Musante Beach, forcing the City Council to step in. The council Thursday will consider whether to grant …

Worpek brothers of Chesterfield deny charges of stealing truck parts in Westhampton

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two brothers from Chesterfield denied multiple charges in Northampton District Court Tuesday after they were allegedly caught in the act of stealing a radiator and other parts from a Mack truck parked at a gravel pit in Westhampton on Monday. Jeffrey Worpek, 27, and Joseph D. …

UPDATED: AG files suit against Ryder Funeral Home; $342,000 said missing from pre-paid funerals; remains of two people unknown

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More than $342,000 and the cremated remains of a Granby man and his wife are missing four months after the Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley was shut down by state regulators, according to two lawsuits …