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South Hadley police review social media policy in wake of heroin comment on Facebook

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Police Chief David LaBrie said a resident’s negative reaction to a Facebook comment by Detective Jesse Camp castigating heroin users has been a learning experience for the entire department. “This was used as a teaching moment, if you will, for the whole department as a reminder that no matter what context they speak in, they’re still viewed as police officers,” LaBrie said Monday in an interview in …

Police arrest Belchertown man after Bay Road crash

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — A Belchertown man whose vehicle went off Bay Road, rolled over and sheared a utility pole was arrested by police Monday. Kyle Kielbasa, 28, of 66 Canal Drive, was arrested at 4:36 p.m. on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and failure to stay within marked lanes, …

Greenfield Community College teams with area high schools to teach about sustainable agriculture

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College has received a grant of almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to start new courses in sustainable agriculture, along with free workshops for local high school teachers who are bringing farm-based components into the curriculum. The initiative is called Educational Networks for Growing an Agricultural Economy, and the community college is teaming up with six area …

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 …

No parking Saturday on Old Town Road, Cottage Street in Amherst

Friday, October 17, 2014

AMHERST — Berms and curbs will be installed on Old Town Road and Cottage Street starting at 7 a.m. Saturday. No on-street parking will be allowed during the day and vehicles that are parked on the streets may be towed at their owner’s expense. Meanwhile, between 7 a.m. …

Area police news

Friday, October 17, 2014

Amherst ■ One man suffered a cut to his ear and another was punched in the face during an altercation outside downtown bars following the New England Patriots football game at 12:29 a.m. Friday. Four suspects fled and the two victims who remained told police that they did …

Mauricio Velasquez expected to plead guilty in alleged drunk driving accident that killed 3-year-old daughter, man

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The attorney for Mauricio Velasquez of Springfield told Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson Friday that he plans to plead guilty to at least one charge related to a 2013 accident in Easthampton that resulted in the deaths of his 3-year-old daughter and an Easthampton …

Judge denies request to reduce bail for Sajid Dacres, charged with attempted murder of Ware police officer

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The New York man charged with trying to run down a Ware police officer — who then shot him twice — shook his head Friday as a Hampshire Superior Court Judge denied his attorney’s request that he be released or that his bail be lowered. Sajid …