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Erika Saravia, from left, Armando Saravia and Oscar Saravia serve pizza to Kettie Lawrence, of Amherst, and Jim Dubois, of Northampton, at Pinocchio's despite the power outage Friday in downtown Northampton.

Power back on in Northampton after 90-minute Friday afternoon failure linked to squirrel in substation

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Power was restored to more than 5,000 customers, many in downtown Northampton, about 90 minutes after a power failure knocked traffic lights out of service and forced diners and shoppers from darkened restaurants and stores. Much of downtown turned into a parking lot as drivers inched along major routes. The power loss was traced to a squirrel that …

Nicholas Schauer committed to Bridgewater for psychological evaluation after alleged ‘Columbine’ threat against Frontier

Saturday, October 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — The 19-year-old Sunderland man who was arrested Thursday for threatening to “bring Columbine to Frontier” Regional School was committed to Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental health evaluation following an appearance Friday morning in Greenfield District Court. Nicholas R. Schauer will undergo a 20-day competency evaluation at the locked facility to determine whether he is able to stand trial. He will …

Antiques Center on Market Street in Northampton to close next month as building sold

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After 27 years selling antiques on Market Street the Antiques Center will close next month because the building has been sold. One of the owners of the building that houses the Antiques Center, Stuart Solomon, confirmed the building will be sold, although he declined to reveal the identity of the buyer. He said a new business will take its place, but …

Northampton High School Booster Day Parade will tie up downtown traffic Friday evening

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Northampton — The Northampton High School annual Booster Day Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. An expected 500 participants will assemble on Service Center Road and march up Pleasant Street and through downtown along Main and Elm streets to the high school for the homecoming …

Tenants at Rolling Green in Amherst celebrate state’s commitment to maintaining affordable housing

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AMHERST — After raising her four children at Rolling Green Apartments, and welcoming them back for visits, Darlene Douglas wants to remain part of the community where she has lived for the past 20 years. “I’ve already planned on this being my home for the rest of my …

Area police news

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Amherst ■ Nathaniel Douville, 22, of 40 Goldenrod Circle, was arrested at 2:23 a.m. Thursday on Montague Road on charges of attempting to commit a crime, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest after he repeatedly banged on the door to a home and allegedly tried to break in, …

Area brief

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Southampton TAX BILLS DUE: Tax bill payments for the second quarter are due Nov. 3. Real estate, personal property and motor vehicle tax bills can be paid online at www.town.southampton.me.us by clicking the link for online tax payment. Checks, but not cash, can be left in the drop …

Easthampton awards lowest bidder Nashawannuck Pond promenade job - still project cost balloons

Thursday, October 23, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A South Hadley company won the contract to build the Nashawannuck Pond promenade, though it will come at a much higher cost than anticipated. The long-awaited project is expected to begin within two weeks. Marois Construction …

Hampshire Regional Drama Company to stage ‘Fools’ Friday through Sunday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — The Hampshire Regional High School Drama Company will stage a play this weekend about a Russian village that has been cursed with stupidity. Neil Simon’s comedy “Fools,” set in the late 19th-century, follows schoolteacher Leon Tolchinsky as he tries to educate the townspeople and eventually falls …

Telephone service malfunctions at Gazette for most of Thursday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Northampton — A problem with telephone service at the Daily Hampshire Gazette at 115 Conz St. on Thursday was repaired by mid-evening. The problem which began in the early morning prevented callers from reaching employees directly for much of the day Thursday. Outgoing calls were also affected. Verizon …

Deerfield Board of Health votes to ban Tennessee Gas Pipeline construction within town’s borders

Thursday, October 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Board of Health voted Wednesday night to ban construction of a proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline within the town’s borders, calling the project an “unreasonable risk to the health and lives of …

Amherst bylaw dating back to 1966 jeopardizes farm intern program

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — Driving stakes into the ground and stringing up tomato plants on them was hard work for Samantha “Sam” Bavelock. Despite the many hours of planting, weeding and harvesting she put in as an intern with the …

Bankers say data breach over that affected Easthampton, Southampton businesses, including Big E’s

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Local bankers said this week that data breaches at some retailers in Easthampton and Southampton, including Big E’s Supermarket, appear to be over, thanks partly to businesses’ efforts to upgrade security. Easthampton Savings Bank President and …