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State sues attorney Hyman Darling and his law firm, Bacon Wilson PC, over handling of late woman’s estate

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield law firm and one of its attorneys are in hot water over the handling of an elderly woman’s estate and what health care regulators allege were fraudulent transfers of real estate, according to court complaints filed in Suffolk Superior Court. The state Executive Office of Health and Human Services filed the lawsuits against attorney Hyman G. Darling and his law firm, Bacon Wilson PC, as well …

Zachary Bryant faces charges of giving false name to police after arrest in Amherst

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AMHERST — A West Springfield man arrested early Monday morning now faces additional charges after Amherst Police said they determined he provided false information to the arresting officer, including using the name of another man who lives at the same address. Zachary E. Bryant, 24, was arrested at 1:11 a.m. Monday on Amity …

Area police news

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police questioned a man wearing only a bathrobe running in the middle of West Street near the Atkins Corner roundabouts at 8:30 p.m. Monday. The man told police he was out on a “punishing run” after breaking up with his boyfriend at Hampshire College. College officers took the man back to the nearby campus. Easthampton ∎ A resident of Union Court …

Northampton High students launch petition drive protesting departure of English teacher Kurt Ostrow

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When Northampton High School freshman Danielle Parent learned in class Thursday that her English teacher, Kurt Ostrow, would be leaving May 1, she burst into sobs. “It’s really hard to lose someone that you trust,” said …

Debate in Hatfield over buying former Holy Trinity Church for new senior center

Friday, April 17, 2015

HATFIELD — The rising demand for senior services in this small, rural town can be traced in Jane Betsold’s 26-year tenure as director of the town’s Council on Aging. When Betsold began in 1989, she worked 20 hours …

Cynthia May of Orleans pleads not guilty to negligent motor vehicle homicide in Amherst death of UMass student Hannah Frilot

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Cape Cod woman pleaded not guilty Friday in Hampshire Superior Court to a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide resulting from the July 31 death of University of Massachusetts student Hannah B. Frilot. Attorney Harry …

‘Bee weeks’ in Amherst, Northampton and Greenfield raise awareness about insect population decline

Friday, April 17, 2015

AMHERST — As the number of honeybees continues to decline, efforts are underway in Amherst, Northampton and Greenfield to promote bee habitats in meadows and to encourage residents and business owners to provide flowers that attract bees. All three communities are putting together “bee weeks” this spring. They …

Judge dismisses some counts, adds others to lawsuit against Ryder and Czelusniak funeral homes

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge this week dismissed some counts and added new ones in a lawsuit alleging negligence against the Ryder and Czelusniak funeral homes. The lawsuit is one of seven filed against the now-defunct Ryder Funeral Home regarding the alleged mishandling of remains. The …

Hilltown Voices: Robin Merritt promoted to lieutenant, first woman officer in Williamsburg Fire Department

Friday, April 17, 2015

Williamsburg Fire Chief Jason Connell on Tuesday promoted firefighter Robin Merritt to the rank of lieutenant. Merritt now holds the distinction of being the first woman to become an officer in the Williamsburg Fire Department. Town Clerk Brenda …

Amherst Regional High School Honor Roll

Friday, April 17, 2015

Amherst Regional High School Second Trimester GRADE 9 Camryn Adams, Stratton Adams, Kale Allan, Beatrix Barker, Claire Basler-Chang, Anya Benson, Isabel Bishop, Malcolm Blinder, Sadie Blumenfeld, Alvaro Borrell, Daniel Brennan, Lindsey Campbell, Rebecca Caraker, Eliza Carson, Devan Chen, Peroum Chham, Celia Child, Stanley Cliche, Robert Cooley, Adele Cousland, …

Veterans Voice: News of interest to local veterans

Friday, April 17, 2015

Announcements ELECTION: DAV Chapter 92 will be conducting their nominations and elections of chapter officers for 2015-2016 Thursday, 7 p.m., at VFW Post 8006, 18 Meadow St., Florence. There will be a collation following the meeting. All active chapter 92 members are welcome to attend and vote. ASSISTANCE: …

Friday, April 17, 2015

Into the wild Second-graders at the Anne T. Dunphy Elementary School in Williamsburg received a hands-on lesson on releasing trout fish into the wild. Students in teacher Johanna Korpita’s class raised the trout fry at school and on …

Northampton City Council OKs water and sewer rate freeze; advances plastic bag ban

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City residents will not see a change in water and sewer rates over the next year after the City Council on Thursday unanimously voted to freeze the rates. The council also voted unanimously to advance a measure that would ban single-use plastic shopping bags such as …