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One-day music festival set for Saturday in South Hadley

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Originally conceived two years ago as a community-building event, FallsFest quickly morphed from a block party to celebrate South Hadley Falls to an all out music festival last summer. FallsFest happens again this Saturday starting at 11 a.m. with a children’s music hour with Bill Shontz. The music will be nonstop for 11 hours, switching back and forth between side-by-side stages at Beachgrounds Park across the street … 0

Visiting Iraqi students hold fundraiser for Amherst Senior Center

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AMHERST — A fundraising meal for the Amherst Senior Center, hosted by 24 students visiting from Iraq, takes places at Bistro 63 at The Monkey Bar & Grill, 63 North Pleasant St., Thursday at 7 p.m. The Iraqi students are participating in the University of Massachusetts Civic Initiative’s 2014 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. The six-week program is funded by the United States … 0

Downtown Amherst concert series begins Thursday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AMHERST — A summer concert series at Kendrick Park begins Thursday evening with performances by Mister G. and Wishbone Zoe. The concerts, part of the Amherst Business Improvement District’s Downtown Beats program, is bringing music to Kendrick Park on four Thursdays, starting at 5 p.m. each week. Other musical acts are performing in various locations in downtown on Friday evenings throughout summer and … 0

Pekarski’s Sausage owner cycles for cancer research

Monday, July 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — The wheel of a meat grinder won’t be the only thing that Pekarski Sausage owner Michael Pekarski will be spinning this August. Come Aug. 2 and 3, Pekarski will ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a 192-mile bike-a-thon that begins in Sturbridge and takes participants across the … 0

Despite contamination concerns, former Northampton King Street car dealership lot eyed for development

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City and state officials said Monday that contamination in the ground at a former Honda dealership on King Street is not thwarting efforts to redevelop the site. State Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Catherine Skiba said Monday that the 171-187 King St. lot that was a … 0

Break-ins reported at two Amherst homes

Monday, July 21, 2014

AMHERST — Two break-ins to Amherst homes reported during the weekend are being investigated by police. The first break-in, which police were notified about Friday at 7:03 p.m., occurred at Jean Elder Apartments, 9 Chestnut St., said Detective David Foster. A laptop was stolen after forced entry was … 0

Arrests and crimes reported in Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley, Easthampton and Northampton

Monday, July 21, 2014

Amherst ■ Newman M. Galati, 22, of 26 Queen Circle, South Hadley, was arrested Friday at 10:23 p.m. on West Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, second offense, reckless operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within … 0

 Trending in the Valley, July 21: Today's fun, informative social media posts by Pioneer Valley folks

Monday, July 21, 2014

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AREA POLICE NEWS

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Westfield woman hospitalized in I-91 crash HOLYOKE — A 36-year-old Westfield woman was hospitalized after the vehicle she was driving left the highway and went into the woods off Interstate 91 Sunday night. A 2011 Ford Fusion driven by Justine Murphy went off the southbound lane of 1-91 … 0

New Amherst restaurants make downtown melting pot of tastes

Sunday, July 20, 2014

AMHERST — On the walls of a new downtown restaurant, artwork represents the alphabet and numbers written in Thai and displays feature miniature tuk-tuks common to the streets of the Asian country. “We get everything from Thailand so … 0

When ‘middle man’ is a badge of honor For 40-plus years, Squash Inc. delivers food around the Valley

Sunday, July 20, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — By recognizing Squash Inc., a food distributor in the Pioneer Valley since 1973, as a Local Hero this summer, CISA also recognized the importance of what Squash co-owner Eric Stocker calls “the dreaded middle man” in … 0

B2B ID: Nina Smolyar

Sunday, July 20, 2014

NAME, TITLE: Nina Smolyar, director of operations, Pioneer Valley Local First, Northampton serving Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties. WEBSITE: www.pvlocalfirst.org AGE: 34 WHAT YOU DO: I work with the board of directors, members and allies of Pioneer Valley … 0

Celtic pride abounds at annual Scottish fest at Look Park in Northampton

Saturday, July 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — With traditional food, music and dance in abundance, along with stone- and hammer-tossing competitions, Celtic pride filled the air at the 21st annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival at Look Park Saturday. The festivities were spread throughout … 0