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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Amherst • An Amherst woman called police at 11:13 p.m. Wednesday to report returning home and finding fresh spackle on the ceiling. Police said there was no evidence that anyone entered the residence, and it was not clear if the spackle was recently applied. • Police are investigating a break-in to a residence at the Amherst Motel apartments, 408 Northampton Road, reported at 7:14 p.m. Wednesday. No information about whether …

Gov. Charlie Baker names Northampton lawyer John P. Pucci to commission that will screen applicants for Supreme Judicial Court

Thursday, February 11, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Lawyer John P. Pucci, of Northampton, is one of 12 people named by Gov. Charlie Baker to recruit and screen candidates to fill three vacancies this year on the state Supreme Judicial Court. “The SJC has been one of the leading state courts in America,” Pucci said Thursday. “One of my …

Amherst Town Clerk rules that Select Board challenger Helen Berg fails to submit enough certified signatures

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — Select Board challenger Helen Berg said Thursday that she will dispute the town clerk’s ruling blocking her name from being on the March 29 ballot. Town Clerk Sandra Burgess said Berg, of 273 Montague Road, Apt. 4, submitted her nomination papers by the 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline, but only 48 signatures were certified. The signatures of 50 registered voters are required …

High court freezes Clean Power Plan

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a …

Extravaganja organizers meet with Ward 3 Neighborhood Association in Northampton to discuss event at fairgrounds

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Organizers of the annual Extravaganja event, a large marijuana legalization event formerly held in Amherst, received commendation from some members of the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association as they seek to hold the event at the Three County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds are private property, so the association …

Area police news

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Amherst • A 20-year-old Amherst man will be summoned to court on a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle following a two-car accident at the intersection of Main and Triangle streets at 6:40 p.m. Monday. The crash was one of seven police responded to during the …

Accommodating medical marijuana, service animals on the agenda for fair housing law workshop in Northampton

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Housing Partnership is offering local landlords a chance to catch up on reasonable accommodation regulations in a session Thursday evening — including their obligations related to medical marijuana, service animals and domestic violence protections. “Even with the best of intentions landlords can end up …

Committee invites comments on Bridge Street Cemetery restoration plan at Thursday forum

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — After studying the Bridge Street Cemetery for six months, a team dedicated to its restoration suggests replacing the fences and gates, conserving deteriorating gravestones and upgrading the roads and paths. Martha Lyon, principal architect at her landscape architecture firm at 313 Elm St., has put together …

Obama unveils $4.1T election-year budget

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a record $4.1 trillion, election-year budget that finances Democratic priorities like education, health care and climate change with new taxes on crude oil, the wealthy and big banks. The progressive …

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz will allow police banner to hang at City Hall, with grommets

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Mayor David J. Narkewicz will allow police to hang a banner on City Hall in May to honor officers who have died in the line of duty. The mayor’s decision comes 10 days after the city’s police union asked permission to unfurl a banner on the …

Hampshire County Sheriff Robert Garvey, stepping down after 32 years, says he’s proud of building a ‘progressive, modern correctional facility’

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire County Sheriff Robert J. Garvey said Tuesday that at age 78 it’s time to give up the job he has held for 32 years. He cited his age as the main reason he will not …

Amherst Police patrol officers’ union files complaint over hiring civilian flaggers for road projects

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

AMHERST — The union representing Amherst Police patrol officers has filed a complaint with the town contending that several road construction projects by the Department of Public Works since last spring have used civilian flaggers, breaking the terms of its contract, violating state law and creating safety issues. …

Interim town manager says Amherst will likely meet deadline for Comcast agreement

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

AMHERST — The town’s decade-long cable contract with Comcast expires in October, but even though some officials are fretting about the deadline that is eight months away, there is little chance customers will lose service. “As long as both partners want renewal, there’s no risk,” interim town manager …