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Grace Barrett-Snyder works on a project to adapt the mobile game Two Dots.

Hack@Smith takes on gender imbalance in software field; weekend of computing projects kicks off

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A little after noon Saturday, Smith College senior Melissa Chenok pulled a photo up on her laptop, that of sinister “Harry Potter” character Draco Malfoy. Then she fetched another: celebrity Kim Kardashian, sporting blonde tresses. The resemblance? Striking, actually. But the pressing question for Chenok was this: Could these two familiar faces be phone app gold? Chenok was …

Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing will move to Westfield; Ashfield man buys most of its Shelburne Falls site

Saturday, March 28, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — After 178 years in Shelburne Falls, Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. will move to Westfield. Chief Operating Officer James Pelletier said he signed a lease Thursday that takes effect Wednesday. The lease was signed a day after 12.5 acres of Lamson’s 18-acre property and buildings were sold for $1.3 million to businessman John Madocks of Ashfield. Last fall, after the …

House on Memorial Street in Deerfield sells for $1.15 million

Saturday, March 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — Another home has sold for more than $1 million in Old Deerfield. According to records from the Registry of Deeds, the property at 7 Memorial St., located across from the Memorial Hall Museum and Library, recently was sold for $1,150,000 by Linda McInerney to Freccia LLC, a limited liability company with headquarters on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Cara Canzani, …

Greenfield hires owner of Lake Hitchcock Development as temporary, part-time economic development director

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The owner of a development firm in Sunderland is the new part-time economic development director in Greenfield who will work for the next three months. Mayor William Martin said Larry Jutras, owner of Lake Hitchcock Development in Sunderland, has taken the job and will work on …

Area brief

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Amherst NOMINATIONS FOR EDUCATOR AWARD: Parents, students, teachers and staff are invited to make nominations for the first Amherst Regional Middle School Educator Award. It will recognize an educator who demonstrates a commitment to supporting students, collaborating with colleagues and contributing in a positive way to the middle …

Support in Amherst for second downtown parking garage

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — Beginning the process of bringing a second parking garage to downtown Amherst appears to have strong support from business owners, residents and some town officials. People who attended the third downtown parking forum, sponsored this week by the Planning Board and Select Board, made it clear …

Increasingly ugly environment discourages some candidates from running for Amherst School Committee

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — In one sense, the town of Amherst exemplifies the spirit of local democracy: just about everyone who has an opinion shares it. But by another measure, the town falls short — at least this year. Voters …

Amherst write-in campaign backs Lawrence O’Brien for school panel, but he says he will not accept seat

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — Supporters of incumbent School Committee member Lawrence E. O’Brien are staging a write-in campaign on his behalf in advance of Tuesday’s town elections. Problem is, he’s not interested. O’Brien, who withdrew from the election despite collecting …

Headliners come out on top in Northampton Adult Spelling Bee

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Daguerreotype, a long-abandoned photography technique, was the word that propelled the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s team, “The Headliners,” to its fourth victory at the Northampton Adult Spelling Bee. The team, made up of Gazette staffers Ellie Cook, …

Six senators, including Elizabeth Warren, urge VA to cover stateside Agent Orange exposure

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Six U.S. senators, including Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat representing Massachusetts, have sent a letter imploring the federal government to allow pilots and crews who flew Agent Orange-contaminated plans on stateside missions to qualify for benefits. The letter could …

First Churches of Northampton loses partners in the pew Vivian Eastman and Edna Michalowski

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For decades, Vivian Eastman and Edna Michalowski sat together in the same wooden pew at First Churches, about halfway back toward the left of the historic building’s ornate sanctuary. Eastman never drove, so Michalowski usually picked …

Jury hears account of horrifying night

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The college student could not manage to spell her full name before breaking down in tears after she took the witness stand Wednesday in a rape trial resulting from what was an abominable night — no matter whose account you believe — in a UMass dorm …

Amherst eyes incentives for affordable units

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst officials aim to entice developers to build affordable housing in town by offering tax incentives. To do so, the town must take a home-rule petition to the state Legislature and have legislators adopt a special act giving it authority. Town Manager John Musante told the …