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Peace group seeks participants for rally against nuclear weapons Sunday in New York City

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Local peace activists will board a New York City-bound bus Sunday to take part in a rally against nuclear weapons on the occasion of a United Nations session on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Jeff Napolitano, organizer with the Western Massachusetts American Friends Service Committee, said he hopes to see every seat on that bus filled. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference brings together countries every five years, and …

‘Very inappropriate’ Facebook posts prompt WEBS-America’s Yarn Store to moderate comments on page

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — WEBS — America’s Yarn Store announced that it would no longer allow unrestricted posting of comments by fans to its Facebook page after seeing an uptick in “very inappropriate” posts. Posts on the yarn store’s Facebook page by any of the 165,000 people who have “liked” it now must be approved before appearing publicly. WEBS said it continues to encourage comments …

Earth Day’s 45th anniversary comes at a time when environmental consciousness heightened year-round

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Events throughout the region this week are commemorating the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, though organizers say that environmental consciousness is now heightened year-round. Officially taking place on Wednesday, Earth Day began in 1970 at a time when environmentalist causes were far fewer in number. Now, when events focusing on the environment take …

Paving at Massachusetts Avenue and University Drive will cause detours, traffic delays

Saturday, April 18, 2015

AMHERST — A project to pave the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and University Drive beginning Monday will require periodic detours for about 10 days. The biggest change will be for northbound vehicles on University Drive, which will be detoured west at Southwest Circle, driving between Lots 33 and …

Road construction starts April 27 on Amherst and Pleasant streets in Granby

Saturday, April 18, 2015

GRANBY — Road construction on Amherst and Pleasant streets will start the week of April 27. Traffic will be limited to one lane at times during the construction period. Motorists are advised to expect delays, and asked to seek alternate routes if possible. …

Oklahoma volunteer deputy who shot suspect disputes claim he lacked training

Friday, April 17, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP)— A 73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer deputy charged in the fatal shooting of a suspect in Tulsa went on national television Friday to counter criticisms of his qualifications. Speaking publicly for the first time since the April …

Jaquan Green of Holyoke denies firearms charges resulting from Belchertown incident

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man allegedly found with a gun in Belchertown in January denied in Hampshire Superior Court Friday charges resulting from that incident. Jaquan Green, 21, pleaded not guilty to charges of unlicensed possession of a firearm and unlicensed possession of a loaded firearm. Green’s attorney, …

Northampton may limit individual campaign donations in city elections to $500, though authority in question

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Seeking to keep big money out of local politics, the City Council is considering a plan to limit the maximum individuals can donate to candidates for city office to $500 rather than accept a new limit of $1,000 approved by the state last year. The measure, …

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 …