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Amherst Regional High School teacher Carolyn Gardner speaks during a vigil held for her last April on the Amherst Common.

Complaint details threats endured by former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMHERST — A complaint submitted to the Springfield office of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination on behalf of former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner offers more detail on the racist graffiti, threatening notes and other apparent attacks that led up to her departure from the school system. The 14-page document was made public Thursday night. In it, Gardner, who has not …

Whately Planning Board approves Bayer MaterialScience factory expansion

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WHATELY — The Planning Board has approved a site plan for a proposed expansion to the Bayer MaterialScience thermoplastics company’s factory. The review was completed at three board meetings since July 29. According to Planning Board Chairman Don Sluter, the board attached two conditions to the approval. They are an agreement to increase the size of one of the site’s storm water retention …

Obama rallies Maine voters

Thursday, October 30, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — President Barack Obama on Thursday rallied for a Democrat to become Maine’s next governor while keeping his distance from the state’s bubbling controversy over its Ebola policies and a nurse who has defied them. In a final-week burst of campaigning, Obama headlined a boisterous rally for Mike Michaud and other …

CHART: Supporters of expanded bottle bill face well-funded opponents of Question 2

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As she discussed the merits of a ballot question that would expand the state’s bottle bill for the first time in 31 years, Susan Waite reached into a container at the city’s Locust Street recycling center …

House Republicans make liberal use of Obama in ads

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — House Republicans rolled out late-campaign attack ads tying Democrats to an unpopular President Barack Obama on Tuesday as the chief executive embarked on a round of travel to boost gubernatorial candidates in a half-dozen states. One …

Three candidates seek to succeed Gale Candaras as state senator in the 1st Hampden and Hampshire District

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

There are three candidates vying in Tuesday’s election to succeed Gale D. Candaras as state senator from the 1st Hampden and Hampshire District. They are Republican Debra Boronski, independent Michael Franco and Democrat Eric Lesser. The winner will …

Scott Brown hopes to unseat US Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire by linking her to President Obama

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — If there’s one person in New Hampshire less popular than President Barack Obama, it’s Republican Scott Brown. But that might not matter as the former Massachusetts senator tries to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in …

State Sen. Donald Humason Jr. and challenger Patrick Leahy talk goals, experience in 2nd Hampden & Hampshire District

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The candidates running in the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District for the state Senate on Tuesday’s ballot have very different backgrounds. And if Republican incumbent Donald F. Humason Jr. or Democratic challenger Patrick T. Leahy knock …

Libertarian Kenneth Roberts Jr. of Granby challenges 11-term state Rep. Ellen Story of Amherst

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tax policy and the role of government provide sharp contrasts for voters in the 3rd Hampshire District, who Tuesday will choose between incumbent Democrat Ellen Story of Amherst and challenger Kenneth J. Roberts Jr., a Libertarian from Granby, …

Area court news

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Easthampton ∎ Latisha E. Ealy, 37, of 44 South St., pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Tuesday to four charges, including two related to an alleged attempt to escape from Easthampton Police by removing her hands from handcuffs. Ealy is charged with assault and battery on …

Area police news

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Granby ∎ Juan Lopez Jr., 33, of Springfield, was arrested on West State Street at 7:47 p.m. Thursday on a warrant. ∎ Joanne Provost, 48, of Chicopee, was arrested on New Ludlow Road at 1:35 a.m. Oct. 18 on a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. …

State awards more than $1 million in grants to Northampton and Amherst, including money for Pulaski Park

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city’s long-desired plan to redesign and expand Pulaski Park into a downtown hub of activity for residents of all ages received a huge financial boost this week thanks to a $400,000 grant from the state. …

New schedule calls for repaving of Pine Street in Amherst to begin Friday

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AMHERST — Commuters vexed by the poor condition of Pine Street can take heart in Town Manager John Musante’s announcement Tuesday of an accelerated schedule for its repaving. “We’re very pleased about that,” said Musante, who complimented Department of Public Works Superintendent Guilford Mooring for working with contractor …