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Commemorative American flags to go up annually on 9/11 in Amherst

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — After more than a decade of debate about whether commemorative American flags should line the streets of downtown Amherst on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Select Board Monday approved a new policy that will allow these flags to go up annually. As a way to both recognize …

Amherst forms town-gown collaborative to address housing, economic development

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — A newly appointed group of residents, University of Massachusetts students and UMass and Amherst officials will work together on housing and economic development initiatives aimed at improving both the town and campus. Town Manager John Musante and UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy on Monday announced the creation of the University/Town of Amherst Collaborative, known as UTAC, and the members who will be …

Bail reduced for Boston woman who allegedly cashed $13,000 in fraudulent checks from Northampton Area Pediatrics in 2013

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Boston woman who was initially charged in 2013 with cashing $13,000 in fraudulent checks from Northampton Area Pediatrics had her bail reduced in Hampshire Superior Court Friday. Aisha Freeman, 39, has pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Aug. 6 to charges of larceny over …

Cummington Fair draws large turnout Friday, fun continues through Sunday

Saturday, August 29, 2015

CUMMINGTON — The Cummington Fair is living up to its billing as the “biggest and bets little fair in the country,” based on the sizeable crowds that have flocked to the Hilltowns to take part in the first …

Obama expects better US-Israel ties after Iran deal in place

Saturday, August 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday compared tensions between the U.S. and Israel over the Iranian nuclear deal to a family feud and said he expects quick improvements in ties between the longtime allies once the accord …

Emily Dickinson documentary falls short of Kickstarter goal

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — The future of plans to create a documentary on the life of Emily Dickinson is uncertain after the film’s production company failed to meet its fundraising goal on Kickstarter Friday. The producers of “A Quiet Passion,” the Dickinson biopic that was shot in Amherst this summer, …

Road rage incident spawns two separate accidents in Easthampton Friday night

Friday, August 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Two accidents involving three cars on Route 10 in Easthampton Friday night likely started from a single incident of road rage in Southampton, police said. It all began when one car turned on to Route 10 …

Murals, paintings from Iraqi and American art exchange go up around Northampton

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A mural of Northampton painted by young people in the Valley went up at Serio’s Market Wednesday as part of a project displaying art by Iraqi and American youth. The mural was painted in 2009 by 16 youths ages 14 through 18, under the guidance of …

Records request yields heavily redacted letter sent to state Attorney General in wake of Amherst website data disclosure

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — A public records request by the Daily Hampshire Gazette seeking more information about the disclosure of residents’ personal information through the Amherst municipal website yielded a heavily redacted letter that collector and treasurer Claire McGinnis sent …

Southampton Norris school problems fixed, officials give OK to open

Friday, August 28, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Nearly all of the problems identified in an inspection earlier this month at the William E. Norris School have been fixed, and on Friday the school got the OK to open Aug. 31, according to Superintendent Craig Jurgensen. The town health, fire and building departments conducted …

Valley Views: Waiting raindrops

Friday, August 28, 2015

Waiting Raindrops Springfield Road, Belchertown, Photograph and text by Julius Lester, Belchertown Walking from the house to the garage in mid-June I saw this remnant of the previous night’s rain. When I came back a couple of hours …

Pride station reports counterfeit $100 bill used in store — and other area police news

Friday, August 28, 2015

Northampton ∎ Emy Alsina, 37, of Holyoke, was arrested at 1:58 a.m. Friday on King Street on charges of operating with a suspended license and having an invalid inspection sticker. ∎ A man reported at 9:26 p.m. Thursday that he unlocked his bicycle worth $550 from a pole …