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Area police news

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Amherst ■ Ian T. Wert, 21, of Jericho, New York, was arrested at 3:04 a.m. Wednesday at Townehouse Apartments, 50 Meadow St., on a charge of disturbing the peace. Officers were called after Wert was found screaming and trying to force his way into an apartment where an acquaintance lives, police said. ■ Police could not find a man seen running on Main Street at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday carrying a …

Area court news

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hatfield ■ Michael Osley, 24, of 68 Main St., Hatfield, pleaded not guilty Monday in Northampton District Court to charges of strangulation or suffocation and assault and battery on a family or household member. According to court records, Osley was arrested at his home Saturday after allegedly strangling his mother. Osley told police he put her in a headlock, according to court records. …

Thomas Paine Day celebration in Amherst features forum on labor issues

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

AMHERST — A labor forum focused on the living wage, equal pay for equal work and the growing gap between high- and low-income earners will be held Saturday afternoon at the Jones Library. The annual Thomas Paine Day Celebration starts at 1 p.m. in the library at 43 Amity St. It will feature several speakers, including Jon Weissman, coordinator of Western Massachusetts Jobs …

Robert Pyers of Florence resigns from job as Greenfield economic development director

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s economic development director has resigned effective at 5 p.m. Feb. 2, and the mayor said Friday he is taking some responsibility for that decision. Robert Pyers, 63, of Florence, who has been in the …

Bid to win presidential library splits Chicagoans

Friday, January 23, 2015

CHICAGO — Chicago’s rush to secure space in a public park for Barack Obama’s presidential library has unleashed a tussle typical of the president’s hometown — loud, contentious and full of suspicions about backroom deals and personal politics …

Hadley gets double the expected revenue in meals tax earnings

Friday, January 23, 2015

HADLEY — Town Administrator David Nixon accepted a windfall earlier this month — about twice the amount of local meals tax revenue as he expected. Nixon said he was not sure whether that resulted from a trend of more people eating out in Hadley or whether there were …

Textbooks still pricey, but University of Massachusetts Amherst students and staff look for ways to reduce costs

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when University of Massachusetts Amherst students spend about $1,200 a year on textbooks, one wonders whether the authors of the nearly $300 “Essentials of Investments” would advise students to actually buy a new …

Hundreds in Hatfield expected to mark 50th anniversary of Rev. Robert J. Coonan’s ordination

Friday, January 23, 2015

HATFIELD — When Patricia Hentz was home on a college break in the early 1980s, she was surprised when the new priest in town, the Rev. Robert J. Coonan, knocked on her door. “I was like, what’s the …

Northampton Police say hate crime charges possible as investigation continues of anti-Semitic vandalism on Sherman Avenue

Friday, January 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are continuing to investigate anti-Semitic and racist graffiti found on Sherman Avenue this week to determine what charges are most appropriate for the two teenage suspects. Police allege that the teens spray-painted swastikas on the …

Amherst to seek legislation establishing tax incentives for affordable housing

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — Town officials will look to the state Legislature for assistance in providing tax incentives to developers who will build affordable housing units. Town Manger John Musante told the Planning Board last week that he is developing a non-zoning article that will be ready for the spring …

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce encourages membership by students, retirees

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — Two new membership categories created by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce encourage students and retirees to be part of the organization. The $20 student membership is for undergraduates at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College and Hampshire College and will serve as a means of …

Area police news

Friday, January 23, 2015

Amherst ■ Dana D. Smith, 27, of 266 East Hadley Road, Unit 103 F, was arrested at 1:15 a.m. Friday on East Pleasant Street on a warrant. Northampton ■ A report that someone had shoplifted Beats wireless headphones worth $200 from Yes Computers at 196 Pleasant St. was …

Northampton Internal Medicine Associates hoping to see restitution after revelation that office manager of 17 years embezzled over $1.5 million

Friday, January 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Belchertown woman who embezzled more than $1.5 million from a Florence medical practice pleaded guilty Thursday, but for the physicians at the Northampton Internal Medicine Associates, the ordeal is far from over. Between seeing patients and attending meetings Friday, Dr. Deborah E. Smith said that …