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Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton gets $10,188 check from anonymous donor

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Congregation B’nai Israel Executive Director Ben Cuperman said he did a double take Tuesday when his co-worker handed him the contents of an envelope that had been delivered in the mail that day. Inside was a check for $10,188 dollars from an anonymous donor. “It was a really, really good day to open that up and see a check of this size, and not even know who it’s … 0

Fire destroys restaurateur Claudio Guerra’s home on North Farms Road; lightning strike suspected

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — “I literally have a pair of shorts, a T-shirt and sneakers to my name,” Claudio Guerra said Thursday morning after his house was destroyed by a fire officials say was caused by a lightning strike Wednesday night. Guerra, owner of Spoleto, Pizzeria Paradiso and Mama Iguana’s restaurants, was standing across the street … 0

Goshen Fire Chief: Fire in Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday not considered suspicious

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GOSHEN — The state fire marshal’s office is investigating what caused a fire at a Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday evening that displaced one man. Goshen Fire Chief Susan Labrie said the fire is not considered suspicious. No one was injured but the house was rendered inhabitable, she said. The resident, Alexander Therkelsen, will be staying with family. In a press release, Goshen … 0

Police arrest Gary Couchon of Easthampton on six charges after alleged murder attempt, assault on disabled women

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man is being held without bail on charges, including attempted murder, after an incident in Easthampton Sunday night in which he is alleged to have assaulted two disabled women. Gary P. Couchon, 59, of … 0

Not pets: Amherst apartment dweller told to stop keeping wild pigeons inside his home

Monday, July 21, 2014

AMHERST — Last month, Mildred Christensen, who lives in Village Park apartments, saw her neighbor carrying a cage filled with pigeons into his apartment. She thought that was odd. Bringing wild birds inside didn’t seem right. Plus, “You … 0

Pekarski’s Sausage owner cycles for cancer research

Monday, July 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — The wheel of a meat grinder won’t be the only thing that Pekarski Sausage owner Michael Pekarski will be spinning this August. Come Aug. 2 and 3, Pekarski will ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a 192-mile bike-a-thon that begins in Sturbridge and takes participants across the … 0

Despite contamination concerns, former Northampton King Street car dealership lot eyed for development

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City and state officials said Monday that contamination in the ground at a former Honda dealership on King Street is not thwarting efforts to redevelop the site. State Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Catherine Skiba said Monday that the 171-187 King St. lot that was a … 0

Break-ins reported at two Amherst homes

Monday, July 21, 2014

AMHERST — Two break-ins to Amherst homes reported during the weekend are being investigated by police. The first break-in, which police were notified about Friday at 7:03 p.m., occurred at Jean Elder Apartments, 9 Chestnut St., said Detective David Foster. A laptop was stolen after forced entry was … 0

Arrests and crimes reported in Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley, Easthampton and Northampton

Monday, July 21, 2014

Amherst ■ Newman M. Galati, 22, of 26 Queen Circle, South Hadley, was arrested Friday at 10:23 p.m. on West Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, second offense, reckless operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within … 0

 Trending in the Valley, July 21: Today's fun, informative social media posts by Pioneer Valley folks

Monday, July 21, 2014

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AREA POLICE NEWS

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Westfield woman hospitalized in I-91 crash HOLYOKE — A 36-year-old Westfield woman was hospitalized after the vehicle she was driving left the highway and went into the woods off Interstate 91 Sunday night. A 2011 Ford Fusion driven by Justine Murphy went off the southbound lane of 1-91 … 0

New Amherst restaurants make downtown melting pot of tastes

Sunday, July 20, 2014

AMHERST — On the walls of a new downtown restaurant, artwork represents the alphabet and numbers written in Thai and displays feature miniature tuk-tuks common to the streets of the Asian country. “We get everything from Thailand so … 0

When ‘middle man’ is a badge of honor For 40-plus years, Squash Inc. delivers food around the Valley

Sunday, July 20, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — By recognizing Squash Inc., a food distributor in the Pioneer Valley since 1973, as a Local Hero this summer, CISA also recognized the importance of what Squash co-owner Eric Stocker calls “the dreaded middle man” in … 0