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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 to state Attorney General Maura Healey, notifying her office about the matter. The document, which was also sent to the director of the state’s Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation department, was one …

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 inspections of the school on Aug. 18, prior to its official opening. Dozens of problems …

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 later, the raindrops still clung to the blades of grass as if waiting for me …

Driver cited in crash that closed Kennedy Road in Leeds Tuesday morning

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kennedy Road was shut down to traffic for several hours Tuesday after the driver of a pickup truck struck a utility pole and downed wires at about 5:45 a.m. Police said driver Michael Mientka, 21, of Williamsburg, was not injured in the crash, which caused heavy …

Lightning strike causes two small fires in Plainfield home Tuesday morning

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PLAINFIELD — Minor damage was reported in two small fires sparked by a lightning strike at a Summit Street home Tuesday morning. The house, at 92 Summit St., caught fire after lightning struck a nearby tree and traveled through a wire fence and into the building, starting small …

Demonstration marks ‘Trans Liberation Tuesday’ in Amherst

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AMHERST — Recognizing the violence that has claimed the lives of at least 17 transgender black women this year, about 60 people spent an hour walking through downtown Amherst Tuesday afternoon to bring attention to what they see …

Detour scheduled for westbound traffic on Holyoke Street in Easthampton Wednesday morning

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Westbound traffic on the section of Route 141 known as Holyoke Street will be detoured Wednesday morning. Motorists heading into Easthampton from Mountain Road will be rerouted to East and Clark streets while crews complete road work. The eastbound lane of Holyoke Street heading toward Mountain …

Area police news: Northampton man arrested after allegedly trying to sell stolen bike to its owner, and more

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police responded to Puffer’s Pond and the swimming hole below the Silver Bridge in Cushman five times between 4:43 and 7:18 p.m. Monday. Nine teenagers and college-age people were removed from the cliff at Puffer’s Pond, and two people were asked to get off the top …

Jurors hear opening statements, first witness in Adam Liccardi rape trial

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In his opening statement in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday, defense attorney Alfred P. Chamberland said a woman was raped in her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Oct. 13, 2012 — but Chamberland …

Area Briefs: Back to School Picnic at Jackson Street School

Monday, August 24, 2015

Northampton — There will be a “Back to School Picnic” at the Jackson Street School playground on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with music by Iroko Nuevo, pizza, cake, games and music. Visitors are also invited to bring a dish of their own. This event is organized …

State directs travelers to Northampton Amtrak in Greenfield

Monday, August 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state is looking into why signs it erected throughout Greenfield to direct people to the regional bus and train depot on Olive Street read: “NORTHAMPTON AMTRAK.” Amanda Richard, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation, said the signs appear at this point to contain …

Man arrested for allegedly driving drunk on Mt. Sugarloaf

Monday, August 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — A Montague man faces criminal charges after police say he drunkenly drove his vehicle up Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield. According to Sgt. Michael Krusiewski, the department received reports of a vehicle driving erratically up the mountain around 7:50 p.m. Saturday, from someone walking up the …

Roxanne Tubolino of Belchertown sentenced to serve 3 years and 3 months in federal prison, pay restitution for embezzling $1.5 million from Northampton Internal Medicine Associates

Monday, August 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — At Monday’s sentencing of Roxanne Tubolino, who admitted in January to embezzling more than $1.5 million from a Northampton medical practice, staff members still in their scrubs shook their heads as defense attorney Andrew G. Levchuk …