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Crocker Communications to provide Internet service for Leverett’s own broadband network

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

LEVERETT — Crocker Communications of Greenfield has been hired to provide high-speed Internet and telephone service for the town-wide broadband network that is expected to be in service here by January. Residents can sign up now and will get priority when the network is “lit,” said Peter d’Errico, a Select Board member and chairman of the town’s broadband committee. Signing a three-year service contract with Crocker is a key step … 0

Testimony in Northampton BID trial ends, ruling expected in October

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The future of the Northampton Business Improvement District now rests in the hands of a judge. A week long, jury-waived trial in Hampshire Superior Court before Judge John Agostini that included about a dozen witnesses ended Friday with closing arguments. Both sides will spend the next several weeks filing documents that Agostini will use in forming his decision. A ruling is … 0

Public hearing Wednesday on new zoning for large-scale projects in Northampton

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A new set of zoning regulations governing residential projects of at least seven units will get a public airing Wednesday night. If approved, the rules would guide the future development of Smith College’s Fort Hill property, the former Shaw’s Motel and a few other properties in and near downtown. Residents are invited to react to the proposed changes at a 90-minute … 0

Norwell man arrested near McGuirk Stadium after low-speed chase

Friday, August 29, 2014

AMHERST — A Norwell man was arrested near McGuirk Alumni Stadium Thursday night after leading police on a low-speed chase for a mile and then refusing to leave the vehicle when he finally pulled it over. Dominic Christian Wooten, 22, was arrested at 11:15 p.m. on Stadium Drive … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A black tern and a greater scaup have been seen off the Winsor Dam at the south end of the Quabbin Reservoir. A black-crowned … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, August 29, 2014

TUFTED TITMOUSE Route 9, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley “Peter, Peter, Peter” would have been what I would have heard from this tufted titmouse, should it have decided to sing while perched … 0

Nature’s water purifiers: The “bugs” in wastewater treatment

Friday, August 29, 2014

Often in life we take the little things for granted. But microorganisms, which are among the world’s smallest creatures, are nature’s workhorses. Aquatic ecosystems rely on a diversity of organisms to consume organic matter and filter impurities from … 0

Theresa Brooks of Templeton killed in Pelham accident

Friday, August 29, 2014

PELHAM — A Templeton woman was killed Thursday night when the car in which she was a passenger went off Daniel Shays Highway (Route 202) and over an embankment, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s office. Theresa Brooks, 83, was one of two passengers in a car driven … 0

Dog injures two children during recess at Crocker Farm School in Amherst

Friday, August 29, 2014

AMHERST — Two children at Crocker Farm School suffered minor injuries when they were bitten by a loose dog on the playground during the first day of school Thursday. Detective Michael Forcum said police were called to the school at 1:26 p.m. after the children were in the … 0

Montreal-based online farm-to-fork marketplace eyes Pioneer Valley

Friday, August 29, 2014

Getting food from local farms onto more local menus is an idea that’s been on everyone’s plate for a while. Farms and restaurants need a matchmaker, and beyond that, someone who will play the time-consuming role of coordinator, … 0

Police chase through Northampton ends in Westhampton with arrest

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 33-year-old Erving man faces multiple charges after he led police on a several-mile car chase Thursday night through parts of three communities. Police were able to stop the stolen vehicle the man was driving near … 0

Conway residents question safety, contents of proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CONWAY — The safety of the community and questions about the contents of natural gas that will flow through a proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline dominated a special Select Board meeting in Conway Thursday night. In a question-and-answer session that followed a brief presentation by parent company Kinder … 0

One person dies in two-car accident on Route 202 in Pelham

Thursday, August 28, 2014

PELHAM — One person was killed in a two-car accident on Daniel Shays Highway (Route 202) about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. One of the vehicles left the road and went down into an embankment, and the person in that car was killed, Pelham Police Chief Gary Thomann … 0