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CAROL LOLLIS
A building at the former Belchertiown State School is torn down last week. An 83-unit, assisted-living facility is planned for the site.

Development at former Belchertown State School site ‘visibly taking hold’

Saturday, May 23, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — It has been well over two decades since the last patients, staff and administration left the Belchertown State School for the last time. This week, demolition crews moved in on some of the buildings that housed them. In the intervening years, some municipal buildings and a few businesses have been constructed on the periphery of land the state …

Armed Forces Family Appreciation Day at Look Park provides camaraderie, information to those who served

Saturday, May 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Sitting at a picnic table at Look Park Saturday as giggling children ran by and dozens of families enjoyed grilled food, William Rakaska said appreciation for veterans has come a long way since his U.S. Army service during the Vietnam War. “What they’re doing today is good,” the Florence resident said. …

Amherst police say man found dead in bathroom at Hess Express gasoline station on West Street

Saturday, May 23, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst man was found dead in a gasoline station bathroom early this morning, police said. The 36-year-old man, who is not being publicly identified, was discovered in the rest room of the Hess Express at 468 West St. in South Amherst around 3 a.m. Saturday, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman …

Site of former Getty gasoline station on Route 9 in Hadley under contract to be sold

Thursday, May 21, 2015

HADLEY — The defunct Getty gasoline station on Russell Street near the Coolidge Bridge is under contract to be sold, but what will take its place is remains to be seen. A representative from Chicago-based NRC Realty & …

Hamp Crew boathouse rises on new city-owned riverside park in Northampton

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Community Rowing is finishing construction of a boathouse beside the Connecticut River, a project that’s part of the new 11-acre Connecticut River Greenway Park owned by the city. Use of the boathouse, located off Damon …

Chemical reaction at Dickinson Farm in Granby draws response from regional hazardous materials team

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GRANBY — A reaction between two chemicals used to clean irrigation lines in a greenhouse at Dickinson Farms Thursday morning sent one worker to a hospital for observation and drew a response from the regional hazardous materials team. Granby Fire Capt. George Randall said the worker was not …

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

After many delays, Cottage Square apartments ready for occupancy

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — After living in hotel rooms for nearly eight weeks, Paul Beasi says he’s happy to finally have a place to call home in his new Cottage Square apartment. “It’s absolutely lovely,” he said Tuesday afternoon in …

DEA raids pharmacies in ‘pill mill’ crackdown

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Authorities raided medical clinics, pharmacies and other locations across the South on Wednesday as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration attempt to thwart illegal prescription drug sales. The raids in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and …

Amherst Town Meeting votes overwhelmingly to oppose Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

AMHERST — At the final session of Town Meeting on Wednesday, members went on record as being overwhelmingly opposed to the controversial Tennessee Gas Pipeline project that would run through western Massachusetts. The 134-7 vote on Article 30, stating that the town is opposed to the pipeline, came …

Florence boy finds practical use for his classroom lessons at Chinese Immersion Charter School

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When 12-year-old Hunter Palm visited China for two weeks in April with his mother and grandmother, the locals, hearing him speak Chinese, asked: “How long have you been living in China?” “Hunter was our interpreter, thank …

Trial begins in case of Leo Fugler III of Granby, accused of sexually assaulting children in South Hadley during 1990s

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The trial of a Granby man accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting three children in the 1990s began Wednesday with testimony from one of the three, now a 30-year-old man. Leo E. Fugler III, 55, of 39 …

Northampton City Council expected to take final vote Thursday on single-use, plastic-bag ban

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council on Thursday is expected to officially ban single-use plastic bags in retail stores. The council unanimously gave preliminary approval to the ban in April after holding a public hearing and, if OK’d in a final vote Thursday, the ban would take effect Jan. …