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Around Easthampton: Citywide tag sale set for May 16; EHS freshman to skip 16th birthday party, hold food and clothing drive

Saturday, April 18, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Three city residents are organizing Easthampton’s first citywide tag sale to be held May 16 beginning at 9 a.m. Joan LaRose, Nancy Wagner and Gail Croake are encouraging anyone interested in having a tag sale this spring to join their efforts and schedule their own sale for May 16. So far 25 people from all sections of Easthampton have agreed to hold a tag sale at their own …

Hadley Highway Department will not sweep town roads this year

Saturday, April 18, 2015

HADLEY — Sweeping of town roads by the Hadley Highway Department will not be done this year because of a change from sand to salt for maintaining winter roads. Residents are advised not to push any lawn sweepings into the road. In the past, these would be removed with the sand. These sweepings are now the responsibility of the homeowner. For more information, …

Paving at Massachusetts Avenue and University Drive will cause detours, traffic delays

Saturday, April 18, 2015

AMHERST — A project to pave the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and University Drive beginning Monday will require periodic detours for about 10 days. The biggest change will be for northbound vehicles on University Drive, which will be detoured west at Southwest Circle, driving between Lots 33 and 21, and then entering Massachusetts Avenue. Detours are expected Monday, Wednesday, April 27 and April …

Tom Baird of Florence announces candidacy for Ward 6 School Committee seat

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Educator Tom Baird, of 37 Drewsen Drive in Florence, has announced his candidacy for the Ward 6 School Committee seat. Baird, 34, is a school curriculum director in Windsor, Connecticut, and has also worked as a teacher. His daughter Eva, 5, is a kindergarten student at …

Northampton City Council to hear plan for ReCenter opening at former Glendale Road landfill

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Volunteers working on the city’s long-awaited swap shop will present their plan for opening the new facility on Glendale Road to the City Council Thursday night. “There’s a lot of excitement and energy around this — …

Area police news

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Amherst ∎ A man yelling at patrons entering the Jones Library, 43 Amity St., at 3:47 p.m. Tuesday fled on a bicycle before police arrived. He was found 20 minutes later on Main Street and officers advised him that his behavior will not be tolerated. Northampton ∎ Christopher …

Amherst receives state grant for consultant to develop plan for new signs downtown

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

AMHERST — The lack of consistency in signs to help people find parking, local attractions and other areas of interest in downtown Amherst has been a long-running concern to town and business officials. An effort is beginning to overhaul the hodgepodge of town signs installed over the years …

Anne Awad unseats Jeffrey Labrecque in close contest for South Hadley Electric Light Department commission

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Challenger Anne Awad unseated seven-year incumbent Jeffrey Labrecque on Tuesday in the closely contested race for a three-year term on the commission governing the South Hadley Electric Light Department. Awad had 676 votes, or 51.9 …

Obama to remove Cuba from terror list

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House announced Tuesday, a key step in his bid to normalize relations between the two countries. The terror designation has …

Annual teaching awards aim to recognize unsung heros

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Though it’s barely been eight months since Michael Berg started his career as a classroom teacher, it would seem that he’s been at it for years. With less than an hour before dismissal, his fourth-grade students at Chestnut …

Four local students make their marks

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Four Valley students have recently received national honors in the arts, writing and community service. Easthampton High School senior Bryan Delaney was named the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Student of the Year by the organization’s headquarters in …

CHALK TALK: Motivating students to find their voices

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In Daniel Pink’s book, “Drive” (and also in his excellent TED talk), he reveals the three most powerful motivators for those who lead happy, fulfilling lives: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Autonomy refers to our desire to be self-directed, …

Betty Allen Chapter DAR bestows Good Citizens Awards to area high school seniors

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GOOD CITIZENS: The Betty Allen Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated three high school seniors with its annual Good Citizens Award at the Chapter House Saturday, March 28. Award recipients honored by the Betty Allen Chapter are Cole Richard Burdell, a senior at Hopkins Academy …