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Amherst Planning Board opens hearing on Retreat housing proposal

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AMHERST — As a large-scale student housing project proposed for the Cushman section of Amherst comes before the Planning Board, whether such a development is even allowed under town bylaws became a point of contention at Wednesday’s first hearing on the definitive subdivision plan. With more than 75 residents, many wearing Save Historic Cushman buttons, at the hearing on The Retreat at Amherst, board members stated that their review of … 0

City Councilor: Pan Am’s train camp in Northampton set to roll away on Friday

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In what will likely come as a relief to many North Street residents, Pan Am Railways on Friday expects to disband and roll away a temporary worker camp of train cars parked on the railroad tracks behind their homes. According to Ward 3 City Councilor Ryan R. O’Donnell, Pan Am officials … 0

Against judge’s advice, Robert Vitelli Jr. decides to represent himself on open and gross lewdness charges that carry potential of 12 years in prison

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard Carey’s advice to the contrary, Robert Vitelli Jr. insisted on representing himself in court on charges that he exposed himself in public. In court Wednesday, Vitelli pleaded not guilty to four counts of open and gross lewdness. Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Christine Tetreault, who is prosecuting the case, said in court Wednesday, if convicted, Vitelli … 0

Fire destroys home on Thrasher Hill Road in Worthington; cause said to be lightning

Monday, July 28, 2014

WORTHINGTON — A severe fire that destroyed a home at 68 Thrasher Hill Road in Worthington on Sunday night was caused by lightning, according to the state fire marshal’s office. The fire was reported around 6:30 p.m. by … 0

MAP Roadwork near UMass begins today; seek alternate routes to avoid delays

Monday, July 28, 2014

AMHERST — Road construction on six neighborhood streets off North Pleasant Street north of the University of Massachusetts campus is slated to begin Tuesday morning, The streets, Berkshire Terrace, Fairfield Street, Farview Way, Moorland Street, Old Town Road … 0

ID of Oklahoma City’s ‘John Doe No. 2’ key to FBI trial

Sunday, July 27, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — One man’s quest to explain his brother’s mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. What some consider a far-flung conspiracy … 0

No. 34: New Habitat home in Northampton completed for area family

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After working two jobs, raising four kids and putting in 250 hours of labor over the last 21 months, Kimberly Antequera finally got what she’d been striving so hard for — the keys to her first … 0

Northampton police

Sunday, July 27, 2014

■ Joseph M. Stanislawski, 23, of 74 Barrett St. Apt. #304, Northampton, was arrested about 8:39 a.m. Saturday on Barrett Street on a pair of warrants. One was issued from Hampshire Superior Court on five counts each of nighttime felony breaking and entering, malicious destruction of property over … 0

Chain grocery stores increasingly getting into local produce act; Big Y forms partnership with UMass student farm

Saturday, July 26, 2014

According to the “food odometer” developed by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa, the average fruit or vegetable travels nearly 1,500 miles to get from farm to consumer. And, to keep food from spoiling during these … 0

New retail shop, Port MA, brings 'classic' clothes to Main Street, Northampton

Saturday, July 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Springfield native Benjamin Glushein, 36, achieved a long-held dream to own his own boutique when he opened Port MA at 202 Main St. July 13. He took a circuitous route to get here, but that makes … 0

Group eyes historic Colrain Brick Meeting House for office space, cafe

Saturday, July 26, 2014

COLRAIN — Hoping to spur the revitalization of the town’s village center, a group of residents wants to renovate the historic Brick Meeting House and do what Michael McCusker has done for the Odd Fellows/McCusker’s Market building in … 0

Easthampton’s Popcorn Noir becomes The Platinum Pony with new mission but same spunky attitude

Saturday, July 26, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Change has been the rule at 30-32 Cottage St. since Kristen Davis and Thomas Doherty turned the space into Popcorn Noir, a free movie theater, in October 2011. One year later, they expanded into a next … 4

B2B ID: Gabe Ripley, owner, Off the Map Tattoos, Easthampton

Saturday, July 26, 2014

NAME: Gabe Ripley TITLE: Owner, Off the Map Inc., 112 Cottage St., Easthampton WEBSITE: OfftheMapTattoo.com AGE: 39 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: Essentially 1996, officially in 2000 HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: More than 30 WHAT YOU DO: Off … 0