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CHRIS LINDAHL Signs warning drivers of roadwork on Prospect Street in Northampton. Many of the city's paving projects will be wrapped up starting Aug. 31.

Prospect St. area roadwork in Northampton scheduled for completion next week

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Many of the city’s road paving projects will begin wrapping up next week. Paving on Prospect Street, Woodlawn Avenue and Massasoit Street will be completed on Monday. Crews will work during the remainder of the week to install traffic markings on those streets and will construct driveway transitions on Woodlawn Avenue and Massasoit Street on Friday, according to …

New Northampton and Easthampton firefighters among state academy graduates

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New recruits from the Easthampton and Northampton fire departments were among those who graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Friday. David J. Nalewanski of the Easthampton Fire Department and Nicholas J. Demetrion of the Northampton Fire Department and 22 others from across the state completed the 45-day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program. The course is designed to give new firefighters basic skills for …

Northampton Police Department swears-in three new officers, promotes three

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three new Northampton Police officers joined three veteran ranking officers when they were sworn in by Mayor David J. Narkewicz at a ceremony Thursday night. Capt. John Cartledge, Lt. David Callahan and Sgt. Patrick Moody, who were promoted earlier this year, were sworn in along with new officers Rebecca Mazuch, Monica …

William E. Norris school inspection reveals dozens of issues, officials move to remedy

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Inspections conducted by town officials last week at the William E. Norris Elementary School revealed a laundry list of problems, from mold in the cafeteria kitchen refrigerator, to pillows with missing advisory tags — but school …

Man rides bike into CVS in Amherst

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Amherst ∎ An officer observed a man riding a bicycle through the parking lot at the CVS Pharmacy, 165 University Drive, and then into the store through the main entrance at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday. No one inside the store was injured, though some customers were frightened and upset …

Demolition permit for Amherst Carriage Shops waiting on final plan to recreate Amherst History Mural

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AMHERST — A permit to demolish the three buildings that make up the Amherst Carriage Shops complex, slated to be replaced by the mixed-use One East Pleasant project, could soon be issued by the town’s inspection services department. …

Hatfield seeks new fire chief, hiring process under way

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

HATFIELD — Local officials have launched a search for the town’s next fire chief, a post that becomes vacant in late November when longtime Fire Chief William Belden retires. After advertising the position this month, the Select Board Wednesday named a five-member screening panel that includes Easthampton Fire …

Jurors in Adam Liccardi UMass rape trial see text messages exchanged by defendants

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Unlike his two co-defendants who have already been convicted, Adam T. Liccardi did not text much with his friends about the night in October 2012 that led to the four of them being charged with raping …

Two-car crash slows Route 9 traffic in Hadley Wednesday morning

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

HADLEY — A two-car crash slowed traffic on Route 9 Wednesday morning, but neither driver was taken to a hospital, police said. The crash was reported at 8 a.m. in front of Auto Express at 212 Russell St., according to Hadley police officer Doug Costa. Costa said a …

New signs point the way to Northampton Amtrak station

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Signs guiding travelers to the Northampton Amtrak Station were recently installed on city streets and on Interstate 91 — a move that increases the station’s visibility during what officials have said is an already booming period …

Easthampton’s official zoning map to be digitized, updated after property owners’ input

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Residents and landowners helped clarify inconsistencies in Easthampton’s 20-year-old official zoning map at a public hearing Tuesday in an effort to aid the Planning Department in its quest to update the document in digital form. Though …

Belchertown planners reject 135-foot cellphone tower

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — The Planning Board on Tuesday rejected a controversial bid by Verizon Wireless to erect a 135-foot cellphone tower on Aldrich Street in an area zoned for agricultural use but which has become a residential neighborhood in …

Baker directs $5.5M toward worker training in HCC appearance

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

HOLYOKE — In an effort to support training for workers in the state, Gov. Charlie Baker announced $5.5 million in capital projects Tuesday at Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College. Baker told reporters, elected officials and …