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Bistro Les Gras co-owner Elizabeth Martinez addresses the License Commission after it voted to award a seasonal all-alcohol license to the business at a meeting Wednesday. REBECCA EVERETT

Bistro Les Gras in Northampton gets all-liquor license seized from Eric Suher

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Through the luck of a draw, Bistro Les Gras, 25 West St., now will be able to serve liquor after receiving a sought-after license. The city’s License Commission randomly selected that restaurant from the seven applicants seeking the license. It is a seasonal all-alcohol license that can be modified into a year-round license and is the only one of its kind available in Northampton under the state’s quota system. The license became available after the License Commission voted to take it from downtown property owner Eric Suher because he had not used it for more than five years. Also seeking the license were …

Boston College uses community liaison to patrol neighborhoods where off-campus students live

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

When he parks in front of a house in Brighton or Newton or Brookline in his Boston College-maroon Ford Explorer, Stephen Montgomery expects the residents to come out to see him. It’s a residence where BC students live and Montgomery has noticed a party brewing. Montgomery, 52, is the off-campus student community liaison …

Georgetown University uses two-person teams to patrol neighborhoods

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., has 7,600 undergraduates, 1,600 of whom live off campus. Of those, 1,300 live in neighborhoods adjacent to the university. The Office of Neighborhood Life has two full time community directors who live in these neighborhoods and serve as a resource for students and other residents in the community. Among their goals is smoothing what can be rocky relationships …

Easthampton says farewell to Tim Luce, retiring Maple School principal, welcomes Judith Averill, whom he mentored

Monday, September 29, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — It could be said that Maple School Principal Thomas “Tim” Luce began his education career as a high school student in Connecticut, when as a member of the “Future Teachers” club, he tutored children at local …

UMass student turned informant to avoid parents learning of drug charge OD'd; university informant program under scrutiny

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student recruited as a confidential informant after being caught selling drugs was able to keep his crime a secret from his family and remain in school, only to die last fall of …

Hiker injured in fall on J.A. Skinner State Park in Hadley

Sunday, September 28, 2014

HADLEY — Fire crews worked late into the night Sunday rescuing an injured hiker who fell at J.A. Skinner State Park. Emergency personnel from the Hadley fire and police departments were called to the scene just before 7 …

Tomas Clark of Florence dies in early morning crash in Williamsburg

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — A 25-year-old Florence man extricated from a vehicle that smashed into a utility pole at high speed in Williamsburg early Sunday morning died in the hospital several hours later from his injuries. Tomas Q. Clark was …

Two Amherst officers break hands in separate incidents involving same suspect

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — Two Amherst Police officers won’t be able to work for an undetermined amount of time after they each suffered a broken hand during separate incidents Saturday involving the same person. The incidents occurred to officers, who Amherst Police did not identify, in the morning and in …

Trash by the bags full: Thousands turn out for Connecticut River cleanup across four states; events held in Hadley, Amherst, Leeds and Greenfield

Saturday, September 27, 2014

HADLEY — On an island off the shore of the Connecticut River Saturday morning, Southampton resident Walt Brown dug up a garbage bag with a spiked pick-up stick. The bag crumbled as he attempted to free it from …

Miraculous migrations in the insect world

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Now that summer is behind us, many Valley residents are making plans for trips to warmer climes during the colder months and students are migrating back to college. But we aren’t the only creatures traversing thousands of miles …

Motorist avoids serious injuries after driving through tobacco barn in Whately

Saturday, September 27, 2014

WHATELY — A man avoided serious injury after driving his car through the end of a State Road tobacco barn Friday afternoon. “The driver claimed that he fell asleep behind the wheel,” said Fire Chief John Hannum. The …

Whately cautions residents about manganese in water

Saturday, September 27, 2014

WHATELY — Town residents are being advised to use alternative sources of water for feeding infants because manganese in the public drinking water here exceeds new government health standards. The amount of the mineral in the town water has not increased, but levels considered safe by the government …

Volunteers help restore garden, build greenhouse at renovated Anne T. Dunphy School in Williamsburg

Saturday, September 27, 2014

An important part of the plans for the recently renovated Anne T. Dunphy School in Williamsburg was to make sure that the school’s garden would not be overlooked or lost due to the additions on the building. The …