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Amherst schools again collecting backpacks, supplies to distribute to students in need

Monday, July 28, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst school district is again collecting new backpacks and schools supplies to distribute before the start of school to students in need. This will be the project’s sixth year and the fifth for a companion effort, Safe Seats for Kids, which provides car seats for income-eligible families. Project Backpack is a collaborative effort by the schools and many community organizations which donate packs, supplies and cash, said … 0

AREA POLICE NEWS

Monday, July 28, 2014

Amherst  A New Hampshire man was arrested and charged with a number of crimes early Sunday morning, including assault and battery on a police officer, after he allegedly was found sleeping on the porch of Amherst Laser and Skin Care on North Pleasant Street. Police said they woke up Brandon Borghi, 20, of Alton Bay, shortly before 2 a.m. and he allegedly … 0

Anti-pipeline walk ends with Statehouse rally

Monday, July 28, 2014

With a couple of days to rest after their statewide “rolling march” to fight the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. proposal, opponents are gearing up for a Boston rally in front of the Statehouse, where they plan to present two sets of petitions to lawmakers. The timing, Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., comes just as the House and Senate are about to … 0

Two injured, cars damaged in Belchertown crash after driver suffers medical trouble

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Two people were hospitalized and a section of Route 202 was closed Thursday night after a man experienced what police believe to be a medical emergency while driving and sideswiped several cars on Main Street. At … 0

Firm picked to build 83-unit housing complex on old Belchertown State School property; state releases $4M to clean land

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The Grantham Group of Boston has been chosen to build an 83-unit assisted living complex on a portion of the land formerly occupied by the Belchertown State School. At the same time, the state has released … 0

Burke’s supporters see verdict as massive injustice

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The attorney for former deputy probation commissioner William Burke calls the conviction of his client in a public corruption trial a “grave injustice.” “I have deep respect for the jury system and I respect the jury in this case for their effort. However, like all human … 1

Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton gets $10,188 check from anonymous donor

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Congregation B’nai Israel Executive Director Ben Cuperman said he did a double take Tuesday when his co-worker handed him the contents of an envelope that had been delivered in the mail that day. Inside was a check for $10,188 dollars from an anonymous donor. “It was … 0

'A pair of shorts, T-shirt, sneakers' and not much else left: Lightning, fire destroys restaurateur Claudio Guerra’s home

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — “I literally have a pair of shorts, a T-shirt and sneakers to my name,” Claudio Guerra said Thursday morning after his house was destroyed by a fire officials say was caused by a lightning strike Wednesday … 0

Goshen Fire Chief: Fire in Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday not considered suspicious

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GOSHEN — The state fire marshal’s office is investigating what caused a fire at a Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday evening that displaced one man. Goshen Fire Chief Susan Labrie said the fire is not considered suspicious. No one was injured but the house was rendered inhabitable, she … 0

'Lock your doors in Western Mass' International photographer surprised Valley is place where camera, memories are stolen

Thursday, July 24, 2014

After a decade reporting and photographing war, corruption and drug trades in some 50 countries, former foreign correspondent Dave Marcus never thought the Valley would be where he would have an expensive camera stolen. “I learned a couple … 0

Storm downs some trees, power lines

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A line of strong thunderstorms that rolled across western Massachusetts Wednesday night left in its wake several hundred homes without power and one Northampton house that had its chimney blown apart by lightning. Damage from the storm was … 0

Coming around again; Once considered ‘dead’, vinyl LPs making a comeback

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — If Bill Chamberlain had told you five years ago he was going to open a music store specializing in vinyl LPs, you might have told him he was nuts. Now, you might want to ask him … 0

Man held without bail after allegedly threatening an elderly man twice with a knife in Amherst

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AMHERST — Being threatened with a knife downtown two days in a row by an assailant who also stomped on his foot left the 80-year-old victim physically uninjured but petrified. William Lovett said the incidents, the second of … 1