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Sewer break reported near Mill River; city advises residents not to swim

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City officials are warning residents not to swim in the Mill River after a reported sewer line break. According to a statement issued by the city, the Department of Public Works reported that a sewer line break near the river left untreated sewage leaking toward the waterway. Public Works Director Edward Huntley said the break was reported to his department Monday in the area of 648 Riverside Drive …

Amherst Select Board to revisit policy on flying flags to mark anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — A policy on when commemorative American flags go up on downtown utility poles to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is on the Select Board’s Monday agenda. The request to revisit the policy, last adjusted in 2010, comes from blogger and Town Meeting member Larry Kelley, who made his appeal in June, asking the board hold a discussion prior …

‘Amherst for All’ group lobbies for changes to town charter, government structure

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — A new organization is aiming to create a charter commission that could propose changes in how Amherst town government works, including potentially ending representative Town Meeting as the town’s legislative body. Amherst for All is the name of the recently formed group, which is using the motto “government that works for …

Jurors hear opening statements, first witness in Adam Liccardi rape trial

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In his opening statement in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday, defense attorney Alfred P. Chamberland said a woman was raped in her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Oct. 13, 2012 — but Chamberland …

Area Briefs: Back to School Picnic at Jackson Street School

Monday, August 24, 2015

Northampton — There will be a “Back to School Picnic” at the Jackson Street School playground on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with music by Iroko Nuevo, pizza, cake, games and music. Visitors are also invited to bring a dish of their own. This event is organized …

State directs travelers to Northampton Amtrak in Greenfield

Monday, August 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state is looking into why signs it erected throughout Greenfield to direct people to the regional bus and train depot on Olive Street read: “NORTHAMPTON AMTRAK.” Amanda Richard, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation, said the signs appear at this point to contain …

Man arrested for allegedly driving drunk on Mt. Sugarloaf

Monday, August 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — A Montague man faces criminal charges after police say he drunkenly drove his vehicle up Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield. According to Sgt. Michael Krusiewski, the department received reports of a vehicle driving erratically up the mountain around 7:50 p.m. Saturday, from someone walking up the …

Roxanne Tubolino of Belchertown sentenced to serve 3 years and 3 months in federal prison, pay restitution for embezzling $1.5 million from Northampton Internal Medicine Associates

Monday, August 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — At Monday’s sentencing of Roxanne Tubolino, who admitted in January to embezzling more than $1.5 million from a Northampton medical practice, staff members still in their scrubs shook their heads as defense attorney Andrew G. Levchuk …

Police probe bear cub death

Monday, August 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A deceased black bear cub was located on Reservoir Road Monday night, possibly struck by a passing vehicle, according to police. Officer Steven Digiammo said police were contacted at around 8:30 p.m. about the bear and an officer responded to assist in moving it to the …

McGovern leads state, federal officials on farm tour of western Massachusetts

Monday, August 24, 2015

HADLEY — Congressman James McGovern, D-Worcester, kicked off a two-day western Massachusetts farm tour Monday, visiting the North Hadley Sugar Shack and Simple Gifts Farm in North Amherst, along with five others. “Agriculture is an important part of …

Family of woman who died of complications from pregnancy in 2013 sues Cooley Dickinson Hospital for missing signs of pre-eclampsia, misleading family

Monday, August 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The family of a 32-year-old Hadley woman who died from complications during pregnancy while being treated at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in 2013 is suing the hospital for negligence. The suit also alleges that hospital staff misled …

UMass police officers receive diversity training

Monday, August 24, 2015

AMHERST — From a police officer shooting an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 to a prisoner dying while in custody of Baltimore Police this year, a seeming racial divide between police and black citizens with …

Transperformance 25: “Look at the Movies!” postponed to Wednesday due to threat of storms

Monday, August 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The 25th annual Transperformance is being rescheduled due to a threat of severe weather, according to organizers. Steve Sanderson, arts events producer for the Northampton Arts Council, said Monday afternoon that the fundraising event has moved from Tuesday to Wednesday at the Pines Theater in Look …