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Bird Sightings

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A red crossbill was heard calling as it flew over the southern end of the Quabbin Reservoir. A black vulture was seen in Belchertown. Black-billed cuckoos were heard calling in Pittsfield and Southwick. Two soras and an osprey were seen in Southwick. Four blackpoll warblers, three … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, July 11, 2014

PILEATED WOODPECKER Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Coombs Road, Easthampton Photograph and text by Bette Robo of Worcester My first walk through Arcadia was in May, during a photo workshop field trip. The instructor led us to one of his favorite spots, and we stopped, waited and listened. We were rewarded with a whacking sound … 0

Nice day for a walk

Friday, July 11, 2014

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Longtime funeral director William W. Ryder permanently surrenders licenses to the state

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Longtime funeral home director William W. Ryder surrendered his funeral director’s and embalmer’s licenses to state regulators on Monday, averting an adjudicatory hearing that was scheduled for July 17, according to the state Division of … 1

Ailing boy, with Greenfield roots, uses wish to meet Pope Francis

Friday, July 4, 2014

“They offered him everything from Hawaii to Disney,” said his mother. “He has such deep faith that he wanted to visit the Pope.” GREENFIELD — Two years ago, Christopher Diego Sarage was a “normal” 9-year-old boy playing soccer, … 1

PHOTOS Downtown beat: Gazette reporter goes on a 'walk along' as Northampton steps up community policing in center

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A sudden thunderstorm last Wednesday cleared out a bustling downtown sidewalk, driving people inside. One young man took refuge inside a Main Street residential doorway, prompting Northampton Police officer Adam Van Buskirk to stop and chat. … 0

An economic developer, more police: Amherst setting long-range staffing plan

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AMHERST — Hiring an economic development director and adding a police officer whose beat would focus on the downtown are included as recommendations in a long-term staffing plan. Town Manager John Musante Monday unveiled to the Select Board … 0

Area police news

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Amherst ∎ An unlocked vehicle parked on South Whitney Street was reported entered Monday at 8:50 a.m. and $1.50 in loose change and three Big Y Supermarket gold coins were stolen, police said. ∎ Tarah Anne Llewellyn, 25, of Hull, was arrested Monday at 1:26 a.m. on Lincoln … 0

Northampton police await assessment

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city’s police department will undergo an assessment later this month for its re-accreditation. According to a statement from Chief Russell P. Sienkiewicz, the assessment will take place from July 29 to July 31. A team from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission will determine if the … 0

It's in the mail: Suher says he mailed liquor license back to Northampton on June 13; city drops lawsuit

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city of Northampton has dropped its lawsuit against Eric Suher seeking return of the liquor license it revoked after Suher filed court papers Thursday stating that he had already mailed it back. In June, Northampton … 0

'This secrecy is really dangerous' Amherst middle school assault news to most students, residents

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AMHERST — A racially fueled assault on a middle school student that Amherst school leaders say was “well known throughout the school community” is a mystery to residents and middle and high school students interviewed across Amherst Monday. … 5

Many officials OK with Amherst school's handling of racially-motivated assault, community still has questions

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AMHERST — A white middle school student was attacked this spring by students of color apparently because of his skin color, but school officials did not report it to police at the request of the victim’s parents. That … 4

Amherst to hire diversity specialist

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AMHERST — As another apparent racial incident in the public schools comes to light, town and school officials are hiring a part-time liaison whose role will be to assist in building greater equity and inclusiveness in the community. Town Manager John Musante told the Select Board Monday that … 1