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CAROL LOLLIS
Mayor Karen L. Cadieux at the swearing in ceremony last week in Easthampton. See story, Page 3.
New year, new mayor

Mayor, city councilors debate whether Easthampton can fund Community Center

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A city councilor is hoping to convince Mayor Karen L. Cadieux that there is a legal way for the city to continue funding the Easthampton Community Center. In her fiscal year 2016 budget proposal, Cadieux cut all city funding for the center, citing an 1855 state law amendment, rewritten in 1917, that prohibits funding private nonprofits. In response, …

Pilgrim nuclear plant back online after $70M refueling

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PLYMOUTH (AP) — The only commercial nuclear power plant in Massachusetts returned to full service on Tuesday after a $70 million, monthlong, refueling and maintenance project that owners say makes the plant safer. Entergy Corp., owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, said control room operators reconnected the plant to the grid after a 35-day planned shutdown. The plant’s 600 employees, …

Williamsburg boards to rule within 90 days on special permit for CRD Metalworks after closing hearing

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — The Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday ended a third and final sometimes-heated hearing on the future of CRD Metalworks at 17 Hyde Hill Road. The boards now have 90 days to rule on the application for a special permit to continue operating a manufacturing business for the fabrication and assembly of firewood-processing equipment. The hearing had …

Congressman James McGovern, attorneys for environmental groups criticize Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, May 22, 2015

Two letters released by federal officials this week — including one by Congressman James McGovern — chide the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. for lack of transparency and misleading statements about its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. In letters …

Easthampton City Council unanimously rejects Board of Health nominee Dennis Lacourse

Friday, May 22, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Mayor Karen L. Cadieux on Friday explained her choice of former city health agent Dennis Lacourse to serve on the Board of Health, two days after his unanimous rejection by the City Council. Cadieux said she …

Former Northampton student teacher’s emails prompt letter from superintendent, police visit

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City police paid a visit to former Northampton High School student teacher Kurt Ostrow this week after a parent complained about him contacting a child by email after he left as a freshman English teacher May …

Economy, cultural climate topics for Congressman James McGovern during walking tour of downtown Amherst

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — Economic development, potential arts programs and the existing cultural environment will be the focus of a two-hour visit by U.S. Congressman James McGovern to Amherst center Tuesday afternoon. McGovern, D-Worcester, will lead a walking tour that begins at the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, 28 Amity …

Former students face charges over Wesleyan drug overdoses

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Federal authorities charged two former Wesleyan University students Friday with selling the synthetic party drug Molly, which resulted in the hospitalization of at least a dozen students on two occasions during the 2014-15 school year. A federal grand jury indicted Eric Lonergan, 22, of …

Motorcyclist killed in Leverett crash identified as Timothy Cote of Ludlow

Friday, May 22, 2015

LEVERETT — The motorcyclist killed Sunday in a three-vehicle crash on Shutesbury Road has been identified as Timothy Cote, 30, of Ludlow. Massachusetts State Police said two motorcycles and one other vehicle were involved in the crash on Shutesbury Road near Cushman Road about 7 p.m. Both motorcyclists …

Area police news

Friday, May 22, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police were notified at 5:03 p.m. Thursday that a woman in the parking lot outside The Trading Post, 460 West St., had been taking photographs of vehicles and license plates about 90 minutes earlier. Police received a similar report of suspicious behavior at 12:55 p.m. May …

Orlando Rodriguez gets five to 10 years in prison after admitting to beating then-girlfriend, her daughter in Belchertown

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kimberly Gemme and her teenage daughter described in Hampshire Superior Court the terrifying night in February 2014 when Gemme’s then-boyfriend beat her unconscious in her bed, gave her daughter a concussion when she tried to intervene and threatened Gemme with a knife. Gemme told a judge …

Bird Sightings

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Clay-colored sparrows have been found singing in Hadley and on Mount Greylock. Three snowy egrets were seen in Savoy, and two brant and a …

Family, friends of the late Edward Nied Jr. plead for return of Route 10 roadside memorial

Friday, May 22, 2015

WESTFIELD — The family and friends of the late Edward Nied Jr. of Southampton say they don’t know why someone took the roadside memorial at the site of his 2013 motorcycle crash — they just want it back. …