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Amherst ZBA allows Many Hands program intern house arrangement

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — A farm program that trains college students won a reprieve Thursday night when the town’s zoning board decided the program can seek special approval to place more than four students in a rental house. The Zoning Board of Appeals Thursday, at the request of Building Commissioner Robert Morra, reversed an order prohibiting Many Hands Farm Cooperative from using a home at 110 Logtown Road, said Senior Planner Jeffrey …

Pine Street project pushes Amherst commuters to the edge

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — Commuting from her Leverett home to her job at Whole Foods Market in Hadley, Sarah Burke veers her vehicle around potholes, divots and depressions on what is likely the region’s most heavily traveled gravel road. “Today it was so bad that I had to drive in the opposite road of traffic,” …

Planning ahead meant Amherst ready for Srillex concert frenzy

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — An electronic dance concert that entertained more than 3,000 spectators at the Mullins Center Thursday night resulted in two dozen people treated for alcohol consumption and other issues. A handful of others were arrested outside the arena on charges of drug possession. Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson said his department planned ahead for the Skrillex concert and handled a steady …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline schedules three December ‘open house’ meetings in Franklin County

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline has scheduled three “open house” meetings Dec. 2, 3 and 10 in Franklin County to discuss its proposed Northeast Direct Natural Gas Pipeline project. The company on Tuesday submitted its schedule of a dozen meeting dates with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including Dec. 2 …

South Hadley Electric Light Department urged to consider site in Falls neighborhood for new headquarters

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Nearly 50 people attended a hearing Tuesday about a new site for the South Hadley Electric Light Department headquarters because of problems with its existing building at 85 Main St. Some who attended asked the …

Hatfield votes to demolish old Center School but rejects sale of property

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HATFIELD — It’s the end of an era for a town building, but perhaps a new beginning for the piece of land on which it stands. About 100 residents at a special Town Meeting on Tuesday evening voted …

State review: Southampton in ‘vulnerable financial condition’ after poor budget planning

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — State inspectors who visited Southampton earlier this summer to review the workings of its financial offices say they found the town in a “vulnerable financial condition” because of poor budget planning. The Department of Revenue’s Division …

Southampton voters approve $7,000 to clean up condemned property on Gunn Road; take no action on land purchase behind Town Hall

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Voters at a special Town Meeting on Tuesday unanimously approved spending $7,000 to demolish and cleanup a condemned property at 59 Gunn Road that drew the attention of health officials and animal welfare agencies in July. Brie Eichstaedt, the town’s health agent, who spoke in support …

Kick-starting development: Gov. Deval Patrick announces almost $5 million in MassWorks grants for Amherst, Easthampton, Hatfield

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — A $1.5 million state grant designed to be a catalyst for continued economic development at the northern end of downtown Amherst was announced at Kendrick Park Tuesday by Gov. Deval Patrick. With the steel frame of …

Mother of Ryan Road School student objects to police firearms training nearby during weekdays

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence woman said she plans to keep her fifth-grade son at home two days next week so he remains out of earshot of gunfire when the Police Department’s state-required firearms training partially overlaps with school …

Ronnie Vinson of Springfield denies fraudulent use of credit card

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man denied charges in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday related to the unauthorized use of a credit card that a woman reported losing in Amherst in 2013. Ronnie Vinson, 28, pleaded not guilty to two charges of fraudulent use of a credit card under …

Patrick Borezo of Orange named director of Goodwin Memorial Library in Hadley

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HADLEY — Trustees at Goodwin Memorial Library have named veteran staffer Patrick Borezo of Orange to become the new library director, replacing Jane Babcock, who retired in August. Borezo, 40, who has worked at the library since 2009, …

Devon McNabb of Northampton placed on probation after pleading guilty to possession of heroin, unlicensed firearm

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 34-year-old Northampton man told Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson Tuesday that he was grateful for a “second chance” as he was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to three charges. Devon …