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Constantine Kamansky Jr. of Leverett denies fourth offense of drunken driving

Thursday, January 29, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A 76-year-old Leverett man has denied a fourth offense of drunken driving after his pickup truck got stuck in a snowbank. Constantine Kamansky Jr., of 6 Bull Hill Road, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Greenfield District Court to a charge of operating while under the influence of liquor (fourth offense). Sunderland Police arrested Kamansky on Jan. 21 after receiving a report of a pickup stuck in a snowbank. Chief …

Area briefs

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Amherst LABOR FORUM: A labor forum focused on the living wage, equal pay for equal work and the growing gap between high- and low-income earners will be held Saturday afternoon at the Jones Library. The annual Thomas Paine Day Celebration starts at 1 p.m. in the library at 43 Amity St. It will feature several speakers, including Jon Weissman, coordinator of Western Massachusetts …

Williamsburg accident sends pedestrian to hospital, closes section of Route 9

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A pedestrian struck by a car on Route 9 early Wednesday evening was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, and the road was closed for several hours, according to Williamsburg Police Chief Denise Wickland. The accident occurred at 6:45 p.m. near Pat’s Package Store at 51 Goshen Road (Route 9), Wickland said. She declined to identify or the motorist involved …

Former general manager of Franklin Community Cooperative denies theft of $60,000

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Bail was set at $75,000 cash for Dwight Gaddis, the former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative accused of stealing $60,000 from the member-owned food co-op, who was arraigned Friday in Franklin County Superior Court. …

Many Hands Farm Cooperative abandons plan to use Logtown Road house

Saturday, January 24, 2015

AMHERST — A farming enterprise that won the right to house up to 11 workers at a Logtown Road home this summer is abandoning plans to use the residence after being required to install sprinklers. The Planning Board last week had been scheduled to hold a site plan …

Robert Pyers of Florence resigns from job as Greenfield economic development director

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s economic development director has resigned effective at 5 p.m. Feb. 2, and the mayor said Friday he is taking some responsibility for that decision. Robert Pyers, 63, of Florence, who has been in the …

Bid to win presidential library splits Chicagoans

Friday, January 23, 2015

CHICAGO — Chicago’s rush to secure space in a public park for Barack Obama’s presidential library has unleashed a tussle typical of the president’s hometown — loud, contentious and full of suspicions about backroom deals and personal politics …

Hadley gets double the expected revenue in meals tax earnings

Friday, January 23, 2015

HADLEY — Town Administrator David Nixon accepted a windfall earlier this month — about twice the amount of local meals tax revenue as he expected. Nixon said he was not sure whether that resulted from a trend of more people eating out in Hadley or whether there were …

Textbooks still pricey, but University of Massachusetts Amherst students and staff look for ways to reduce costs

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when University of Massachusetts Amherst students spend about $1,200 a year on textbooks, one wonders whether the authors of the nearly $300 “Essentials of Investments” would advise students to actually buy a new …

Hundreds in Hatfield expected to mark 50th anniversary of Rev. Robert J. Coonan’s ordination

Friday, January 23, 2015

HATFIELD — When Patricia Hentz was home on a college break in the early 1980s, she was surprised when the new priest in town, the Rev. Robert J. Coonan, knocked on her door. “I was like, what’s the …

Northampton Police say hate crime charges possible as investigation continues of anti-Semitic vandalism on Sherman Avenue

Friday, January 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are continuing to investigate anti-Semitic and racist graffiti found on Sherman Avenue this week to determine what charges are most appropriate for the two teenage suspects. Police allege that the teens spray-painted swastikas on the …

Amherst to seek legislation establishing tax incentives for affordable housing

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — Town officials will look to the state Legislature for assistance in providing tax incentives to developers who will build affordable housing units. Town Manger John Musante told the Planning Board last week that he is developing a non-zoning article that will be ready for the spring …

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce encourages membership by students, retirees

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — Two new membership categories created by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce encourage students and retirees to be part of the organization. The $20 student membership is for undergraduates at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College and Hampshire College and will serve as a means of …