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Around Easthampton: Citywide tag sale set for May 16; EHS freshman to skip 16th birthday party, hold food and clothing drive

Saturday, April 18, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Three city residents are organizing Easthampton’s first citywide tag sale to be held May 16 beginning at 9 a.m. Joan LaRose, Nancy Wagner and Gail Croake are encouraging anyone interested in having a tag sale this spring to join their efforts and schedule their own sale for May 16. So far 25 people from all sections of Easthampton have agreed to hold a tag sale at their own …

Hadley Highway Department will not sweep town roads this year

Saturday, April 18, 2015

HADLEY — Sweeping of town roads by the Hadley Highway Department will not be done this year because of a change from sand to salt for maintaining winter roads. Residents are advised not to push any lawn sweepings into the road. In the past, these would be removed with the sand. These sweepings are now the responsibility of the homeowner. For more information, …

Paving at Massachusetts Avenue and University Drive will cause detours, traffic delays

Saturday, April 18, 2015

AMHERST — A project to pave the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and University Drive beginning Monday will require periodic detours for about 10 days. The biggest change will be for northbound vehicles on University Drive, which will be detoured west at Southwest Circle, driving between Lots 33 and 21, and then entering Massachusetts Avenue. Detours are expected Monday, Wednesday, April 27 and April …

NHS information night for parents of juniors

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton High School guidance department will host an event for parents of NHS juniors Wednesday, April 29, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Little Theater at NHS. The purpose of the session is to provide families of students in the class of 2016 …

Two Northampton High students earn Key Club honors

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

KEY CLUB HONORS: Two Northampton High School Key Club leaders earned outstanding honors this month at the 66th Annual New England and Bermuda District Key Clubs Educational Conference, where the club as a whole also earned high praise for its service. Club president Zachary Dietz won an Outstanding …

Area police news

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Amherst ∎ Jayson Stinson, 31, of 21 Old Amherst Road, Belchertown, was arrested at 5:25 p.m. Monday on Montague Road on a warrant. Belchertown ∎ Lilliana Nunez, 27, of Leominster, was arrested at 2:15 a.m. Thursday on Franklin Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a …

Greenfield man admits to three drug charges resulting from two arrests last year

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Greenfield man pleaded guilty Monday to three drug charges resulting from two incidents a month apart in 2014. Dwight Belisle, 47, of Greenfield, pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute cocaine in connection with his …

Extravaganja on Saturday may be last on the Amherst Town Common

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

AMHERST — As thousands of people prepare to continue advocating for the legalization of marijuana Saturday afternoon, listening to a series of speakers and performers and purchasing items from 38 vendors set up on the Town Common, this year’s Extravaganja may be the final one held in Amherst …

Discussion of former Northampton State Hospital land’s future set for May 19 at Smith Vocational

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A public meeting to discuss the future for 282 acres of former Northampton State Hospital land off Burts Pit Road will be held at 6 p.m. May 19 in the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School library. The meeting was originally scheduled in February, but postponed …

Victim in fatal motorcycle accident identified as Gregory Asher of Chester, father of two and Northampton DPW employee

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The victim of a motorcycle accident in Westhampton on Monday was a 26-year-old man from Chester who worked on tree maintenance for the Northampton Department of Public Works. Gregory R. Asher leaves a wife and two young daughters. Staff at the Northampton Department of Public Works …

Mikhail Gorbachev cancels visit to US, including talk at Amherst College

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

AMHERST — Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has canceled his visit to the United States, including a speaking engagement scheduled at Amherst College on May 4. The cancellation was explained only by a reference to “unforeseen circumstances” in an announcement Tuesday on the Amherst College website. Gorbachev, 84, …

Chicopee man wanted for alleged assault in Hatfield arraigned in Greenfield

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Chicopee man wanted on assault charges in Hampshire County faces drug and weapon charges in Greenfield District Court after Greenfield Police allegedly found him on Armory Street with a baseball bat, an active warrant, and heroin and cocaine in his girlfriend’s nearby car. At his …

Northampton Fire Chief Brian Duggan announces retirement as of July 24

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Fire Chief Brian Duggan announced his retirement Tuesday, saying the department has become a professional, modern, highly trained force and a regional leader in the field. That’s a far cry from the force he took …