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Two Amherst police officers hurt in separate Sunday incidents

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — Two Amherst police officers suffered work-related injuries on Sunday that could force them to take extended medical leaves while they recuperate, Police Chief Scott Livingstone said. A police sergeant suffered a broken hand during an incident involving a prisoner at the police station early Sunday morning, while a patrol officer suffered a significant shoulder injury a short time later during a response to a domestic disturbance, according to …

Area police news

Monday, September 15, 2014

Amherst ∎ Shannon M. Walsh, 22, of Norwood, was arrested at 5:23 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Pine Street and Sand Hill Road on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol after she was found slumped over the steering wheel of the vehicle which was partially in the road, police said. ∎ Emma Mack, 15, of …

“Disruption,” documentary about climate march screened Tuesday night

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A documentary that traces the history of climate change and profiles the People’s Climate March in New York City Sunday will be shown Tuesday night. “Disruption” is being screened at 7 p.m. at Stoddard Hall auditorium on Elm Street, across from the Art Museum on the Smith College campus. The film is being presented by the Smith College Green Team and …

Area court news

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Northampton ∎ Eric V. Harris, 29, of 43 Bates St., denied in Northampton District Court Wednesday of two counts of domestic assault and battery, intimidation of a witness, breaking into a motor vehicle with intent to commit a felony, and damaging a motor vehicle. According to court documents, …

PVTA bus changes in Northampton leave some Barrett Street residents feeling ignored

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Residents of one city neighborhood say they feel slighted by sweeping changes in bus routes made last month by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority. Some residents who live along Barrett Street, where Coachlight Condominums and Hathaway Farm Townehomes are located, say that eliminating a bus stop …

Around Belchertown: School Committee expected to choose school superintendent next week

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The School Committee will host the two finalists for superintendent of schools next week and is expected to name their choice Tuesday night. Karen Zaleski, who directs pupil services in the Spencer-East Brookfield public schools, will be in Belchertown all day Monday and will be available to meet …

District attorney says no need for public concern after woman’s body found in Amherst

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMHERST — Authorities have not confirmed the cause of death for a woman found dead near the UMass campus Tuesday, but say there is no reason for the community to worry. “The public should not be concerned,” said …

Grand-opening celebration Saturday for South Hadley’s new $10.1 million library

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — The grand-opening celebration Saturday for the new $10.1 million public library at 2 Canal St. in the Falls section of town will include tours, music and exhibits as well as talks on local history, environmental design and anti-poverty work. The South Hadley Community Band will …

Third Amherst Live show will address racial tensions

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMHERST — Magazine writer Oliver Broudy liked the idea of a “secular alternative to church,” or a space for members of a community to come together and discuss matters of importance, but without having to refer back to a single text. This was among the concepts behind “Amherst …

Whately Grange to honor Highway Department with Community Service Award

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WHATELY — The Whately Grange will host its 2014 Community Service Award night at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Congregational Church. According to Grange member Adelia Bardwell, the award is given each year to a resident or local organization that has helped the community over the year. This …

Kinder Morgan has 15 days to answer Deerfield Board of Health questions about proposed natural gas pipeline

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DEERFIELD — Kinder Morgan has 15 days to respond to concerns raised by the town’s Board of Health before it meets to evaluate the safety of the company’s proposed natural gas pipeline and decide whether it should be allowed to pass through the town. During a public hearing …

Amherst Select Board prohibits parking on section of High Street

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMHERST — Parking will no longer be allowed on a section of High Street after concerns were raised by school administrators about school buses and vans navigating the narrow road. The Select Board voted unanimously Monday to prohibit parking at all times on the west side of High …

LOCAL VOTE TALLIES Hampshire County gives strong support to Donald Berwick, Maura Healey

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire County voters threw strong support behind Democratic gubernatorial candidate Donald Berwick and Maura Healey for attorney general in Tuesday’s primary, though only Healey won the primary statewide and moved on to the Nov. 4 general …