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Thomas Paine Day celebration in Amherst features forum on labor issues

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

AMHERST — 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 Jobs With Justice; Aubretia “Windy” Edick, a member …

US may lease drilling sites in Atlantic

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling indefinitely in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska. The proposal envisions auctioning areas located more than 50 miles off Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia to oil companies no earlier than …

‘We never close’: Staying open during a storm means good business for some establishments

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Though there was hardly a light on in downtown Amherst Tuesday afternoon, the crowd was hopping inside Antonio’s Pizza as hungry customers piled in with skis and sleds in hand. “Welcome to the lodge, guys!” manager Jay Carreiro called out lightheartedly to a group of young people entering the small pizza restaurant on …

Roxanne Tubolino of Belchertown pleads guilty to embezzling $1,562,206 from Northampton Internal Medicine Associates

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Belchertown woman pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Springfield to embezzling more than $1.5 million from the Northampton medical practice where she formerly worked as an office manager. Roxanne Tubolino, 56, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and six counts of tax evasion. Maximum …

Mark Ducharme of South Hadley sentenced to 2½ years after admitting role in drunk driving accident that killed his best friend, Wesley Schutt of Feeding Hills

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Mark Ducharme wept in Hampshire Superior Court Thursday as his late best friend’s family told him that his choice to drive drunk June 14 robbed them of an affectionate, caring man who was beloved by all who knew him. Ducharme, 46, of 141 Amherst Road, South …

Cold temperatures, followed by rain, results in giant ice slabs on local waterways

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — When Cynthia May and her husband Bob Lovell went to bed Sunday night, the stream behind their house was in its rightful place. When they awoke the next day the riverbed looked like it had been …

Elementary school in Granby evacuated after teacher reports smell of smoke

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GRANBY — The East Meadow School was evacuated for about half an hour Thursday afternoon while the Fire Department investigated what one teacher thought was the smell of smoke in a computer lab, according to Jennifer Champagne, the principal. The Fire Depaetment was called to the school at …

Area court news

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Williamsburg ■ Moses D. Miller, 48, of 57 Main St., pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Thursday to a charge of assault on a family or household member. According to court records, Miller’s girlfriend told police Wednesday that on Tuesday night at his home he had …

Northampton Police will conduct firearms training at Florence range this Sunday

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Police Department’s latest graduates from the Massachusetts State Police Academy will join a handful of other officers in firearms training at the firing range in Florence on Sunday. Capt. Jody Kasper said up to nine officers will participate in the training at the Northampton Revolver …

Hadley officials report lack of interest in Ciaglo Seven Sisters property on Route 9

Thursday, January 22, 2015

HADLEY — With less than two weeks until the foreclosure auction for the $1.7 million former Seven Sisters Market Bistro property at 270 Russell St. and two other properties owned by Paul Ciaglo, town officials have received no inquiries about them. “I’m surprised no one has come in,” …

Amherst Business Improvement District favors second parking garage

Thursday, January 22, 2015

AMHERST — More than a dozen years after the town opened its first parking garage on Boltwood Walk, the Amherst Business Improvement District is calling on town officials to begin the process for building a second downtown garage. “Generally we are of the opinion that there is a …

Area police news

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Amherst ■ A 20-year-old Lexington woman will be summoned to court on a charge of leaving the scene of a property damage accident after her vehicle struck a parked vehicle in the lot at Big Y Supermarket, 175 University Drive, at 6:41 p.m. Wednesday. The woman then left, …

Power failure delays start of school in Amherst

Thursday, January 22, 2015

AMHERST — An overnight power failure delayed the opening of the Amherst Regional Middle and High Schools and the South East Street campus by two hours Thursday morning. Though power was restored to the middle school on Chestnut Street and the high school on Mattoon Street by 5:30 …