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CHRIS LINDAHL Signs posted by the Northampton Board of Health and the state Department of Industrial Accidents on the door of Relax and Wellness Asian Massage in Northampton. The Market Street business was closed by officials Friday after a multi-agency investigation cited at least three city businesses for multiple code violations.

Health officials say Northampton massage businesses shut down due to dangerous living conditions

Saturday, February 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A city health official said two Northampton body works businesses suspected of offering sex for money were shuttered Friday because people were living in them in situations deemed “unfit for human habitation.” The Health Department closed Revival Body Works and Massage at 241 King St. and Relax and Wellness Asian Massage at 6 Market St. following administrative inspections …

Patrick Melnick revives plan for methane digester to turn manure into electricity at Bar-Way Farm in Deerfield

Saturday, February 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — The 500 cows there don’t know it yet, but they may soon be helping to produce electricity at Bar-Way Farm. After six years of trying, and more than a year after farmer Peter Melnick had given up on the project, he has restarted efforts to turn manure into electricity. He again hopes to install a methane digester on the Deerfield farm …

Four Northampton body work businesses under investigation for allegedly offering sexual contact for money; two closed

Saturday, February 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two Northampton body work businesses were shuttered by officials Friday for multiple code violations as part of a multi-agency investigation to determine, in part, if they and two other city businesses were offering sexual contact for money, according to Northampton police Capt. Jody Kasper. At least three of the body work …

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Five more firefighters quit in Worthington over government surplus probe

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WORTHINGTON — Tempers flared at Tuesday night’s Select Board meeting as residents and firefighters expressed anger about how and why an investigation of the Worthington Firefighters Association is being pursued. Members of the Fire Department became aware of …

David Linnehan of Granby sentenced to prison for hoarding child pornography, hacking Springfield College students’ computers

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Springfield College employee who admitted to hoarding child pornography and hacking college students’ computers to access photographs was handcuffed in court Tuesday and led away to start his eight- to 10-year prison sentence. Judge …

Obama vetoes Keystone bill

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Obama offered no indication …

Hadley election has contests for Select Board, town treasurer

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HADLEY — There will be a three-way race to fill two seats on the Select Board at the annual town election April 14, and two candidates will vie for the treasurer’s job that opened when longtime town employee Connie Mieczkowski retired. There are two other contested races, and …

Amherst College outlines actions in quest for carbon-neutral campus

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst College trustees released a blueprint Tuesday for achieving a carbon-neutral campus, outlining steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, increase recycling and serve more homegrown food in its dining commons. The “Statement on Sustainability and Investment Policy” acknowledges the threats posed by climate change, states that …

UMass bans most vehicles without valid permits from campus parking lots between March 6 and 8

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will ban all vehicles from its lots without valid parking permits the weekend of Blarney Blowout, except for some planned events on campus. The university’s parking services department posted a statement on its website that the ban would be in effect …

Amherst Board of Registrars dismisses complaint about signatures for School Committee candidate

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — An objection to the certification of signatures for a School Committee candidate has been dismissed by the Board of Registrars. The board Tuesday voted unanimously to take no action on the Feb. 12 appeal filed by Town Meeting members Mary Wentworth of Precinct 5 and Vincent …

Family, friends of Chloe Rombach hope for ‘independent life’ for her after severe brain injury in Northampton accident

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Family and friends of Chloe Rombach have learned to find hope in the smallest signs since the 22-year-old suffered a severe brain injury when she was struck by a car in December. She can breathe on her own …

Area police news

Monday, February 23, 2015

Amherst ■ Two people told police they were assaulted in the area of Fearing and McClure streets at 3 a.m. Sunday. Although one of the victims had blood on his shirt, both declined medical attention. The incident remains under investigation. ■ Police are investigating an alleged mugging on …