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Man accused of shoplifting vacuum cleaners in Hadley, arrested in Amherst

Thursday, May 28, 2015

HADLEY — A man who allegedly stole two vacuum cleaners from the Wal-Mart at Mountain Farms Mall was arrested in Amherst Wednesday afternoon, according to Hadley Police. Officers caught up to the suspect after he allegedly tried to steal several boxes of toothpaste from the CVS Pharmacy on University Drive in Amherst, police said. Andrew Moulton, 29, who gave an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 3 …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik tells DPU that Berkshire Gas should consider alternatives to pipeline

Thursday, May 28, 2015

BOSTON — State Rep. Stephen Kulik argued before Boston regulators this week that Berkshire Gas Co. should consider alternatives to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., including replacement of older, inefficient gas furnaces, repair of Berkshire Gas’s leaks and supporting efforts to better insulate every home, business, factory and public building in the state. The Worthington Democrat, who has said he opposes the proposed Northeast …

Rep. Stephen Kulik on conference committee that will negotiate Massachusetts budget

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The stage is set for a six-member conference committee to negotiate a final version of the state’s $38 billion budget. The House on Wednesday officially rejected the Senate version of the spending plan. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brian Dempsey of Haverhill, Democratic Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington and Republican Rep. Todd Smola of Warren were named to serve …

Amherst College graduates 470, remembers first African-American to be chosen as class speaker 100 years ago

Sunday, May 24, 2015

AMHERST — Several thousand family members, friends and well-wishers gathered on white folding chairs in the shade of a couple dozen oak trees on the Amherst College quad Sunday to see the 470 students of the class of …

Development at former Belchertown State School site ‘visibly taking hold’

Saturday, May 23, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — It has been well over two decades since the last patients, staff and administration left the Belchertown State School for the last time. Last week, demolition crews moved in on some of the buildings that housed …

Armed Forces Family Appreciation Day at Look Park provides camaraderie, information to those who served

Saturday, May 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Sitting at a picnic table at Look Park Saturday as giggling children ran by and dozens of families enjoyed grilled food, William Rakaska said appreciation for veterans has come a long way since his U.S. Army …

Amherst police say man found dead in bathroom at Hess Express gasoline station on West Street

Saturday, May 23, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst man was found dead in a service station bathroom early Saturday morning, police said. The 36-year-old man was discovered in the restroom of the Hess Express at 468 West St. in South Amherst around …

Workshop Tuesday in Greenfield on federal review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, May 23, 2015

To help communities in the region plan for the formal federal review process of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the dining commons at Greenfield Community College. …

Hilltown Voices: Williamsburg Fire Department gets new protective gear

Saturday, May 23, 2015

With the help of a $10,500 grant from the Massachusetts Call/Volunteer Firefighters’ Association, six more Williamsburg volunteer firefighters are now better protected with up-to-date turnout gear. The personal protective equipment consists of a turnout coat, pants, helmet, boots, …

Area legislators join anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in Berkshire Gas pact with Tennesee Gas

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Several area state legislators are joining anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in the request by Berkshire Gas Co. to become a customer of the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, has joined with …

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

Saturday, May 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The …

Congressman James McGovern, attorneys for environmental groups criticize Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, May 22, 2015

Two letters released by federal officials this week — including one by Congressman James McGovern — chide the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. for lack of transparency and misleading statements about its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. In letters …

Easthampton City Council unanimously rejects Board of Health nominee Dennis Lacourse

Friday, May 22, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Mayor Karen L. Cadieux on Friday explained her choice of former city health agent Dennis Lacourse to serve on the Board of Health, two days after his unanimous rejection by the City Council. Cadieux said she …