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Two suffer minor injuries in I-91 rollover

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two people suffered minor injuries due to a rollover accident on I-91 between Exits 18 and 19 around noon Wednesday, according to fire officials. Northampton Fire Capt. William Millin responded to the accident, according to a Fire Department spokesman. The weather was clear and sunny. The vehicle was a total loss and was flipped over in the median when fire officials arrived. The two occupants, who were not …

Easthampton City Council OKs Brickyard Brook trail, soccer field expansion at meeting Wednesday

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The City Council Wednesday unanimously voted to approve two green-space projects and money for a new police cruiser and public works vehicle. Around a dozen people came to participate in or listen to hearings on the proposals, with the largest number of comments coming in support of installing an irrigation system at the Nonotuck Park Soccer Complex and creating an accessible …

Northampton panel backs $1.45M for Pulaski Park renovation; allocation for condo site project fails

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The transformation of Pulaski Park, an acre of common space on Main Street bordered by the Academy of Music and Memorial Hall, got the green light from the Community Preservation Committee Wednesday night to the tune of $1,450,000. That sum is not the entire $1.675 million request for the project. CPC members decided to postpone funding a portion of the project …

Area police news

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Amherst ∎ Management at the All Things Local store, 104 North Pleasant St., reported at 4:42 p.m. Thursday that a customer left the store without paying for several bottles of Kombucha tea, each valued at $2.50, and two alfajor cookies, which are sold for $2 apiece. Easthampton ∎ …

Two charged with possession after Deerfield traffic stop

Sunday, March 29, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two Amherst residents face heroin charges after a traffic stop Friday night on Route 116. Deerfield Police Sgt. Harry Ruddock said Dennis Lavigne, 35, and Emily Browne, 22, both of 12 Weaver Circle in Amherst, were arrested and charged with heroin possession. Browne was also charged …

Northampton Community Preservation Committee to consider six requests totaling more than $2 million

Sunday, March 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Community Preservation Committee is expected to vote Wednesday on requests to fund six community projects that total $2,057,000. One of those is a much-publicized $1.67 million project that would transform Pulaski Park in the heart of downtown, while another is a request for $200,000 to …

Northampton Police Department offers parking lot as secure area to complete transactions resulting from online services

Sunday, March 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — People who want to make transactions using online services such as Craigslist may now do so under the watchful eye of Northampton Police Department video surveillance. Chief Russell P. Sienkiewicz has announced that the department’s business-only parking lot at 29 Center St. is now available for …

Brendon Powell of Hyde Park arrested in Hadley Saturday morning after allegedly smashing passing car’s windshield

Sunday, March 29, 2015

HADLEY — A Boston man walking along a Hadley road was arrested early Saturday morning after he allegedly jumped on a passing car and smashed its windshield on North Maple Street, according to Hadley Police. Brendon Powell, 23, of Hyde Park, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct …

Hack@Smith takes on gender imbalance in software field; teams tackle weekend of computing projects

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A little after noon Saturday, Smith College senior Melissa Chenok pulled a photo up on her laptop, that of sinister “Harry Potter” character Draco Malfoy. Then she fetched another: celebrity Kim Kardashian, sporting blond tresses. The …

Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing will move to Westfield; Ashfield man buys most of its Shelburne Falls site

Saturday, March 28, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — After 178 years in Shelburne Falls, Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. will move to Westfield. Chief Operating Officer James Pelletier said he signed a lease Thursday that takes effect Wednesday. The lease was signed a day after 12.5 acres of Lamson’s 18-acre property and buildings …

House on Memorial Street in Deerfield sells for $1.15 million

Saturday, March 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — Another home has sold for more than $1 million in Old Deerfield. According to records from the Registry of Deeds, the property at 7 Memorial St., located across from the Memorial Hall Museum and Library, recently was sold for $1,150,000 by Linda McInerney to Freccia LLC, …

Hilltown Voices: Plainfield Volunteer Fire Association buys new thermal imager

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Plainfield Volunteer Fire Association has purchased a new thermal imaging camera for the Plainfield Fire Department. The new Argus Mi-Thermal Imaging Camera cost the association $9,500. The Fire Department’s previous imaging camera had been purchased with funds …

Berkshire Gas expands ban on new natural gas service to Amherst, Hadley, Hatfield and Sunderland

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Berkshire Gas Co. announced Friday it will not accept any new customers in Hampshire County, expanding an earlier moratorium on new service enacted in Franklin County last year. That raises concerns about its impact on economic development in the affected communities. Effective immediately, the utility will no …