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Amherst police officer  William Laramee has been appointed as the department’s new Neighborhood Liaison Officer.

William Laramee named neighborhood liaison officer for Amherst Police Department

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst Police patrol officer William Laramee has seen firsthand how the proximity of the University of Massachusetts to certain neighborhoods impacts families with problems such as frequent late night noise, occasional property damage and trash strewn on yards. But while Laramee is aware of the issues, he has only been able to deal with specific matters when responding to complaints — instead of fully deploying what he calls a “community policing through problem solving” model. This week that will change, as Laramee begins a new assignment for the department in the role of neighborhood liaison officer. In the new position, he will be …

Pelham police arrest 2 Fitchburg men on heroin charges following Route 202 traffic stop

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

PELHAM — Two Fitchburg men who were allegedly in possession of 160 bags of heroin were arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Route 202 Monday afternoon, according to Pelham police. The vehicle was traveling north on Route 202 near the lookout when Pelham officers stopped the vehicle at 4:45 p.m. after observing that it had a smashed taillight, said Police Chief Gary …

UMass annual community breakfast highlights university collaboration with businesses, town

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Closer ties between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and its surrounding towns will foster success — not only for the students who are educated on campus but for the business community and the residents who make their homes in the region. That was the message delivered by UMass Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy at the 49th annual community breakfast, organized by UMass …

Road rage incident spawns two separate accidents in Easthampton Friday night

Friday, August 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Two accidents involving three cars on Route 10 in Easthampton Friday night likely started from a single incident of road rage in Southampton, police said. It all began when one car turned on to Route 10 …

Murals, paintings from Iraqi and American art exchange go up around Northampton

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A mural of Northampton painted by young people in the Valley went up at Serio’s Market Wednesday as part of a project displaying art by Iraqi and American youth. The mural was painted in 2009 by 16 youths ages 14 through 18, under the guidance of …

Records request yields heavily redacted letter sent to state Attorney General in wake of Amherst website data disclosure

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — A public records request by the Daily Hampshire Gazette seeking more information about the disclosure of residents’ personal information through the Amherst municipal website yielded a heavily redacted letter that collector and treasurer Claire McGinnis sent …

Southampton Norris school problems fixed, officials give OK to open

Friday, August 28, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Nearly all of the problems identified in an inspection earlier this month at the William E. Norris School have been fixed, and on Friday the school got the OK to open Aug. 31, according to Superintendent Craig Jurgensen. The town health, fire and building departments conducted …

Valley Views: Waiting raindrops

Friday, August 28, 2015

Waiting Raindrops Springfield Road, Belchertown, Photograph and text by Julius Lester, Belchertown Walking from the house to the garage in mid-June I saw this remnant of the previous night’s rain. When I came back a couple of hours …

Pride station reports counterfeit $100 bill used in store — and other area police news

Friday, August 28, 2015

Northampton ∎ Emy Alsina, 37, of Holyoke, was arrested at 1:58 a.m. Friday on King Street on charges of operating with a suspended license and having an invalid inspection sticker. ∎ A man reported at 9:26 p.m. Thursday that he unlocked his bicycle worth $550 from a pole …

UMass to lead New England branch of federal advanced manufacturing initiative

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will lead the New England branch of a $75 million federal venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the …

Sewer break reported near Mill River in Northampton; residents advised not to swim

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City officials are warning residents not to swim in the Mill River after a reported sewer line break. According to a statement issued by the city Friday, the Department of Public Works reported that a sewer line break near the river left untreated sewage leaking toward …

Amherst Select Board to revisit policy on flying flags to mark anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — A policy on when commemorative American flags go up on downtown utility poles to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is on the Select Board’s Monday agenda. The request to revisit the policy, last adjusted in 2010, comes from blogger and Town Meeting member …

‘Amherst for All’ group lobbies for changes to town charter, government structure

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — A new organization is aiming to create a charter commission that could propose changes in how Amherst town government works, including potentially ending representative Town Meeting as the town’s legislative body. Amherst for All is the …