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SARAH GANZHORN
Crowds packed downtown Amherst during the Celebrate Amherst Block Party  Thursday evening.

Amherst parking report calls for new parking garage, improved signage and more

Saturday, August 1, 2015

AMHERST — As a downtown business owner since the 1980s, Nick Seamon has witnessed an increasing demand for parking in Amherst center that he says has gone unaddressed by the town — even with the opening of the 188-space Boltwood parking garage 13 years ago. “We’ve needed parking for 20 years,” said Seamon, the owner of Black Sheep Deli on …

Trust funds give a boost to Williamsburg causes

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Town residents have long believed in a tradition of leaving money to the town in the form of trust funds earmarked for a host of causes — from the town library, clocks and cemeteries, to parents with newborns, students and those in need of medical or financial assistance. “We have had some very generous benefactors over the years,” Town Clerk Brenda Lessard said. …

Three vie for Sunderland administrator job

Saturday, August 1, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Collaboration and communication topped the list of skills that the three candidates for Sunderland’s vacant town administrator position said were most important in carrying out the tasks and responsibilities of the town’s top managerial role. The three candidates, Michele Giarusso, a former selectman and current finance committee member in Leyden with experience in the healthcare industry; Andrew Golas, the executive assistant …

Watershed association scolds Tennessee Gas Pipeline report for lack of transparency

Monday, July 27, 2015

On the eve of the region’s first federal public hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, the company’s most recent report has come under heavy criticism from the Greater Northfield Watershed Association. The association wrote to FERC in response to Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s release …

Former Easthampton man pleads not guilty to child rape charges

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Easthampton man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Monday to a half dozen child rape and indecent assault and battery charges. Kevin Paulin, 43, now of Palmer, was charged with two counts each of aggravated statutory rape of a child, indecent assault and …

Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal ‘ridiculous,’ ‘sad’

Monday, July 27, 2015

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran “ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.” Standing before television …

Parking restrictions to go into place at Lincoln Avenue intersections in Amherst

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — Parking restrictions are going into place at all intersections along Lincoln Avenue, with changes aimed at addressing public safety concerns without impeding residents, their guests and contractors from parking on the street. The Select Board Monday …

Amherst town manager fractures ankle while away, expects to continue working at or near full time

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — A fractured right ankle suffered by Town Manager John Musante Thursday will restrict his mobility for the next few weeks, but he anticipates being able to work regular hours. “I expect to be at or near full time,” Musante said when reached by phone Monday night. …

SJC to hear appeal in Rintala case, defense attorney says

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The state’s full Supreme Judicial Court will hear an appeal by defense attorney David Hoose on whether there is insufficient evidence to conduct a third trial for Cara Rintala, who is accused of strangling her wife, Annamarie Rintala, in their Granby home in March 2010. Hoose, …

Westhampton Fire Department awarded $238,000 federal grant for new truck

Monday, July 27, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — The thought of a burning building usually conjures up images of firefighters racing to the scene and quickly hooking up a hose to a hydrant in order to extinguish the blaze. But in communities without a municipal water supply and fire hydrants, like Westhampton, water — …

Pride gas station planned for former Aqua Vitae site; Hadley firefighters using neighboring vacant home for training

Monday, July 27, 2015

HADLEY — Within the next 45 days, Pride Stores will submit a plan to build a Super Pride Gas Station on the site of the former Aqua Vitae restaurant and some neighboring properties, according to Pride founder Bob Bolduc. Until then, however, Hadley’s fire department will use one …

Holyoke woman pleads not guilty to armed robbery in Superior Court; bail set at $2,500

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke woman accused of robbing a King Street bank with a toy gun in June was arraigned in Hampshire Superior Court Monday and ordered held on $2,500 bail — a reduction from the amount set at her initial arraignment in district court. Vivian Poreda pleaded …

Boston Olympic bid ends as city, U.S. Olympic Committee sever ties

Monday, July 27, 2015

Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that the city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference Monday. The person spoke on …