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Weekend alcohol violations in Amherst lead to 17 arrests or summons to court

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — Enforcement of alcohol laws during the weekend led to the arrest or summons to court of 17 people. While police broke up several parties as part of their responses to 229 calls for service, no arrests or tickets were issued for violations of the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws. One of the largest parties during the weekend took place on …

Northampton Police break up underage party thanks to extra patrol funded by grant

Monday, October 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City police out on “party patrol” broke up an underage party Friday night as part of a new grant-funded effort to combat underage drinking. The $5,979 state grant the city received is paying for overtime so officers can work extra shifts when they will target underage drinking through methods including “party patrols,” which involve checking spots where youths often hold parties. …

Public forum airs Hadley’s critical building needs Thursday night

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HADLEY — Voters can learn more about several Town Meeting articles relating to Hadley’s municipal building needs at a public forum Thursday night. The session begins at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center and was organized by the town’s Municipal Buildings Committee, which has been charged with guiding …

area briefs

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Harvest supper on tap for Westhampton WESTHAMPTON — The Westhampton Congregational Church’s annual Harvest Supper is set for Saturday, Oct. 25, with two sittings scheduled, one at 5 p.m., and the second at 6:30 p.m. There is a 120-person limit in the hall, so the two settings allow …

Hatfield plans 32-mile tractor parade through 4 towns

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HATFIELD — This town knows how to put on a parade. On Sunday, the parade will include all manner of tractors chugging along a 32-mile route through four towns. For the second year, organizers hope to draw people …

‘That was not just his door, that was our door’: UMass Students respond to racist threats written on dorm room doors

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — Students in the University of Massachusetts Southwest Residential Area where several threatening racist messages were scrawled on dorm-room doors this week said Wednesday they believe racism is rare on campus and had not heard many of …

University of Massachusetts students who were targets of racist graffiti speak out

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AMHERST — Jonathan Romero, a senior living in Washington Tower at the University of Massachusetts, was stunned when he returned to his room Wednesday afternoon to pick up his phone charger and saw the words “Kill these Mexicans …

Council backs off vote on reorganization

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council will postpone Thursday’s vote on approving the mayor’s plan for reorganizing the city, seeking further time to weigh public feedback and vet the plan. The council discussed the mayor’s reorganization plan for two …

Area police news

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Amherst ■ Sunset Avenue residents reported the theft of two bicycles and a bicycle trailer from their property Tuesday at 12:31 p.m. Police are investigating. Easthampton ■ Kathleen M. Laptew, 49, of 5 Briggs St. Apt. 2FL, was arrested Tuesday at 2:39 in the building where she lives …

Turkey strikes Kurds, muddling terror fight

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a fresh test for U.S. coalition-building efforts, Turkey is launching airstrikes against Kurdish rebels inside its borders this week despite pleas from the Obama administration to instead focus on an international campaign to destroy Islamic …

Battle of the benches: Hearing on how Northampton's sidewalks should be used quickly turns into debate over public seating

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Movement, encounter, confrontation, survival and beauty. These are the words city councilors have used to describe the life of the city’s sidewalks in a draft resolution that has been docked in City Council subcommittees for the …