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Southampton Select Board, Regional School Committee members unseated by newcomers in Monday election

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Voters shook up local government Monday, selecting four new members to its two most powerful boards at the annual town election. Newcomers elected to the Select Board are Charles J. Kaniecki and Shannon Cutler, both of whom defeated longtime incumbent member David McDougall in a three-way race for two seats. Kaniecki received 305 votes, Cutler 302 votes and McDougall 256 votes. Meantime, Hampshire Regional School Committee will also …

Amherst Town Meeting OKs regional, elementary school budgets

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

AMHERST — Despite concerns about continued declines in student enrollment, whether the University of Massachusetts is contributing enough to cover the cost of educating the children of its students who live in tax-exempt housing and a controversial schedule change at the middle school, Town Meeting approved spending plans for the regional and elementary schools Monday night. By voice vote at the third session …

Obama sets up alliance to aid minority youth

Monday, May 4, 2015

NEW YORK — In a deeply personal response to outbreaks of racially motivated protests, President Barack Obama on Monday blamed a lack of opportunity in minority communities and harsher treatment of black and Hispanic men by police for fueling a sense of “unfairness and powerlessness.” The country’s first black president called for a …

Pelham voters to consider $4.3 million budget, decide contest for Select Board

Friday, May 1, 2015

PELHAM — Voters Saturday will consider a budget of almost $4.3 million, and Tuesday will decide a contest for a three-year term on the Select Board. The annual Town Meeting begins at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Pelham Elementary School. The proposed budget is up slightly more than …

Social worker discusses perils of marijuana use with educators, parents in Northampton

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Boston social worker Rick Cresta will not argue with those who say that marijuana causes less harm than other drugs. “That, however, does not mean it’s harmless,” Cresta told about two dozen parents, educators and others …

Parents of 18-year-old Granby man struggling with drug addiction talk about starting him on road to recovery

Thursday, April 30, 2015

GRANBY — Sitting on her front porch swing Wednesday evening, Paula Hooper said she wants to shout from the rooftops that drug addiction can happen in any family, so parents should be vigilant about the signs. But a …

Fatal two-car collision in Holyoke closes section of Route 5

Thursday, April 30, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A fatal two-car collision about 9:30 p.m. Thursday on Route 5 in Holyoke prompted police to close the road from the Mountain Park Access Road to the Easthampton town line. Holyoke Police Lt. James Albert said the driver of one of the vehicles was killed in …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing receives several honors

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April was a good month for state Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, who achieved several honors. On Wednesday, he was named the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ legislator of the year for a second time, recognizing his “support and aggressive advocacy for our annual budget priorities, such as regional …

Worthington voters to consider $2.876 million budget and decide contests for Select Board and School Committee

Thursday, April 30, 2015

WORTHINGTON — Voters Saturday will consider a $2.876 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, and will decide contests for Select Board and School Committee. The annual Town Meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Town Hall, where polls for the election will be open …

Area police news

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ Brandon Rapoza, 22, of Mattapoisett, was arrested at 11:07 p.m. Wednesday on East Pleasant Street near the former Amherst Carriage Shops on a charge of disorderly conduct after he was observed urinating onto the Hope the Cow statue in view of people heading to and from …

Town Meeting to get conflicting recommendations about North Amherst bridge which is closed to motor vehicles

Thursday, April 30, 2015

AMHERST — Municipal planners intend to ask Town Meeting to request more studies on a North Amherst bridge closed to motor vehicle traffic for nearly three years which remains scheduled to be rebuilt by the state in 2017. The Planning Board is advocating that a petition article coming …

Violent sex offender with criminal record in Hadley arrested in Pennsylvania

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A violent sex offender with a criminal record in Hadley who was on the state’s most-wanted list was arrested Thursday morning in Pennsylvania, where he had been living under an assumed identity, according to Massachusetts State …

Easthampton Community Center seeks donations after city eliminates $20,000 in funding, citing state law

Thursday, April 30, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton Community Center hopes it can scrape together enough donations to feed area children who do not get school meals during the summer, after the city eliminated $20,000 in funding for the food pantry. The …