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Florence motorcyclist Frederick Ranaudo remains in hospital with broken bones suffered in Ryan Road collision

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Florence man who was injured in an accident on Ryan Road Monday remained in fair condition at Baystate Medical Center Wednesday night. Frederick D. Ranaudo, 64, of 90 Lake St., suffered injuries including broken bones in his left knee, left foot and left thumb, according to a police report. Edward G. Morrissey, 92, of 28 Westwood Terrace, was cited for failing to use care in turning after … 0

Area police news

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Granby ∎ Carlos Garcia, 24, of Ludlow, was arrested on Amherst street at 2:53 p.m. Aug. 16 on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding. Northampton ∎ A 36-year-old man whose address is listed as the streets of Northampton will be summoned to court on a charge of possessing a Class E drug (three amphetamine/dextroamphetamine pills) after he was found … 0

Gardner will not start school year

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — Math teacher Carolyn Gardner, who left her job at Amherst Regional High School in May as anonymous racial and hostile threats aimed at her continued, was not expected to be back in her classroom on the school’s opening day Thursday. Schools Superintendent Maria Geryk and high school Principal Mark Jackson said Wednesday that a replacement teacher has been hired but circumstances … 0

Town-owned car involved in Amherst crash on East Pleasant Street

Friday, August 22, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst town car was involved in an accident on East Pleasant Street Thursday afternoon but was not damaged. No injuries were reported. A car driven by Ramzi Moushabeck, 18, of 105 Blackberry Lane, Amherst, struck the rear end of the town-owned car driven by Adam … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, August 22, 2014

RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER Route 9, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley With a flat tray feeder most birds usually dive right in, hopping around and picking out the choicest morsels. But not the red-bellied … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two great egrets, a Virginia rail, two black vultures and a dickcissel were seen in Longmeadow. A little blue heron, a cliff swallow, a … 0

Area police news

Friday, August 22, 2014

Northampton ∎ Joseph D. Rizzo, 23, of 94 Ashfield Road, Williamsburg, was arrested at 1:!3 a.m. Friday on Locust Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and a license plate number … 0

Around South Hadley: Longtime assistant fire chief retires

Friday, August 22, 2014

When William Selkirk joined Fire District Number 2, which includes the water department, in 1979 pocket pagers were a new thing. He was one of the four on call firefighters who carried one. Others had a device called … 0

Two motorists taken to hospital after collision in Hadley

Friday, August 22, 2014

HADLEY — A two-car accident Thursday at the intersection of Route 9 and Campus Plaza Road sent both drivers to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. The accident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. when a 20-year-old man from Belchertown ran a red light while … 0

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Shortly after three city immigrants shared tales of interactions with police that shook their trust in the community, Mayor David J. Narkewicz promised Thursday at a public forum to sign an executive order prohibiting the Police … 7

Recent cooler, rainier weather in Valley creates problems for some crops

Friday, August 22, 2014

Area farmers are once again on the front lines of weather patterns that in recent weeks have brought cooler, rainier weather to the region. That’s translated into problems for some growers of potatoes and tomatoes as well as … 0

Thursday forum: Black alumni describe struggles, tensions, fears of going to school in Amherst

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST— Two recent African-American graduates of the Amherst regional school system were the stars of the WHMP community forum on race issues Thursday as they described struggles to connect with teachers who weren’t challenging them, dismay at tensions … 0

Northampton Housing Authority Executive Director Jon Hite to retire in February

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Jon Hite, executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority, announced he will retire next year after serving for more than 22 years. Hite, who last week notified the authority’s board of commissioners of his decision, said … 1