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Power outages planned in Easthampton Tuesday night for electric system upgrades

Monday, July 6, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Upgrades to the electric system will lead to a scheduled power interruption overnight Tuesday into Wednesday for residents and businesses on several streets in the city’s center. The work is scheduled for 11 p.m. Tuesday to about 5 a.m. Wednesday, according to a press release from Eversource Energy. Customers on the following streets should expect power outages during those hours: Campus Lane, Chapman Avenue, High Street, Lyman Avenue, …

‘Way-finding’ signs help guide tourists on Pioneer Valley’s scenic byways

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

With more people expected to take to the highways than in the past eight years, according to an American Automobile Association projection, the Pioneer Valley has some new tourist-oriented signs to guide them. The “way-finding” signs, which have gone up over the past three weeks along the five scenic byways in Franklin County, …

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey launches study of region’s electricity needs, natural gas capacity

Monday, July 6, 2015

BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey is launching an evaluation of options for the region’s electricity needs over the next 15 years, including whether more natural gas capacity is necessary. The attorney general’s office announced Monday that the study will be conducted, with support from the Barr Foundation of Boston, to better understand the need for additional gas capacity in New England. The …

Hatfield Historical Commission votes to delay demolition of Center School for a year

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

HATFIELD — The old Center School has been saved from the wrecking ball for at least a year after the Historical Commission on Wednesday unanimously deemed the building “preferably preserved” under the town’s demolition delay bylaw. The vote means the building commissioner cannot issue a demolition permit to …

In first step, US, Cuba to reopen embassies

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other’s capitals this month, marking a historic full restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War …

Petition to name Nashawannuck Pond boardwalk for Debra and Michael Tautznik circulates in Easthampton

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Several city residents are organizing a petition calling on city officials to name the Nashawannuck Pond boardwalk for Debra and Michael Tautznik. The text of the petition states that people who sign it want to honor the “dedicated service” of former mayor Michael Tautznik, who worked …

David Ewing takes out nomination papers for at-large City Council seat as election season begins in Easthampton

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON —At least one new candidate may run for the four at-large City Council seats in November as former mayoral candidate David G. Ewing took out nomination papers Wednesday. Two incumbents, Mayor Karen L. Cadieux and at-large City Councilor Joseph P. McCoy, also took out papers for their …

Southampton voters to consider less expensive public safety complex at July 9 special election

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — After a proposed $10.8 million public safety complex was voted down at Town Meeting in May, officials are asking voters at a special election July 9 to allow an architect to draw up plans for a combined police and fire station at a lower cost. Voters …

Following Iran brouhaha, UMass revises guidelines for international admissions

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

AMHERST — Following a widely condemned decision to limit admissions and course availability to Iranian students in February and a quick reversal of that position, University of Massachusetts Amherst officials this week announced new guidelines for international admissions. …

Northampton Police investigate purse-snatching on King Street that turned violent

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are investigating a purse-snatching on King Street that turned into a fight Tuesday night. Detective Lt. Alan Borowski said a woman and her boyfriend were walking near Acme Auto at 220 King St. at 11:30 p.m. when two men approached them from behind, grabbed the …

Area police news

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Amherst ∎ Mabvuto Kenneth Tsonga, 38, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 1:44 a.m. Wednesday at a Main Street residence on a warrant after a resident contacted police for assistance in removing him from the home. ∎ Police are investigating a break-in …

Host of WMUA ‘Focus’ program turned off in May files grievance with UMass student-run radio station

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst woman whose “Focus” program on the University of Massachusetts student-run radio station was taken off the air in the middle of a broadcast in May is filing a grievance. Merrylees “Molly” Turner said Tuesday …

Kevin Pardee of Easthampton held on $75,000 bail for charges related to alleged kidnapping, assault of ex-girlfriend

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man accused of kidnapping and beating his ex-girlfriend over the course of a day as well as threatening her with an illegal gun was ordered held on $75,000 bail at his arraignment Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court. Kevin E. Pardee, 28, whose last known …