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Two arrested in connection with theft of $57 from Hadley farm stand

Saturday, July 26, 2014

HADLEY — Police arrested two men Friday night after they allegedly made off with $57 in cash from an unstaffed farm stand at the corner of Comins and Shattuck roads. Ras Fire, whose former name was Daniel Bartusewich, 31, of Aloha Drive and Zane Linehan, 20, of Easthampton, were arrested when police stopped their vehcicle on Route 116 South at 7:47 p.m. Friday. They were arrested on charges of breaking/injury … 0

Neal opposed to Westover as site for migrant children

Friday, July 25, 2014

CHICOPEE — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal this week criticized Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposal to house refugee children at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, saying it was “virtually unlikely” to be chosen as a site. In an interview with National Public Radio, Neal said there were at least two reasons why the base … 0

Deaf and hard of hearing children find their story at Clarke Schools camp in Easthampton

Friday, July 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — In a classroom on The Williston Northampton School campus Thursday, six children clapped, hopped and boogied while singing backup along with a recording of “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors while Jordan Gatewood, 13, took the lead. Hearing aids and cochlear implants behind their ears helped them to hear … 0

Amherst Community Land Trust seeks to provide affordable housing, keep student-rental properties at bay

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A private organization may soon help people find affordable housing in Amherst in an effort to encourage home ownership and prevent neighborhoods from being overrun by student-rental properties. The Amherst Community Land Trust was recently incorporated … 0

8 police needed to bring down man who said he took LSD, allegedly caused disturbances at Hadley restaurant

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

HADLEY — A man who confronted customers outside two businesses was arrested after struggling with both Hadley and Amherst police officers Tuesday afternoon, Hadley police said. Nathan R. Olson, 27, of Cataumet, was arrested on charges of disorderly … 0

Free of contaminants? $2M civil suit to decide whether environmental consultants erred when clearing King Street, Northampton, lot

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The question of whether environmental consultants erred when they declared a King Street property free from contaminants will head to trial before year’s end. In Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday afternoon, Judge Richard Carey set December as … 0

After loss of dog to coyote, Hadley couple spreads word on dangers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

HADLEY — Hershey loved being outdoors, especially in the large Middle Street yard and garden where she could chase critters around. But a recent foray outside her home ended in tragedy for the miniature dachshund when she was … 1

Afghan veteran who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

Monday, July 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn’t heave them back. On Monday, President … 0

The Dignity Project: Mount Holyoke President, medical ethicist, Lynn Pasquerella: A challenge to idea that death is un-American

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dying is certainly not what it used to be. During my career as a medical ethicist, there has been a remarkable shift in the types of end-of-life cases I have been asked to consult on. Today, the most … 2

'No one knows where my money is' Pre-paid funeral funds at beleaguered Ryder's missing; State demonstrates lax oversight of pre-paid system

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On March 19, Pamela Rys and her sister sat down with former funeral director William W. Ryder at the now-closed Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley and made funeral arrangements in advance for their elderly parents. … 0

'Robbing the Grave' Pre-need funeral contract fraud and mismanagement has been on state's radar for 10 years

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The challenge of making sure consumers get what they paid for in pre-need funeral contracts is not limited to the now-defunct Ryder Funeral Home. Nor is it a new concern. A former Boston funeral home director, Joseph V. O’Donnell, 55, was being held last week on … 0

Tibetan community grateful for U.S. Rep. McGovern’s bill for a more accessible Tibet

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On the steps of City Hall Monday, dozens of Tibetans draped white scarves around the neck of U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern one by one in a show of gratitude and auspicious wishes for the politician … 1

Police arrest Gary Couchon of Easthampton on six charges after alleged murder attempt, assault on disabled women

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man is being held without bail on charges, including attempted murder, after an incident in Easthampton Sunday night in which he is alleged to have assaulted two disabled women. Gary P. Couchon, 59, of … 0