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CHRIS LINDAHL Signs warning drivers of roadwork on Prospect Street in Northampton. Many of the city's paving projects will be wrapped up starting Aug. 31.

Prospect St. area roadwork in Northampton scheduled for completion next week

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Many of the city’s road paving projects will begin wrapping up next week. Paving on Prospect Street, Woodlawn Avenue and Massasoit Street will be completed on Monday. Crews will work during the remainder of the week to install traffic markings on those streets and will construct driveway transitions on Woodlawn Avenue and Massasoit Street on Friday, according to …

New Northampton and Easthampton firefighters among state academy graduates

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New recruits from the Easthampton and Northampton fire departments were among those who graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Friday. David J. Nalewanski of the Easthampton Fire Department and Nicholas J. Demetrion of the Northampton Fire Department and 22 others from across the state completed the 45-day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program. The course is designed to give new firefighters basic skills for …

Northampton Police Department swears-in three new officers, promotes three

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three new Northampton Police officers joined three veteran ranking officers when they were sworn in by Mayor David J. Narkewicz at a ceremony Thursday night. Capt. John Cartledge, Lt. David Callahan and Sgt. Patrick Moody, who were promoted earlier this year, were sworn in along with new officers Rebecca Mazuch, Monica …

Filmmakers behind Emily Dickinson biopic planning documentary narrated by Cynthia Nixon

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AMHERST — Two months after film crews shot scenes on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum for a biopic to be released next year, the same filmmakers are preparing to create a documentary — narrated by “Sex …

‘I broke my daughter’s leg;’ Southampton mom and area doctors warn against riding the slide with your toddler

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sarah Osetek of Southampton and her then-18-month-old daughter, Raelyn, were at the playground one day three years ago when they decided to go down the spiral slide — as they had many times before — with Raelyn secure …

Driver cited in crash that closed Kennedy Road in Leeds Tuesday morning

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kennedy Road was shut down to traffic for several hours Tuesday after the driver of a pickup truck struck a utility pole and downed wires at about 5:45 a.m. Police said driver Michael Mientka, 21, of Williamsburg, was not injured in the crash, which caused heavy …

Lightning strike causes two small fires in Plainfield home Tuesday morning

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PLAINFIELD — Minor damage was reported in two small fires sparked by a lightning strike at a Summit Street home Tuesday morning. The house, at 92 Summit St., caught fire after lightning struck a nearby tree and traveled through a wire fence and into the building, starting small …

Demonstration marks ‘Trans Liberation Tuesday’ in Amherst

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AMHERST — Recognizing the violence that has claimed the lives of at least 17 transgender black women this year, about 60 people spent an hour walking through downtown Amherst Tuesday afternoon to bring attention to what they see …

Detour scheduled for westbound traffic on Holyoke Street in Easthampton Wednesday morning

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Westbound traffic on the section of Route 141 known as Holyoke Street will be detoured Wednesday morning. Motorists heading into Easthampton from Mountain Road will be rerouted to East and Clark streets while crews complete road work. The eastbound lane of Holyoke Street heading toward Mountain …

Area police news: Northampton man arrested after allegedly trying to sell stolen bike to its owner, and more

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police responded to Puffer’s Pond and the swimming hole below the Silver Bridge in Cushman five times between 4:43 and 7:18 p.m. Monday. Nine teenagers and college-age people were removed from the cliff at Puffer’s Pond, and two people were asked to get off the top …

Jurors hear opening statements, first witness in Adam Liccardi rape trial

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In his opening statement in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday, defense attorney Alfred P. Chamberland said a woman was raped in her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Oct. 13, 2012 — but Chamberland …

Area Briefs: Back to School Picnic at Jackson Street School

Monday, August 24, 2015

Northampton — There will be a “Back to School Picnic” at the Jackson Street School playground on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with music by Iroko Nuevo, pizza, cake, games and music. Visitors are also invited to bring a dish of their own. This event is organized …

State directs travelers to Northampton Amtrak in Greenfield

Monday, August 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state is looking into why signs it erected throughout Greenfield to direct people to the regional bus and train depot on Olive Street read: “NORTHAMPTON AMTRAK.” Amanda Richard, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation, said the signs appear at this point to contain …