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South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School.

The week in photos: Hampshire County scenes from June 29 to July 4, 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Time seems to slow as the Pioneer Valley slips into the heart of summer, and the Independence Day holiday week brings the timeless routines of fireworks and parades. It’s a time of long days in a season that, in a matter of weeks, will feel like it was all too short. Above, scenes from around Hampshire County captured by Gazette …

Amherst fireworks: ‘On like Donkey Kong,’ despite rain

Saturday, July 4, 2015

AMHERST — Despite a stretch of mid-day Fourth of July rain, the town’s Independence Day celebration and fireworks display will proceed as planned Saturday evening. “Today’s event is in fact on like Donkey Kong,” reads a post to the celebration’s Facebook page published around noon Saturday. A follow-up post reads: “Everyone, the celebration and fireworks are on as planned! The rain will clear …

Northampton Fourth of July citizenship ceremony celebrates 48 new Americans

Saturday, July 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Seated beside her five-year-old son outside the Hampshire County Courthouse, Erika Calderon watched as her husband, Jose Serratos, became a naturalized United States citizen on Saturday, July 4. “It’s a good opportunity to show people that we are here and we are legal now and we can vote,” Calderon, 42, of …

Gazette Boys Tennis Player of the Year: South Hadley senior Mike Miele

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Player of the Year Mike Miele, senior, South Hadley Season highlights: Miele propelled himself just short of a title this year in the Western Massachusetts Individual Tournament, falling in the finals against Longmeadow’s Ross Kamin 6-0, 6-1. Miele …

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 …

Tuesday’s summer baseball/softball: Northampton Post 28 pulls out wild win against Easthampton Post 224

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In a game that was more memorable than pretty, Northampton Post 28 gave up a lead, and then came back with three runs in the seventh to edge Easthampton Post 224, 7-6, in a wild American Legion game at Arcanum Field on Tuesday. Northampton (7-3) only had four …

Municipal investment in public art supported in Amherst

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

AMHERST — Municipal investment in public art that would make Amherst a more prominent destination for artists and people visiting cultural attractions appears to have widespread support in the community, with town officials beginning to examine the best ways to ensure such financing is possible. Results of feedback …

Area police news

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ A wallet was stolen from a vehicle broken into while parked at the Notch Visitors Center, 1500 West St. The incident was reported to police at 7:07 p.m. Monday. ∎ Police are investigating a break-in to the Aerobics and Fitness Studio, 20 Belchertown Road, reported at …

Amherst July Fourth celebration with fireworks set for Saturday at UMass

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

AMHERST — A fireworks display near Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will cap several hours of activities, including music and food, as the town celebrates Independence Day on Saturday. “It’s a huge family event,” said Ryan Grady, special events and Fourth of …

Amherst police arrest Christopher Ron Hardy on assault charge in connection with fight behind Jones Library

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

AMHERST — A homeless man accused of injuring another man in a fight behind the Jones Library on Saturday was arrested Monday night, police said. Christopher Ron Hardy, 20, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested on a warrant issued by the Eastern Hampshire …

Monday’s local baseball: Amherst Mantle stops Frontier

Monday, June 29, 2015

Stephen McCudden tossed a complete-game three-hitter with three strikeouts as the Amherst Mickey Mantle team beat Frontier, 6-1, at Ziomek Field in Amherst on Monday. Keenan Morrissey (run) hit a two-run double to highlight a six-run fourth inning …

Area police news

Monday, June 29, 2015

Amherst ∎ A North East Street resident reported at 12:48 a.m. Sunday that two windows at the home were broken by rocks. Police are investigating the vandalism. ∎ Tyrone A. Sanders, 32, of Springfield, was arrested at 1:43 a.m. Saturday on West Street on a charge of operating …