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Maya Constantine, 3,  and her mother Jenny Boas at the Cup and Top Cafe in Florence Wednesday morning.

Despite court ruling, Valley parents, experts disagree with spanking as an option for discipline

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Sitting at the child-friendly Cup and Top Café with her 3-year-old twin daughters, Jenny Boas acknowledged that parenting isn’t always easy. But, the Florence resident said, she has never used physical discipline on her girls, Ella and Maya Constantine. “There’s times when I have been frustrated,” Boas said. “But I don’t want them to hit, so I feel …

Gazette offices closed Friday

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The offices of the Daily Hampshire Gazette will be closed on Friday in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Customers experiencing any delivery issues may contact the customer service department at 413-586-1925 between 7 and 10 a.m. The Gazette will be published on Saturday, when customer service again will be available from 7 to 10 a.m. …

Thursday’s summer baseball/softball: Amherst edges Easthampton in Mickey Mantle action

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Owen Macphee drove in the winning run and scored an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning as Amherst edged Easthampton, 5-3, in Mickey Mantle action, Thursday in Easthampton. Trevor Edwards shut Easthampton down in the bottom of the inning to seal the win. The teams were tied 3-3 after three innings and neither team scored again until the eighth. Hunter …

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 …

Monday, June 29, 2015

Adjustments to traffic signal may be first improvement at North Amherst intersection

Monday, June 29, 2015

AMHERST — Adjustments to the traffic signal at the intersection of North Pleasant, Pine and Meadow streets could be the first improvement to reduce periodic vehicular congestion in North Amherst center. Less than a week after a forum focused on gathering opinions about how to make the intersection …

Justin King sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison in UMass gang-rape case

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Justin A. King wiped his eyes with a tissue as he was sentenced Monday to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst …

Amherst police investigate fight outside Jones Library

Monday, June 29, 2015

AMHERST — A fight outside the Jones Library early Saturday evening that left one man bleeding from his head, nose and mouth remains under investigation by Amherst Police. Police officers and Amherst Fire Department paramedics responded to the gardens and paths behind the building at 43 Amity St. …

Weekend summer baseball: Hadley Cal Ripken opens state tournament with two wins

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The reigning state 12-and-under Cal Ripken tournament champion Hadley baseball team opened this year’s event with two wins in Marlborough Saturday afternoon. Noah Scanlon-Dean struck out seven and allowed seven hits over five innings for the win in Hadley’s 15-7 victory over Uxbridge. Justin Masteralexis went 3 for …

Two future UMass defensemen picked in the NHL draft

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A pair of future UMass defensemen were taken Saturday on the second day of the NHL draft. It’ll be a year before Jake Massie, who played for Kimball Union Academy and the Boston Jr. Bruins last year, joins the Minutemen, but the 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman was draft eligible …

Valley businesses prepare for state’s new earned sick time law which takes effect Wednesday

Saturday, June 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Coming down with an illness often leads to a laundry list of expenses — visits to a doctor and medicine among them. Missing a day of work, however, has often been the most expensive part of …