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Area business briefs

Monday, February 8, 2016

Easthampton Chamber holds networking event EASTHAMPTON — The Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Networking by Night event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Glendale Grill, 65 Glendale St. There will be a cash bar and door prizes. The event is sponsored by Canon Real Estate, and registrations are appreciated by calling the chamber at 527-9414. The event is free for chamber members, and $15 for …

State plans presentation on ‘rattlesnake island’

Sunday, February 7, 2016

ORANGE — State wildlife officials who want to reintroduce rattlesnakes on a Quabbin Reservoir island have set a public meeting for Feb. 23 at Mahar Regional High School. Beginning in a couple of years, the state plans to stock Mount Zion Island with endangered timber rattlesnakes. The plan has raised some outcry, and the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has scheduled an informational …

Weekend high schools:Niccolo Cardaropoli, Jack Rees net four goals each for Amherst hockey

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hat tricks weren’t enough for the Amherst High School ice hockey team in an 11-1 win over Turners Falls. Niccolo Cardaropoli and Jack Rees each found the net four times in the Hurricanes’ comfortable road win Saturday. Jake Balderston, Max Hopley and Nathan Masteralexis scored the other Amherst (11-1-3, 10-1-1 Fay-Wright) goals. Bryce Jordan scored Turners Falls’ goal. Easthampton 2, Greenfield 2 — …

Judge orders second suspect in UMass gun case to be released with GPS monitoring device

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — The second of two teenagers from Berkshire County accused of bringing a loaded gun onto the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus Jan. 23 was granted release from custody Wednesday, but because no GPS monitoring ankle bracelets …

Social media lends its hands to UMass’ recruiting process

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST — Shane Waldron was sheepish, but honest. While he sat on the beach in Saint Lucia during his late December vacation, the UMass offensive line coach did what any coach would do when faced with weather that perfect and scenery that beautiful. He checked Twitter on his …

More than half the homes in Easthampton without power after strong winds, rain Wednesday evening

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

More than half the homes in Easthampton were left without power Wednesday night after a “potent weather system” suddenly brought warm temperatures, rain and strong winds through the area. Some parts of the Valley experienced wind gusts of up to 35 mph Wednesday evening that brought down power …

UMass football lands 30-member recruiting class; coach Mark Whipple pleased

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST — Every football coach at every Division I school in America is officially pleased with his recruiting class when it’s announced on signing day. So UMass coach Mark Whipple expressing excitement about his wasn’t noteworthy on its …

Local charter school opponents criticize Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to change reimbursement formula

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST — Local charter school opponents are decrying Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to revamp the state’s tuition reimbursement formula to public school districts sending students to charter schools. As part of his proposed budget released on Jan. 27, Baker added $20 million to the fund that would reimburse …

Gazette Boys Cross Country Player of the Year: Northampton’s Liam Sullivan

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS CROSS COUNTRY PLAYER OF THE YEAR Liam Sullivan, senior, Northampton Season highlights: Sullivan had a season for the books at Northampton. His regular season included five dual-meet victories as well as a first-place Division 1 …

Area police news

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Amherst • An employee at Primo Pizzeria Too, 255 Triangle St., reported at 1:27 p.m. Tuesday the theft of his wallet and a $70 prepaid Visa card after they were left on a table at the restaurant while he was making a delivery the previous night. Northampton • …

UMass rape trial defendant Patrick Durocher says sex was consensual and woman was ‘encouraging’ him

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — “Did you rape (the woman)?” defense attorney Vincent Bongiorni, of Springfield, asked Patrick Durocher in Hampshire Superior Court on Wednesday. Durocher didn’t hesitate. “No,” he replied. Durocher, 20, a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student, testified …

Amherst Regional teacher Elizabeth Haygood to receive service award from MIAA Women in Leadership Committee

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST — If you attend a sporting event at Amherst Regional High School, there is a good chance you have seen Elizabeth Haygood. There’s an even better chance you have heard her, from a distance, cheering on her beloved Hurricanes. Haygood started coaching at Amherst in 1981 and …

Amherst Town meeting again will be asked to approve zoning changes to encourage building affordable housing

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST — Town Meeting this spring again will be presented with proposed zoning changes that would encourage construction of affordable housing by requiring that developers include units for low-income families. Citing recent and proposed developments that are bringing more than 100 market-rate apartments to downtown, Town Meeting member …