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Belchertown

Valley Views: Waiting raindrops

Friday, August 28, 2015

Waiting Raindrops Springfield Road, Belchertown, Photograph and text by Julius Lester, Belchertown Walking from the house to the garage in mid-June I saw this remnant of the previous night’s rain. When I came back a couple of hours later, the raindrops still clung to the blades of grass as if waiting for me to get my camera. So I did. The photograph was taken with a macro lens on a digital SLR. Julius Lester is affiliated with the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery, 2 East St., Southampton. Other images are on view there Sundays and Tuesdays, 1 to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. …

Upcoming events at area senior centers

Friday, August 28, 2015

Seminar on scammers set for September A free seminar aimed at protecting senior citizens from scams and other financial crimes will be held Sept. 11 at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan and the sheriffs of Hampshire and Franklin counties, it is open to anyone who is interested. Breakfast …

Belchertown planners reject 135-foot cellphone tower

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — The Planning Board on Tuesday rejected a controversial bid by Verizon Wireless to erect a 135-foot cellphone tower on Aldrich Street in an area zoned for agricultural use but which has become a residential neighborhood in recent years. Though a majority of the Planning Board voted for the tower, the proposal …

Belchertown police investigating break-ins at Main Street businesses; antique cash register worth $10,000 smashed in one incident

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Recent nighttime burglaries at two Main Street businesses are prompting police to increase patrols and to advise business owners not to leave cash behind overnight. In each of two incidents — reported on Aug. 15 and …

Roxanne Tubolino of Belchertown sentenced to serve 3 years and 3 months in federal prison, pay restitution for embezzling $1.5 million from Northampton Internal Medicine Associates

Monday, August 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — At Monday’s sentencing of Roxanne Tubolino, who admitted in January to embezzling more than $1.5 million from a Northampton medical practice, staff members still in their scrubs shook their heads as defense attorney Andrew G. Levchuk …

Bird sightings

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two Virginia rails, a merlin and a summer tanager were reported in Belchertown. Nighthawks are beginning to show up across the region. Look in …

Upcoming events at area senior centers

Friday, August 21, 2015

Seminar on scammers set for September A free seminar aimed at protecting senior citizens from scams and other financial crimes will be held Sept. 11 at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan and the …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend …

Jabish Brook Middle School in Belchertown to begin using Google applications

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Students and teachers at the Jabish Brook Middle School will be piloting an experiment in how the entire district might expand what Principal Thomas Ruscio calls “integrating technology into the classroom.” A small group will start using a few applications developed by the search engine turned …

Belchertown couple accused in connection with alleged beating of 9-month-old deny charges in Hampshire Superior Court

Monday, August 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Belchertown couple who prosecutors say are responsible for serious injuries to a 9-month-old girl denied charges in Hampshire Superior Court Monday. Keith A. Truehart, 30, is accused of abusing his girlfriend’s daughter in 2014 and …

Wallet with nearly $600 inside returned to rightful owner — and other area police news

Monday, August 17, 2015

Amherst ∎ A person who found a wallet containing $592 on South Pleasant Street turned it over to police at 5:27 p.m. Sunday. The wallet, which appeared to be intact, was later returned to its owner. Easthampton ∎ Angel L. Carrasquillo, 48, of 3 Sutton Place, was arrested …

Valley Views: Day-Spring

Friday, August 14, 2015

Day-Spring Springfield Road, Belchertown Photograph and text by Julius Lester, Belchertown I am a nyctophiliac, i.e. one who loves darkness and functions best at night. Thus I seldom go to bed before day-spring— an archaic and much more …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ “Ride Like an Animal” Motorcycle Ride and Poker Run — The Foundation for TJO Animals hosts 7th annual benefit ride Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning and ending at the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption …