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Orlando Rodriguez gets five to 10 years in prison after admitting to beating then-girlfriend, her daughter in Belchertown

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kimberly Gemme and her teenage daughter described in Hampshire Superior Court the terrifying night in February 2014 when Gemme’s then-boyfriend beat her unconscious in her bed, gave her daughter a concussion when she tried to intervene and threatened Gemme with a knife. Gemme told a judge at the sentencing of Orlando “Danny” Rodriguez on Thursday that the physical, emotional and psychological effects of the incident are “beyond anything …

Bird Sightings

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Clay-colored sparrows have been found singing in Hadley and on Mount Greylock. Three snowy egrets were seen in Savoy, and two brant and a short-billed dowitcher were found in Pittsfield. Groups of white-winged scoters have been seen on the …

Coming up

Friday, May 22, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. Monday is Memorial Day and the senior centers will be closed. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk 259-3060 CAREGIVERS DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP — Will meet Thursdays May 28, June 11 and 25, …

Tuesday’s high school lacrosse recaps: Amherst Regional girls lacrosse holds off Granby

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

After the teams were tied at halftime, the Amherst Regional girls lacrosse team held off Granby, 15-13, Tuesday. Meghan Sharick led Amherst (4-13) with eight goals and three assists. Clover Ulrich added six goals and one assist, while Malia MacDonald scored the other. Kate Sarnacki had five goals …

Tuesday’s tennis and track recaps: Amherst Regional boys tennis sweeps Chicopee to qualify for postseason

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Amherst boys tennis team used a 5-0 win over Chicopee to qualify for the postseason on Tuesday at home. Andy Zyskowski led the way at first singles with a 6-1, 6-1 dismissal of Brian Turnbull for the …

Monday’s high school tennis/track: Belchertown edges South Hadley, 3-2

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Belchertown boys tennis team picked up a key Valley Wheel win with a 3-2 decision at South Hadley on Monday. Jon Vinagre put the Orioles (8-7, 5-2) on the board with a 6-0, 6-0 dismissal of Matt Loughrey at third singles. The Tigers (7-7, 4-3 Valley Wheel) …

Monday’s high school lacrosse: South Hadley beats Amherst Regional, qualifies for postseason

Monday, May 18, 2015

Three players posted six points apiece as the South Hadley boys lacrosse team qualified for the postseason with an 18-4 home victory over Amherst Regional Monday night. Sam Duda scored six goals, Griffin Fitzell had five with an assist, and Jason Fernandes added three of each for the …

Monday’s high school baseball/volleyball: Devin Kellogg delivers walk-off as Northampton downs Holyoke

Monday, May 18, 2015

Devin Kellogg delivered a walk-off single as the Northampton baseball team beat Holyoke, 2-1, at home Monday. Kellogg had two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Charlie Ferrera added an RBI single for the Blue Devils (4-11, 3-7 Valley Wheel). Hunter Salem struck out 13 in the …

Monday’s high school softball: Hampshire senior Savannah Waters inches closer to 150 career hits

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior Savannah Waters moved closer to 150 softball hits in her career with two singles in a 3-1 win at Chicopee Comp on Monday. Waters (three stolen bases) singled in the first and third, flied out to center field in the fourth and reached on an …

Newlyweds report stolen cash in Amherst, and other area police news

Monday, May 18, 2015

Amherst ∎ Christopher Lynch, no age available, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 11:31 p.m. Sunday in Amherst on a warrant, police said. ∎ Police are investigating the reported theft of about $350 in cash from newlyweds staying at the Lord Jeffery …

Weekend high schools: Amherst baseball holds off Northampton

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Amherst Regional baseball team withstood a three-run seventh-inning rally by Northampton and held on for an 8-7 win in Amherst on Saturday. Selah Dalomba (run) went 2 for 3 with three RBIs, while Jamie Carey (two runs, RBI) and Isaac Siegel (two RBIs, run) each had two …

Top girls seeds advance at WMass Individual Tennis Tournament; boys field sees upsets

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The top four girls single seeds in the Western Massachusetts Individual Tennis Tournament are still alive, while the same cannot be said in the boys field. The girls singles tournament was held Sunday at Smith College in Northampton, while the doubles tournament was postponed. The boys tournament was …

Northampton boys, Amherst girls win Steele Relay titles; Hamp takes top program award

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Northampton track & field program got the best of rival Amherst Regional on Sunday, when it took the home the inaugural Steele Cup from the George Steele Relays, held at Northampton High School. The Steele Cup was awarded to the school with the best combined finish. Northampton …