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ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER
Belchertown Planning Board Chairman Christopher Laurenzo announces his opposition to a proposed Verizon Wireless cellphone tower, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015.

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 fell short of the four-vote supermajority required for the special permit it needed to pass. Voting against the proposal were Chairman Christopher Laurenzo and member Daniel Beaudette. Laurenzo cited the tenacity and energy exhibited by a group calling itself Belchertown Neighbors United in mounting a campaign to keep the tower from being …

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 18 — police said the perpetrator entered through a window. In one case, the suspect …

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 told the judge that Tubolino stole the money to “feed the beast” — her abusive …

Ray-Ban sunglasses reported stolen off of café table — and other area police news

Monday, August 3, 2015

Amherst ∎ Steven M. Rivera, 28, of Greenfield, was arrested at Rafters Sunday afternoon on charges of disorderly conduct and obstruction/intimidation. According to police records, officers were summoned to the 422 Amity St. bar at 3:53 p.m. at the request of an employee who wanted a trespass order …

Health Events: Area support groups, resources

Monday, August 3, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS/DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES — Tuesdays, 5:15 p.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank, 325A King St., Northampton. Call Robin at 917-533-5691 or Ro at 250-3050 AGING GRACEFULLY — A support group focusing on issues of …

Two indicted in Hampshire Superior Court: Keith Truehart, accused of beating infant, and mother of baby Melonie Cummings, accused of hiding Truehart from police for months

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A grand jury this week indicted Keith A. Truehart and Melonie K. Cummings of Belchertown after hearing from prosecutors that Truehart abused Cummings’ 9-month-old daughter in 2014 and that Cummings allowed her Truehart, her boyfriend, to beat her child and then hid him from police in …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, July 31, 2015

Amherst Zoe Tessler, the daughter of Patricia Gorman and Richard Tessler and a rising senior at Hamilton College, is part of a research group at Hamilton studying the invasive garlic mustard plant. Tessler, an art and biology major, is a graduate of Amherst Regional High School. Belchertown Gabriel …

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two great egrets and a snowy egret were reported in the Northampton-Hadley area. A Bonaparte’s gull was found in North Adams, and a lesser …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 …

Amherst beats Northampton to advance to Pioneer Valley Mickey Mantle Championship

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Amherst Mickey Mantle team had to play in back-to-back games to punch its ticket to the Pioneer Valley championship on Sunday. After knocking out Frontier, 12-0, Amherst beat Northampton 11-3 in the semifinals of the double elimination …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ Pioneer Valley Women’s Running Club — Weekly runs for women of all ages and abilities, Saturdays, 8 a.m., Forest Park, Springfield. pvwrc.org ∎ Invasive Plant Removal at Graves Farm Sanctuary — Removal of Asian bittersweet vine Saturday, 9 a.m. …

Friends and Neighbors

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Amherst Claire R. Thibodeau was named to the spring semester dean’s list for the spring at Alfred University in Alfred, New York. She is a senior in the School of Art and Design. A graduate of Amherst Regional High School, Thibodeau is the daughter of Paula Russell of …

Volunteers: Area opportunities

Saturday, July 25, 2015

summer volunteer training for long-term care ombudsman — Ombudsmen serve as advocates for elders and people with disabilities in the community. Next free training July 27 to 29. Contact Trevor at Franklin County Home Care Corporation at 773-5555 ext 2241 or tboeding@fchcc. Visit fchcc.org to learn more. It …