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JERREY ROBERTS
Jonathan Morrison, left, of Hopkins Academy, and Jalen Sanders, of Turners Falls, go to a loose ball during the Division 4 semi-finals Monday at Curry Hicks Cage.

Hopkins Academy clamps down on Turners Falls, advances to WMass Division 4 final

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team had an eight-point lead but took firm control of the game without adding points on the board. The second-seeded Golden Hawks, led by Joe Yusko, Zach Kelley and Jon Morrison, imposed their will on the interior and wore Turners Falls down in the second half of a 68-46 victory Monday in a …

Judith Houle will serve as interim school superintendent in Granby

Monday, March 2, 2015

GRANBY — The School Committee Monday night negotiated a contract with Judith Houle, the former superintendent of the Belchertown schools, who has been named interim superintendent. Houle will take over March 19 for Isabelina Rodriguez who announced earlier this year that she was leaving to take a job in Connecticut. The School Committee …

Area police news

Monday, March 2, 2015

Amherst ∎ William A. Brown, 37, who listed his address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 10:41 p.m. Sunday at the Craig’s Place homeless shelter, 434 North Pleasant St., on a charge of disorderly conduct after police said he bothered other guests and cursed at a staff member. ∎ William E. Pelkey, 49, of 43 Center St., Unit 104, Northampton, was …

Northampton, Amherst Regional indoor track teams eye All-States

Friday, February 20, 2015

A pair of western Massachusetts indoor track squads are looking for repeat performances this Saturday as state Division 3 champion Amherst Regional and Division 4 champion Northampton will compete in the All-State meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. A week after winning their fourth straight PVIAC …

school lunch menus

Friday, February 20, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato salad, orange, strawberry cup TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs and sauce, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Homemade macaroni and cheese, carrots, spinach salad, sweet red pepper strips, strawberry cup, Bartlett pear …

Honor Roll: Holyoke Catholic High School

Friday, February 20, 2015

Holyoke Catholic High School Second Quarter BELCHERTOWN Second Honors: Grade 11 - Joseph Kervick Honorable Mention: Grade 11 - Aidan Cassidy Payson EASTHAMPTON First Honors: Grade 9 - Christopher Carey; Grade 10 - Haley Sullivan; Grade 12 - Kelly O’Connor Honorable Mention: Grade 12 - Andrew Morey GRANBY …

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, February 20, 2015

Amherst Luke Aldrich was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnesota. Easthampton Haley K. Domina was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Endicott College in …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, February 20, 2015

Special Education Surrogate Volunteer — The Federation for Children with Special Needs offers volunteer training at Forbes Library in Northampton. Special Education Surrogate Parent Volunteers make educational decisions for students in Massachusetts whose parents are unknown or unavailable. They meet with their assigned student or observe them in …

Thursday’s high schools: Pair of locals top seeds for state wrestling tourneys

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior wrestler Brendan Weir takes aim this weekend at a career sweep of state titles. After winning his third consecutive sectional championship last Saturday, Weir seeks a fourth straight state crown. The feat would be a …

Judge dismisses embezzlement charges against Nancy Whitley, former partner in failed Easthampton condo project; suggests prosecution may have misled grand jury

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After a seven-year ordeal, a judge this week dismissed charges against Northampton resident Nancy B. Whitley in connection with embezzled funds in a failed Easthampton condominium project, saying the prosecution may have misled the grand jury. …

Friends and neighbors

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Amherst Janet Fink, professor in the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management, received the 2015 Earle F. Zeigler Lecture Award from the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). The Zeigler Award is presented each year to …

Wednesday’s high schools: Mike Grise one shy of 100 goals after big game for Easthampton

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Missing the first four games of his final high school hockey season lessened the chances of Easthampton star forward Mike Grise reaching 100 career points. But a blistering pace of nearly three points per game following his return …

Smith Vocational qualifies for girls basketball tournament for first time in 26 years

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For the first time in 26 years, the Smith Vocational girls basketball team has qualified for the postseason. With a 52-15 blowout win over Westfield Vocational on Wednesday, the Vikings clinched a share of second place in the league and berth to the Western Massachusetts Division …