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Navy Tep of Northampton denies charges including forcible rape of a child in Belchertown

Friday, October 31, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — A 28-year-old Northampton man arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court Thursday denied raping a boy in Belchertown in 2008 and 2009. According to court documents, Navy Tep, of 178 Florence Road, Apt. 3, coerced and forced a boy to perform oral sex seven or eight times when the child was six and seven years old by promising him he could play video games. Tep pleaded not guilty to …

Volunteers needed

Friday, October 31, 2014

habitat for humanity — Construction and office workers needed. Building Habitat homes now in Northampton and Easthampton. Skilled construction volunteers especially needed at our Women Build house in Easthampton. One-hour orientation the first Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., and the third Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m., at the Habitat office, 140 Pine St., Florence. volunteer@pvhabitat.org or 586-5430 kitchen table travel/ Cross-Cultural …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, October 31, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Crispy chicken sandwich, mixed fruit, carrot sticks, apple sticks, baked Tater Tots TUESDAY: Mozzarella sticks, vegetarian baked beans, spinach salad, fresh orange, peach cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Meatball hero, romaine salad with tomato, baby carrots and celery, peach cup, banana THURSDAY: Oven roasted chicken, vegetarian baked beans, veggie dippers, romaine salad with tomato, apple slices FRIDAY: Cheesy pepperoni pizza, carrot sticks, …

Tuesday’s high school soccer: Amherst boys power past Minnechaug

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Amherst Regional boys soccer team scored four goals in the final 20 minutes, including three off set pieces, as the Hurricanes beat Minnechaug 4-1 to gain sole possession of first place in the Smith League. Keith Dixon scored from Andy Zyskowski to tie the game for Amherst …

Tuesday’s high school cross country: Northampton boys, girls sweep Amherst Regional

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Northampton cross country program stated its case as the best in western Massachusetts on Tuesday. The Blue Devils won’t be able to officially do it, however, until Nov. 8, the date of the Western Massachusetts Championships. On Tuesday, the boys and girls teams swept the reigning sectional …

Tuesday’s high schools: Belchertown girls volleyball beats Chicopee for Southern League title.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Belchertown girls volleyball team rallied after dropping the first set to beat Chicopee 3-1 Tuesday and clinch the Southern League title. The Orioles (12-2, 7-0) won 20-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-18. Emily Woodford posted team highs for Belchertown in kills (seven) and aces (five). Cara McKenzie had six …

Cause of Belchertown power failure unclear; power expected back by 1 p.m

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Nearly 500 homes in the area of Stebbins and Batchelor streets lost power Tuesday morning after utility lines were knocked down by trees a contractor was clearing from a building lot, said Police Sgt. William Panto. The wires and trees fell across Stebbins Street around 7:30 …

Monday’s high schools: Gateway Regional shuts out Smith Academy in girls soccer

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jessica Van Heynigen scored early and Joanna Arkoette scored late as the Gateway Regional girls soccer team shut out Smith Academy, 2-0, Monday in Huntington. Caroline Booth assisted the first goal 10 minutes into the game, and Van Heynigen helped Arkoette put one home with one minute left …

Area police news

Monday, October 13, 2014

Amherst ∎ A vehicle drove off West Street into a tree at 5:03 p.m. Friday, police said. No further details were available. Belchertown ∎ James D. Cloutier, 43, of Westfield, was arrested at 12:57 a.m. Oct. 6 on Chauncey Walker Road on charges of operating a motor vehicle …

Debates set for contested Franklin House seats

Monday, October 13, 2014

Debates are scheduled this week in two House districts where there are contests in the Nov. 4 election. 1st Franklin state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, a 12-term incumbent, and Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, a political newcomer from Deerfield, will participate in a “conversation” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at …

Weekend high schools/prep schools: Orioles blank Rams to seal postseason berth

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Belchertown girls soccer team clinched a tournament berth by winning a border battle against Granby, 2-0 at home Saturday evening. Kelsey Shea and Lauryn Parent each scored a goal for the Orioles (8-3-2). Téa Spellacy and Kayla Henry picked up an assist apiece for Belchertown, while Ashley …

Friday night football: Belchertown turns tables on Mahar in second half, rolls to 27-6 win

Saturday, October 11, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — After trailing by a touchdown at halftime, Belchertown came out of the break and put up 27 unanswered points for a 27-6 win over Mahar on Friday night. “We talked at halftime that we felt like this was our game to win, but we had to …

Friday’s high school soccer: Amherst, Ludlow battle to 1-1 tie

Friday, October 10, 2014

One week later, the Amherst Regional and Ludlow boys soccer teams still couldn’t determine a winner on the field. The Hurricanes and Lions finished in a 1-1 tie Friday in Amherst. The game was Ludlow’s first since forfeiting nine games due to an ineligible player. Alex LaRaja scored …