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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 …

A delicate boardwalk

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Tuesday’s summer baseball/softball: Amherst Mantle slips past Frontier

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Trevor Fil was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded to score Ian McNamara as the Amherst Mickey Mantle baseball team squeezed past Frontier, 6-5, Tuesday in Amherst. Stephen McCudden tossed …

Mount Holyoke Range Landscape Partnership adds about 1,000 acres for preservation

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

HADLEY — About 1,000 acres in the Mount Holyoke Range will be added to a preservation program, bringing the total acreage of protected land in the Mount Holyoke and Mount Tom areas to 11,000. Department of Conservation and …

Monday’s summer baseball: Belchertown stays alive in 11-12 Little League tournament

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Belchertown Little League baseball team plated five runs in two separate innings to stay alive in the double-elimination District 2 11-12 Tournament with a 10-5 victory over Westfield National Monday evening at Hulmes-Warner Park in Belchertown. Colby Masse (2 for 3, run, RBI), Max Wojcik (two RBIs, …

Area police news

Monday, July 13, 2015

Amherst ∎ John Lee Kydd, 46, of 497 East Pleasant St., Apartment 170, was arrested at 9:53 p.m. Sunday near West Cemetery on a charge of possession of a Class A substance (heroin), subsequent offense. ∎ Police are investigating a reported break-in to the Amherst Ballet Center, 29 …

Local baseball: American Legion playoffs open, Northampton sweeps into second round

Monday, July 13, 2015

Northampton Post 28 swept the first round of American Legion playoffs with two wins over Springfield Post 21, winning 4-1 on Saturday and 8-5 on Sunday. Northampton, and other best-of-3 winners, advance to an eight-team double elimination tournament that starts Wednesday. Three series are still in action, with …

Gazette Baseball player of the year: Jamie Carey, Amherst Regional

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Jamie Carey, senior, Amherst Regional Season highlights: The senior pitcher/second baseman excelled in all facets of the game and helped guide the Hurricanes to their first sectional final appearance since 2010. Carey went 33 for 78 at the …

Softball Player of the Year: Alexis Ferris, Hampshire Regional

Friday, July 10, 2015

Alexis Ferris, pitcher, junior, Hampshire Regional Season highlights: The junior pitcher finished the season 18-4 and 209 strikeouts, with a season-high of 18 against Belchertown and hit double-digits in eight others. Ferris threw nine shutouts and allowed 30 …

Coming up

Friday, July 10, 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. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk 259-3060 LYME AND OTHER TICK-BORNE ILLNESS — Thursday, 1:30 p.m. Presented …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, July 10, 2015

GROW FOOD NORTHAMPTON’S GIVING GARDEN TEAM — Help grow food that is donated to a local soup kitchen, or help deliver fresh organic produce to the soup kitchen, the Northampton Survival Center and the Northampton Senior Center. Email volunteer@growfoodnorthampton.com horizons for homeless children — Fun-loving, dependable people needed …