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JERREY ROBERTS
Northampton runners Aidan Gilson, from left, Liam Sullivan and Tim Foldy-Porto run ahead Bill Carroll, of Holyoke Catholic, Thursday at Smith College.
Sullivan placed first, Gilson finished second, Foldy-Porto took third, and Carroll finished fourth.

Thursday’s high school track/swimming: Northampton girls take down Chicopee, Comp

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Northampton girls track team beat Chicopee Comp 64-30 and Chicopee 61-30 during the early session of the second PVIAC meet Thursday at Smith College. The Blue Devils 4x200 team of Sophie Sharp, Alex Dibrindisi, Sierra Loomis and Abigail Springfield won with over a minute to spare, taking first place in 1 minute, 52.44 seconds, ahead of Amherst Regional (1:53.5). Dibrindisi won the long jump in 15 feet, 111/2 inches, while Loomis won the 300-meter dash in 44.25 seconds for Northampton. Amherst beat Minnechaug 58-36 as the Hurricanes picked up four first-place finishes by Valdimira Fernandes (55 dash), Juliana Brissette (600), Jessie Rietkerk (1,000) and …

Thursday’s high school sports

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Granby boys basketball team needed overtime, but picked up its first win of the season thanks to a 3-pointer from Lucas Monaco with 1.7 seconds left to beat Easthampton, 65-62, Thursday. Each team had a shot at the win prior to overtime. The Rams (1-2) missed a shot at the regulation buzzer after tying the game 50-50 with 11 seconds to go. …

Belchertown rebounds from opening loss, skates past Easthampton 8-1

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — After a disappointing result in its season opener Saturday, the Belchertown hockey team was eager to respond Wednesday night. The Orioles dominated play from the opening faceoff and put nearly 50 shots on goal in an 8-1 victory over Easthampton at Lossone Rink. “I thought we played a good, solid three …

Wednesday’s high schools: Katie Yagodzinski powers Smith Academy to win over Gateway

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Katie Yagodzinski scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half to help Smith Academy cruise to a 42-25 win over Gateway in Hatfield on Wednesday. Yagodzinski added seven rebounds, three steals and a block. Mary Whalen recorded her first double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Hampshire pins Granby in dual-meet opener

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Hampshire Regional wrestling team opened its dual-meet season with a take down of Granby, 39-36, in Westhampton on Wednesday Six Raiders earned pins on the night. DJ Willard (132 pounds), Brendan Weir (138) and Jacob Gray (152) each took down their opponent in less than 2 minutes. …

Lefen ‘Helen’ Chen pleads guilty in insurance fraud ring, may face deportation

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A woman from Taiwan may face deportation after she admitted in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday that she led a scheme that defrauded insurance companies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars over six years. Lefen “Helen” Chen, 56, of Flushing, New York, accepted a plea agreement …

Easthampton City Council approves $5,000 increase in mayor’s pay to take effect in 2016

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The City Council unanimously approved a $5,000 increase in the mayor’s salary Wednesday that will take effect in 2016. The mayor currently earns $70,000 annually, according to City Clerk Barbara LaBombard. The 7.14 percent increase to $75,000 will take effect in January 2016, after the first …

Briefs: Northampton Little League to introduce Intermediate Division

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hamp Little League adds new division Northampton Little League announced this week that it will introduce a new Intermediate Division that will begin play in the 2015 season. The Intermediate Division will play on a 50/70 diamond (50 feet from the mound to home plate and 70 feet …

Area police news

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Amherst ■ A resident of an East Pleasant Street home reported at 4:39 p.m. Tuesday that the word “molly” was spray-painted on the side of the building. The resident told police the vandalism may be linked to a disturbance Dec. 5 in downtown Amherst. Easthampton ■ Shawn M. …

Easthampton City Council to vote on $5,000 increase in mayor’s pay

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton City Council plans to vote Wednesday after a public hearing on a proposed $5,000 increase in the mayor’s salary that would take effect in 2016. The mayor currently earns $70,000 per year, according to …

Tuesday’s high schools: Northampton holds off Sabis in girls basketball opener

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The only returning starter for the Northampton girls basketball team joined a pair of newcomers in helping lead the Blue Devils to a season-opening 55-47 home victory over Sabis Tuesday night. Charlotte Maurer began her senior season with 14 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and five assists for …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Amherst opens season with sweep of Central

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Amherst Regional boys and girls swimming & diving team each opened their season with solid victories at Central Tuesday afternoon. The Hurricane boys earned a 96-84 win and the girls dominated 108-65 in the coaching debut of Evan Maczka. Calvin Lin, Marc Klepacki, Samson Braun and Hunter …

Sex offender Charles Capen of Easthampton accused of sexually assaulting teenager after chaperoning party

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton sex offender accused of inappropriately touching a teenager after chaperoning a party in Hatfield was arraigned in Northampton District Court on Monday and bail was set at $5,000. Charles W. Capen, 32, of 4 Clinton St., pleaded not guilty to a charge of indecent …