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Motorcyclist John Chambers of Easthampton injured in Northampton accident

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man was treated and released from Cooley Dickinson Hospital Friday afternoon after a collision between his motorcycle and a car at the intersection of Mount Tom Road and Atwood Drive. John Chambers, 61, of Easthampton, was driving his motorcycle south on Mount Tom Road when Marilyn Martinelli, 82, of Agawam, attempted to turn left onto Atwood Drive and struck Chambers, said Police Sgt. Josef Barszcz. Chambers … 0

Accident victims recalled: Edward McGrath, gregarious family man; daughter Brittany, PVPA and law school graduate

Friday, August 29, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Friends of a father and daughter who were killed in an accident Thursday described Edward D. McGrath as a gregarious family man and his daughter, Brittany D. McGrath, as a strong, intelligent woman who was pursuing a career in law. “It’s just very, very heartbreaking,” said Daniel Kurpaska, a former co-worker … 1

James Ainsworth allegedly high on heroin when his SUV crashed, killing two in Easthampton

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A driver who police say was “nodding off” and high on heroin when his SUV crashed — killing two people on a motorcycle Thursday — was ordered held on $100,000 bail at his arraignment Friday. James Walter Ainsworth, 45, pleaded not guilty before Northampton District Court Judge W. Michael Goggins to … 0

Double fatality victims identified as Edward D. and Brittany D. McGrath; possible crash cause cited in court records

Thursday, August 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON —The victims of the double fatality on Route 5 in Easthampton have been identified as Edward D. and Brittany D. McGrath, according to documents in Northampton District Court, where a judge Friday ordered the driver facing charges … 2

‘12-Mile Meal’ battle of the chefs heats up at Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chefs from three local restaurants, including defending champion The Sierra Grill, will take part in a cooking throw-down as they battle to create three-course meals using ingredients from within a 12-mile radius of Northampton. “The 12-Mile Meal” will … 0

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Storytelling in the Orchard,’ new series in Easthampton

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

“Storytelling in the Orchard,” a new Saturday series for children made possible by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council, begins Aug. 30 with a performance by storyteller and puppeteer Gail N. Herman (pictured). Shows are at 2 … 0

Area police news

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Amherst ∎ Samuel Webb, 20, of Westborough, was arrested at 11:43 p.m. Monday at Puffton Village on charges of violating the town’s noise bylaw and possession of a fake identification. Webb was arrested after officers responded to the 1040 North Pleasant St. apartment complex for shouting and loud … 0

Amherst resident, Williston junior Aaron James set for second season with New England Revolution Academy team

Monday, August 25, 2014

Aaron James watches Eden Hazard’s every move, making mental notes of how the Chelsea United player wins one-on-ones. The Williston Northampton junior and Amherst resident then employs Hazard’s skills in hopes of improving his own offensive game, but … 0

B2B ID: Susan McDonough

Saturday, August 23, 2014

NAME: Susan McDonough JOB TITLE, COMPANY, CITY BASED IN: Owner, Susan’s Secret Garden Gift Shop, 92 Cottage St., Easthampton WEBSITE: Don’t have one AGE: 66 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: May HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: One, my floral … 0

MAP Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton releases first beer as a third brewery takes shape on Pleasant Street

Friday, August 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Standing at the wooden bar in the tasting room of Fort Hill Brewery this week, owner Eric Berzins held a glass of Oktoberfest, the first beer his brewery has released, and indulged in a proud moment. … 2

Debit card fraud making life hard for Easthampton gyms that automatically bill members

Friday, August 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Since April, thousands of people have been issued new debit cards — sometimes several times — due to a rash of data breaches at certain Easthampton and Southampton retailers. Once a compromised card is replaced, it … 1

44 overdoses in New Hampshire, prompts local officials to step up monitoring of synthetic marijuana 'smacked'

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While New Hampshire officials deal with a rash of overdoses caused by a potent type of synthetic marijuana called “Smacked,” a merchant who helps run two downtown head shops said the product is unfamiliar to him. … 0

Not my neighbor: 38 mostly NYC residents indicted on 289 charges for alleged insurance scam that used fake Northampton, Easthampton, Greenfield addresses

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nine people allegedly involved in a scheme to defraud auto insurance companies of hundreds of thousands of dollars are scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Franklin Superior Court. According to a statement from the Northwestern … 0