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Easthampton High School teacher Nancy Dunn, left, chats with some of her summer Health and Physical Education class students just before they began a project to install plantings of mountain laurel, gem rhododendron and spirea in an area of Daley Park formerly known as "smokers' corner".

Drug awareness, with focus on smoking, gets big push in Easthampton schools

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Officials in Easthampton are making a strong effort to get illegal drugs out of the hands of minors — starting by converting a former “smokers’ corner” by the high school into a garden. The addition comes after a change in the student handbook that no longer allows smoking on the parcel of Nonotuck Park bordering the school parking … 0

Long-awaited new digs boost excitement for Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School’s opening day

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — When the new school year begins, the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will officially open the doors of its new building at 1 Industrial Parkway in Easthampton. “It’s thrilling to be here in the new school,” said Dan Klatz, the education coordinator. “There is a lot to do to get everything … 0

MAP:E. coli bacteria levels high in Connecticut, Mill rivers; Health officials warn against swimming, boating following storm

Monday, August 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The deluge of rain last Wednesday has elevated levels of E. coli bacteria at select spots on the Connecticut and Mill rivers, prompting health officials to warn people not to swim or boat there. Water samples taken Thursday in Northampton at a Connecticut River boat dock, in the Elwell Recreation Area … 0

Contractors rack up OSHA fines for putting workers in danger at Cottage Square affordable housing project in Easthampton

Monday, August 18, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined the general contractor — which has a history of OSHA violations — and three subcontractors after finding unsafe conditions for workers renovating the former Dye Works building … 0

Springfield man to be summoned on charges related to credit-card fraud, other area police news

Monday, August 18, 2014

Amherst ∎ A 28-year-old Springfield man will be summoned to court on charges of receiving a lost credit card, committing credit-card fraud over $250 and committing credit-card fraud under $250, police said. The charges against the man resulted from a 2013 incident and subsequent investigation that detectives completed … 0

Making News: Hires, renovations, honors for local businesses

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Burke Chevrolet adds to sales staff Northampton — Ryan Brewer of Granby has joined Burke Chevrolet as a sales associate. Brewer is a native of Chicopee and has worked in automotive sales for more than 20 years. Burke … 0

Area briefs

Friday, August 15, 2014

Easthampton BOOK DONATIONS SOUGHT: Emily’s Friends of the Library is seeking donations of books in good condition for the fall book sale in September to benefit Emily Williston Memorial Library. CDs and DVDs can also be donated but not magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, VHS tapes, or books on cassette. … 0

Merchants offer advice to customers taking advantage of Massachusetts tax-free weekend

Thursday, August 14, 2014

As merchants brace themselves for crowds this tax-free weekend, some advise their customers to decide on their purchases the day before to avoid some of the hassle. “Try to picture 32 bodies” in this store, remarked Ken Adams, … 0

Area briefs

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Easthampton ‘WHEEL OF FORTUNE’ TO AIR: A collaboration among local artists, community members and Riverside Industries Inc. in May helped a young man with developmental disabilities live out his dream of playing host Pat Sajak on “Wheel of Fortune.” Riverside Industries, which works to improve the lives of … 0

Road closings in Easthampton on Friday and next week

Thursday, August 14, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The road closings resulting from the work on the intersection of Glendale and West streets and Loudville and Pomeroy Meadow roads will continue Friday and next week. According to a press release from the Police Department, Glendale Street will be closed from the intersection to South … 0

Keeping Tabs of the Arts: PaintBox Theatre’s ‘Tarzan’ and other arts happenings this week in the Valley

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Jungle story PaintBox Theatre will close its summer season with a production of “Tarzan,” under the roof inside the Grandstand at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. The classic tale that’s been adapted and directed by Tom McCabe, … 0

Bread and Puppet Theater to bring emergency performance of ‘Fire’ to Easthampton orchard in response to violence in Gaza

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Bread and Puppet Theater, known worldwide for performances that comment on political and social problems, will stage “Fire, Emergency Performance for Gaza” in an Easthampton orchard Thursday. Peter Schumann, who has directed the theater since it … 0

Permits, inspections and now, your health: Easthampton Health Department grows services to include promoting healthier lifestyle

Monday, August 11, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The city’s health department is branching out from its usual business issuing permits and doing inspections this year to focus on a new initiative promoting healthier lifestyles for residents. City Health Agent Jackie Duda said that … 0