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JERREY ROBERTS
Mike April, left, of Amherst, takes his 50th birthday cake from his brother-in-law, David Ryan, as his sister, Cheryl Ryan and Peter Jessop look on Saturday at a Habitat for Humanity building site at 246 East Street in Easthampton. April and his family celebrated his birthday by volunteering to work at the site. Jessop is the site manager.

Mike April of Amherst celebrates 50th by helping building Easthampton Habitat for Humanity home

Saturday, March 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — As his big “5-0” birthday approached, Mike April of Amherst said he wanted to do something a little different to celebrate. In planning his party, he kept in mind things he considers important: family and giving back to community. That’s why he decided to gather a dozen of his friends and family to help continue Pioneer Valley Habitat …

Area police news

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst ∎ Four men were arrested on a charge of violating the town’s noise bylaw after officers responded to and cleared out a loud party with about 100 guests at 240 Northampton Road at 12:44 a.m. Friday. Police identified them as Thomas Colby Brunton, 21, of Springfield; David Hernandez, 20, of Hyde Park; John Christopher Neil, 20, of Longmeadow; and Andrew Michael Pettengill, …

Eric Poulin, charged with offering sexual conduct for a fee in Easthampton salon, has case continued without a finding for one year

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The South Hadley man charged with offering a $300 sexual massage to an undercover police in an Easthampton hair salon will have his case dismissed after a year if he stays out of trouble with the law during that time. Eric P. Poulin, 43, of 10 Ingram St., who was charged in February with offering sexual conduct for a fee, admitted …

Easthampton school building project gets initial green light from state board

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — City schools are now in the running for a building project funded by the state, with one possibility being a new school that would house students in kindergarten through grade 8. The six-member Massachusetts School Building Authority in Boston Wednesday approved Easthampton along with schools in …

Area police news

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Amherst ∎ Anthony Calabro, 27, of Leominster, was arrested at 9:38 p.m. Tuesday on North Pleasant Street on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Easthampton ∎ Christopher O’Leary, 31, of Eastern Avenue in Northampton, was taken to the hospital at 2:06 a.m. Saturday after his pickup truck …

Parsons Village housing development in Easthampton accepting applications for September occupancy

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Parsons Village affordable housing development is accepting applications for 38 apartments expected to be ready to move into by September, according to a HAPHousing official. The apartment buildings on Parsons Street, expected to be complete by the middle of August, are managed by Springfield-based HAPHousing, …

Easthampton schools approve budget with no layoffs

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Taking what officials believe to be a necessary step to balance school funds, the School Committee approved a $17.9 million budget for the next year with no layoffs and no additional programs or services. “Before we build them, we have to keep them,” said School Committee …

Around Easthampton: Healthy eating class at Congregational Church, ECA+ seeks participants, mayor announces coffee hours

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — City pediatrician Dr. Nora E. Hanke will host a seven-week cooking and nutritional class at the Easthampton Congregational Church. A study by Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton identified Easthampton as a community with high rates of chronic diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes, that can be …

Area police news

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Amherst ∎ A 2004 Polaris snowmobile valued at $3,000 parked on the front lawn of the Alpha Tau Gamma fraternity, 118 Sunset Ave., was reported stolen at 10:42 a.m. Monday. The residents told police the snowmobile was likely taken sometime during spring break. Easthampton ∎ Police were called …

Family time with fine art: Smith College courts the next generation of museumgoers

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The exhibit “Mary Bauermeister: The New York Decade” at the Smith College Museum of Art focuses on the “lens boxes” that the German avant garde artist created in the 1960s. “Her work was shaped by experimentation and the …

Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings win first New England championship

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Greater Holyoke YMCA swim team made history and ended a dynasty this weekend at MIT. Greater Holyoke took home its program’s first New England YMCA championship en route to ending the YMCA of the North Shore’s 15-year …

Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton overhauled in celebration of 50th year

Monday, March 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — With its last winner crowned just four months ago, Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton’s chairwoman Jennifer Lawton said there are monumental changes afoot during the scholarship program’s 50th anniversary show Sunday. In addition to moving …

Sen. Donald Humason Jr. and Rep. John Scibak among legislators seeking end to regulation changing consumers’ electricity rates

Monday, March 23, 2015

After receiving numerous phone calls from baffled energy customers, state Sen. Donald F. Humason Jr., R-Westfield, and eight of his colleagues are urging the state to end a regulation that requires energy suppliers to retroactively change consumers’ rates …