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Some voters to consider stronger anti-corruption measures for politicians, legalization of marijuana

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Strengthening anti-corruption laws for politicians and taking a step toward full legalization of marijuana are public policy questions on Tuesday’s ballot in two area legislative districts. With state Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, expected to become president of the Massachusetts Senate next year, voters in the 24 communities that make up his Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester District will consider a non-binding public policy question aimed at reducing the influence of …

Wednesday’s high school and preps: Amherst girls soccer shut out Cathedral, 3-0, on senior night

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jamie Staples scored a goal and had two assists as the Amherst Regional girls soccer team enjoyed a successful senior night by beating Cathedral 3-0. Izzy Tripp and Sage DeChiara each added a goal, while senior Kailey Tobin earned an assist for the tournament-bound Hurricanes (6-9-3, 5-2-1 Central). April Weintraub and Antriese Suarez shared the shutout by making three saves apiece. Smith Academy …

Alleged ringleader of auto insurance fraud ring based in New York City denies 29 new charges in Hampshire Superior Court

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Seven people charged with involvement in an alleged car insurance fraud scheme based in New York City were in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday, including the accused ringleader who pleaded not guilty to 29 new charges. The latest multiple counts each of perjury, filing a false insurance claim, and conspiracy bring the …

Monday’s high schools: Caleb Farnham fires 89, finishes 22nd at state Division 3 tournament

Monday, October 27, 2014

A week after winning the Western Massachusetts golf championship, Caleb Farnham shot an 89 and finished 22nd in the state Division 3 tournament at Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown on Monday. The Hopkins Academy sophomore did not see the course until a nine-hole practice round on Sunday. …

WMass Field hockey: Three teams battle in Division 2; Northampton, South Hadley eye Division 1 crown

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Western Massachusetts Field Hockey Tournament brackets were released Monday, officially opening postseason play. Of the 13 western Mass. programs in Division 2, just three qualified. Two of the 13 teams — South Hadley and Mahar — qualified, …

VIDEO: Scream Season in the Valley: Growing Halloween scene now includes zombie paintball, ghost walks and more

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Valley has long boasted its fair share of pumpkin patches and corn mazes geared to families around Halloween. But a growing number of attractions is designed to appeal to older crowds. Elaborate scenes featuring storylines involving zombies, …

After fatal hayride accidents in Maine and Idaho, local purveyors say safety a priority

Monday, October 27, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Fatal accidents at hayrides in Maine and Idaho in a span of two days this month have raised questions about the safety of such seasonal attractions. On Oct. 10, an 18-year-old playing the part of a zombie was killed when he fell under the wheels of …

Area police news

Monday, October 27, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating break-ins to a residence and a restaurant, both reported about 3 p.m. Sunday. Management at Loose Goose Cafe, 1 East Pleasant St., reported an undetermined amount of money was stolen after the business was entered, apparently through a basement door. A resident at …

Business briefs

Monday, October 27, 2014

Chamber hosts security forum for merchants Easthampton — The Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce, with Florence Savings Bank and Easthampton Savings Bank, will hold a “Small Business Information Security Forum” from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at …

Easthampton Housing Authority hires third executive director in two years; Deborah Walker of Holyoke begins Monday

Sunday, October 26, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton Housing Authority will have its third executive director in the past two years when a veteran property manager takes the post on Monday. The housing authority’s board hired Deborah Walker of Holyoke earlier this …

When insurance won't cover it: Paragliding club drops in to help Easthampton woman clean her yard after it was torn up by microburst

Sunday, October 26, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Looking into the blue sky over Mount Tom on Saturday, Patricia Kusnierz gestured to the colorful paragliders approaching her yard. “Ain’t that a pretty sight,” she said. For Kusnierz, 62, the paragliders represent more than a …

Weekend prep schools: Williston football runs away from Berkshire in second half

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Williston Northampton football team trailed early, but recovered to blow out Berkshire, 46-14, Saturday in Easthampton. Williston trailed 6-0 and 14-8, but the Wildcats (5-1) pulled away with 30 second-half points. Johnny Aylward finished 13 of 22 for 216 yards and three touchdowns. Nick Garofano ran for …

Weekend high schools: Keith Dixon powers undefeated Amherst boys soccer to regular season finale

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Keith Dixon scored twice and had an assist as the Amherst Regional boys soccer team beat Chicopee, 3-1, in nonleague action at Szot Park in Chicopee Saturday night. After a scoreless first half by both teams, the Hurricanes erupted in the second half. Alex Zyskowski had the other …