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New Northampton and Easthampton firefighters among state academy graduates

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New recruits from the Easthampton and Northampton fire departments were among those who graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Friday. David J. Nalewanski of the Easthampton Fire Department and Nicholas J. Demetrion of the Northampton Fire Department and 22 others from across the state completed the 45-day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program. The course is designed to give new firefighters basic skills for the job, including fire control, education, hazardous …

Timothy Lipski denies charges related to two alleged armed robberies in Easthampton and Northampton

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Easthampton man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Friday to two counts of armed, masked robbery and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with two alleged robberies of stores in Easthampton and Northampton in 2013. By agreement of the attorneys, Timothy W. Lipski, 28, was held on $10,000 bail. Bail was set without prejudice, …

Road rage incident spawns two separate accidents in Easthampton Friday night

Friday, August 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Two accidents involving three cars on Route 10 in Easthampton Friday night likely started from a single incident of road rage in Southampton, police said. It all began when one car turned on to Route 10 in Southampton from the parking lot of Puza’s Pure Food Market before 6:15 p.m. Friday night as another car was heading north on the road. …

Lathrop Community eyes expansion of Easthampton, Northampton campuses

Friday, August 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Lathrop Community Inc. is in the planning stage of what will likely be a $26 million expansion of its Northampton and Easthampton campuses over the next quarter century. The nonprofit senior living group, now in its …

Wedding: Katie Szpila & Jon Kelley

Friday, August 21, 2015

Katie Szpila of Easthampton and Jon Kelley of Florence were married June 27 at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Easthampton by Father John Gawienowski. The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Kathy Szpila of Easthampton. …

Valley Views: Scarlet Tanager

Friday, August 21, 2015

Scarlet Tanager Coombs Road, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley I have recently enjoyed watching and photographing the many birds visiting the mulberry tree in the parking lot of Arcadia Wildlife …

Upcoming events at area senior centers

Friday, August 21, 2015

Seminar on scammers set for September A free seminar aimed at protecting senior citizens from scams and other financial crimes will be held Sept. 11 at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan and the …

Ann Fisher of Northampton, accused of posing as nurse to steal drugs and personal items from elderly people, indicted in Hampshire Superior Court

Thursday, August 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence woman accused of posing as a nurse to steal drugs and personal items from elderly residents of the Lathrop Communities in Easthampton in 2014 has been indicted in Hampshire Superior Court on 17 charges. Ann Fisher, 30, of 324 Acrebrook Drive, faces three counts …

I-91 exit 20 in Northampton to reopen next week

Thursday, August 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Exit 20 on Interstate 91 in Northampton is set to reopen by the end of next week, according to the state Department of Transportation. The southbound exit, which drops travelers onto North King Street near the intersection with Damon and Bridge roads, was closed in June …

Woman taken to hospital following Park Street crash in Easthampton that downed utility pole

Thursday, August 20, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A woman was taken to the hospital after a rollover crash that closed Park Street for more than six hours Thursday. Easthampton police officer Chad Alexander said a woman was driving north on Park Street at …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend …

UPDATED: Water main break closes Holyoke Street in Easthampton

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A water main break on Holyoke Street at about noon Wednesday forced officials to close the road and left about 50 homes without water, according to Department of Public Works Director Joseph I Pipcynski. The road was re-opened by Thursday morning. Traffic on Holyoke Street — …

Hilltown Charter Public School continues to grow into new building in Easthampton

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will see more teachers and a larger enrollment this year as the school community looks forward to their second year at their new location in Easthampton. “This year we will be fully staffed in the 7th and 8th grades,” Administrative …