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Easthampton High School student under house arrest after allegedly threatening to ‘shoot up the school’

Friday, November 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — An 18-year-old Easthampton High School student is under house arrest Friday after she was arrested Wednesday night following a police investigation into reports she threatened to “shoot up the school.” Tarryn L. LaValley, of 15 Pine Hill Road, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Friday to two counts of threatening to commit a crime (murder) and …

UPDATED: First storm of season comes in as predicted: a whopper on Thanksgiving eve

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Carla Tettah-Kpodar’s first brush with snow — in her lifetime — turned out to be an eventful one Wednesday. The Smith College first-year student, who hails from Ghana in West Africa and had only seen snow on television, maintained a cheery attitude despite having a flight to Washington out of Hartford’s …

Peter Pan Café reopens in Easthampton after agreement on tax payment reached with state

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The doors of the Peter Pan Café were unlocked at noon Wednesday and the neon Miller Lite sign in the window invited patrons back to the bar, eight days after it was shuttered by the state for nonpayment of taxes. Behind the bar, co-owner Robert LaBombard said happily that he and his partner, Sandra Wheeler, worked out an agreement with the …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, November 21, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs and sauce, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Home macaroni and cheese, carrots, spinach salad, red pepper strips, strawberry cup, pear Belchertown MONDAY: HS: Chicken nuggets, or …

Volunteer opportunities in the Valley

Friday, November 21, 2014

invasive species removal — Volunteers needed to help remove bittersweet vines at Graves Farm Sanctuary in Williamsburg Saturdays, Nov. 22 and Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the sanctuary parking lot on the south side of Adams Road to carpool to the site. Bring work gloves …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, November 21, 2014

Easthampton Emily Biegner, daughter of Michael and Christine Biegner, a senior food and nutrition major at Framingham State University, was inducted into Phi Upsilon Omicron on Nov. 3. Phi Upsilon Omicron is a national honor society in the integrated field of family and consumer services. Hadley Hopkins Academy …

Body found at Look Park believed to be that of missing man, Reed Bennett of Easthampton

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police late Friday morning located a body in a pond at Look Park that is believed to be that of Reed Bennett, the 34-year-old Easthampton man who went missing Monday night, according to the Northwestern District …

Leaders of Easthampton, Southampton police departments feud over ‘bad arrest,’ mutual aid

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Easthampton and Southampton officials recently signed a new agreement pledging to support each other’s policing efforts. But don’t expect the town’s chiefs to be sending each other roses anytime soon. In an argument that began in …

‘Self-activation’ at issue in Easthampton and Southampton dispute over mutual aid agreement

Thursday, November 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The new Western Massachusetts Mutual Aid Agreement that concerned Southampton Police Chief David G. Silvernail is one of many new regional agreements that are being established around the state. Easthampton Police Capt. Robert J. Alberti wrote the agreement based largely on those other regional agreements and …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Holiday bash at ECA+ and other arts events this week in the Valley

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Black-and-white bash The “Light Up the Arts Holiday Bash,” an evening that includes a small works show, an auction and awards announcements, will take place Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, 43 …

River walks and paddle created by the Mill Ri er Greenway Initiative

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Here are the river walks and one paddle created by the Mill River Greenway Initiative. ■ Downtown Northampton I: Paradise Pond to Old South Street ■ Downtown Northampton II: Old South Street to Hockanum Road ■ Bay State Village: Paradise Pond to the Cutlery Building ■ Florence I: …

Mill River Greenway Initiative helps protect watershed, preserve artifacts and improve ecological health

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

As rivers go, the 13.5-mile-long Mill River is relatively small, and it inconspicuously flows along often unnoticed except when it periodically floods. But this little river has some big stories to tell. The Mill River Greenway Initiative is …

District attorney’s Safe School Summit focuses on positive learning environment

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

HOLYOKE — Charles D. Appelstein does not believe there is such thing as a “bad kid.” “I think any kid who wants to do something violent really doesn’t want to do it,” said Appelstein, a youth-care specialist from Salem, New Hampshire. He said he believes that most of …