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Michele Gay, mother of Sandy Hook shooting victim, speaks to Williston faculty and staff about school safety

Thursday, September 3, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Michele Gay stood in front of more than 200 faculty and staff at the Williston Northampton School on Thursday and recounted step by step what she can remember from the day her youngest daughter, Josephine, was killed when a shooter entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. “I share this really difficult sequence of events with you not to scare you, not to give you nightmares, but because I believe that every one of those children and teachers we lost that day ... they left us in a very important position, a position that I believe we have to honor,” Gay told …

Area police news

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Amherst ∎ Michael Gerald Cote, 45, of 138 Sunderland Road, was arrested on a warrant at 9:42 p.m. Wednesday on East Pleasant Street. ∎ Zackery E. Holland-O’Neill, 25, and Natasha Sarah Stern, 26, both of 1 Stadler St., Apartment 8, Belchertown, were arrested about 1 p.m. Wednesday in Belchertown on charges of larceny from a person. Police allege that they took money from …

Nomination papers for elected office in Easthampton due Sept. 15; two contested races possible in Nov. 3 election

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — With less than two weeks left before nomination papers for elected office are due, the possibility is shaping up for voters to decide at least two contested races on the ballot in November. Seventeen people have taken out papers for to run for seats on the city council or school committee, and Mayor Karen L. Cadieux has taken out papers to …

Dog bites man in front of Easthampton business and other police news

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Scott R. Plogger, 44, of 499 Burts Pit Road in Florence, was arrested after a motor vehicle stop on Florence Road Wednesday at 11:23 p.m. on charges of marked lanes violation and a third offense of operating under the influence of liquor. ∎ Police received a …

Man rides bike into CVS in Amherst

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Amherst ∎ An officer observed a man riding a bicycle through the parking lot at the CVS Pharmacy, 165 University Drive, and then into the store through the main entrance at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday. No one inside the store was injured, though some customers were frightened and upset …

Easthampton’s official zoning map to be digitized, updated after property owners’ input

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Residents and landowners helped clarify inconsistencies in Easthampton’s 20-year-old official zoning map at a public hearing Tuesday in an effort to aid the Planning Department in its quest to update the document in digital form. Though …

‘I broke my daughter’s leg;’ Southampton mom and area doctors warn against riding the slide with your toddler

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sarah Osetek of Southampton and her then-18-month-old daughter, Raelyn, were at the playground one day three years ago when they decided to go down the spiral slide — as they had many times before — with Raelyn secure …

Art in the Orchard — the particulars

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

“Art in the Orchard” will be on view through October 31 at the Park Hill Orchard, 83 Park Hill Road in Easthampton (parkhillorchard.com). Other participating local artists include Sally Curcio of Northampton; Pat Bennett, Laura Reinhard, both of Florence; and Susan Halls, Matt Evald Johnson, Fletcher Smith and …

‘Art in the Orchard’: Exhibitors cultivate unusual setting

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

It started in 2011 as a kind of experiment: Put some art amid the trees and pastures of a working orchard and see what happens. From that modest beginning, Easthampton’s “Art in the Orchard” exhibit has gained a …

Detour scheduled for westbound traffic on Holyoke Street in Easthampton Wednesday morning

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Westbound traffic on the section of Route 141 known as Holyoke Street will be detoured Wednesday morning. Motorists heading into Easthampton from Mountain Road will be rerouted to East and Clark streets while crews complete road work. The eastbound lane of Holyoke Street heading toward Mountain …

BRIEFS: Granby High School coach Tom Burke to replace Florence Bank CEO John Heaps Jr. as chairman of WMass Sports Commission

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday that Tom Burke will serve as chairman of the Western Massachusetts Sports Commission. Burke replaces John F. Heaps Jr., president and CEO of Florence Bank, who served a two-year …

Easthampton’s new digital map may affect property rights, public hearing set for Tuesday

Sunday, August 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Because recent updates to the city’s zoning map may have impacts on property rights, residents are being invited to offer input on the proposed changes at a public hearing on Tuesday before the document becomes official. The hearing is set for 6 p.m. at the Municipal …

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 …