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Easthampton High School teacher Nancy Dunn, left, chats with some of her summer Health and Physical Education class students just before they began a project to install plantings of mountain laurel, gem rhododendron and spirea in an area of Daley Park formerly known as "smokers' corner".

Drug awareness, with focus on smoking, gets big push in Easthampton schools

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Officials in Easthampton are making a strong effort to get illegal drugs out of the hands of minors — starting by converting a former “smokers’ corner” by the high school into a garden. The addition comes after a change in the student handbook that no longer allows smoking on the parcel of Nonotuck Park bordering the school parking … 0

Long-awaited new digs boost excitement for Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School’s opening day

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — When the new school year begins, the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will officially open the doors of its new building at 1 Industrial Parkway in Easthampton. “It’s thrilling to be here in the new school,” said Dan Klatz, the education coordinator. “There is a lot to do to get everything … 0

MAP:E. coli bacteria levels high in Connecticut, Mill rivers; Health officials warn against swimming, boating following storm

Monday, August 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The deluge of rain last Wednesday has elevated levels of E. coli bacteria at select spots on the Connecticut and Mill rivers, prompting health officials to warn people not to swim or boat there. Water samples taken Thursday in Northampton at a Connecticut River boat dock, in the Elwell Recreation Area … 0

Marissa Saldasz of Easthampton faces drunken driving charge after head-on collision on Calvin Coolidge Bridge

Monday, August 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 23-year-old Easthampton woman faces a drunken driving charge after a head-on collision on the Calvin Coolidge Bridge early Monday. Northampton Police said Marissa Saldasz of Pleasant Street will be summoned to court on charges of … 0

Peabody man faces charges of drunken driving, assaulting police officer and other area police news

Monday, August 11, 2014

Amherst ∎ Corinne Marie Myers, 25, Colonial Village, Unit 198, was cited for failure to stay within marked lanes after the vehicle she was driving on Snell Street went off the road and struck a utility pole at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Myers complained of pain to her left … 0

Valley plays host to Special Olympics

Monday, August 11, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — As Special Olympian Corey Cohen waited in anticipation for his team to take over the softball diamond at Sheehan Field in Nonotuck Park Saturday morning, he didn’t hesitate when asked his favorite sport. He pointed to … 0

Web design firm owner marks a decade in business, says she likes ‘hustle and bustle’ of Easthampton

Sunday, August 10, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — In a world where information can be found at the click of a button, it’s easy to forget about the folks behind the scenes who make it that easy. Janel Jorda, 48, of Northampton is one … 1

Easthampton moves forward with plan to sell former Parsons Street School for development

Saturday, August 9, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — After considering for a year the future of the vacant former Parsons Street School, the City Council has authorized Mayor Karen L. Cadieux to sell the building to a developer while saving about half of the grounds for city-owned open space. The City Council voted unanimously … 0

Glendale Street in Easthampton to close Wednesday and Thursday

Saturday, August 9, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Police are asking motorists to avoid the Glendale Street area Wednesday and Thursday because a section of the road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Work is being done at the intersection of Glendale and West streets and Loudville and Pomeroy Meadow roads. … 1

Easthampton artists bounce back from fire with community help

Friday, August 8, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Though he said he was so upset he screamed like a child when he walked into his water-damaged studio Monday night, sculptor Joey Pesce was stoic Friday about fire damage to his work space. “The best … 0

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, August 8, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Ashfield Colin Perkins-McCraw was named to the dean’s list at Paul Smith’s College in New York for … 0

Special Olympics fans out in Valley fields and parks

Thursday, August 7, 2014

It’s going to be an action-packed weekend in the Valley. This Saturday and Sunday, the 31st annual Special Olympics Massachusetts Competitions will be taking over the western part of the state, from fishing in the Quabbin to cycling on the campus of the University of Massachusetts. Hundreds of … 0

Area police news

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Amherst ∎ An intoxicated man causing a commotion on a PVTA bus was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton after suffering a head injury while leaving the bus at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The man, who was not identified by police, was being removed from the … 0