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Easthampton school building project gets initial green light from state board

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — City schools are now in the running for a building project funded by the state, with one possibility being a new school that would house students in kindergarten through grade 8. The six-member Massachusetts School Building Authority in Boston Wednesday approved Easthampton along with schools in two other districts for a 270-day period of eligibility to receive state funding for a new building or renovation project. The city …

Area police news

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Amherst ∎ Anthony Calabro, 27, of Leominster, was arrested at 9:38 p.m. Tuesday on North Pleasant Street on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Easthampton ∎ Christopher O’Leary, 31, of Eastern Avenue in Northampton, was taken to the hospital at 2:06 a.m. Saturday after his pickup truck damaged a telephone pole and a mailbox near 160 Ferry St. O’Leary required several staples …

Parsons Village housing development in Easthampton accepting applications for September occupancy

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Parsons Village affordable housing development is accepting applications for 38 apartments expected to be ready to move into by September, according to a HAPHousing official. The apartment buildings on Parsons Street, expected to be complete by the middle of August, are managed by Springfield-based HAPHousing, a nonprofit developer of affordable housing. The rentals will be available for families making less …

Pride on parade at chilly Holyoke St. Patrick’s celebration

Sunday, March 22, 2015

HOLYOKE — Nicole Ruszala, a senior at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, came to the 64th Annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade as part of the Northampton contingent to show the world how awesome her school is. While …

Richard Boyle of Autumn Management sells Valley Apartments in Easthampton for $7.25 million

Friday, March 20, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Valley Apartments complex on Route 10 owned by Autumn Management has been sold for $7.25 million, according to David Ryan, the real estate agent who handled the sale. The 104-unit complex was purchased by Kuber Krupa LLC, owned by Easthampton businessman Naresh Patel, in a …

Holyoke hosts 64th annual St. Patrick’s Parade on Sunday

Friday, March 20, 2015

HOLYOKE — Irish spirit in the Valley will be on display when the 64th annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Sunday. “We’re trying to put everything together so that it is basically a parade for everyone. It’s a family event,” said Jacqueline Reardon of …

Easthampton School Superintendent Nancy Follansbee proposes $17.9 million school budget with no layoffs

Friday, March 20, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Superintendent Nancy Follansbee is proposing a $17.9 million school budget for next year that she said includes no layoffs and would allow for the same level of services as this year. “The budget we proposed allows us to keep all the programs and services that we …

Experts say melting snow in the Valley unlikely to contribute to flood risk

Friday, March 20, 2015

Despite the record snowfall this winter in some parts of the state, experts are not expecting any increased risk of flooding in the Pioneer Valley. “The spring flood threat for the Connecticut River is normal,” Nicole Belk, a hydrologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton said in …

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, March 20, 2015

Amherst Jonathan Park was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Emory College of Arts and Sciences, the undergraduate, liberal arts college of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Northampton Jenna Murray was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of …

Beerhunter: Tips for touring the craft beer brewery

Friday, March 20, 2015

Up in Vermont there’s a glow-in-the-dark circus party at the end of the world. Neon streamers and Mardi Gras beads hang all over the place. Colorful string lights set the room aglow. Some visitors hunker down at the …

Valley communities set to receive share of $30 million in state money to repair potholes

Thursday, March 19, 2015

After frigid temperatures and record snowfall have left roads across the state in shambles, communities are set to get a slice of a $30 million aid package announced Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker. Money from the Winter Recovery …

Area police news

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Amherst ∎ Todd R. Matthews, 54, who lists his address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 4:58 p.m. Wednesday on Main Street on two warrants. Easthampton ∎ Ryan J. Turner, 23, of Chester, was arrested at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at 38 Spring St. on a warrant. …

Judge reverses dismissal of larceny charges against Nancy Whitley; trial now possible

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Thursday reversed her earlier dismissal of larceny charges against Nancy B. Whitley in connection with the failed Paradise One condominium project in Easthampton. That means Whitley, 57, of Northampton, may be …