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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 …

Easthampton White Brook Middle School teachers and principal work to boost school morale; new administrators welcomed

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — There will be a splash of color — with a literary theme — at White Brook Middle School this fall. A group of teachers and Principal Meredith Balise came together over the summer with the intent …

Easthampton Mobil station clerk and alleged accomplice arrested; accused of staging gunpoint robbery

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Easthampton police say Friday’s gunpoint robbery of the F.L. Roberts Mobil Station in Easthampton was an inside job staged by a Northampton couple they arrested Tuesday. Police allege that Craig Lewis, 19, walked into the gas …

A ‘new approach’ to teaching computer science: Get rid of the computer

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HOLYOKE — This fall, a dozen area high schools will take a new approach to computer classes — sometimes by ditching the computer. While much of the Exploring Computer Science program does in fact feature computer work, the …

Fresh coat

Monday, August 17, 2015

Wallet with nearly $600 inside returned to rightful owner — and other area police news

Monday, August 17, 2015

Amherst ∎ A person who found a wallet containing $592 on South Pleasant Street turned it over to police at 5:27 p.m. Sunday. The wallet, which appeared to be intact, was later returned to its owner. Easthampton ∎ Angel L. Carrasquillo, 48, of 3 Sutton Place, was arrested …

Wedding: Katie Szpila & Jon Kelley

Monday, August 17, 2015

Katie Szpila of Easthampton and Jon Kelley of Florence were married June 27, 2015 at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Easthampton by Father John Gawienowski. The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Kathy Szpila of …

Area business news

Sunday, August 16, 2015

UMassFive names Moore new manager HADLEY — UMassFive has named Cait Moore the new manager of member outreach. Moore will be responsible for member development and maintaining positive relationships with the credit union’s sponsor groups, who make up …

Easthampton police probe gunpoint robbery at Northampton Street gas station

Saturday, August 15, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Police are investigating a gunpoint robbery of a Northampton Street gas station Friday night. The suspect, who wore an orange bandana covering his face and pointed a gun at a clerk, made off with cash and …

Food-truck festival in Northampton canceled after earlier postponement

Friday, August 14, 2015

UPDATE: The Northampton Survival Center benefit referenced in the story below has been moved to Sunday, Aug. 19. NORTHAMPTON — An inaugural food-truck festival expected to draw nearly 3,000 people to the Three-County Fairgrounds this weekend has been …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ “Ride Like an Animal” Motorcycle Ride and Poker Run — The Foundation for TJO Animals hosts 7th annual benefit ride Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning and ending at the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption …