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Mayor Karen L. Cadieux at the swearing in ceremony last week in Easthampton. See story, Page 3.
New year, new mayor

Easthampton City Council to vote on $5,000 increase in mayor’s pay

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton City Council plans to vote Wednesday after a public hearing on a proposed $5,000 increase in the mayor’s salary that would take effect in 2016. The mayor currently earns $70,000 per year, according to City Clerk Barbara LaBombard. If approved, the 7.14 percent increase to $75,000 would start in January 2016, after the first term of …

Tuesday’s high schools: Northampton holds off Sabis in girls basketball opener

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The only returning starter for the Northampton girls basketball team joined a pair of newcomers in helping lead the Blue Devils to a season-opening 55-47 home victory over Sabis Tuesday night. Charlotte Maurer began her senior season with 14 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and five assists for Hamp (1-0). Lauraine Joensen just missed a double-double in her debut, scoring nine points with …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Amherst opens season with sweep of Central

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Amherst Regional boys and girls swimming & diving team each opened their season with solid victories at Central Tuesday afternoon. The Hurricane boys earned a 96-84 win and the girls dominated 108-65 in the coaching debut of Evan Maczka. Calvin Lin, Marc Klepacki, Samson Braun and Hunter Carkhuff each won two events for the boys (1-0). Luca Brashear took first in the …

Friday’s high school swimming: Northampton’s Johnny Williams sets pool, school record in 100 fly

Friday, December 12, 2014

Junior Johnny Williams wasted little time getting acquainted with the Northampton swimming and diving record book. Williams broke the pool and school record in the 100-yard butterfly Friday as the Blue Devils beat Holyoke Catholic, 105-18, in both teams’ season opener at JFK Middle School. Williams’ time broke …

Friday’s high schools: Holyoke Catholic drops opener to Lenox in overtime

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Holyoke Catholic girls basketball team dropped its season opener, falling 42-41 in overtime to Lenox on the road Friday night. The Millionaires used a 3-pointer with six seconds left to force overtime, then made their free throws down the stretch to win. Danielle Easton had 16 points, …

CORRECTED: Chloe Rombach released from Baystate Medical Center after being struck by car in Northampton; unclear where

Friday, December 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Chloe Rombach, the 22-year-old Northampton woman struck by a car while crossing Bridge Street earlier this week, was released from Baystate Medical Center in Springfield on Friday, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Rombach was struck by a car driven by Kenzie Kimble-Badgett, 18, of 8 Button …

Second annual ‘Whobalation’ to take over Pulaski Park in Easthampton on Sunday

Friday, December 12, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton’s second annual celebration of the legend that the city inspired Whoville in the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is returning to Pulaski Park on Sunday. The “Whobalation” will feature music, singing, hot chocolate and “holiday cheer,” according to its Facebook event page. …

school lunch menus

Friday, December 12, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, steamed carrots, pineapple cup, fresh apple TUESDAY: Twin chicken soft tacos, black beans, fresh apple, romaine lettuce, sliced peaches, sweet red pepper strips WEDNESDAY: Hot dog, sweet potato puffs, applesauce, spinach and tomato salad, banana THURSDAY: Roast turkey breast with gravy, peas, …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, December 12, 2014

northampton first night — Volunteers needed to help out with Northampton First Night — celebrate and participate at the same time. Log on to www.firstnightnorthampton.org and click on the “volunteer” tab. Or call 584-7327 Smith College Botanic Garden — Volunteers needed to provide tours for K-12 classes; staff …

Area police news

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Amherst ■ Police issued a $300 ticket for violating the town’s noise bylaw to a Crestview Apartments resident playing loud music at 1001 North Pleasant St. at 1:48 p.m. Thursday. Police said the man was issued a warning about the loud music and screaming at 10:57 a.m., but …

Easthampton Savings Bank announces plan to acquire Citizens National Bank

Thursday, December 11, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton Savings Bank announced Thursday that it plans to merge with a small Connecticut bank. Under the agreement, which needs regulatory approval, the bank’s parent company, ESB Bancorp, will acquire Citizens National Bancorp, the holding company for the Citizens National Bank, in a transaction valued at …

Ruptured gas main causes brief evacuation of 1 Cottage Street in Easthampton

Thursday, December 11, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — About 200 people, including artists and clients of Riverside Industries at 1 Cottage St. in Easthampton, were forced out into the cold Thursday morning as emergency workers attended to a broken gas main. The evacuation started about 9:20 a.m. when an excavator working on the construction …

Valley Gives 24-hour fundraiser brings in $2.66M for nonprofits in three counties

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In its third year, Valley Gives Day brought more than $2.6 million to nonprofit organizations in Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties with around 14,000 donors. “I’m absolutely exhausted. It has been a long exciting day,” said Valle Dwight, …