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Area police news

Monday, March 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ A man repeatedly throwing a pocket knife against a tree near the bus stop at the intersection of College Street and Boltwood Avenue at 6:27 p.m. Sunday was warned to stop because it was alarming passers-by. ∎ Staff at the CVS Pharmacy, 76 North Pleasant St., reported at 11:03 a.m. Sunday that a man entered the store, acted in an agitated manner and demanded hypodermic needles that he …

Business leaders from Hampshire and Franklin counties discuss regional economic development

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Hampshire County economy was a topic for the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce when it gathered last week to discuss regional economic development planning. The presentation on how the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is being written in preparation for an April 28 draft release by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments brought together about 100 business leaders from the region. With …

Area churches announce Holy Week, Easter services

Monday, March 30, 2015

The following is the schedule of Holy Week services in the area provided by churches that responded to a Gazette request for listings: AMHERST First Congregational Church, 165 Main St. March 29, 10:30 a.m., Palm/Passion Sunday, worship with communion April 1, 7 p.m., A service of foot washing April 2, 6 p.m., Simple supper in the dining room; 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday service …

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 …

Northampton woman files lawsuit alleging negligence at Brattleboro Retreat led to her 15-year-old daughter’s death in 2014

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt.— The mother of a 15-year-old Northampton girl who died after attempting suicide at a Brattleboro mental health treatment center has filed a lawsuit alleging the center’s “carelessness and negligence” led to the death of Laura B. …

Windsor husband and wife deny receiving stolen property taken from many homes in region

Thursday, March 19, 2015

PITTSFIELD — A Windsor husband and wife charged with warehousing items allegedly stolen by their adult sons have been freed on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty. James Tarjick Sr., 62 and his wife Nancy, 60, both pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday to seven …