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JERREY ROBERTS
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44 overdoses in New Hampshire, prompts local officials to step up monitoring of synthetic marijuana 'smacked'

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While New Hampshire officials deal with a rash of overdoses caused by a potent type of synthetic marijuana called “Smacked,” a merchant who helps run two downtown head shops said the product is unfamiliar to him. “Today is the first time I heard of ‘Smacked’,” said Keith Hazel, who was manning the counter at Shop Therapy – The … 0

Not my neighbor: 38 mostly NYC residents indicted on 289 charges for alleged insurance scam that used fake Northampton, Easthampton, Greenfield addresses

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nine people allegedly involved in a scheme to defraud auto insurance companies of hundreds of thousands of dollars are scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Franklin Superior Court. According to a statement from the Northwestern District Attorney’s office, there are a total of 289 indictments on charges including insurance fraud, … 0

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 … 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

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Joshua Crane releases CD, ‘King Catalpa,’ at Easthampton show

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Joshua Crane and I are not sports-minded guys. But in the search for a quiet place for an interview last weekend, we ended up on a dusty bench behind home plate at an empty diamond at Northampton’s Sheldon … 0

Stars onstage: TV and movie dancers to perform at Academy of Music as part of Generation IV Dance workshop

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Generation IV Dance, a weeklong dance intensive workshop for dancers of all ages, will conclude its fifth season with performances on Aug. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Featured onstage will … 0

Contact information for Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Hitchcock Center and Earthwork Programs

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and Earthwork Programs all continue summer camps that have open slots for August. Here is contact information to learn more about these organizations and what they offer. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary 127 Combs Road, Easthampton massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/arcadia 413-584-3009 Hitchcock Center for … 0

SLIDESHOW: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Hitchcock Center, Earthwork Programs connect children and environment

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

On a hot summer day in mid-July, Rainier Jewett, 8, of Florence rose up from the underbrush in the woods of Conway covered in mud and forest debris and sporting a broad, sly smile. Then several more young … 0

Fire destroys artists’ work and equipment at Paragon Arts and Industry Building in Easthampton

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — As she stood next to a soot-covered, 5-foot-tall abstract painting Tuesday afternoon, artist Marlene Rye bemoaned the loss of her work. “This painting is worth $4,000 and it’s definitely gone,” she said. That painting and perhaps … 0

Fire damages Paragon Arts & Industry Building in Easthampton

Monday, August 4, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A small fire inside a fitness studio on the top floor of the Paragon Arts & Industry Building caused minor smoke and fire damage to the building, but more than $90,000 in artwork may have been … 1

Around Easthampton: City readies for boardwalk project, welcomes new Licensing Board member

Monday, August 4, 2014

The newest member of the Easthampton Licensing Board is a veteran volunteer in the city. Kelly Richey, 54, of 84 Highland Ave., was chairwoman of the Conservation Commission for 14 years before stepping down last fall. “I was looking for something else to do for the community and … 0

Haunted house under construction in Easthampton mill building not for children, faint of heart

Sunday, August 3, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A man in a lab coat embroidered with the name BioMedCorp greeted a Gazette reporter Thursday at a door off the lobby of the Button Building on Union Street. If you haven’t heard of BioMedCorp, that’s … 0