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From top left, Suzy Evans, Ericka Duclos and Platinum Pony owner Kristen Davis install the unicorn that will hang outside the Cottage Street night spot.

Easthampton’s Popcorn Noir becomes The Platinum Pony with new mission but same spunky attitude

Saturday, July 26, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Change has been the rule at 30-32 Cottage St. since Kristen Davis and Thomas Doherty turned the space into Popcorn Noir, a free movie theater, in October 2011. One year later, they expanded into a next door storefront and opened The Lobby at Popcorn Noir, a bar and restaurant. On Friday, the couple aims to launch the newest … 0

Saturday, July 26, 2014

NAME: Gabe Ripley TITLE: Owner, Off the Map Inc., 112 Cottage St., Easthampton WEBSITE: OfftheMapTattoo.com AGE: 39 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: Essentially 1996, officially in 2000 HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: More than 30 WHAT YOU DO: Off the Map is a tattoo parlor with several divisions and three physical locations — in … 0

Friday’s local baseball: Easthampton Savings Bank falls to PeoplesBank

Friday, July 25, 2014

PeoplesBank scored six runs with two outs in the first inning and rolled to an 11-1 win over Easthampton Savings Bank in Game 2 of their best-of-three Tri-County League semifinal series. Game 3 is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at MacKenzie Field in Holyoke. Mike Farrell struck out four and allowed seven hits in the complete-game win for PeoplesBank (22-2). Kyle Bartlett took … 0

Local talent finds offseason home on IAS lacrosse team

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The high school lacrosse season grinds along with a shifting focus as the goal changes from making the postseason to winning the championship. But for athletes wanting to play at the next level, a winning season … 0

Gazette Girls Track & Field Player of the Year: Northampton senior Lauren McGrath

Thursday, July 17, 2014

When Lauren McGrath first came out for the Northampton girls track & field team, she had no idea what she was doing. Fast forward a year and a half, and she had no idea just how much she … 0

Contractor cited for 17 workplace health violations at 15 Cottage St. mill building

Thursday, July 17, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A Connecticut contracting company that worked on the renovation of the former Dye Works building on Cottage Street was cited by the U.S. Labor Department for 17 serious workplace health violations after workers were allegedly exposed to lead and other health hazards. Maher Industries, doing business … 0

Bicyclist injured crossing street on bike path in Florence center

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton bicyclist was hospitalized Wednesday after being hit by a car on Chestnut Street Wednesday evening. Melina Mirabelli, 21, of 132 West St., was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for treatment of cuts, bruises, “dental injuries” and foot pain. Mirabelli was treated and … 0

Baseball Player of the Year: Andrew Omer of Hopkins

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Andrew Omer took the role of pitching ace for the Hopkins Academy baseball team quite literally. The senior righthander earned the win in nine of 14 victories for the Golden Hawks, including seven of nine during the regular … 0

Area police news

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Amherst  A South Prospect Street resident reported Tuesday at 8:32 p.m. that a welcome mat was stolen from outside the home, possibly by a man who had earlier been going trough a nearby Dumpster. A screen window also appeared to be tampered with, but no entry was … 0

Local baseball & softball: Caelin Mottor keeps Easthampton Metro undefeated

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Caelin Mottor used her arm and bat to ensure the Easthampton Metro Softball team remained perfect Tuesday evening. Mottor fired a 6-hitter with five strikeouts, and went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored as Easthampton (15-0) defeated Springfield 9-2 at home. Gabby Downer (two … 0

Local baseball: South Hadley Sandy Koufax wins Division B title

Monday, July 14, 2014

The South Hadley Sandy Koufax team run-ruled Ludlow for the NEYSA Division B title on Tuesday, 16-5, in five innings. The Tigers scored six runs in the first and eight in the fourth to put the game out of reach. Jarrett Sudyka had RBI triple in the first, … 0


Monday, July 14, 2014

Amherst ■ James W. Mathews, 28, of 101 Depot Road, unit 5, Leverett, was arrested Saturday at 4:23 p.m. on Main Street on a Leverett police charge of domestic assault and battery, Amherst police said. ■ Mountain View Circle residents reported a possible break-in Friday at 6:35 p.m. … 0

Gazette Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year: South Hadley’s TJ Fitzell

Monday, July 14, 2014

Whenever the South Hadley lacrosse team needed a play this past season, TJ Fitzell was typically the man to supply it. The senior midfielder led the Tigers in assists and finished two points off the team lead, while … 0