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A truck bed filled with shingles and furring strips in the driveway of Ron and Alice Thibault's Easthampton home on Monday was testament to a volunteer job by Easthampton police officers to get the house ready for some new siding. The officers' effort was one way of thanking her for her many kindnesses over the last ten years, including bringing them water and baked goods on their daily shifts.

Armed with hammers and work boots, Easthampton police officers help ‘adoptive mother’ with home project

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — For the last decade, city resident Alice Thibault has hand-delivered refreshments to police officers working traffic details twice a day. And on Monday, the department’s “adoptive mother” got a very big thank you from Easthampton’s finest. Thibault and her husband, Ron Thibault, had been planning to install new siding on their Taft Avenue home. But when they heard …

Live band in Amherst warned of town’s noise bylaw — and other area police news

Monday, August 31, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police twice responded to 15 Sunrise Ave. for a reported live band playing in the basement. At 11:28 p.m. Saturday, police warned the band members to stop the music and advised the tenants to send their 40 to 50 guests home for the night. At 12:57 a.m. Sunday, loud music was heard coming from the home, where the band had resumed …

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 …

UPDATED: Water main break closes Holyoke Street in Easthampton

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A water main break on Holyoke Street at about noon Wednesday forced officials to close the road and left about 50 homes without water, according to Department of Public Works Director Joseph I Pipcynski. The road was re-opened by Thursday morning. Traffic on Holyoke Street — …

Hilltown Charter Public School continues to grow into new building in Easthampton

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will see more teachers and a larger enrollment this year as the school community looks forward to their second year at their new location in Easthampton. “This year we will be fully staffed in the 7th and 8th grades,” Administrative …

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 …