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Easthampton school building project gets initial green light from state board

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — City schools are now in the running for a building project funded by the state, with one possibility being a new school that would house students in kindergarten through grade 8. The six-member Massachusetts School Building Authority in Boston Wednesday approved Easthampton along with schools in two other districts for a 270-day period of eligibility to receive state funding for a new building or renovation project. The city …

Area police news

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Amherst ∎ Anthony Calabro, 27, of Leominster, was arrested at 9:38 p.m. Tuesday on North Pleasant Street on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Easthampton ∎ Christopher O’Leary, 31, of Eastern Avenue in Northampton, was taken to the hospital at 2:06 a.m. Saturday after his pickup truck damaged a telephone pole and a mailbox near 160 Ferry St. O’Leary required several staples …

Parsons Village housing development in Easthampton accepting applications for September occupancy

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Parsons Village affordable housing development is accepting applications for 38 apartments expected to be ready to move into by September, according to a HAPHousing official. The apartment buildings on Parsons Street, expected to be complete by the middle of August, are managed by Springfield-based HAPHousing, a nonprofit developer of affordable housing. The rentals will be available for families making less …

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 …

EHS senior honored with service award

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

GOLD HONORS: An Easthampton High School senior has been honored with a national community service award. Bryan Delaney, 18, was named a gold recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a recognition granted by The Prudential Spirit of …

Wind fells tree, damaging two cars in Easthampton

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Strong winds caused a tree to fall and damage two cars on East Street Tuesday evening. A “very large” pine tree fell on two parked vehicles around 8 p.m., according to Police Sgt. Dominic Serino. No …

As drivers swerve to avoid sea of potholes, officials scramble to repair them

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At one end of Woodlawn Avenue are the Northampton High School and Cooley Dickinson Hospital. At the other are the YMCA and B’nai Israel Synagogue. In between is a sea of fragmented concrete littered with potholes. …

Easthampton Police issue arrest warrant for Springfield man on charges related to death of toy poodle in housebreak

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — More than six months after a toy poodle was killed during a daytime housebreak in Easthampton, police said they plan to bring charges against a Springfield man. Easthampton Police said an arrest warrant has been issued for a 37-year-old Springfield man on charges related to killing …

Area brief

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Easthampton PARCC DISCUSSION FOR PARENTS: There will be a meeting for parents to discuss questions and concerns about the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Public Safety Complex, 32 Payson Ave. Students in Grades 3 to …

Fatherhood Journey: A father finds lost time, and more

Monday, March 16, 2015

An hour lost, is an hour gained. So I recently experienced when daylight savings time abruptly returned. The night we set our clocks forward, I bemoaned the loss of the precious hour of sleep that my body was expecting. Then, in an act of defiance, I stayed up …

Treehouse Foundation HEROES stage performance based on foster-care experiences

Saturday, March 14, 2015

AMHERST — About a dozen young people sent their message loud and proud Friday night as they got on stage at Hampshire College to sing, dance and read poems about their experience in the foster-care system in a …

Naming the baby

Friday, March 13, 2015

HEBERT — Colson Reid, son of Tracey Jones and Nicholas Hebert of Easthampton, was born Feb. 28 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Reid and Deborah Jones of Easthampton. The paternal grandparents are Michael and Joyce Hebert of Saco, Maine and Cathy Hebert of Leeds. …