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The appetizer Holyoke restaurant Slaint created last year during the 12-Mile Meal chef challenge

‘12-Mile Meal’ battle of the chefs heats up at Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chefs from three local restaurants, including defending champion The Sierra Grill, will take part in a cooking throw-down as they battle to create three-course meals using ingredients from within a 12-mile radius of Northampton. “The 12-Mile Meal” will take place as part of the “Northampton Jazz Festival” on Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chef Tent behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton. “It fits in pretty well because jazz is an art form and so is cooking,” said the program’s director and host, Rick Gifford, in a phone interview. “The 12-Mile Meal” is an annual event that is open to the public; … 0

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Storytelling in the Orchard,’ new series in Easthampton

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

“Storytelling in the Orchard,” a new Saturday series for children made possible by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council, begins Aug. 30 with a performance by storyteller and puppeteer Gail N. Herman (pictured). Shows are at 2 and 3 p.m. in Park Hill Orchard at 82 Park St. in Easthampton. The series … 0

Area police news

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Amherst ∎ Samuel Webb, 20, of Westborough, was arrested at 11:43 p.m. Monday at Puffton Village on charges of violating the town’s noise bylaw and possession of a fake identification. Webb was arrested after officers responded to the 1040 North Pleasant St. apartment complex for shouting and loud music and he identified himself to officers with a fake Connecticut driver’s license, police said. … 0

Peabody man faces charges of drunken driving, assaulting police officer and other area police news

Monday, August 11, 2014

Amherst ∎ Corinne Marie Myers, 25, Colonial Village, Unit 198, was cited for failure to stay within marked lanes after the vehicle she was driving on Snell Street went off the road and struck a utility pole at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Myers complained of pain to her left … 0

Valley plays host to Special Olympics

Monday, August 11, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — As Special Olympian Corey Cohen waited in anticipation for his team to take over the softball diamond at Sheehan Field in Nonotuck Park Saturday morning, he didn’t hesitate when asked his favorite sport. He pointed to … 0

Web design firm owner marks a decade in business, says she likes ‘hustle and bustle’ of Easthampton

Sunday, August 10, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — In a world where information can be found at the click of a button, it’s easy to forget about the folks behind the scenes who make it that easy. Janel Jorda, 48, of Northampton is one … 1

Easthampton moves forward with plan to sell former Parsons Street School for development

Saturday, August 9, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — After considering for a year the future of the vacant former Parsons Street School, the City Council has authorized Mayor Karen L. Cadieux to sell the building to a developer while saving about half of the grounds for city-owned open space. The City Council voted unanimously … 0

Glendale Street in Easthampton to close Wednesday and Thursday

Saturday, August 9, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Police are asking motorists to avoid the Glendale Street area Wednesday and Thursday because a section of the road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Work is being done at the intersection of Glendale and West streets and Loudville and Pomeroy Meadow roads. … 1

Easthampton artists bounce back from fire with community help

Friday, August 8, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Though he said he was so upset he screamed like a child when he walked into his water-damaged studio Monday night, sculptor Joey Pesce was stoic Friday about fire damage to his work space. “The best … 0

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, August 8, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Ashfield Colin Perkins-McCraw was named to the dean’s list at Paul Smith’s College in New York for … 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