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Habitual offender Bruce Bennett sentenced to more prison time for break-ins in Florence and Easthampton

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 63-year-old man who has been in and out of prison for many years received a seven-year prison sentence Monday after pleading guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to breaking into homes in Florence and Easthampton. As part of an agreed-upon plea deal, Bruce V. Bennett, 63, whose last address was 421 North Main St., Apt. 6, pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking and entering in the daytime …

Small Business Saturday draws shoppers to local, independent retailers

Saturday, November 28, 2015

’Twas the Saturday after Thanksgiving, when all through the streets, throngs flocked to small stores, seeking unique holiday treats. Dampened somewhat by drizzly skies, shoppers explored Northampton, Amherst and Easthampton on the day after Black Friday, many purposefully avoiding the mall on a day meant to promote independent retailers. Introduced by American Express …

Valley Views: Empty, Full Moon

Friday, November 27, 2015

Empty, Full Moon Park Hill Orchards, Easthampton Bob Solosko, Easthampton On the night of the very bright full moon Oct. 27, my wife, Jean, and I went to Art in the Orchard on Park Hill Road in Easthampton to photograph some of the sculptures by moonlight. While I was photographing another sculpture, Jean …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, November 20, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, oven baked fries, romaine salad with tomato, veggie dippers, applesauce, banana TUESDAY: Chicken fajita, brown rice, romaine with tomato, carrot sticks, black beans, peach cup, orange Belchertown MONDAY: HS: BBQ rib sandwich, oven fries or sweet and sour chicken, fried rice, carrots, broccoli, applesauce; …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, November 20, 2015

Amherst Brendan O’Connor and Zachary Tobin, both students at Union College in Schenectady, New York, will travel during the college’s holiday break. O’Connor, a member of the class of 2018 majoring in physics, will travel to Cuba, studying the history, politics and culture through a series of lectures …

Friday, November 20, 2015

Aaron and James Tarjick Jr. indicted on more than 100 new charges related to larcenies, burglaries

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two brothers from Berkshire County were indicted Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court on a total of more than 100 new charges related to alleged larcenies and burglaries in Hampshire County in recent years. A grand jury …

Wednesday’s prep schools: Williston advances to NEPSAC field hockey semifinal round

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Williston Northampton field hockey team advanced to the NEPSAC Tournament semifinal round with a 4-2 win over Hopkins, Wednesday in Easthampton. Delaney Belinskas scored twice, while Alexis Ryan and Meg Szawlowski (Leeds) each had one in the win. Szawlowski added one assist for Williston, which will play …

Area police news

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Easthampton • Craig A. Iannoli, 31, of 54 Everett St., was arrested at his home at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday on charges of assault and battery on a family or household member, assault with a dangerous weapon, threatening to commit a crime (arson), intimidating a witness and threatening to …

School officials determine suspect in Easthampton High School bomb threat

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Officials have determined that a student was responsible for scrawling a bomb threat in an Easthampton High School bathroom that resulted in the school being evacuated Tuesday. “We have learned who the perpetrator was and now …

Crossing paths: Easthampton students host French students through first exchange program

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — When Jennifer Atwater hosted an exchange student from France at her Easthampton home last month, one of the most exciting trips they took was to the West Springfield Costco. “She had never had any sort of …

State education board approves new hybrid test

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts students will soon be facing a new standardized test after the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to combine elements of the existing MCAS test with another test aligned with Common Core state …

Easthampton Planning Board delays amended permit to Fort Hill Brewery to consider parking lot details

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Planning Board on Tuesday delayed for a second time modifying Fort Hill Brewery’s special permit to allow the board to consider whether its parking lot is in compliance with city laws. Brewery owner Eric Berzins asked the board in October to amend Fort Hill’s original …