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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 …

Bomb threat, suspicious mail force evacuations at Easthampton and South Hadley high schools

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — A suspicious piece of mail and a bomb threat forced evacuations at two area high schools Tuesday. After investigating, emergency responders were able to clear both South Hadley High School and Easthampton High School of …

Threat written on bathroom wall leads to Easthampton High School evacuation

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A threat written on a bathroom wall led to an evacuation at Easthampton High School around late Tuesday morning. Students and staff were told to leave the building around 11:40 a.m. and were allowed to return …

Around Easthampton: Superintendent hosts school information show; distracted driving lessons at high school; healthy eating theater

Monday, November 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A new show premiering on Easthampton Media Tuesday night will give residents an inside look at programs in the city schools. “News and Views with Nancy Follansbee” is hosted by Superintendent Nancy Follansbee and will be shown on cable channels 191 and 193 at 7 p.m. …

Health events: Area support groups, resources and more

Monday, November 16, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ MISCELLANEOUS DEBTORS ANONYMOUS — Area groups for those dealing with credit card debt, overspending or underearning. Meetings are Saturdays at 8 a.m. at the Holyoke Medical Center. For more information go to www.danewengland.org or call 617-728-1426. UNDEREARNERS ANONYMOUS …

Talking to teens: Easthampton therapist John Brelsford advises parents on helping kids change behavior without arguing with them

Monday, November 16, 2015

John Brelsford, a licensed mental health counselor with a private practice in Easthampton, specializes in a kind of therapy called Motivational Interviewing, which he says can be helpful to parents and caregivers of teens who are seeking ways …

Area police news

Monday, November 16, 2015

Amherst • Police kept the peace between two guests at the Craig’s Place homeless shelter, 434 North Pleasant St., who were arguing over $10 that one owed the other at 8:09 p.m. Monday. • A car struck a pedestrian at 5:53 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of North …

Val Nelson of Northampton offers life and career coaching geared toward introverts

Monday, November 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In the often extrovert-centered business world, quieter people sometimes lose their sense of self. Business and life coach Val Nelson aims to help introverts follow their hearts as a way to ensure career success and work-life …

Weekend preps: Williston football falls to Berkshire School, 42-20, in season finale

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Williston Northampton football team saw its six-game win streak and season come to an end Saturday as the Berkshire School won 42-20 in Sheffield. The Bears (6-2) advanced to the Mike Atkins New England Championship Bowl where they will face Kingswood-Oxford. The Wildcats, who would have advanced …

Pioneer Valley residents and colleges react to terrorist attacks in Paris

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Shock, horror, anger — local residents had plenty of emotional responses to the attacks by terrorists in Paris on Friday night. But those who had some connection to people in France said they were heartened to learn that …

Easthampton football thumps Pathfinder in final home game

Saturday, November 14, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — An old Tri-County rivalry couldn’t revive itself Saturday afternoon, as the Easthampton High School football team breezed past Pathfinder 42-10 in non-playoff action at White Brook Middle School. It was the final home game for 12 seniors for the Eagles (7-3), who finish their season at …