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The Peter Pan Cafe at 46 Pleasant St., seen here on Tuesday, was seized by the Department of Revenue Nov. 18 for nonpayment of taxes.  REBECCA EVERETT

After 69 years in Easthampton, Peter Pan Café seized by state for nonpayment of taxes

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — One of Easthampton’s oldest bars, the Peter Pan Café, is closed after it was seized by the state last week for owing $58,000 in taxes. The bar at 46 Pleasant St., which opened as the Peter Pan Tavern in 1945, was locked up Tuesday and a Department of Revenue sign posted in the window said the personal property …

Area court news

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Easthampton ∎ Andrea M. Biladeau, 31, of 41 Franklin St., Apt. 4, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Monday to charges of strangulation or suffocation, assault and battery on a person who is disabled or over 60, and intimidation of a witness. According to court documents, Biladeau was arrested at 13 Johnson Ave. at 11:24 a.m. Sunday after she allegedly assaulted …

Health briefs: A listing of area programs, suppport groups

Monday, November 24, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING Falls Prevention — The Strength in Numbers six-week class on Falls Prevention, sponsored by Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, is on now available on area cable TV networks. It will be aired on Northampton Cable TV, with the following schedules starting this week, with week one: NCTV Channel 12: Monday, Wednesday, …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Mike Metzger’s collages at Cushman Market and other exhibits, performances this week in the Valley

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cut-ups in Cushman New collages by Chesterfield artist Michael Metzger will be on view through Dec. 31 at the Cushman Market & Cafe, 491 North Pine St., North Amherst. Metzger, an Emmy Award-winning TV producer, now retired, creates …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Local musicians join concert to raise awareness, funds for Epilepsy Foundation

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I didn’t know much about epilepsy; Springfield resident Mary Kelly has had no choice but to become an expert. She started having seizures at age 11, making her unable to continue to pursue her love of gymnastics. Her …

In Easthampton, pilgrimage to memorials honors veterans

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The American Legion Post 224 Tuesday carried forth with a long-standing tradition by hosting a Veterans Day awards ceremony and luncheon for veterans, and their families, friends and supporters. Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Mark Subocz, …

Area briefs

Monday, November 10, 2014

Amherst LIBRARY BRANCH CLOSED: New carpeting being installed at the North Amherst Library will require that the branch of the Jones Library be closed to the public Wednesday. The branch, which is also closed Tuesday for Veterans Day and is normally closed on Thursdays, reopens Friday at 2 …

James Ainsworth denies negligent motor vehicle homicide charges in deaths of father and daughter

Monday, November 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Family and friends of Edward D. and Brittany D. McGrath packed a Hampshire Superior Courtroom on Monday for the arraignment of the man accused in the August deaths of the father and daughter. James Walter Ainsworth, …

Area police news

Monday, November 10, 2014

Amherst ■ Ibrahima Diedhiou, 27, of 13 Arlington St., Easthampton, was arrested at 2:23 a.m. Sunday on South East Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license and operating a motor vehicle that does not meet Registry of Motor Vehicles standards. ■ Jesse Klein, …

Two motorists face charges after allegedly leaving the scene of separate accidents in Easthampton

Monday, November 10, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Police plan to summon two men to court for leaving the scene of single-vehicle accidents during the weekend. Police said they expect to charge Brian M. Alger, 28, of Westfield, with leaving the scene of an accident causing property damage and a marked lanes violation in …

Book celebrates fight for marriage equality

Sunday, November 9, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Ray Drewnowski and his fiancé Andrew Boivin of Holyoke were among the 50 or so people who attended the launch Sunday afternoon of a new book called “Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples …

Weekend prep schools: Williston stomps Tabor Academy, earns berth in NEPSAC championship bowl

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Williston Northampton football team closed its regular season with a 50-19 victory over Tabor Academy, Saturday in Easthampton. The Wildcats (7-1) earned a berth in the NEPSAC championship bowl game, where they will host ISL champion Lawrence Academy at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Johnny Aylward finished 14 for …

Weekend high schools: Hampshire shuts out Monument, reaches Division 3 semifinals

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sienna Caron and Vissi Rizos each scored in the first half as the Hampshire Regional girls soccer beat Monument Mountain, 2-0, in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinal round, Saturday in Westhampton. The second-seeded Raiders (10-2-5) earned a semifinals rematch with No. 6 Granby (14-4-2), Wednesday at …