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44 overdoses in New Hampshire, prompts local officials to step up monitoring of synthetic marijuana 'smacked'

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While New Hampshire officials deal with a rash of overdoses caused by a potent type of synthetic marijuana called “Smacked,” a merchant who helps run two downtown head shops said the product is unfamiliar to him. “Today is the first time I heard of ‘Smacked’,” said Keith Hazel, who was manning the counter at Shop Therapy – The … 0

Not my neighbor: 38 mostly NYC residents indicted on 289 charges for alleged insurance scam that used fake Northampton, Easthampton, Greenfield addresses

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nine people allegedly involved in a scheme to defraud auto insurance companies of hundreds of thousands of dollars are scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Franklin Superior Court. According to a statement from the Northwestern District Attorney’s office, there are a total of 289 indictments on charges including insurance fraud, … 0

Drug awareness, with focus on smoking, gets big push in Easthampton schools

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Officials in Easthampton are making a strong effort to get illegal drugs out of the hands of minors — starting by converting a former “smokers’ corner” by the high school into a garden. The addition comes after a change in the student handbook that no longer allows smoking on the parcel … 0

Card holders’ information continues to be stolen; all mum on local businesses affected by suspected data breach

Sunday, August 3, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — City resident Elizabeth Hildebrandt said she has had her debit card information stolen twice, once at the end of May and again at the end of June, after shopping at stores in Easthampton. It has been … 3

Local briefs: youth programs, golf tournaments, road races

Friday, August 1, 2014

Youth programs available at Hamp Recreation Registrations are now being accepted for the Northampton Recreation Department’s field hockey program. This competitive program has a Senior team (seventh and eighth grade) and a Junior team (fifth and sixth). The program begins mid-August and runs until November. Games are mostly … 0

Area briefs

Friday, August 1, 2014

Amherst ROAD WORK: Pine Street is the latest Amherst road where a resurfacing project is commencing. Lane Construction is expected to be at the North Amherst road lowering road structures for the next several weekdays, starting at 7 a.m. Driveways will be accessible, though delays are expected for … 0

Glendale Street Easthampton to close Wednesday and Thursday for intersection work

Friday, August 1, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The Police Department is asking drivers to avoid part of Glendale Street if possible Wednesday and Thursday as a small section of the street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The closure is due to the ongoing work to reconstruct the intersection of … 0

Margaret Shepard & Stephen Orszulak

Friday, August 1, 2014

Kevin and Donna Shepard, of Easthampton, and Paul and Colleen Orszulak, of Ware, announce the engagement of their children, Margaret Shepard and Stephen Orszulak, both of South Hadley. Margaret is a teacher in the Ware public school system. … 0

Metro softball: Easthampton falls in championship

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

To get a shot at the Metro League Championship, the Easthampton Eliminators first had to win the conclusion of a suspended semifinal game Tuesday night. A 5-3 win over Chicopee sent them to the finals, but their season … 0

Slam Dunk

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

At the end of the high school basketball season, the Easthampton girls team pulled a fast one on coach Jay Fortier. The four Eagle seniors, with the help of their teammates, classmates and Fortier’s family, turned senior night … 1


Monday, July 28, 2014

Amherst  A New Hampshire man was arrested and charged with a number of crimes early Sunday morning, including assault and battery on a police officer, after he allegedly was found sleeping on the porch of Amherst Laser and Skin Care on North Pleasant Street. Police said they … 0

'I committed no fireable offense' Unclear why Easthampton mayor's assistant Susan Giza, who surpassed 50 candidates for job, let go after 6 months

Monday, July 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Six months after Mayor Karen L. Cadieux hired Susan Giza to be her administrative assistant, Giza is no longer on the job and says she was dismissed without cause. Giza, 61, of 7 Meadowbrook Drive, held … 3

Weekend round: South Hadley, Frontier Mantle; Easthampton Metro advance in tournies

Monday, July 28, 2014

A wild weekend of Mickey Mantle Tournament action concluded with three teams still in the running for the championship. Along with top seed Deerfield are No. 4 South Hadley (16-8) and darkhorse No. 8 Frontier (8-15). The final game on Sunday was postponed due to the morning rain. … 0