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Area police news

Monday, March 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ A man repeatedly throwing a pocket knife against a tree near the bus stop at the intersection of College Street and Boltwood Avenue at 6:27 p.m. Sunday was warned to stop because it was alarming passers-by. ∎ Staff at the CVS Pharmacy, 76 North Pleasant St., reported at 11:03 a.m. Sunday that a man entered the store, acted in an agitated manner and demanded hypodermic needles that he …

Business leaders from Hampshire and Franklin counties discuss regional economic development

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Hampshire County economy was a topic for the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce when it gathered last week to discuss regional economic development planning. The presentation on how the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is being written in preparation for an April 28 draft release by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments brought together about 100 business leaders from the region. With …

Area churches announce Holy Week, Easter services

Monday, March 30, 2015

The following is the schedule of Holy Week services in the area provided by churches that responded to a Gazette request for listings: AMHERST First Congregational Church, 165 Main St. March 29, 10:30 a.m., Palm/Passion Sunday, worship with communion April 1, 7 p.m., A service of foot washing April 2, 6 p.m., Simple supper in the dining room; 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday service …

EHS senior honored with service award

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

GOLD HONORS: An Easthampton High School senior has been honored with a national community service award. Bryan Delaney, 18, was named a gold recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a recognition granted by The Prudential Spirit of …

Wind fells tree, damaging two cars in Easthampton

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Strong winds caused a tree to fall and damage two cars on East Street Tuesday evening. A “very large” pine tree fell on two parked vehicles around 8 p.m., according to Police Sgt. Dominic Serino. No …

As drivers swerve to avoid sea of potholes, officials scramble to repair them

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At one end of Woodlawn Avenue are the Northampton High School and Cooley Dickinson Hospital. At the other are the YMCA and B’nai Israel Synagogue. In between is a sea of fragmented concrete littered with potholes. …

Easthampton Police issue arrest warrant for Springfield man on charges related to death of toy poodle in housebreak

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — More than six months after a toy poodle was killed during a daytime housebreak in Easthampton, police said they plan to bring charges against a Springfield man. Easthampton Police said an arrest warrant has been issued for a 37-year-old Springfield man on charges related to killing …

Area brief

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Easthampton PARCC DISCUSSION FOR PARENTS: There will be a meeting for parents to discuss questions and concerns about the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Public Safety Complex, 32 Payson Ave. Students in Grades 3 to …

Fatherhood Journey: A father finds lost time, and more

Monday, March 16, 2015

An hour lost, is an hour gained. So I recently experienced when daylight savings time abruptly returned. The night we set our clocks forward, I bemoaned the loss of the precious hour of sleep that my body was expecting. Then, in an act of defiance, I stayed up …

Treehouse Foundation HEROES stage performance based on foster-care experiences

Saturday, March 14, 2015

AMHERST — About a dozen young people sent their message loud and proud Friday night as they got on stage at Hampshire College to sing, dance and read poems about their experience in the foster-care system in a …

Naming the baby

Friday, March 13, 2015

HEBERT — Colson Reid, son of Tracey Jones and Nicholas Hebert of Easthampton, was born Feb. 28 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Reid and Deborah Jones of Easthampton. The paternal grandparents are Michael and Joyce Hebert of Saco, Maine and Cathy Hebert of Leeds. …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, March 13, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, pineapple cup, apple TUESDAY: Shepherd’s pie, peas, apple, sweet red pepper strips, green grapes WEDNESDAY: Hot dog, sweet potato puffs, carrot sticks, applesauce, spinach and tomato salad, banana THURSDAY: Beef burger, cheeseburger, vegetarian baked beans, carrot sticks, diced pears, orange FRIDAY: …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎  DCR Accessible Winter Recreation — The state Department of Conservation and Recreation hosts accessible winter recreation for people with disabilities, their families, and friends, Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wendell State Forest, Montague Road, Wendell. Skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, more. Free. Pre-registration required. All Out Adventures, …