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Around Easthampton: American Legion women’s auxiliary seeks members, holiday events, parenting talk

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The women’s auxiliary of the American Legion Dalton Lavallee Post 224 is seeking increased community involvement in its charitable efforts to aid veterans and their families. The auxiliary is a group of women with family members who served in the armed forces. “We support and help veterans, their families, their children with a lot of different programs,” said Denise Isernhagen, president of the auxiliary. “We can always use fresh ideas. We invite the community to come forward.” The 50 or so women who make up the auxiliary meet monthly to plan things large and small in service to veterans. Last year, for example, they donated $500 to a local veteran’s family during the …

Thanksgiving football: Northampton, Easthampton starting new tradition

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The 36-14 defeat Easthampton suffered against Northampton last November still resonates with the Eagles ahead of Thursday’s Thanksgiving matchup. “We got destroyed last year by them, so we want to make a better comeback than we did,” Easthampton senior Hunter Leveille said. “(We’re) acting like it’s the championship game. We want to win …

Jose Alicea of Easthampton pleads guilty to attempted robbery, awaits sentencing

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 31-year-old Easthampton man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court to attempting to rob an elderly clerk at a convenience store in that city last year. Sentencing was delayed while the Probation Department develops more information for a judge. Judge Bertha D. Josephson requested a presentencing report for Jose F. Alicea with recommendations about what probation conditions would be set …

Local briefs: Northampton wins WMass Fall Baseball League championship

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Northampton wins fall baseball championship Northampton won the Western Massachusetts High School Fall Baseball League Varsity Division championship last month. Northampton finished 8-1 in the regular season and went 3-0 in the playoffs, beating East Longmeadow, Springfield and Holyoke. Hamp beat Holyoke 6-5 in eight innings for its …

Wednesday’s prep schools: Williston field hockey rallies to beat Deerfield

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Williston Northampton field hockey team overcame a two-goal deficit to beat host Deerfield, 3-2 in overtime, Wednesday. Trailing 2-0, Lauren Helm scored from Delaney Belinskas to put the Wildcats on the board. Belinskas then scored from Caroline Channell to tie the game. In overtime, Alexis Ryan tipped …

Environmental news briefs

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

IN THE NEWS Litter gatherers honored as ‘Heroes of the Ocean’ BOSTON — Volunteers who remove plastic bags, bottles and other litter from Massachusetts’ beaches are being honored this week as “Heroes of the Ocean.” The environmentalist group Women Working for Oceans and the Massachusetts Sierra Club, in …

Massachusetts releases PARCC exam data by school district

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As the state determines what to do about standardized testing, data released Tuesday offers a look at how individual school districts performed on the spring 2015 PARCC exam. Overall, students in grades 3 through 8 who took the PARCC math and English exams last spring were …

Franklin Hampshire Career Center job fair supports veterans seeking employment

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Veterans in search of jobs got an exclusive chance Tuesday to speak with over 30 employers in health care, customer service and other industries at a job fair at the Franklin Hampshire Career Center. The fair’s …

Area police news

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Amherst • Police are investigating a scam in which a resident at Colonial Village, 81 Belchertown Road, reported getting a call at 2:07 p.m. Monday from a person claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service. Several similar reports have been received recently by Amherst and other area police …

Business briefs

Monday, November 9, 2015

BankESB partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters EASTHAMPTON — BankESB will hold an information session at 241 Northampton St. at 5 p.m. Nov. 18 for people who want to learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters. The agency …

Easthampton takes first step at creating 8 new liquor licenses

Sunday, November 8, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The city could soon see new bars and restaurants after the City Council last week took the first step in making eight new liquor licenses available for the taking. Now officials will petition the state Legislature to act to create the additional licenses, which are referred …

WMass girls soccer: Granby, Gateway advance to semifinals; 4 local teams knocked out in quarters

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Granby girls soccer team walked off its home field for the final time Sunday with its unbeaten record still intact after a 4-0 victory over Athol in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinals. Summer Molin scored twice, while the top-seeded Rams (17-0-2) were the beneficiaries of …

Weekend prep schools: Williston football rolls on senior night

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Ian Ostberg threw four touchdown passes and ran for another in the first half alone as the Williston Northampton football team romped over Pomfret 48-16 on senior night Saturday in Easthampton. The junior signal caller from Florence tossed scores of 51 and 39 yards to Michael Dereus, then …