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Easthampton school building project gets initial green light from state board

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — City schools are now in the running for a building project funded by the state, with one possibility being a new school that would house students in kindergarten through grade 8. The six-member Massachusetts School Building Authority in Boston Wednesday approved Easthampton along with schools in two other districts for a 270-day period of eligibility to receive state funding for a new building or renovation project. The city …

Area police news

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Amherst ∎ Anthony Calabro, 27, of Leominster, was arrested at 9:38 p.m. Tuesday on North Pleasant Street on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Easthampton ∎ Christopher O’Leary, 31, of Eastern Avenue in Northampton, was taken to the hospital at 2:06 a.m. Saturday after his pickup truck damaged a telephone pole and a mailbox near 160 Ferry St. O’Leary required several staples …

Parsons Village housing development in Easthampton accepting applications for September occupancy

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Parsons Village affordable housing development is accepting applications for 38 apartments expected to be ready to move into by September, according to a HAPHousing official. The apartment buildings on Parsons Street, expected to be complete by the middle of August, are managed by Springfield-based HAPHousing, a nonprofit developer of affordable housing. The rentals will be available for families making less …

South Hadley goes cold in 65-58 loss to Marlborough in state Division 2 semifinal

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Cam Earle stood at the free-throw line with just over two minutes remaining Tuesday in the state Division 2 semifinal against Marlborough. The Panthers had cut the Tigers’ lead down to one, but the South Hadley …

Eric Bertrand expected to remain at mental hospital after arraignment on charges related to Forbes Library arson and Whole Foods cayenne pepper attack

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The former Easthampton man accused of lighting a fire in Forbes Library and throwing cayenne pepper on shoppers at Whole Foods last July is likely to remain committed at a Worcester mental health hospital, his attorney …

Area police news

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Amherst ■ A 22-year-old Amherst woman will be summoned to court on charges of failure to stop for police and obstructing an emergency vehicle following a brief, low-speed pursuit on Belchertown Road that ended at 8:12 p.m. Monday. ■ Police investigated two assaults reported during the weekend, and …

Sports briefs: Locals shine at youth championships, spring and summer league registrations open

Monday, March 9, 2015

Local shines as Trinity College captures first NESCAC Championship The Trinity College women’s ice hockey team captured its first ever NESCAC Championship with a 3-2 overtime win against Middlebury College on Sunday. Jessie Stowell of Hadley had her shot tipped into the goal with 5 minutes, and 12 …

Peter Schoenberger of Hadley takes on rising electricity costs by creating Everyone Needs Utility Fairness

Monday, March 9, 2015

HADLEY — Pete Schoenberger was a small child during the civil rights movement, and a teenager during the Vietnam War. During both of those eras of protest, he recalls, he was too young to take a stand. But this year, the 57-year-old husband, father and homeowner said he …

Williston boys basketball wins NEPSAC Class A title over Suffield

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Williston boys basketball team won the NEPSAC Class A title 51-47 over Suffield Academy behind 15 points from Ryan Richmond on Sunday at Endicott College. Jake Ross (Northampton) added 11 points in the victory and was key in the final minute. The Wildcats (23-3) led 48-47 when …

South Hadley topples Tantasqua, wins 7th WMass Division 2 title

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMHERST — South Hadley boys basketball coach Jeff Guiel emerged from the locker room on Saturday with an unraveled tie draped around his neck. He was wearing a T-shirt that read “If not now” on the front and …

Belchertown beats Pittsfield in Division 2 girls final, wins school’s first basketball title

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMHERST — The Belchertown girls basketball team had a six-point lead with 31.5 seconds left in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament final when coach Jay Woodcock told sophomore Cara McKenzie she had made the play of the …

Hoosac ends Granby girls undefeated season in D3 final, 55-29

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — It had been 367 days since the Granby girls basketball team last lost. On Saturday, the No. 2 Rams’ 22-game win streak was snapped by top-seeded Hoosac Valley, 55-29, in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament …

In stunning turnaround, Hopkins wallops top-seeded Monson in D-4 championship

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team made a minor change to its defense at halftime. Sure, the Golden Hawks trailed top-seeded Monson by five, but their defense was working with the exception of Stephen O’Shea, who …