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Area police news

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating an incident reported at 3:32 p.m. Tuesday in which an Amherst College student was confronted by a man on Main Street who allegedly made homophobic remarks and demanded that the student remove his T-shirt because of an image he perceived as disrespectful. When the student walked away, the man followed him toward campus continuing to make comments. Police have identified the suspect and are trying … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Same Old Blues at Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

They may call themselves Same Old Blues, but they do put their own spin on the music. Dennis Shapson, guitar; Jon Lawless, harmonica; and Alan Kurtz, washboard and bones, perform ragtime country blues with a focus on Piedmont and East Coast blues from the 1920s and ’30s. Their specialty: reinterpreting compositions by Blind … 0

New superintendent Anne McKenzie leads Hadley schools

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HADLEY — Newly hired School Superintendent Anne S. McKenzie has spent her first month on the job listening and getting to know people, which she plans to continue as the school year gets under way. “That first half of the year, I will be focused on listening to parents and student and faculty, … 0

Chinese charter school begins expansion by adding Grade 10

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HADLEY — It’s a big year for the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School. This year begins its expansion into what will be the first kindergarten through 12th grade Chinese immersion school in the country, according to school administration. Its program now serves 320 students in kindergarten through … 0

Friendly’s restaurant closes on King Street in Northampton

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What was for many people a nostalgic downtown fixture has closed its doors. The Friendly’s restaurant at 63 King St. closed Monday, according to a statement by the chain’s corporate headquarters in Wilbraham. GLG Corporation owned … 1

Valley farms show US Department of Agriculture undersecretary local food systems at work

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

HATFIELD — While walking between dump trucks brimming with potatoes during a tour of Szawlowski Potato Farms Tuesday afternoon, an undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture brought up the importance of taking care of “the 1 percent.” … 0

Hadley seeks volunteers to steer Goodwin Memorial Library building program

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

HADLEY — The Goodwin Memorial Library is seeking town residents to serve on a new committee that will oversee design plans and building improvements at the public library on Middle Street. The library’s trustees are also still accepting … 0

MAP:E. coli bacteria levels high in Connecticut, Mill rivers; Health officials warn against swimming, boating following storm

Monday, August 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The deluge of rain last Wednesday has elevated levels of E. coli bacteria at select spots on the Connecticut and Mill rivers, prompting health officials to warn people not to swim or boat there. Water samples … 0

Two men who allegedly stole copper wire and pipes arrested in Hadley

Monday, August 18, 2014

HADLEY — Two men attempting to break into a vacant house on Route 9 allegedly had stolen copper in their possession and were arrested Friday, police said. Peter A. Vogel, 24, of Springfield, and Mark A. Morin, 21, of Chicopee, were arrested at 11:22 a.m. on charges of … 0

Springfield man to be summoned on charges related to credit-card fraud, other area police news

Monday, August 18, 2014

Amherst ∎ A 28-year-old Springfield man will be summoned to court on charges of receiving a lost credit card, committing credit-card fraud over $250 and committing credit-card fraud under $250, police said. The charges against the man resulted from a 2013 incident and subsequent investigation that detectives completed … 0

B2B ID: Nanci Newton, owner of The Healing ZONE Massage in Hadley

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NAME: Nanci Newton, LMT TITLE: Owner of The Healing ZONE Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, 241 Russell St., Hadley WEBSITE: TheHealingZoneMassage.com AGE: 51 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: Co-founded The Healing ZONE in 2000 and continued on my own beginning … 0

MAP: What's happening on the Rail Trail: Construction updates, closures and alternate routes

Sunday, July 13, 2014

WORK THIS WEEK: As part of an extra work order, crews this week will remain engaged in erosion control and stream bank restoration along a section of rail trail in the vicinity of Amherst College and Amherst Farmers … 0

The horse rescuers: Westhampton fire crews invest to save horses that have fallen

Friday, August 15, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — With muscles bulging under their sleek hides, horses are pictures of strength. That’s where phrases like “horsepower” and “as healthy as a horse” came from. But even big, strong horses need a little help sometimes. In … 0