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Shoppers on Main Street in downtown Northampton on Friday.

Black Friday relatively low key at Valley shopping destinations

Friday, November 28, 2014

HADLEY — Michele Wojtowicz found the deal she was looking for at the Hampshire Mall on Black Friday: a $150 jacket at J.C. Penney, which she bought for her niece for $29.99. But she didn’t have to trample or claw her way to the front of lines to get the bargain. She and her husband Bob were shopping in the …

State Rep. Ellen Story joins protest in support of workers outside Hadley Wal-Mart

Friday, November 28, 2014

HADLEY — Not everyone who showed up at the Wal-Mart at the Mountain Farms Mall in Hadley on Black Friday was there to shop. About 100 protesters associated with a group called “Western Mass. Jobs with Justice” mounted an hour-long demonstration, accusing the retail giant of paying its workers such low wages that …

Three Springfield women locked out of car arrested in Hadley after alleged shoplifting spree

Friday, November 28, 2014

HADLEY — Hadley Police arrested three women early Friday morning after finding them locked out of their car at the Mountain Farms Mall with a backpack and car filled with $2,760.46 worth of goods which police allege were taken from stores in Hadley and Holyoke during the early morning hours. Arrested about 6:40 …

Hadley Police K-9 Officer Douglas Costa and partner Nomar certified in narcotics detection

Friday, November 14, 2014

HADLEY — The Police Department’s year-old K-9 unit expanded its skill set with four weeks of training in narcotics detection. K-9 Officer Douglas Costa and his police dog partner, Nomar, finished the training last week and are now …

Some current waitstaff at Route 9 Diner in Hadley oppose protest, say sexual harassment no longer problem

Friday, November 14, 2014

HADLEY — Sophie Marciano, 18, says she has never been sexually harassed in her 2½ years working as a waitress at the Route 9 Diner in Hadley. But in the last few weeks, since 10 former waitresses and …

school lunch menus

Friday, November 14, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, pineapple cups, fresh apple TUESDAY: Twin chicken soft tacos, black beans, fresh apple, romaine lettuce, sliced peaches, sweet red pepper strips WEDNESDAY: Hot dog, sweet potato puffs, carrot sticks, applesauce, spinach and tomato salad, banana THURSDAY: Roast turkey breast with gravy, …

Former Route 9 Diner waitress Marie Billiel gratified by ‘enormous public outcry’ after blog post about sexual harassment

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

HADLEY — The former waitress who blogged about enduring over five years of sexual harassment and abuse at the Route 9 Diner said Tuesday that she was surprised and gratified by the “enormous public outcry” generated by her …

Country Nissan auto workers strike in Hadley, prompting police response

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

HADLEY — A labor dispute at Country Nissan on Route 9 got testy and reportedly physical as a group of auto technicians and car detailers hit the picket line Wednesday. Hadley police were called in by the dealership’s …

What2Watch4: Week 11 high school football previews

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Amherst Regional at Putnam Thursday, at Springfield Central, 7 The Hurricanes (1-8) will look to build off Brandon Rivera’s monster performance (14 carries, 186 yards, four touchdowns) when they try to take down the Beavers (2-7), who have …

Hopkins shuts out Lenox, reaches fourth straight WMass final

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Evan Delaney and the other senior members of the Hopkins Academy boys soccer team drew inspiration Tuesday night from the team’s last loss in a sectional tournament. The seniors were freshmen in 2011, when Lenox beat …

Hadley Select Board to hear presentation on levee, flood protection system

Monday, November 10, 2014

HADLEY — An engineering firm will present a report on the town dike at Wednesday’s Select Board meeting. The highly technical report on the town’s earthen levee and flood protection system is the first phase of a long-range review of the system. It was conducted by AMEC, an …

Weekend high schools: Hampshire shuts out Monument, reaches Division 3 semifinals

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sienna Caron and Vissi Rizos each scored in the first half as the Hampshire Regional girls soccer beat Monument Mountain, 2-0, in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinal round, Saturday in Westhampton. The second-seeded Raiders (10-2-5) earned a semifinals rematch with No. 6 Granby (14-4-2), Wednesday at …

Hampshire Regional finishes third at WMass, punches ticket to girls cross country state meet

Saturday, November 8, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The Hampshire Regional girls cross country team kept its season alive with a third-place finish in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Championships at Northfield Recreation Center on Saturday. “We really thought we had a pretty good …