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With pennies, nickels, quarters, Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund launches 82nd year

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Susan Lavallee’s kindergarten class at the R.K. Finn Ryan Road School has already started raising money for the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund. So far, the class has raised 50 cents. Someone found two quarters on the floor, but no one claimed them, so Lavallee decided it was time to put out the special jar to collect for the 82nd season of the Gazette-sponsored toy fund. Last year, …

Update: Snow sacks Thanksgiving Day high school football schedule

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Day meals will taste a little different this year. Inclement weather postponed five high school football games on Thursday. The games will be played either Friday or Saturday with turkey day leftovers for post-game feasts. The Battle of the Bridge between Northampton and Amherst will be played Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at …

Businesses invited to briefings in Hadley, Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A statewide industrial group and local chambers of commerce have scheduled by-invitation-only meetings Tuesday in Hadley and Greenfield to brief businesses about the project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Associated Industries of Massachusetts is the co-sponsor of the “business community energy briefing” sessions. The meeting in Hadley was organized with the Greater Northampton and Amherst Area chambers of commerce, but Dawn …

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 …

Friday’s high schools: Hopkins Academy holds off Gateway in Division 4 boys soccer quarterfinals

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Hopkins Academy boys soccer ran into Gateway Regional for the second straight year in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament. And much like last season, the Golden Hawks held on for a one-goal win. The second-seeded Golden Hawks jumped out to a three-goal lead and held on …

With push from younger officers, police departments are signing up for Facebook, Twitter

Friday, November 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police Chief Russell P. Sienkiewicz said he was skeptical when several younger officers approached him months ago with an idea of starting a Facebook page and Twitter account for the department. “I’ve seen other departments have …

To protect and serve, and post appropriately: Police Departments remind officers to post carefully on social media

Friday, November 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Most area police officials interviewed this week said social media policies and guidelines have helped them put the technology to good use. But some departments discovered unexpected land mines — and then took steps to address the pitfalls. Two local police departments recently took action when …