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Sara Kaplan, Taylor White and Emma Sevene protest allegations of sexual harassment at the Route 9 Diner in Hadley on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

Handful of demonstrators protest sexual harassment outside Route 9 Diner

Sunday, November 16, 2014

HADLEY — A protest against sexual harassment in the restaurant industry outside the Route 9 Diner drew only six people on Sunday afternoon. Inside, the impact of two weeks of publicity around charges posted to social media that former waitresses at the popular 24-hour restaurant were groped, trapped in a walk-in cooler and the subjects of unwelcome verbal and physical …

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 one former manager described alleged sexual harassment and even assault at the diner between 2007 …

Upcoming events at local senior centers

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP — For caregivers of seniors with dementia, Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Emotional support and information on resources. Led by Helen MacMellon, LCSW and Peg DeNault, RN. Questions or to register, call 259-3062. TRAVEL — Details available at the senior travel desk. Call 259-3060, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Younger …

Non-binding questions on political corruption, legalizing marijuana approved Tuesday

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Non-binding ballot questions on strengthening anti-corruption laws for politicians and moving toward legalizing marijuana were approved Tuesday in two local legislative districts. Question 5 in most of the Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester District represented by state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, instructed him to support legislation to “prohibit state …

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 …

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 …

Connecticut man arrested after allegedly stealing landscaping truck, trailer and equipment in Hadley

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

HADLEY — A 22-year-old Bridgeport, Connecticut, man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly stole a landscaping truck and trailer from outside a River Drive home and then led police on a chase on Interstate Route 91. Pablo Garcia Jr. was arrested near Exit 17 on Route 91 in …

Monday’s high schools: Smith Academy cruises into quarterfinals, shuts out Franklin Tech

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Smith Academy girls soccer team made a slight halftime adjustment and it powered the Falcons into the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinal round. No. 7 Smith Academy exploded for four goals in 14 minutes early in the second half to beat No. 10 Franklin Tech, 5-0, …

Two deer die after being struck by vehicles in separate Hadley incidents

Monday, November 3, 2014

HADLEY — Two deer were killed by vehicles in separate incidents Monday evening. At about 5:20 p.m., a southbound vehicle on Route 116 near the University of Massachusetts exit sustained heavy front-end damage when it struck a deer crossing the highway, said Sgt. Michael Mason. The deer was …

Amherst police shut down 10 parties, arrest three during Halloween weekend

Monday, November 3, 2014

AMHERST — A keg party with more than 200 guests on Salem Place early Sunday morning was one of 10 loud parties Amherst Police shut down during Halloween weekend. Detective Jamie Reardon said a significant number of college-age people were on the town’s streets and packed the bus …

Citing pipeline capacity, natural gas companies poised to turn away new customers in Valley

Monday, November 3, 2014

A natural gas pipeline that feeds much of the Pioneer Valley is nearly at capacity, a development that will force at least one gas company to turn away new customers in its Franklin County territory by the end of this year and extend the moratorium to Hampshire County …

Area police news

Monday, November 3, 2014

Amherst ∎ Tyler J. Anderson, 21, of Southwick, was arrested at 1:34 a.m. Sunday on Sunderland Road on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and speeding. ∎ Melvin Ace Coleman, 23, of Randolph, was …

Unwanted attention: Bloggers detail sexual harassment at Hadley Route 9 Diner; reforms pledged

Monday, November 3, 2014

HADLEY — Online essays by several former employees of the Route 9 Diner detailing ongoing sexual harassment on the job have led the popular 24-hour diner to publicly acknowledge these allegations and make a promise of reform. “We’re …