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Dominic Badorini, left, runs down teammate Riley McDonald during Cal Ripken 9 practice Tuesday at LaRiviere Field in Northampton.

Northampton, Hadley aim to bring home Cal Ripken New England Regional championships

Friday, August 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While the rest of the 2014 baseball season has come to an end in western Massachusetts, the Hadley 11-and-under and Northampton 9-and-under Cal Ripken teams will each look to bring home their first New England Regional Tournament title this weekend. In its ninth year of existence, the Northampton program achieved unprecedented success, sending each of its four age … 0

Luck and skill: A deadly combo

Friday, August 1, 2014

There are plays in bridge that have to be seen to be believed, and here is one of them. Correctly or not, South got to seven no-trump as shown, and West led the nine of hearts. Declarer took East’s queen with the ace and, with only 12 tricks in view, had to hope … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, August 1, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for showtimes; websites and phone numbers are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Begin Again (R) Boyhood (R) The French Connection (R) Obvious Child (R) The Sound of Music (G) Wish I Was Here (R) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, … 0

Gazette Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year: South Hadley’s TJ Fitzell

Monday, July 14, 2014

Whenever the South Hadley lacrosse team needed a play this past season, TJ Fitzell was typically the man to supply it. The senior midfielder led the Tigers in assists and finished two points off the team lead, while … 0

Hadley names police chief search committee, police experience abounds

Monday, July 14, 2014

HADLEY — The town’s police chief search committee has no shortage of law enforcement experience, as three current or former police chiefs have been named to the nine-member panel. Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone, Ralph J. “Buddy” Gould Jr., who is chief of police for Mount Holyoke, Smith … 0

Weekend baseball/softball: Northampton advances to Sandy Koufax final

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Northampton Sandy Koufax baseball team remained undefeated with a 2-0 win over Frontier in the semifinals of the New England Youth Sports Association Division A playoffs at home on Sunday. Jordan Washburn earned the win for top-seeded Hamp (21-0), striking out six while holding Frontier to two … 0

Brooklyn woman arrested for allegedly using counterfeit $100s in Holyoke also suspected in Hadley counterfeit case

Sunday, July 13, 2014

HADLEY — Police say a Brooklyn, New York, woman arrested for using counterfeit money in Holyoke on Saturday may also have used counterfeit $100 bills at Best Buy in Hadley’s Hampshire Mall earlier that night. Holyoke Police Lt. … 0

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

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Work this week: Crews are completing work from South Maple Street in Hadley to Route 116 in Amherst in preparation for opening up this approximately 2-mile stretch of trail in the next few weeks. When this section opens, … 0

Cody Cleveland, John Ferrara combine on no-hitter for Northampton

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cody Cleveland and John Ferrara combined on a 5-inning no-hitter for the Northampton Mickey Mantle team in a 19-0 mercy-shortened road victory over Frontier. Cleveland started and struck out two in two innings. Ferrara fanned three over the last three frames. Ferrara led a 17-hit attack for Hamp … 0

Assaulted with pepper: Easthampton man arrested Friday at Whole Foods in Hadley for allegedly attacking shoppers with cayenne pepper

Friday, July 11, 2014

HADLEY — Several shoppers at Whole Foods Friday night were allegedly assaulted with cayenne pepper thrown at them by an Easthampton man. Eric Bertrand, 59, was arrested on seven counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (cayenne pepper, shod foot), assault and battery and disorderly conduct, … 0

Gazette Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year: South Hadley’s Meghan Ginley

Friday, July 11, 2014

In 2013, South Hadley’s Meghan Ginley established herself as the top girls lacrosse player in Hampshire County and one of the best in western Massachusetts. This season she absolutely cemented that spot with an even better senior campaign. … 0

Becker Bridge: The Guess That Went to School

Friday, July 11, 2014

Guessing situations arise quite often, but a player is expected to guess right most of the time. There is nothing extraordinary about being right more often than not; it is largely a matter of approaching each problem, as … 0

Thursday’s American Legion recaps: Easthampton slips past Northampton Post 28

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Justin Edinger enjoyed a perfect night at the plate and scored a pair of runs to lead the Easthampton American Legion baseball team to a 4-1 home victory over Northampton King & Cushman Post 28 Thursday evening. The catcher went 3 for 3 with two stolen bases. Nick … 0