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Health briefs: A listing of area programs, suppport groups

Monday, November 24, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING Falls Prevention — The Strength in Numbers six-week class on Falls Prevention, sponsored by Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, is on now available on area cable TV networks. It will be aired on Northampton Cable TV, with the following schedules starting this week, with week one: NCTV Channel 12: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, 4 p.m.; …

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 …

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 …

Suspect in North Amherst fire station vandalism allegedly punches paramedic en route to hospital

Thursday, November 6, 2014

AMHERST — A 21-year-old University of Massachusetts student who police say caused extensive damage at the North Fire Station and later punched a paramedic while being taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital faces charges by both Amherst and Hadley …

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 …