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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 …

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 …

Playoff matchups announced for high school football

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A trio of local football teams officially learned their postseason matchups on Sunday. Unlike Easthampton and Frontier Regional in Division 5, South Hadley avoided a trip to the Berkshires but must reverse its worst loss of the season. The Tigers (5-3) edged out Chicopee Comp for the No. …

Northampton girls dominate top 10 en route to PVIAC championship

Saturday, November 1, 2014

WESTFIELD — No one was going to catch Agawam’s Megan Dustin and no one knew that better than Northampton’s Mariel Lutz. Dustin left the rest of the field in her dust, but Lutz had another goal in mind. …