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Berkshire Gas expands ban on new natural gas service to Amherst, Hadley, Hatfield and Sunderland

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Berkshire Gas Co. announced Friday it will not accept any new customers in Hampshire County, expanding an earlier moratorium on new service enacted in Franklin County last year. That raises concerns about its impact on economic development in the affected communities. Effective immediately, the utility will no longer allow any new natural gas service in Amherst, Hadley and Hatfield in Hampshire County and Sunderland in southern Franklin County. In …

Hearing on requests for Community Preservation Act money in Hatfield

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HATFIELD — The town’s largest request ever for Community Preservation Act funds is among three projects that will be discussed at a public hearing Wednesday. The projects — renovations to historic Memorial Town Hall, and restorations of the Prospect Court Bridge and gravestones in the Hill Burying Ground — total $594,000. The town’s Community Preservation Committee will hold the hearing at 6 p.m. …

Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings win first New England championship

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Greater Holyoke YMCA swim team made history and ended a dynasty this weekend at MIT. Greater Holyoke took home its program’s first New England YMCA championship en route to ending the YMCA of the North Shore’s 15-year reign. The Holyoke Y, which trains a large number of local swimmers, finished with 1,667 …

Health events: Workshops, support groups, resources

Monday, March 23, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING GENTLE MOVEMENT —and Yoga classes for Parkinson’s Disease with Donna Brooks. Improves coordination, dexterity, strength, balance, motor control and rapidity. Fun filled classes: Wednesdays: 9:30 to 10:30 emphasizes Yoga and relaxation. 11 a.m. to noon emphasizes …

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, March 20, 2015

Amherst Jonathan Park was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Emory College of Arts and Sciences, the undergraduate, liberal arts college of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Northampton Jenna Murray was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of …

Valley Views: Berry Bandit, Northampton

Friday, March 20, 2015

Berry Bandit Smith College campus, Northampton Photograph and text by Dot Barnard, North Hatfield I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a bird feeder or two or three hanging in my backyard. I love watching the …

Northampton woman files lawsuit alleging negligence at Brattleboro Retreat led to her 15-year-old daughter’s death in 2014

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt.— The mother of a 15-year-old Northampton girl who died after attempting suicide at a Brattleboro mental health treatment center has filed a lawsuit alleging the center’s “carelessness and negligence” led to the death of Laura B. …

Middleboro man arrested in Hatfield for third drunken driving offense

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Middleboro man was arrested Monday afternoon after police found him allegedly intoxicated in a running car outside a Hatfield bar. Michael Davis Lewis, 53, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court to charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (third …

As drivers swerve to avoid sea of potholes, officials scramble to repair them

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At one end of Woodlawn Avenue are the Northampton High School and Cooley Dickinson Hospital. At the other are the YMCA and B’nai Israel Synagogue. In between is a sea of fragmented concrete littered with potholes. …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, March 13, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, pineapple cup, apple TUESDAY: Shepherd’s pie, peas, apple, sweet red pepper strips, green grapes WEDNESDAY: Hot dog, sweet potato puffs, carrot sticks, applesauce, spinach and tomato salad, banana THURSDAY: Beef burger, cheeseburger, vegetarian baked beans, carrot sticks, diced pears, orange FRIDAY: …

Sarah Moomaw: Saying goodbye isn’t so tough with a bright future ahead

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The high school basketball season is coming to an end and a majority of teams have said goodbye to their seniors. Watching 1,000-point scorers and multi-year starters depart isn’t easy for coaches, underclassmen or their fans. Even for …

Bail reduced to $15,000 for Staten Island man charged with illegal gun possession in Hatfield

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge on Tuesday reduced bail to $15,000 for a New York man charged with illegal possession of firearms after a December traffic stop in Hatfield. Anthony Brundage, 37, of Staten Island, New York, has pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful possession …

Shooting woes end Hopkins Academy’s Division 4 state title run in semifinals

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WORCESTER — After guiding the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team to a Western Massachusetts title, coach Angelo Thomas hoped Tuesday night’s loss will prepare his program to win at the state level. The Golden Hawks ran into an …