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A stack of rail ties burns near Cabot and North Canal streets in Holyoke Tuesday.

Holyoke rail tie fire highlights hazards posed by debris along Connecticut River Line

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fire that engulfed a massive pile of discarded rail ties in downtown Holyoke this week is raising new concerns among public safety officials and area lawmakers about the hazards posed by thousands of such ties left along the newly constructed Connecticut River Line. Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials had pledged earlier this year to remove all the …

Traffic backups linger for hours on Interstate 91 southbound after garbage truck fire near Exit 17 in Holyoke

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — A garbage truck hauling cardboard caught fire near Exit 17 on Interstate 91 southbound Tuesday morning, shutting down a section of the highway and requiring firefighters to spend hours methodically extinguishing pieces of burning cargo. No injuries were reported in the incident, which led to lane closures that lasted until noon …

Relaxing rays

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Small black bear struck and killed by northbound vehicle in Interstate 91 in Holyoke

Monday, July 13, 2015

HOLYOKE — A black bear that ventured into a travel lane on Interstate 91 was struck and killed by a passing vehicle Monday afternoon. A 2002 GMC Sonoma traveling northbound and driven by a 55-year-old Turners Falls man, who was not identified, hit the small bear in the …

Alexander Ciccolo of Adams, son of a Boston police captain, accused of plotting terrorist attack at unnamed university on behalf of ISIS

Monday, July 13, 2015

A Berkshire County man who is the son of a Boston police captain allegedly planned to commit terrorist acts on behalf of the Islamic State group, according to an FBI investigation that involved several police departments in the …

Northampton, Amherst eye regional bike-share effort

Sunday, July 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With successful bike-share programs in Boston and San Francisco in mind, a planning group has launched an effort to start a similar program in Hampshire and Hampden counties. “It is really complicated and challenging, but also really exciting,” said Christopher L. Curtis, chief planner for the …

Memorial gathering Saturday to commemorate fatal B-17 crash on Mount Tom

Thursday, July 9, 2015

HOLYOKE — On the evening of July 9, 1946, a B-17 flying out of Goose Bay, Labrador, and carrying 25 servicemen on their way home after serving in World War II was preparing to land at Westover Air …

Vivian Poreda of Holyoke indicted for armed robbery of Freedom Credit Union branch in Northampton

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke woman was indicted in Hampshire Superior Court a month after she told police she robbed a Freedom Credit Union branch in Northampton with a cap gun because she fell behind on her mortgage. Vivian …

Kevin Pardee of Easthampton held on $75,000 bail for charges related to alleged kidnapping, assault of ex-girlfriend

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man accused of kidnapping and beating his ex-girlfriend over the course of a day as well as threatening her with an illegal gun was ordered held on $75,000 bail at his arraignment Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court. Kevin E. Pardee, 28, whose last known …

Clinton postpones event in Holyoke to attend South Carolina services

Sunday, June 28, 2015

HOLYOKE — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s planned fundraiser in Holyoke on Thursday has been postponed as she attends services for the victims of the June 17 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State was scheduled …

Family, friends of Edward and Brittany McGrath ask public to attend expected guilty plea, sentencing for James Ainsworth

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — James W. Ainsworth is expected to admit in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday that he was high on heroin when the SUV he was driving struck a motorcycle on Route 5 last August, killing a father …

Holyoke-based union representing laborers cites impact of job creation by proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. could represent pay dirt for unionized construction workers around western Massachusetts, say two representatives for the Holyoke-based union local representing laborers. Even though the estimated 3,000 …

North Star learning center completes move from Hadley to Sunderland

Friday, June 19, 2015

SUNDERLAND — North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens has moved to Sunderland after 13 years in Hadley following that town’s choice not to renew North Star’s lease at the Russell Street School building at the corner of Route 9 and Middle Street. “Hadley has been wonderful for us,” …