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Area charter schools accept applications for enrollment

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Area charter schools are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School in South Hadley, Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Easthampton, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley and Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke are now accepting applications and have open house events scheduled for prospective students. Admission into charter schools is chosen by a lottery. PVPA …

The Beerhunter: All-you-can-sample nights a weekly staple at Paper City Brewery

Friday, November 28, 2014

Throw down your coasters and pull up your stools — there’s a new beer column in town. You’ll be seeing The Beerhunter every month here. But who, exactly, is this wanderer of the night? Well, I could pretend to be a jaded, salt-of-the-earth connoisseur, with decades of experience taste-testing new brews. But you’d …

Key players in medical marijuana industry air implications in community forum

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Panelists at a forum on medical marijuana Wednesday discussed the various complexities of using pot medically, from the legality of growing it to finding the right dosage and knowing when it is and isn’t safe to drive. Panelist Bob Gunther of Holyoke, previously of New York City, said he did have …

Eric Suher buys building housing Diva’s Nightclub, Pleasant Street Car Wash in Northampton

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City business magnate Eric Suher has purchased the property at 480-492 Pleasant St., home of Diva’s Nightclub and Pleasant Street Car Wash, for $1.55 million from Matthew Pitoniak and Edmund Kamansky of Northampton. The multilevel building …

Mt. Tom coal plant to close in October; environmentalists celebrate

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Environmentalists are celebrating word that the Valley’s coal-fired power plant, a “dirty dozen” energy producer that received a $55 million upgrade just years ago, will close this October. But the news means the end of 28 jobs at …

Surprise theme of graduation at Holyoke Community College

Saturday, May 31, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Surprise was the theme during the 67th commencement ceremony for Holyoke Community College which was held at the MassMutual Center Saturday morning. Degrees were given to 1,078 graduates. James M. Knapp, a professor of biology at …

'Did everything go right?' Families that hired Ryder question past services

Friday, May 30, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — When Roger Beauregard’s wife Victoria died in March, he asked that she be cremated along with a pair of teddy bears that brought her comfort in her last stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Now, allegations of improper conduct lodged by the state against Ryder Funeral Home, …

Annual Treehouse Foundation conference on foster care Friday at Holyoke Community College

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Treehouse Foundation will hold its fifth annual Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America conference at Holyoke Community College from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday with speakers from around the country. The conference in the Kittredge Center, which is open to the public, will bring together people involved …

Michael Wellspeak of Westfield injured in rollover accident on Interstate 91

Monday, May 26, 2014

HOLYOKE — A 22-year-old Westfield man was injured in a rollover accident on Interstate 91 and taken to Holyoke Medical Center early Monday, according to State Police. The single-car accident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. on I-91 in Holyoke. The Northampton Fire Department responded and took Michael J. …

State task force examining opioid abuse recommends detox program in Franklin County

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Creating a detoxification program in Franklin County and reviewing eligibility rules insurers use for addiction treatment are among 36 recommendations released last week by the state panel charged with examining the epidemic of opioid abuses. Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett, who chairs the group, said the …

Four-car crash on I-91 injures 2, snarls evening commute

Thursday, May 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A four-vehicle crash on Interstate 91 northbound near Exit 17 in Holyoke caused a massive traffic backup Thursday evening, especially when combined with an earlier closure of one of two lanes near Exit 18 in Northampton …

Signs urging civility sought in Holyoke after woman allegedly punches girl at youth baseball game

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

HOLYOKE (AP) — A Holyoke city councilor is calling for signs urging civility to be placed at all youth ball fields in the city after a 22-year-old woman allegedly punched a 14-year-old girl in the face during a children’s baseball game. Police say the woman will be summoned …

Warrant issued for Joseph Worpek of Holyoke after he fails to appear in court on sexual assault charge

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police are searching for a Holyoke man after he failed to appear in Northampton District Court Thursday on a sexual assault charge. Joseph E. Worpek, 44, faces one count of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 in connection with an incident in Easthampton …