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Johnathon Holmes,13, and his mother Joann Holmes play UNO at their home in Belchertown Monday night.

Belchertown mother continues to fight for autistic son’s release from jail after alleged attempt to kill her

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Hands raised, with his mother’s blood staining his clothes, arms and feet, Zachary Holmes emerged from his Belchertown home in the dark. That night, Sept. 3, 2015, the 21-year-old man — described by his family as autistic and developmentally delayed — told police that he was ready to go to jail, according to court records. The kitchen knife …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Watercolor landscapes “New England Landscapes,” an exhibit by Ashfield painter Walter Cudnohufsky, will be on view through April 30 in the second-floor waiting-area gallery at 22 Atwood Drive in Northampton. Cudnohufsky paints seasonal, New England landscapes, in watercolor. He shows work locally and regionally. For information, visit www.cudnohufsky.com. Crazy quilt “Keeping Busy: Five …

Music review: The Miró Quartet Plays Beethoven

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Miró Quartet made a welcome return to Music in Deerfield Sunday, after an absence of several years. The performance, before a large and enthusiastic audience, was in Smith College’s Sage Hall in Northampton. The program was devoted to Beethoven’s Opus 59, the three quartets dedicated to (and no doubt paid for by) Count Andrey Razumovsky, the Russian ambassador to Vienna, the capital …

Thrills and chills: Northampton readies for 6th annual ‘Ice Art Festival’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

It got off to a slow start, but winter’s finally here, just in time for the 6th annual “Northampton Ice Art Festival.” On Friday, experienced and neophyte ice sculptors will spend the day decorating the streets in the …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The buzz: ‘Local Honey’ to celebrate bands with gala affair

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I’m here for the handoff. Pacing the pavement on a cold night at the corner of King and Bridge. I feel like I should peek out from under the brim of a smart fedora and toss a spent …

City man wins snow-sculpting competition in Colorado

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dave Rothstein of Northampton recently used 20 tons of snow to educate the public about ocean pollution — and he won first place in a snow-sculpting contest while doing it. Rothstein was a member of Team USA/VT, one …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown at the Iron Horse

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Formed in London in 1966 and repeatedly dying and being reborn over the next five decades, the blues band Savoy Brown faltered in its native England when the British blues boom faded in the early ’70s. But it …

Jury convicts Patrick Durocher of raping UMass Amherst student on lawn outside Campus Center in 2013

Friday, February 5, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Sharp exhales and cries broke the silence of the courtroom Friday afternoon as a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student was found guilty of raping and assaulting a female classmate on the lawn outside the Campus …

Ware man sentenced to 2½ years in jail after admitting to sexually assaulting 5-year-old girl

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A Ware man pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday to sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl. Wayne S. Allen, 60, admitted in court that he assaulted the child and attempted to keep her from reporting the incident to anyone, according to court documents. In a …

Naila Moreira: Plastic bag ban in Northampton ‘necessary, but not sufficient’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A friend of mine recently forgot his reusable bags when he dropped in at Stop & Shop. To make matters worse, he’d also forgotten about Northampton’s new plastic bag ban, which started Jan. 1. Then the …

On the beam

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Kayla Henry hits for career-high 29 as Belchertown beats Minnechaug

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kayla Henry scored a career-high 29 points as the Belchertown girls basketball team held off Minnechaug for a 56-51 win in Wilbraham Tuesday night. The Orioles (11-3) held the lead throughout but had to fight off the Falcons (5-10) down the stretch. Cara McKenzie (six points) added 10 …

Local political activists assess wins by Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump in NH

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Patty Healey, a member of National Nurses United, was up in New Hampshire all day Tuesday, but she did not get to stick around to see the results. “All I did was work,” she said. That …