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LARRY PARNASS
Grace Barrett-Snyder works on a project to adapt the mobile game Two Dots.

Hack@Smith takes on gender imbalance in software field; weekend of computing projects kicks off

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A little after noon Saturday, Smith College senior Melissa Chenok pulled a photo up on her laptop, that of sinister “Harry Potter” character Draco Malfoy. Then she fetched another: celebrity Kim Kardashian, sporting blonde tresses. The resemblance? Striking, actually. But the pressing question for Chenok was this: Could these two familiar faces be phone app gold? Chenok was …

Inside the funeral industry: Northampton man’s ashes reclaimed from common grave

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When city native Paul W. Swift died in March 2009, his ashes were held in safe-keeping by the former Pease and Gay Funeral Home on Prospect Street. According to one family member, they were to be interred along with his wife’s in a Northampton cemetery when she died. Six years after …

State agricultural commissioner John Lebeaux makes first official Pioneer Valley appearance

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Though the number might seem small, newly-appointed state agricultural commissioner John Lebeaux said a recent 1 percent increase in the number of farms in the Valley is a “trend in the right direction.” In his first official swing through the region as agricultural chief, Lebeaux spent Friday night with about 100 …

Friday’s colleges: Amherst native Michael Hixon places second on 3-meter at NCAA Division 1 championships

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst native Michael Hixon just missed defending his 3-meter springboard championship Friday. The Indiana sophomore placed second in the event with 492.40 points and earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, held at University of Iowa. Miami’s Samuel Dorman won with 529.10. …

Area police news

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst ∎ Four men were arrested on a charge of violating the town’s noise bylaw after officers responded to and cleared out a loud party with about 100 guests at 240 Northampton Road at 12:44 a.m. Friday. Police identified them as Thomas Colby Brunton, 21, of Springfield; David …

Eric Poulin, charged with offering sexual conduct for a fee in Easthampton salon, has case continued without a finding for one year

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The South Hadley man charged with offering a $300 sexual massage to an undercover police in an Easthampton hair salon will have his case dismissed after a year if he stays out of trouble with the law during that time. Eric P. Poulin, 43, of 10 …

Former employee Thomas Pascucci files lawsuit alleging that ex-funeral director William Ryder owes him back wages

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An employee of the former Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that ex-funeral director William W. Ryder failed to pay him $61,548 in earnings during his final three years on the job. Thomas A. Pascucci of Northampton was a licensed funeral …

Building Bridges Initiative lunches give veterans a place to be heard

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Peter Rogers, 71, of Amherst sat at one of the round tables in the banquet hall of the World War II club on Conz Street this week, thumging the peace symbol pinned onto his Vietnam Veteran …

Northampton High School InventTeam designs special oar for rowers with disabilities

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was 17 years ago when Jim Brooks became disabled due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Then, nine years ago, a chance encounter in a grocery store introduced the former multi-sport athlete to the world of …

Florence man charged with trying to pry quarters from washing machines to buy Chinese food

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested a Florence man at a laundry Thursday night after he allegedly tried to break into washing machines to get quarters to buy himself some Chinese food. John Homer Darada, 44, 3 North Main St., was arrested at 7:51 p.m. on charges of vandalizing property …

Northampton Police arrest woman on drunken driving charge hours after she declines sober transport

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police tried to arrange rides for inebriated patrons at Club Diva early Friday morning, but an East Longmeadow woman who told officers she would not drive her vehicle was arrested two hours later after she did just that, police allege. Northampton Police arrested Julie Kristen Rybacki, …

Jury fails to reach verdict after deliberating for five hours in alleged UMass gang-rape case

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury deciding whether a Pittsfield man took part in the gang-rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst freshman deliberated for five hours Friday afternoon without reaching a verdict. Court was adjourned at …

A shot in the dark as officers train

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON The city’s police force spent three days this week taking part in specialized firearms training with Blue Line Corp. of Sudbury. The program was held at the Massachusetts State Police barracks on North King Street in Northampton …