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Get Growing: Beauty bursts out at Smith and Mount Holyoke this weekend

Friday, March 6, 2015

The annual Spring Bulb Show extravaganzas open this weekend at Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges. The greenhouses will be bursting with daffodils, tulips, snowdrops and crocuses. Hyacinths will perfume the air along with the good honest smell of dirt. This year, these annual rites of spring come when all of us, green thumbs and black thumbs alike, especially yearn for …

Northampton approves stiffer penalties for failing to clear snow, ice from sidewalks

Friday, March 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council unanimously gave initial approval Thursday night to a new ordinance that requires property owners to remove snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours or face increasing fines that can reach $250 per day if they fail to comply. The ordinance still requires a second and final vote before it is officially on the city’s books and the …

After gun threat on Plain Street, Easthampton man taken to hospital for mental evaluation; nobody hurt

Thursday, March 5, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Police detained a distraught Plain Street resident Thursday afternoon after he threatened to kill himself and anyone who tried to enter his house at 12 Plain St. Nobody was hurt in the incident, according to Police Chief Bruce McMahon, who was outside the home shortly after 2 p.m., after the man …

South Hadley books trip to WMass Division 2 finals with 62-50 win over Pittsfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — The South Hadley boys basketball team couldn’t contain itself following its Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament semifinal against Pittsfield. The Tigers’ locker room went from a room full of teenagers to a collection of preschoolers singing …

Northampton City Councilor Paul Spector issues warning about great horned owl spotted on Massasoit Street

Thursday, March 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Ward 2 City Councilor Paul Spector is warning residents about a great horned owl he spotted recently on Massasoit Street, saying they should take caution with small pets. “It is not normally seen in the daylight and it is enormous,” Spector said while making a one-minute …

Bruce Bennett of Leeds held on $50,000 bail for charges related to theft of jewelry, other items worth nearly $10,000

Thursday, March 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Leeds man denied burglary charges in Hampshire Superior Court on Wednesday during his 105th arraignment on “larceny-type offenses,” according to court records. Bruce V. Bennett, 62, of 421 North Main St., Apt. 6, was ordered held on $50,000 bail after he pleaded not guilty to …

Area police news

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Amherst ∎ Jonathan Ortiz, 30, of 346 North Pleasant St., Unit 2, was arrested at 10:52 p.m. Wednesday on North Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and making a right turn on red where prohibited. Northampton ∎ Sarah P. Ahern, 42, …

Area briefs

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Amherst ABSENTEE BALLOTS: The town clerk’s office in Town Hall has absentee ballots for the March 31 town election. Applications for absentee ballots must be made in writing and include the voter’s name, address, precinct, contact information and signature. Those who have a religious belief, will be out …

Former employees André and Devon Boulay take ownership of downtown icon A2Z Science & Learning

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Florence resident André Boulay remembers trips to Northampton when he was around 7 from his Blandford home — they invariably involved stops at a place he adored, A2Z Science & Learning Store in Thornes Marketplace. Extra …

Northampton City Council expected to protect 34 acres of open space, consider new fines for snow and ice removal

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council is expected to finalize protection of approximately 34 acres of open space across the city when it meets Thursday. It also plans to take initial votes on several ordinances, including one pertaining to snow and ice removal from city sidewalks. After initial approval …

State to review Northampton school programs for special education, English language learners

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City schools will be reviewed by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the areas of special education, English language learners, and civil rights. Such evaluations, called Coordinated Program Reviews, are conducted routinely every six years by the department to satisfy state and federal …

Condemned Northampton spas unlicensed, fined by state as police probe into alleged criminal conduct continues

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two spas condemned by local health officials for unsanitary conditions last week were not licensed to operate in Massachusetts and have been issued $1,000 fines, according to the state Division of Professional Licensure. One of those …

Granby breaks through to finals, beats Athol 54-43 in Division 3 semis

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Senior Meghan Sullivan and the Granby girls basketball team played at the Curry Hicks Cage the past two seasons, but walked off the floor each time with a sectional semifinal loss. Facing an Athol team with …