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Three hurdles to success

Friday, August 22, 2014

Assume you reach three notrump on the bidding shown and West leads the seven of spades. East covers dummy’s ten with the queen, and the question is how to proceed from here. Clearly, your best move at this point is to duck East’s queen. If you won the trick, you would subject yourself to the danger that West might later gain the lead and return a spade through dummy’s J-5. After you duck the queen, East shifts to the deuce of diamonds. You don your thinking cap again and then put up the king. Granting the possibility that East might have the A-Q of diamonds, … 0

Coming Up

Friday, August 22, 2014

BELCHERTOWN SENIOR CENTER “BUNCH OF LOSERS” — The group is free and meets every Monday at 12:30 p.m. Participants weigh in, share nutritional tips, recipes and support. ZENDOODLE — Thursday mornings, 10 to 11:30 a.m. New members welcome. MIXED MEDIA ART CLASS — Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m.; a “Sip (H2O) and Paint Party.” No fine art or drawing skills required. The fee is … 0

Naming the Baby

Friday, August 22, 2014

KOSTEK — Tyler Henry, son of Kara and Chris Kostek of South Hadley, was born July 11 at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Ronald and Kris Waskiewicz of Hadley. The paternal grandparents are Kathy and Mike Piotrowski of Turners Falls, and Stanley Kostek of Hadley. The maternal great-grandparents are Helen Waskiewicz of Hadley and Frank Zalot Jr. of … 0

Area police news

Friday, August 22, 2014

Northampton ∎ Joseph D. Rizzo, 23, of 94 Ashfield Road, Williamsburg, was arrested at 1:!3 a.m. Friday on Locust Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and a license plate number … 0

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Shortly after three city immigrants shared tales of interactions with police that shook their trust in the community, Mayor David J. Narkewicz promised Thursday at a public forum to sign an executive order prohibiting the Police … 3

Thursday forum: Black alumni describe struggles, tensions, fears of going to school in Amherst

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST— Two recent African-American graduates of the Amherst regional school system were the stars of the WHMP community forum on race issues Thursday as they described struggles to connect with teachers who weren’t challenging them, dismay at tensions … 0

Northampton Housing Authority Executive Director Jon Hite to retire in February

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Jon Hite, executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority, announced he will retire next year after serving for more than 22 years. Hite, who last week notified the authority’s board of commissioners of his decision, said … 1

Not so voluntary: $714K federal grant for Tapestry Health yanked by US Dept of Health and Human Services

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In June, officials at Tapestry Health Inc. said they had “voluntarily relinquished” a $714,000 federal grant for providing family planning services to low-income residents. But documents obtained by the Gazette show that the nonprofit agency was pressured to give up the grant after it failed to … 0

Local organizers encourage participation in People’s Climate March in New York City

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local organizers of the People’s Climate March in New York City are holding a meeting Monday seeking to spark interest in the Sept. 21 event. Susan Theberge, with the groups Climate Action NOW/350MA, said the main focus of the meeting will be on how social justice … 0

World Eye Bookshop closing store in Florence on Saturday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After two years selling books on North Main Street in Florence, the World Eye Bookshop is closing Saturday, although its Greenfield store remains alive and well. Jessica Mullins, owner of Greenfield’s World Eye Bookshop, in operation … 1

Homeless man arrested for trying to break into vending machine found with items stolen from Allen Place in Northampton

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Amherst ∎ Marielos T. Marroquin, 22, of 175 Summer St., Unit 17, was arrested at 2:39 a.m. Thursday on Sunderland Road on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and speeding. Easthampton ∎ Alysa Grise, … 0

Gov. Deval Patrick takes train to region, announces state to spend $17 million on track for passenger service

Thursday, August 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Gov. Deval Patrick rolled into Greenfield aboard a passenger train Wednesday to announce the state is spending $17 million to advance the Amtrak Vermonter passenger service, scheduled to begin Dec. 29. That money will buy 49 miles of track between the Connecticut and Vermont borders, once … 0

I-91 repair needs another two months Additional deterioration found on bridge over Route 5

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Due to additional deterioration found on the bridge over Route 5 it could be another six to eight weeks before motorists on Mount Tom Road can once again use the northbound on-ramp to Interstate 91. An … 4