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Northampton Police break up underage party thanks to extra patrol funded by grant

Monday, October 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City police out on “party patrol” broke up an underage party Friday night as part of a new grant-funded effort to combat underage drinking. The $5,979 state grant the city received is paying for overtime so officers can work extra shifts when they will target underage drinking through methods including “party patrols,” which involve checking spots where youths often hold parties. Police Capt. Jody Kasper said two plainclothes …

Area court news

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hatfield ■ Matthew Obrzut, 21, of Ludlow, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Monday to a charge of assault and battery on a family member. According to court documents, Obrzut was arrested in the parking lot of the Hatfield Elementary School at 5:30 p.m. Saturday after he allegedly grabbed his girlfriend’s arm while trying to force her out of his truck. …

Two staff houses evacuated at Smith College after excavator hits natural gas line

Monday, October 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Six people were evacuated from two houses for Smith College staff when an excavator working nearby on Paradise Road punctured an underground natural gas line. Northampton Deputy Fire Chief Timothy McQueston said the damage to the two-inch pipe was reported at 12:04 p.m. and Paradise Road was closed until 1:30 p.m. while Columbia Gas stopped the gas leak. He said he …

Area police news

Monday, October 20, 2014

Amherst ■ Cindy A. Drake, 49, of 189 Michael Sears Road, Belchertown, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. Sunday on West Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, and failure to use care in …

Malfunctioning traffic signals snarl traffic at intersection of Route 9 and Damon Road Sunday

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Malfunctioning signals briefly caused a traffic jam on the Northampton side of the Coolidge Bridge Sunday afternoon. Northampton Police Sgt. Josef Barszcz said police received a report that the traffic signals at the intersection of Route 9, Damon Road and the I-91 northbound exit ramp were …

Weekend high school recaps: Amherst Regional boys soccer remain undefeated, shut out Northampton 3-0

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Three Hurricanes scored as the Amherst Regional boys soccer team knocked off crosstown rival Northampton, 3-0, at home on Saturday. Gabe Fontes, Alex Mangels, and Luke Webb each netted a goal in the victory that also kep the Hurricanes (13-0-2) undefeated. Jon Brodeur tallied 15 saves and allowed …

Weekend preps: Ostberg starts, propels Williston’s win over Wilbraham & Monson, 48-18

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Williston defeated Wilbraham & Monson, 48-18, on the road Saturday. The Wildcats (4-1) exploded for 34 points in the first half and never looked back. In his first start, sophomore quarterback Ian Ostberg (Florence) led Williston completing 9-12 for 198 yards and four touchdowns. Michael Dereus caught …

Pioneer Valley shutouts out Smith Vocational, 36-0, in Tri-County League play

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A week after it all went wrong, it all went right for the Pioneer Valley Regional School football team, which beat Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School of Northampton on Saturday, 36-0, in a Tri-County League matchup on Saturday afternoon. It helped that the Vikings are …

From costumes to art, Northampton ReUse Committee encourages repurposing waste

Saturday, October 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Ellen Smith showed up at the Halloween costume swap at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Saturday morning to drop off the makings for a skunk and rooster. She and her 5-year-old twin sons Gabe and …

Smith Vocational serves up breakfast and talk about its future for area politicians

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Student cooks at the Oliver Smith Restaurant at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School served up breakfast Friday morning to nine legislators while officials discussed possible changes in the way the school operates. Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson …

Restaurateur Daniel Yacuzzo dies, instrumental in creating Northampton Business Improvement District

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Daniel Yacuzzo, a prominent figure in shaping the city’s dining scene who later helped found the Northampton Business Improvement District, died Friday. Yacuzzo was 66 years old. He died of pancreatic cancer at his home with …

Friday’s high school soccer: Easthampton boys keep tournament hopes alive with win over Sabis

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Easthampton boys soccer team kept their postseason hopes alive with a 6-0 win over Sabis on Friday in Easthampton. The Eagles (4-9-1, 3-3 Schmid) need to win their final two league games for chance at second place. Anthony Redfern had two goals, while Dominic Laszczkowski (assist), Jay …

Friday’s high schools: Frontier Regional field hockey earns important victory

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Frontier Regional field hockey team picked up two of the three points it needed Friday. The Red Hawks shut out host Turners Falls 5-0 to move within a point of qualifying for the postseason with two games left. The Red Hawks (8-7-1) earned a shutout on the …