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Robert Sherwood, from left, Amanda Potluck, Mariam Massaro, Tom Fair and Craig Harris rehearse for the fourth annual Gaea Star Goddess Show Wednesday at Flywheel in Easthampton. The show is on Saturday at 7:20 at the Academy of Music. This year, the show is a celebration and reverence for the elemental beauty of water. Massaro, of Worthington, is the director and also wrote the music. A rally opposed to gas pipelines and fracking is being held in Pulaski Park at 6 p.m.

Academy of Music Gaea Star Goddess Show set for Saturday night; anti-Tennessee Gas Pipeline rally in the works

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Worthington performer Mariam Massaro and the Gaea Star Band will perform at the Academy of Music in Northampton Saturday. The show is a celebration of clean water resources, and Massaro said it is dedicated to raising awareness about the Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposed to run through Plainfield and nine Franklin County towns. “The show will feature about 20 performers and …

New tool in Ebola battle: Smith College hosts map-making workshops

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Emma Harnisch hunched over her laptop inside a small computer laboratory on the Smith College campus Thursday night, maneuvering a map-making computer program to draw a series of buildings, roads and walking trails in a remote section of Sierra Leone in the heart of the Ebola crisis. If she did her …

Power back on in Northampton after 90-minute Friday afternoon failure linked to squirrel in substation

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Power was restored to more than 5,000 customers, many in downtown Northampton, about 90 minutes after a power failure knocked traffic lights out of service and forced diners and shoppers from darkened restaurants and stores. Much of downtown turned into a parking lot as drivers inched along major routes. The power …

Turnovers, missed opportunities doom Northampton in 28-6 loss to Chicopee Comp

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton football team established Friday night that it belongs on the field with the top team in the Suburban League. But as has occurred in several games this season, a quick breakdown by the Blue …

Friday night football: Smith Vocational falls 40-6 to Palmer

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Amidst another lopsided loss for the Smith Vocational football team, there was a glimmer of hope for the future. The Vikings lost to Palmer 40-6 Friday night at Smith Vocational, but a new look on offense produced a big play for the home team. Jared Pease, …

Friday’s high schools: Smith Academy girls soccer beats Hopkins Academy, nears tournament berth

Friday, October 24, 2014

The present and the future collided in Hatfield Friday. Seniors Olivia Hanson and McKenzie Wilson hooked up on the first goal, and middle schoolers Carrie Ellis and Maggie Hession connected on the second goal as the Smith academy girls soccer team beat Hopkins Academy, 3-1. The Falcons (8-7-1, …

Antiques Center on Market Street in Northampton to close next month as building sold

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After 27 years selling antiques on Market Street the Antiques Center will close next month because the building has been sold. One of the owners of the building that houses the Antiques Center, Stuart Solomon, confirmed the building will be sold, although he declined to reveal …

Northampton field hockey upends South Hadley in regular season finale, earns share of Central League title

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In sports, games toward the end of the regular season tend to have an implication of some sort. A win or loss could decide a team’s playoff fate or a regular season league title could be at stake. On Friday afternoon, the Northampton field hockey team …

Work planned for railroad crossing on Damon Road in Northampton to cause traffic delays

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly three months after completing upgrades to a railroad crossing at the Damon Road-Industrial Drive intersection, construction crews will return to the area starting Monday to complete the final part of the project in preparation for high-speed rail. Crews under the direction of the Massachusetts Bay …

Area court news

Friday, October 24, 2014

Huntington ■ Alex Brown, 23, of 20 Blandford Hill Road, Apt. B, Huntington, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Thursday to a charge of assault and battery on a family or household member. He was arrested at his home at 10:52 p.m. Wednesday after allegedly throwing …

Area police news

Friday, October 24, 2014

Amherst ■ Shane Omidi, 24, of Grafton, was arrested at 3:59 a.m. Friday on North Pleasant Street on a warrant. ■ Management at El Comalito restaurant, 460 West St., reported a break-in at 10:31 a.m. Thursday. Easthampton ■ Reynaldo Aponte, 34, of 20 Berkeley St., was arrested at …

Police called to Subway restaurant in Florence after clerk reports threat

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police were called to the Subway restaurant, 91 Main St., Florence, at 7:15 p.m. Friday by a customer who found no one working in the store. Initial broadcasts by police were that the store’s employee reported having been threatened by a customer and then leaving. Customer …

Coming Up

Friday, August 22, 2014

AMHERST SENIOR CENTER POETIC ART FORMS SERIES — Fridays, through Nov. 21, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., 20th Century Styles in Film and Painting, taught by Alicia Morton. BELCHERTOWN SENIOR CENTER DESSERT AND COFFEE — Buffet-style dessert and self-serve coffee offered after lunch; small donation appreciated. HALLOWEEN LUNCH — …