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Northampton eyes Amherst model for managing public shade trees

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Alarmed by a steady decline in the number of public shade trees in Northampton, a group of residents has asked the city to follow the lead of Amherst by hiring a professional tree warden to coordinate and care for trees. It is a step Mayor David J. Narkewicz said Tuesday he intends to pursue. Whether the trees are … 0

Tree counters wanted

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Some 40 residents are expected to fan out across the city next month to conduct an inventory of public trees that organizers hope will provide a snapshot of Northampton’s tree canopy and help quantify their benefits. Over six hours on Saturday, Sept. 13, the volunteers, supported by the U.S. Forest Service and the state Department of Conservation Resources, will divide into … 0

West Boylston man denies intimidating probation officer in Belchertown

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 20-year-old West Boylston man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday to a charge of intimidation of a witness, resulting from an incident in which he allegedly threatened a probation officer. A Hampshire County grand jury indicted Harris on the charge July 29 and he was held before Tuesday’s arraignment. According to the indictment, Harris allegedly threatened and … 0

Florence motorcyclist Frederick Ranaudo in fair condition following accident on Ryan Road

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A motorcyclist was seriously injured and a driver of a car was cited after the two vehicles collided on Ryan Road Monday afternoon. Frederick D. Ranaudo, 64, of 90 Lake St., Florence, was in fair condition Tuesday at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, according to a … 0

Area police news

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Amherst ∎ Samuel Webb, 20, of Westborough, was arrested at 11:43 p.m. Monday at Puffton Village on charges of violating the town’s noise bylaw and possession of a fake identification. Webb was arrested after officers responded to the 1040 North Pleasant St. apartment complex for shouting and loud … 0

Family finds: Movies, fairs, ghosts and more

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: For a last blast of summer, you can throw down a blanket on the lawn of the Forbes Library in Northampton tonight and enjoy a free viewing of “Back to the Future” (1985; rated PG), … 0

‘Part of the family’ Student exchange program fosters international connections

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Frank Kure might hail from the other side of the world, but you wouldn’t know it at first glance. Wearing a T-shirt and shorts, an earring and handmade bracelet, Kure looks like any American teenager. That’s why it’s … 0

Silent vigil in Northampton remembers shooting victim Michael Brown

Monday, August 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Thirty-six women, 19 men and three children sat in silence on the steps of City Hall for almost an hour Monday evening holding in front of them portraits of Michael Brown photocopied in color on plain … 1

Civil lawsuit opens with testimony by opponents of Northampton Business Improvement District

Monday, August 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly two months after the Northampton Business Improvement District re-upped through 2019, a long-anticipated civil lawsuit in Hampshire Superior Court began Monday that could have major implications for the BID’s immediate future. The lawsuit was filed … 0

State audit gives mostly good grades to Hampshire Sheriff's Office

Monday, August 25, 2014

State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump’s staff recommended the sheriff’s office improve its segregation of duties for staff who track and reconcile accounts for its inmate benefit and custodial funds and inventory records. … 0

Goshen's 'living' sanctuary: Three Sisters celebrates 20th anniversary, is subject of Canadian documentary

Saturday, August 23, 2014

GOSHEN — Eclectic, whimsical, earthy, otherworldly: these are the words visitors used to describe Goshen’s Three Sisters Sanctuary during the sanctuary’s 20th anniversary Saturday afternoon. About 100 showed up for the anniversary celebration. That reputation drew visitors to … 0

MAP: What's happening on the Rail Trail: Construction updates, closures and alternate routes

Sunday, July 13, 2014

WORK THIS WEEK: As part of an extra work order, crews this week will remain engaged in erosion control and stream bank restoration along a section of rail trail in the vicinity of Amherst College and Amherst Farmers … 0

Colleges in legal bind over allowing student use of medical marijuana

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When it comes to medical marijuana, Massachusetts colleges are left to choose between the right of the patient and compliance with federal law. Educational institutions are fearful that sanctioning medical marijuana use on campus could jeopardize … 0