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Sam Hannigan, an elevator inspector with the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety, checks the fire service on the No. 1 elevator at the Northampton Housing Authority's McDonald House during the course of an annual inspection Wednesday.
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Northampton Housing Authority board to address Open Meeting Law violations, ‘litigation issues’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Housing Authority’s board of commissioners will convene a special meeting early Monday to publicly address for the first time a reorganization of the agency. The meeting begins with a closed-door session to discuss “litigation issues,” and the board will also discus issues arising from its violation of the Open Meeting Law earlier this month. The session …

With lease up in June 2016, Nonotuck Community School considers next steps

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With the city’s lease to the Nonotuck Community School set to expire next June, the future of the Florence child care center is uncertain — and school officials are hoping for more time to develop a new plan to continue operating. “We’re certainly not planning on closing,” said Connelly Stokes-Buckles, president of the school’s board of directors. “It’s a neighborhood institution. …

Forbes Library in Northampton to end its outreach program for homebound people

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A long-running Forbes Library program that hand delivers books to homebound people will cease operations in September. The Forbes outreach program delivers books, videos and other materials to people who are confined to their homes or who live at nursing facilities. Library Director Janet Moulding said money woes have forced the …

At Adam Liccardi trial, UMass detective testifies about interview with defendant

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A University of Massachusetts police detective described to jurors in Adam T. Liccardi’s rape trial Thursday how the defendant’s account of what happened in a dorm room on Oct. 13, 2012, evolved over the course of …

Transperformance — Look at the movies

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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Northampton PD launches user-friendly website with modern look

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Police Department launched a new website Tuesday, which Police Chief Jody Kasper said is more modern and user-friendly. The site features new graphics, drop-down menus and pictures, and reflects the new community programs and …

Indy film: Local filmmakers recreate ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ — scene by scene

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sometimes, it takes a village to make a movie. Take, for example, “The Crowdsourced Cinema Project,” sponsored by Northampton Community Television, in which teams from across New England have recreated scenes from the film “Raiders of The Lost …

Giving back: Singer-songwriter’s new album to benefit Safe Passage

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Once, Joslyn Thomas was a victim of abuse. Now, Thomas, 27, is using her talents as a musician to lend her support to Safe Passage, the organization she credits with saving her life. Thomas says she was emotionally …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Making music in Cloud Cuckooland

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Todd Rundgren was once nicknamed “The Hermit of Mink Hollow”; local musician Jim Weeks is “The Hermit of Pleasant Street.” Weeks runs his own recording studio, a Northampton hideaway of creativity called Cloud Cuckooland, and he has much …

Weekend Planner — Comedy: ‘Full-On Funny’ at Diva’s nightclub, Northampton

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Happening on a (more or less) quarterly basis, the “Full-On Funny” comedy series at Diva’s nightclub in Northampton showcases local and regional comedians and is “open to all adult humans (21+) who enjoy laughter and good times.” Series …

Jurors in Adam Liccardi UMass rape trial see text messages exchanged by defendants

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Unlike his two co-defendants who have already been convicted, Adam T. Liccardi did not text much with his friends about the night in October 2012 that led to the four of them being charged with raping …

New signs point the way to Northampton Amtrak station

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Signs guiding travelers to the Northampton Amtrak Station were recently installed on city streets and on Interstate 91 — a move that increases the station’s visibility during what officials have said is an already booming period …

Driver strikes utility poles, highway sign, parked vehicles in early morning crash on North King Street

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton woman was taken to the hospital after crashing her car into two utility poles, a highway sign and a parked vehicle early Wednesday morning on North King Street. Melanie A. LaRochelle, 37, of 354 …