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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
(L-R) Gerard Peters, of Easthampton, Tricia Dandrea and Matthew Watkins, of Leeds, laugh as they have a conversation during a holiday luncheon hosted by National Honor Society at the Oliver Smith Restaurant at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

Smith Vocational, VA launch new partnership based on community service, shared stories

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Army Sgt. Gerard Peters of Easthampton not only had “the best veal I ever had” last week, but was reminded that younger people continue to appreciate his service. Peters, 52, who was in the Army for 10 years that included the invasion of Grenada in 1983, was among five veterans from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Central …

Amherst native Richard ‘Jerry’ Snyder receives Congressional Gold Medal for Civil Air Patrol service

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst native who trained with the Civil Air Patrol in Northampton during World War II is among nearly 100 surviving volunteers who recently were given Congressional Gold Medals, the highest civilian honor for their service to the United States. Richard “Jerry” Snyder, who has made his home in Arizona since the 1950s, was one of 46 alumni of the Civil …

Bail reduced for NY man shot in Ware while allegedly trying to run down officer

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Thursday reduced bail for the New York man who was shot by a Ware police officer he was allegedly trying to run down with his car. Judge Mary-Lou Rup set bail for Sajid Dacres, who uses an alias of Quinton Avant, at $35,000. He has been held at the Hampshire County Jail on $100,000 bail since …

Thursday’s high school track/swimming: Northampton girls take down Chicopee, Comp

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Northampton girls track team beat Chicopee Comp 64-30 and Chicopee 61-30 during the early session of the second PVIAC meet Thursday at Smith College. The Blue Devils 4x200 team of Sophie Sharp, Alex Dibrindisi, Sierra Loomis and …

Northampton City Council delays vote on Community Preservation Act grant for CDC project on Plesant Street

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council delayed a vote Thursday on a $300,000 Community Preservation Act grant for a local nonprofit that hopes to redevelop the former Northampton Lumber site on Pleasant Street into primarily affordable housing. By a 6-2 vote, councilors said that though they want Valley Community …

Thursday’s high school sports

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Granby boys basketball team needed overtime, but picked up its first win of the season thanks to a 3-pointer from Lucas Monaco with 1.7 seconds left to beat Easthampton, 65-62, Thursday. Each team had a shot at the win prior to overtime. The Rams (1-2) missed a …

Rail ways: Trains return to a line less traveled, now ready for speedier travel

Thursday, December 18, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of four days of coverage about the planned expansion of passenger rail in the Pioneer Valley. NORTHAMPTON — The Dec. 29 return of Vermonter service to Northampton and Greenfield for the first …

US-Cuba thaw validates Congressman James McGovern’s longtime advocacy for improved relations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Congressman James P. McGovern, long an advocate of improved U.S.-Cuba relations, got a front-row seat Wednesday to the event he said made increased diplomacy possible — the return of American prisoner Alan Gross from Cuba. The Worcester Democrat, …

Northampton swears in six new police officers, begins return to fully-staffed department

Thursday, December 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Six new full-time officers were sworn in Thursday, joining five current members of the Northampton Police Department who were promoted during a ceremony celebrating what Chief Russell P. Sienkiewicz described as progress after a “dark time” …

Area court news

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Northampton ■ Rodney A. Boyce, 56, of 64E Musante Drive, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Northampton District Court to charges of strangulation or suffocation, assault and battery on a family or household member, and intimidation of a witness. According to court records, Boyce was arrested at his home …

Guy Bush Jr. of New York indicted on charges including rape of a child in South Hadley

Thursday, December 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A New York man accused of raping a girl in South Hadley a dozen years ago when she was approximately 5 and 6 years old will be arraigned Jan. 13. A Hampshire County grand jury indicted Guy Bush Jr., 45, of Grand Isle, New York, Tuesday …

Area police news

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Amherst ■ Laquan L. Wood, 21, of 170 East Hadley Road, Unit 106, was arrested at 10:22 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of South Pleasant and Snell streets on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to …

Former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury indicted on firearms charges resulting from Belchertown incident

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A former Massachusetts police chief acquitted of charges connected to the 2008 death of an 8-year-old boy at a gun show has been indicted on unrelated firearms charges. The Republican reports that a grand jury Tuesday handed down an indictment charging ex-Pelham Chief Edward Fleury with …