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KEVIN GUTTING
A2Z Science and Learning Store founders Jack and Priscilla Finn, at right, have sold the Northampton business to two former employees, Andre and Devon Boulay, pictured here with their son, Pierce, 18 months.

Former employees André and Devon Boulay take ownership of downtown icon A2Z Science & Learning

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Florence resident André Boulay remembers trips to Northampton when he was around 7 from his Blandford home — they invariably involved stops at a place he adored, A2Z Science & Learning Store in Thornes Marketplace. Extra special were the times he’d march into the store clutching a postcard he’d received in the mail telling him a free gift …

Northampton City Council expected to protect 34 acres of open space, consider new fines for snow and ice removal

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council is expected to finalize protection of approximately 34 acres of open space across the city when it meets Thursday. It also plans to take initial votes on several ordinances, including one pertaining to snow and ice removal from city sidewalks. After initial approval in February, the council will take final votes to add conservation land or place development …

State to review Northampton school programs for special education, English language learners

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City schools will be reviewed by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the areas of special education, English language learners, and civil rights. Such evaluations, called Coordinated Program Reviews, are conducted routinely every six years by the department to satisfy state and federal requirements. Department staff will review district procedures in the three areas, then visit the district …

Condemned Northampton spas unlicensed, fined by state as police probe into alleged criminal conduct continues

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two spas condemned by local health officials for unsanitary conditions last week were not licensed to operate in Massachusetts and have been issued $1,000 fines, according to the state Division of Professional Licensure. One of those …

Granby breaks through to finals, beats Athol 54-43 in Division 3 semis

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Senior Meghan Sullivan and the Granby girls basketball team played at the Curry Hicks Cage the past two seasons, but walked off the floor each time with a sectional semifinal loss. Facing an Athol team with …

Police urge motorists to reduce speeds as vehicles slide off road during latest storm

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Area police reminded motorists to reduce their speeds during slippery conditions as several vehicles were reported off the roads Tuesday night. State Trooper Robert Wyckoff of the Northampton barracks said that since 3 p.m., police had responded to calls of six vehicles that went off Interstate …

Snow abodes on courthouse lawn in Northampton help raise money for Cancer Connection during annual fundraiser by Monte Belmonte

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An igloo and a quinzhee on the snow-covered lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse seem like an odd place to spend the night, especially for someone who hates camping and the cold, but that’s exactly where …

Bail reduced to $10,000 for Robert Katz of Vermont on firearm charges related to Hatfield traffic stop

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Tuesday lowered bail to $10,000 for a Vermont man charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition after a December traffic stop in Hatfield. Robert M. Katz, 44, of East Concord, Vermont, who allegedly does not have a firearms identification card, …

Leverett man cited in Northampton accident involving South Hadley ambulance transporting patient to hospital

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Leverett man was cited for obstructing an emergency vehicle after his vehicle struck an ambulance taking a patient to Cooley Dickinson Hospital Monday afternoon. The accident delayed the patient’s transfer from South Hadley to the hospital, but no one was injured, according to Northampton Police …

New scholarship for graduating seniors recognizes LGBTQI youths and allies

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Franklin-Hampshire Chapter has announced a new scholarship for graduating seniors in Franklin and Hampshire counties. Known as the Eric Collins Memorial Award, the scholarship will be given to two graduating seniors, one each in Franklin and Hampshire county …

Hopkins Academy clamps down on Turners Falls, advances to WMass Division 4 final

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team had an eight-point lead but took firm control of the game without adding points on the board. The second-seeded Golden Hawks, led by Joe Yusko, Zach Kelley and Jon Morrison, …

Incense left unattended causes minor damage to apartment on Masonic Street in Northampton

Monday, March 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Masonic Street apartment sustained minor smoke and water damage after unattended incense was left burning Monday night. Deputy Fire Chief John Davine said 13 firefighters responded to 20 Masonic St. after a neighbor reported smoke coming from the second floor unit around 9:30 p.m. Two …

Bail set at $1,000 for Christopher Rigali of South Hadley who allegedly injured Northampton police officer

Monday, March 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton District Court judge set bail at $1,000 for a 35-year-old South Hadley man who was arrested Sunday night on multiple charges after he allegedly injured a police officer and threatened and assaulted staff at two downtown bars. Christopher C. Rigali, of 418 Granby Road, …