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KEVIN GUTTING
North Farms Road in Northampton was closed for much of Thursday morning as departments from 12 area towns responded to a fire that destroyed a home.

UPDATED: Fire destroys restaurateur Claudio Guerra's North Farms Road, home; lightning strike blamed

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — “I literally have a pair of shorts, a T-shirt and sneakers to my name,” Claudio Guerra said Thursday morning after his house was destroyed by fire officials say was ignited after lightning struck Wednesday night. Guerra, owner of Spoleto, Pizzeria Paradiso and Mama Iguana’s restaurants was standing across the street from the scene of a devastating early-morning fire … 0

Mickey Mantle baseball playoffs begin with 4 shutouts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pitching completely dominated the first round of the Mickey Mantle double-elimination tournament on Wednesday evening. The winning team shut out its opponent in all four games, including a pair of 1-0 contests. Amherst 1, Northampton 0 (5) — A pitchers’ duel between Amherst’s Jon Morrison and Hamp’s Hunter Salem was decided on Alex … 0

'Lock your doors in Western Mass' International photographer surprised Valley is place where camera, memories are stolen

Thursday, July 24, 2014

After a decade reporting and photographing war, corruption and drug trades in some 50 countries, former foreign correspondent Dave Marcus never thought the Valley would be where he would have an expensive camera stolen. “I learned a couple of valuable lessons,” said Marcus. No. 1: Back up your photos, and 2: “Lock your … 0

Storm downs some trees, power lines

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A line of strong thunderstorms that rolled across western Massachusetts Wednesday night left in its wake several hundred homes without power and one Northampton house that had its chimney blown apart by lightning. Damage from the storm was … 0

Coming around again; Once considered ‘dead’, vinyl LPs making a comeback

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — If Bill Chamberlain had told you five years ago he was going to open a music store specializing in vinyl LPs, you might have told him he was nuts. Now, you might want to ask him … 0

Beware E-ZPass scam

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A new email scam that popped up this month may seem like highway robbery, and some may be paying a high price as a result. People across the country have fallen victim to a new scam that sends authentic-looking emails notifying people of supposed road toll violations and … 0

Leeds man cited after collision

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Leeds man was cited after police say he ignored a stop sign and was struck by an oncoming truck at the intersection of Cooke Avenue and Hatfield Street Tuesday morning. James Flynn, 65, of 421 North Main St. Apt. #26 was cited for failure to … 0

Area police news

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating a break-in to an Eames Avenue residence reported Wednesday at 2:16 a.m, after a screen window was pushed in and a bag was stolen from inside the home. ■ Daniel Charles Brown, 52, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jazzman Alex Snydman’s Valley visit includes gig at Iron Horse in Northampton

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I was interviewing jazz drummer Alex Snydman and I couldn’t write fast enough. I’d asked him if there was a moment when he realized that jazz was the music for him, the life he wanted to pursue, and … 0

Weekend Planner — Kids: Pop Up Adventure Playgrounds in Northampton

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

“Many adults still recall spending lots of time out back or in a random empty lot as a child, playing with sticks in the creek or building forts from found materials,” says Pandora Redwin. “That was before kids … 0

INFOGRAPHIC Volunteers help check spread of pond-choking invasive plants in Northampton's Fitzgerald Lake

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Seven volunteers climbed into kayaks and canoes and floated onto Fitzgerald Lake this weekend to launch a counteroffensive against an invasion of water chestnuts. Their efforts yielded 16 30-gallon trash bags full of the invasive plant, … 0

Cambodian lawmaker released following arrest, protests

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The release of jailed Cambodian lawmaker Mu Sochua and several of her colleagues on Tuesday was welcome news on the campus of Mount Holyoke College, where there is strong support for the human rights advocate. Sochua … 5

Northampton police

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

■ Giles R. Farrington, 22, of 112 Elm St., Hatfield, was arrested about 1:08 a.m. Tuesday on North Main Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, possession of a Class C drug (hash) and operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection … 0