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CAROL LOLLIS
Area Realtors say sales of average-priced homes like this one on Brierwood Drive in Florence, which sold last week for $223,000, are driving a healthy real estate market.

First-time buyers and average-priced homes driving a healthy real estate market in the Valley, Realtors say

Thursday, July 30, 2015

June is often the hottest month of the year for home sales, and this June was no exception. According to data from the multiple listing service, single-family home sales in Hampshire County were up about 3 percent compared to the same time last year, while the median price was down 4.6 percent — and local Realtors say that’s a good …

Two people arrested for ecstasy possession in Amherst — and other area police news

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Northampton ∎ Wayne L. Andrews Jr., 53, 7 Mulberry St. Apt. 3 in Leeds, was arrested around 6 p.m. Wednesday on Haydenville Road on a charge of disorderly conduct, according to police. South Hadley ∎ Charlsey Lee Mitchell, 26, of 12 Grant St., was arrested on Pleasant Street at 7:27 p.m. July 26 on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended/revoked …

Medicare enrollees express their gratitude on the program’s 50th anniversary; leaders call for expanded health care rights

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Former city Mayor Mary Lavo Ford cannot recall ever having to worry that, if she or her husband were to be hit with a large medical bill, their children would have to absorb the costs. This is because Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older …

Peter Zygmont, accused of Florence arson, held without bail at Superior Court arraignment

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man accused of setting his home on fire in April pleaded not guilty to a single charge of arson of a dwelling in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday. Peter C. Zygmont, 62, of 111 North …

Massachusetts lawmakers postpone vote on public records reform

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — House lawmakers have pushed a vote to reform the state’s public records law to later this year as they review various objections to the bill’s language, which continues to be revised. The bill has been under …

Light on their feet

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Police confiscate marijuana from youths on the Rail Trail — and other area police news

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Daniel Taylor, 18, of 93 Pomeroy St., was arrested Sunday at 4:17 p.m. at 264 Main St. on a charge of disturbing the peace after police responded to two calls complaining that Taylor was being disruptive while arguing with his girlfriend. ∎ A resident of Maple …

New Northampton Fire Chief Duane Nichols sworn in with promise of increased community outreach

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Freshly sworn-in Fire Chief Duane Nichols said Monday he would ride on the enthusiasm and energy of his department and work with city leaders to increase community outreach and education. “This is a celebration of new …

Valley observers see positives in Boston 2024’s failure

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HATFIELD — Judy Strong, who competed as a field hockey player in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, said she was torn Monday on learning that Boston would not be the host in 2024. Strong, now 55 and an umpire, was 24 when her team won the bronze, …

Energy department backs pipeline contract

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has argued before the state Department of Public Utilities that Berkshire Gas Co.’s 20-year contract to use gas from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project should be approved. DOER …

Former Easthampton man pleads not guilty to child rape charges

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Easthampton man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Monday to a half dozen child rape and indecent assault and battery charges. Kevin Paulin, 43, now of Palmer, was charged with two counts each of aggravated statutory rape of a child, indecent assault and …

Watershed association scolds Tennessee Gas Pipeline report for lack of transparency

Monday, July 27, 2015

On the eve of the region’s first federal public hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, the company’s most recent report has come under heavy criticism from the Greater Northfield Watershed Association. The association wrote to FERC in response to Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s release …

SJC to hear appeal in Rintala case, defense attorney says

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The state’s full Supreme Judicial Court will hear an appeal by defense attorney David Hoose on whether there is insufficient evidence to conduct a third trial for Cara Rintala, who is accused of strangling her wife, Annamarie Rintala, in their Granby home in March 2010. Hoose, …