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Next up for Northampton: Search for new fire chief to replace retiring Chief Brian Duggan

Monday, June 29, 2015

Northampton — Before the ink is dry on Police Chief Jody D. Kasper’s contract, the city once again will be thick in the chief recruitment business as Mayor David J. Narkewicz sets about finding someone to replace Fire Chief Brian Duggan. Duggan, 52, in April announced his plans to retire July 24 after 17 years leading the department. According to the city’s charter, the authority to both appoint a new …

Recent Northampton High School graduate Jake Bridgman makes directorial debut at the Academy of Music with movie ‘The Cards’

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It’s not uncommon for teenagers to struggle in figuring out who they are. But for the fictional character Ada Welles, the struggle reaches a whole new level: Since her memory was wiped out in a car crash, she’s had to rely on others to tell her who she’s supposed to be. …

Justin King sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison in UMass gang-rape case

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Justin A. King wiped his eyes with a tissue as he was sentenced Monday to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room. On Wednesday, King, 21, of Pittsfield, became the second man …

The late Arthur Neipp, who worked as painter and color consultant at Smith College, leaves $115,000 to Greenfield Community College

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The late Arthur E. Neipp, although never able to attend college, ensured that his three children and seven grandchildren were able to do so. And now, with a $115,000 bequest to the GCC Foundation he has …

Parties in downtown Northampton on Friday celebrate marriage equality

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Under a billowing rainbow-colored banner reading “Everyone is Welcome” outside First Churches in Northampton, the Rev. Todd Weir delivered a brief address to people streaming through downtown during rush hour late Friday afternoon. “This is a …

Peter Mulvey’s song ‘Take Down Your Flag’ urges end to flying Confederate symbol

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A local musician is leading a musical charge urging South Carolina to take down the Confederate flag at its Statehouse with his song “Take Down Your Flag.” Peter Mulvey was preparing to open for Ani DiFranco at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on June 19 when …

Final vote on Jody Kasper’s appointment as Northampton police chief scheduled for Monday; swearing-in ceremony Tuesday

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Pending a final vote by the City Council Monday night, Northampton Police Capt. Jody D. Kasper will be sworn in as the city’s new police chief Tuesday in a ceremony at the Academy of Music. The ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Academy, 274 …

Northampton’s Erin Voss relishes first experience competing against Olympian Missy Franklin

Friday, June 26, 2015

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials are a year away, but Erin Voss got a glimpse of what to expect last weekend at USA Swimming’s Arena Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara, California. The Northampton rising senior swam four …

Area police news

Friday, June 26, 2015

Northampton ∎ Police received reports Friday morning of at least three unlocked cars that were broken into on Clark Street. Change was taken from one car, and it was not clear if other items were missing, police said. ∎ Eduardo Cadiz, 41, of 81 Conz St., Apt. 609, …

Police seek Matthew Shove, 20, missing from Grove Street Inn since Thursday

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are seeking a 20-year-old city man who was reported missing at 3:09 p.m. Thursday. Police said a human services program reported that a client, Matthew Shove, who lives at the Grove Street Inn, is supposed to check in regularly with program staff but has not …

Family, friends of Edward and Brittany McGrath ask public to attend expected guilty plea, sentencing for James Ainsworth

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — James W. Ainsworth is expected to admit in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday that he was high on heroin when the SUV he was driving struck a motorcycle on Route 5 last August, killing a father …

Northampton Family Fourth organizers postpone celebration to Sunday at Look Park

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With rain in the forecast for Saturday evening, organizers of the Northampton Family Fourth Celebration have decided to postpone the fifth annual event to Sunday at Look Park. The schedule remains the same with a carnival and food sales beginning at 5 p.m. The celebration also …