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CAROL LOLLIS
 Jake Morgan and Jeff Frenier, employees of the Northampton Housing Authority, arrange new plantings at the McDonald House in Northampton.

State inspection of Northampton Housing Authority finds 430 violations

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A state inspection of the Northampton Housing Authority’s properties this summer flagged 430 health and safety violations in apartments and buildings, 127 of which had to be addressed within 24 hours. The review by the state Department of Housing and Community Development’s inspections services unit found that 322 of those issues were related to improper maintenance, while the …

Student debt: More college, university students across Valley take on loan obligations that follow them for years

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — Britainy “Story” Young had to drop out of college at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010 because she could not afford it. Now enrolled again, she expects to owe $86,000 when she graduates next May — and she has little hope of paying it off in full. Jennifer DeCarolis of …

Friday’s colleges: Kenyon lifts UMass women’s soccer to draw

Friday, September 4, 2015

Gabriela Kenyon’s goal in the 42nd minute helped the UMass women’s soccer team earn a 1-1 tie with Central Connecticut State, Friday at the Yale Classic in New Haven. The Minutewomen (0-2-2) will face the host team, Sunday at 2:30 p.m. UMass got a scare in the second overtime when the Blue Devils got the ball behind UMass goalie Cassidy Babin (five saves), …

Tender loving care

Friday, September 4, 2015

Eat Up: Celebrity chef comes home

Friday, September 4, 2015

Celebrity chef comes home James Beard Award-winning chef — and UMass graduate — Joanne Weir will be preparing a five-course, prix-fixe dinner on Sept. 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the University Club & Restaurant at the …

Accident on North King Street in Northampton seriously injures motorcyclist

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A motorcyclist was seriously injured in an accident on North King Street Friday afternoon and was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield where police said she was in critical condition. Police said when they arrived …

‘Truck-eating bridge’ claims another victim in Northampton after officer tries unsuccessfully to stop vehicle

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police Officer Benjamin Beaver tried to stop a tractor-trailer heading toward the downtown railroad bridge early Friday morning, only to watch as the too-tall truck struck the underside of the bridge. The impact of the crash, …

Easthampton, Southampton men indicted on charges including distribution of child pornography

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court grand jury this week indicted men from Southampton and Easthampton on charges that include distribution of child pornography. James J. Smith, 61, of 53 Holyoke St., Easthampton, was indicted Tuesday on three counts of possession of child pornography and one count each …

Northampton road projects scheduled for week of Sept. 7

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The following construction work is scheduled for the week of Sept. 7, according to information posted to the Department of Public Works blog. ∎ Woodlawn Avenue, Prospect and Massasoit streets: Warner Bros. will be constructing driveway transitions Tuesday and Wednesday. ∎ Clark Avenue, Pomeroy Terrace and …

Reconstruction of Trinity Row Park fountain in Florence underway

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After a fundraising effort by Florence residents and businesses that brought in nearly $40,000, the fountain in Trinity Row Park will be up and running for the first time in over a decade this fall. The …

Northampton City Council gives final approval to merger of treasurer and collector’s offices, resolution supporting mental health workers

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council unanimously gave final approval Thursday to the proposal by Mayor David J. Narkewicz combining the offices of treasurer and collector. The 8-0 vote on the issue’s second reading came after no discussion. City Council President William H. Dwight was absent. The councilors approved …

Bear suspected of breaking into home on Brookside Circle in Florence remains at large

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police investigating a reported break-in at a Brookside Circle home in Florence were not able to find the culprit, but they are pretty confident they know the perpetrator’s species. Big, muddy paw prints and other clues led police to conclude that a bear broke into the …

Comprehensive tree management program takes root in Northampton

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The streets of Northampton were much greener a century ago than they are today, according to photographs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Those photographs appeared in a June 2014 presentation to City Council by Lilly Lombard, who led an advocacy effort last year …