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Neal opposed to Westover as site for migrant children

Friday, July 25, 2014

CHICOPEE — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal this week criticized Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposal to house refugee children at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, saying it was “virtually unlikely” to be chosen as a site. In an interview with National Public Radio, Neal said there were at least two reasons why the base wouldn’t be a good fit for unaccompanied children crossing the southern borders of the U.S. “There is no security to speak of for housing a thousand young people,” Neal said. “And secondly, the housing that is on the base is used every weekend by (National) Guard and Reserve.” Those same reasons were … 0

Deaf and hard of hearing children find their story at Clarke Schools camp in Easthampton

Friday, July 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — In a classroom on The Williston Northampton School campus Thursday, six children clapped, hopped and boogied while singing backup along with a recording of “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors while Jordan Gatewood, 13, took the lead. Hearing aids and cochlear implants behind their ears helped them to hear … 0

Montessori School collects for Guerra family

Friday, July 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In the wake of the fire that destroyed the home of restaurateur Claudio Guerra, the Montessori School of Northampton, where his children are enrolled, is collecting cards, clothing, toys and gift cards for Guerra and his family. “This is something we do for our families,” said head of school Susan Swift. … 0

Burke’s supporters see verdict as massive injustice

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The attorney for former deputy probation commissioner William Burke calls the conviction of his client in a public corruption trial a “grave injustice.” “I have deep respect for the jury system and I respect the jury in this case for their effort. However, like all human … 1

Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton gets $10,188 check from anonymous donor

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Congregation B’nai Israel Executive Director Ben Cuperman said he did a double take Tuesday when his co-worker handed him the contents of an envelope that had been delivered in the mail that day. Inside was a check for $10,188 dollars from an anonymous donor. “It was … 0

'A pair of shorts, T-shirt, sneakers' and not much else left: Lightning, fire destroys restaurateur Claudio Guerra’s home

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — “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 a fire officials say was caused by a lightning strike Wednesday … 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) — … 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 … 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 email 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