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Northampton to ask state for five above-quota liquor licenses

Saturday, December 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nothing is quite as frustrating for Juan Suarez as watching a potential customer walk out the door of his downtown Mexican restaurant after realizing they cannot order a cocktail or martini with their dinner. Yet that’s exactly what happens nearly every night at Ibiza Tapas Wine Bar on Strong Avenue downtown because the restaurant does not have an all-alcohol liquor license and can only serve wine and beer. …

Kate Sullivan nets 21 points, pulls within four of 1K for Hopkins Academy

Friday, December 19, 2014

Kate Sullivan scored 21 points to move within four of 1,000 for her career as the Hopkins Academy girls basketball team defeated Turners Falls 63-40 at home Friday night. The senior hit five 3-pointers and also had eight rebounds and three assists. Hopkins (2-1) plays at home against Lenox at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. …

Claim of rapes roils swim community

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sitting in a coffee shop in Southampton, Monica Strzempko of Westfield recalled when her now 20-year-old daughter, Anna, was a happy, popular 13-year-old who was good at most everything — especially swimming. She had Olympic aspirations and was training hard with the Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings club, an elite team that drew swimmers …

School lunch menus

Friday, December 19, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, golden baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato salad, fresh orange, strawberry cup TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs and sauce, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks, Easthampton MONDAY: HS: Chicken tenders, spicy or plain, brown rice, tossed salad; WBMS: Creamy …

Veterans Voice: Calling the roll

Friday, December 19, 2014

Calling the Roll Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between Nov. 26 and Dec. 17. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary. David Buckley Gmyrek, 76, Hinsdale, d. Nov. 24; he enlisted in the …

The magic of Christmas captured at Look Park in Northampton

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There have been a lot of children on shoulders in the Look Park Garden House lately. With Christmas approaching, the banquet hall has again been transformed into a train station run by elves for Santa’s Trains …

Smith Vocational, VA launch new partnership based on community service, shared stories

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Army Sgt. Gerard Peters of Easthampton not only had “the best veal I ever had” last week, but was reminded that younger people continue to appreciate his service. Peters, 52, who was in the Army for …

Amherst native Richard ‘Jerry’ Snyder receives Congressional Gold Medal for Civil Air Patrol service

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst native who trained with the Civil Air Patrol in Northampton during World War II is among nearly 100 surviving volunteers who recently were given Congressional Gold Medals, the highest civilian honor for their service to the United States. Richard “Jerry” Snyder, who has made …

Bail reduced for NY man shot in Ware while allegedly trying to run down officer

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Thursday reduced bail for the New York man who was shot by a Ware police officer he was allegedly trying to run down with his car. Judge Mary-Lou Rup set bail for Sajid Dacres, who uses an alias of Quinton Avant, …

Thursday’s high school track/swimming: Northampton girls take down Chicopee, Comp

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Northampton girls track team beat Chicopee Comp 64-30 and Chicopee 61-30 during the early session of the second PVIAC meet Thursday at Smith College. The Blue Devils 4x200 team of Sophie Sharp, Alex Dibrindisi, Sierra Loomis and …

Northampton City Council delays vote on Community Preservation Act grant for CDC project on Plesant Street

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council delayed a vote Thursday on a $300,000 Community Preservation Act grant for a local nonprofit that hopes to redevelop the former Northampton Lumber site on Pleasant Street into primarily affordable housing. By a 6-2 vote, councilors said that though they want Valley Community …

Thursday’s high school sports

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Granby boys basketball team needed overtime, but picked up its first win of the season thanks to a 3-pointer from Lucas Monaco with 1.7 seconds left to beat Easthampton, 65-62, Thursday. Each team had a shot at the win prior to overtime. The Rams (1-2) missed a …