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Some voters to consider stronger anti-corruption measures for politicians, legalization of marijuana

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Strengthening anti-corruption laws for politicians and taking a step toward full legalization of marijuana are public policy questions on Tuesday’s ballot in two area legislative districts. With state Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, expected to become president of the Massachusetts Senate next year, voters in the 24 communities that make up his Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester District will consider a non-binding public policy question aimed at reducing the influence of …

Wednesday’s high school and preps: Amherst girls soccer shut out Cathedral, 3-0, on senior night

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jamie Staples scored a goal and had two assists as the Amherst Regional girls soccer team enjoyed a successful senior night by beating Cathedral 3-0. Izzy Tripp and Sage DeChiara each added a goal, while senior Kailey Tobin earned an assist for the tournament-bound Hurricanes (6-9-3, 5-2-1 Central). April Weintraub and Antriese Suarez shared the shutout by making three saves apiece. Smith Academy …

Renewed grant continues advocates supporting survivors of domestic and sexual assaults in Amherst, Northampton

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A grant that has allowed survivors of domestic and sexual assaults in Amherst and Northampton and on the University of Massachusetts campus to receive immediate support and services from civilian advocates will continue for another three years. Amherst Police, in collaboration with Northampton Police, UMass Police and the UMass Center for Women and Community, recently received a $300,000 award from the Department of …

WMass girls volleyball: Frontier aims for 10th straight sectional and 5th straight state title as No. 1 seed

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team can accomplish a pair of milestone streaks this postseason. The Red Hawks are aiming for their 10th straight Western Massachusetts Division 3 title and their fifth consecutive state crown. But coach Sean …

WMass girls volleyball: Frontier aims for 10th straight sectional and 5th straight state title as No. 1 seed

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team can accomplish a pair of milestone streaks this postseason. The Red Hawks are aiming for their 10th straight Western Massachusetts Division 3 title and their fifth consecutive state crown. But coach Sean …

Area court news

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Easthampton ∎ Latisha E. Ealy, 37, of 44 South St., pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Tuesday to four charges, including two related to an alleged attempt to escape from Easthampton Police by removing her hands from handcuffs. Ealy is charged with assault and battery on …

Area police news

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Granby ∎ Juan Lopez Jr., 33, of Springfield, was arrested on West State Street at 7:47 p.m. Thursday on a warrant. ∎ Joanne Provost, 48, of Chicopee, was arrested on New Ludlow Road at 1:35 a.m. Oct. 18 on a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. …

State awards more than $1 million in grants to Northampton and Amherst, including money for Pulaski Park

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city’s long-desired plan to redesign and expand Pulaski Park into a downtown hub of activity for residents of all ages received a huge financial boost this week thanks to a $400,000 grant from the state. …

Tales of Truth Springfield students take Florence walking tour in study of famed abolitionist

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Florence is the classroom this week for 55 students from Springfield’s Commonwealth Academy who are studying famed abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Thanks to a $9,248 “Engaging New Audiences” grant from the Northampton-based Mass Humanities, the private, college …

Monday’s high schools: Caleb Farnham fires 89, finishes 22nd at state Division 3 tournament

Monday, October 27, 2014

A week after winning the Western Massachusetts golf championship, Caleb Farnham shot an 89 and finished 22nd in the state Division 3 tournament at Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown on Monday. The Hopkins Academy sophomore did not see the course until a nine-hole practice round on Sunday. …

WMass Field hockey: Three teams battle in Division 2; Northampton, South Hadley eye Division 1 crown

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Western Massachusetts Field Hockey Tournament brackets were released Monday, officially opening postseason play. Of the 13 western Mass. programs in Division 2, just three qualified. Two of the 13 teams — South Hadley and Mahar — qualified, …

VIDEO: Scream Season in the Valley: Growing Halloween scene now includes zombie paintball, ghost walks and more

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Valley has long boasted its fair share of pumpkin patches and corn mazes geared to families around Halloween. But a growing number of attractions is designed to appeal to older crowds. Elaborate scenes featuring storylines involving zombies, …

After fatal hayride accidents in Maine and Idaho, local purveyors say safety a priority

Monday, October 27, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Fatal accidents at hayrides in Maine and Idaho in a span of two days this month have raised questions about the safety of such seasonal attractions. On Oct. 10, an 18-year-old playing the part of a zombie was killed when he fell under the wheels of …