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Get Growing: Beauty bursts out at Smith and Mount Holyoke this weekend

Friday, March 6, 2015

The annual Spring Bulb Show extravaganzas open this weekend at Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges. The greenhouses will be bursting with daffodils, tulips, snowdrops and crocuses. Hyacinths will perfume the air along with the good honest smell of dirt. This year, these annual rites of spring come when all of us, green thumbs and black thumbs alike, especially yearn for …

Northampton approves stiffer penalties for failing to clear snow, ice from sidewalks

Friday, March 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council unanimously gave initial approval Thursday night to a new ordinance that requires property owners to remove snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours or face increasing fines that can reach $250 per day if they fail to comply. The ordinance still requires a second and final vote before it is officially on the city’s books and the …

After gun threat on Plain Street, Easthampton man taken to hospital for mental evaluation; nobody hurt

Thursday, March 5, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Police detained a distraught Plain Street resident Thursday afternoon after he threatened to kill himself and anyone who tried to enter his house at 12 Plain St. Nobody was hurt in the incident, according to Police Chief Bruce McMahon, who was outside the home shortly after 2 p.m., after the man …

Police urge motorists to reduce speeds as vehicles slide off road during latest storm

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Area police reminded motorists to reduce their speeds during slippery conditions as several vehicles were reported off the roads Tuesday night. State Trooper Robert Wyckoff of the Northampton barracks said that since 3 p.m., police had responded to calls of six vehicles that went off Interstate …

Snow abodes on courthouse lawn in Northampton help raise money for Cancer Connection during annual fundraiser by Monte Belmonte

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An igloo and a quinzhee on the snow-covered lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse seem like an odd place to spend the night, especially for someone who hates camping and the cold, but that’s exactly where …

Bail reduced to $10,000 for Robert Katz of Vermont on firearm charges related to Hatfield traffic stop

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Tuesday lowered bail to $10,000 for a Vermont man charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition after a December traffic stop in Hatfield. Robert M. Katz, 44, of East Concord, Vermont, who allegedly does not have a firearms identification card, …

Leverett man cited in Northampton accident involving South Hadley ambulance transporting patient to hospital

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Leverett man was cited for obstructing an emergency vehicle after his vehicle struck an ambulance taking a patient to Cooley Dickinson Hospital Monday afternoon. The accident delayed the patient’s transfer from South Hadley to the hospital, but no one was injured, according to Northampton Police …

New scholarship for graduating seniors recognizes LGBTQI youths and allies

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Franklin-Hampshire Chapter has announced a new scholarship for graduating seniors in Franklin and Hampshire counties. Known as the Eric Collins Memorial Award, the scholarship will be given to two graduating seniors, one each in Franklin and Hampshire county …

Hopkins Academy clamps down on Turners Falls, advances to WMass Division 4 final

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team had an eight-point lead but took firm control of the game without adding points on the board. The second-seeded Golden Hawks, led by Joe Yusko, Zach Kelley and Jon Morrison, …

Incense left unattended causes minor damage to apartment on Masonic Street in Northampton

Monday, March 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Masonic Street apartment sustained minor smoke and water damage after unattended incense was left burning Monday night. Deputy Fire Chief John Davine said 13 firefighters responded to 20 Masonic St. after a neighbor reported smoke coming from the second floor unit around 9:30 p.m. Two …

Bail set at $1,000 for Christopher Rigali of South Hadley who allegedly injured Northampton police officer

Monday, March 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton District Court judge set bail at $1,000 for a 35-year-old South Hadley man who was arrested Sunday night on multiple charges after he allegedly injured a police officer and threatened and assaulted staff at two downtown bars. Christopher C. Rigali, of 418 Granby Road, …

Gov. Charlie Baker proposes early retirement incentives to help reduce deficit in next year’s state budget

Monday, March 2, 2015

BOSTON — Thousands of state employees could receive incentives to retire early under a proposal Gov. Charlie Baker hopes will help plug a sizeable deficit in the next state budget, the administration confirmed Monday. The governor’s office is …

Area court news

Monday, March 2, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Matthew J. Ivory, 44, of 181 Pleasant St., pleaded not guilty Monday in Northampton District Court to charges of assault and battery on a family or household member and intimidation of a witness. According to court documents, Ivory was arrested at a friend’s house Sunday afternoon …