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JERREY ROBERTS
Railroad camp cars and a generator rest on the tracks behind North Street in Northampton Thursday.

North Street neighborhood ready for rail worker camp to move on, calls for more communication from Pan Am next time

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While many North Street residents are excited about the return of passenger rail service to Northampton, most won’t shed a tear Friday when a temporary camp of railroad workers stationed behind their homes moves out as expected. “We’ll be waving you goodbye; we’re glad you’re going,” said Joan Rasool, of 96 North St. Rasool and her neighbor Marge … 0

Scathing inspector general’s report details Evan Dobelle’s excessive and wasteful spending of public money

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly nine months after Evan S. Dobelle resigned as president of Westfield State University, the state inspector general on Thursday released a stinging review of his spending, suggesting a leader who repeatedly abused his authority, exploited more than $180,000 of public money for personal use and violated the public trust. The … 0

Linens, spoons and lunatics: Team works to preserve county probate records

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON —According to records from Hampshire County Probate Court, on July 15, public notice was given that Josiah Allis was officially declared a lunatic. Oh, that was July 15, 1843, just to be clear. That probate record, along with thousands of others, some dating back nearly 350 years, is in the process of … 0

MAP Northampton begins largest paving operation in years with $2 million and dozens of streets picked for improvement

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In what Northampton’s public works director calls the largest paving operation in years, road repairs to the tune of some $2 million are officially in full swing at various spots around the city. Nearly a dozen … 1

Music review: Band of Horses and Midlake refresh roots-rock groove at Calvin

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A crossroads runs through the heart of most good rock songs, and that’s just where Band of Horses and Midlake planted themselves on Monday night for an engaging dual concert at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton. These are … 0

Northampton florist has money for daughter’s wedding stolen in break-in

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When someone broke into the safe inside Nuttelman’s Florist sometime overnight, it wasn’t money for the business or to pay bills that was taken, said office manager Mary Nuttelman. It was the money she and her … 0

MAP Multi-year volunteer project to make Mud Pond Trail, off Moody Bridge Road in Hadley, accessible to all nears completion, opening set for October

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

HADLEY — On a sweltering late July day, Henry Kahan, 16, took a break from building a boardwalk for a trail through the forest in the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Hadley. He got … 0

Profiting from loss: S. Hadley man accused of stealing $5,000 from fundraiser for classmate who died

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite her anger, Cathy Machak said she doesn’t want jail time for the man who allegedly embezzled thousands of dollars from a fundraiser in memory of her late son, who died last year. Machak said a … 1

Area police news

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Amherst ■ A 19-year-old Holyoke man will be summoned to court on a charge of breaking and entering during the nighttime after he entered the community room at Jean Elder Apartments, 9 Chestnut St., and was dound asleep there Saturday at 8:16 a.m., police said. Belchertown ■ Gina … 0

Music for a cause Haydenville musician proves you’re never too young for good deeds

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On certain sunny weekday afternoons, Sayla Russell-Blake can be found playing her violin on Main Street in Northampton. Sayla isn’t an out-of-work music student looking for extra cash — she’s 7, and she’s playing to raise … 0

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Two arrested in Northampton assault

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested two men Tuesday morning in connection with an alleged assault and robbery on Eastern Avenue Monday night. Cameron Mitchell, 33, of 18 Arlington St., Easthampton was arrested about 11:51 a.m. on charges of assault and battery, unarmed robbery and two counts of witness intimidation. … 0

AREA POLICE NEWS

Monday, July 28, 2014

Amherst  A New Hampshire man was arrested and charged with a number of crimes early Sunday morning, including assault and battery on a police officer, after he allegedly was found sleeping on the porch of Amherst Laser and Skin Care on North Pleasant Street. Police said they … 0