Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
Cloudy
84°
Cloudy
Hi 89° | Lo 65°

Northampton

Comprehensive tree management program takes root in Northampton

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The streets of Northampton were much greener a century ago than they are today, according to photographs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Those photographs appeared in a June 2014 presentation to City Council by Lilly Lombard, who led an advocacy effort last year for a comprehensive tree management program in Northampton following a steady decline in public shade trees. On average, the city lost about …

Three County Fair begins 2015 run Friday

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Visitors at the Three County Fair this weekend can expect to enjoy old favorites such as the demolition derby and the exhibit hall with 15-foot sunflowers and giant pumpkins, as well as some spicy new additions — including Moto Maniacs, in which riders perform a high-wire act on motorcycles. The agricultural …

The first day

Thursday, September 3, 2015

State Valor Act may apply to Westfield man accused of smashing wine bottles, smearing blood in restaurant’s kitchen

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Westfield man who was arrested Saturday after allegedly smashing wine bottles in a restaurant and then smearing his blood through the kitchen of a nearby eatery was not arraigned in court because he qualifies for possible resolution under the state’s Valor Act. The act relative …

New policy educates Northampton students about online voter registration

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With the start of the school year, students are now being reminded of their civic duty. This fall, seniors at Northampton High School will be presented with instructions for accessing online voter registration. “One of our obligations as a public school district is to advise students …

Area police news

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Northampton ∎ Darcy R. Flynn, 31, of 27 Elizabeth St., was arrested at 10:17 p.m. Monday on a charge of shoplifting over $100 by concealing merchandise. Police allege she shoplifted clothing and other items with a total value of $112.27. ∎ A resident of Northampton Lodging at 129 …

Northampton License Commission to hold hearings on two businesses that allegedly sold alcohol to minors

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two city businesses are being called before the License Commission after police said they served alcohol to people under 21 during a June 13 compliance check. Doyle’s Package Store at 84 Maple St. in Florence will have a license violation hearing before the commission at its …

Jury fails to reach verdict after first day of deliberations in Adam Liccardi UMass rape trial

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors in the rape trial of Adam T. Liccardi deliberated for nearly seven hours Tuesday but did not reach a verdict. With the court’s closing time of 4:30 p.m. approaching, jurors asked to stay and deliberate …

Northampton reimposes ban on non-essential daytime water use

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The city on Tuesday reimposed an immediate daytime ban on non-essential water use to protect stream flow for aquatic life and to ensure a sustainable water supply, according to city officials. The restrictions are in effect between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. until further notice. Violators …

Plan for memorial bench at former Northampton State Hospital moves forward

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Plans to restore the memorial to patients buried at the former Northampton State Hospital grounds are moving forward in a collaboration between the Historical Society and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. The memorial’s mahogany bench …

Mayor sends weekend alert on alleged Open Meeting Law violation; three more meeting law complaints filed by employee

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Housing Authority planned to start its special meeting Monday with an executive session but canceled those plans after Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz raised concerns about its agenda possibly violating the Open Meeting Law. Meantime, the authority’s longtime maintenance director, David Adamson, on Monday …

Director hires firm linked to her former employer

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — To provide tenant services at the Northampton Housing Authority, newy hired Executive Director Cara Clifford is hiring a nonprofit company with close ties to her former employer in Connecticut. She also has hired a new assistant executive director, Maria Walton, at a budgeted salary of $72,000, …