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Ryan D. Welch listens to testimony on Tuesday, the fourth day of his murder trial in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton.

Police officer in Welch murder trial says defendant talked of fight with slaying victim Jessica Ann Pripstein

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Easthampton police officer who arrested Ryan D. Welch on a drunken driving charge after he struck a telephone pole on Valentine’s Day 2012 said Welch reported fighting with his girlfriend earlier in the day. “He stated to me that he had just been in a fight with his girlfriend and just wanted to go home,” Officer Robert …

Northampton tree survey volunteer gets a lesson in identification skills

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Before volunteering in the Northampton tree surveying project last weekend, I would have guessed that a “London plane” was something that flew in and out of Heathrow Airport. Now, thanks to a group of dedicated arborists, forestry experts, and tree enthusiasts, my tree identification skills have been sharpened a bit and …

Area briefs

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Northampton TEACHING POLISH: Beginning this week, the Rev. Adam Czarnecki of St. Valentine Parish, 127 King St., is teaching Polish language classes at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the parish hall of the church. There is no charge. For further information, call the rectory office at 584-0133. Deerfield ART AUCTION: The Friends of the Tilton Library will hold a month-long art auction in the …

Monday’s high school field hockey: Northampton blows out Palmer

Monday, September 15, 2014

Kristina Ramsden, Reilly Griffin and Missie Maiewski each scored twice to lead the Northampton field hockey team to a 7-1 home win over Palmer on Monday. Ramsden and Griffin also had an assist apiece for the Blue Devils (2-1, 2-1 Central). Kerry Fleming added a tally, while Emily …

Monday’s high school soccer: Hampshire boys strike for first win

Monday, September 15, 2014

After opening the season with back-to-back scoreless ties, the Hampshire Regional boys soccer team’s offense woke up and shut out Palmer with an 8-0 win at home Monday. Bryan Brasil (two goals, assist) and Brendan Bzdel (two assists, goal) each collected three points in the blowout for the …

Monday’s golf: Granby rolls past Mahar, stays perfect

Monday, September 15, 2014

Shane Hollenbeck shot a match-best 38 and was one of five Granby golfers to earn individual sweeps in a 201/2-31/2 victory over Mahar Monday at Ellinwood Country Club in Athol. Alex Joao, Tom Rezzani, Jesse Molin and Dominic Rosazza also won their matches 4-0 for the unbeaten Rams …

Area police news

Monday, September 15, 2014

Amherst ∎ Shannon M. Walsh, 22, of Norwood, was arrested at 5:23 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Pine Street and Sand Hill Road on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol after she was found slumped over the steering wheel of …

‘Disruption’ documentary about climate change will be screened Tuesday; more than 1,000 people from Valley expected at People’s Climate March

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A documentary that traces the history of climate change and profiles the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday will be shown in Northampton Tuesday night. “Disruption” is being screened at 7 p.m. at Stoddard Hall auditorium on Elm Street across from the Art …

Leeds Civic Association heads effort to save dilapidated Hotel Bridge over Mill River

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As a special police officer for Northampton nearly five decades ago, Chuck Dunning had frequent occasion to cross the iconic Hotel Bridge as part of his job walking the beat in Leeds. He remembers lingering on …

New payment system at Northampton parking garage will accept credit cards

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A new payment system at the E. John Gare parking garage will begin dispensing paper tickets instead of plastic cards Wednesday morning as the city moves to a more reliable way for people to use its …

UPDATED: Neighbor of slain woman in Easthampton testifies he heard her arguing with boyfriend Ryan Welch

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A neighbor of Jessica Ann Pripstein told Hampshire Superior Court jurors Monday that he heard Pripstein and her boyfriend, Ryan D. Welch, arguing loudly several times in her Easthampton apartment — and once saw Welch packing …

New owners gear up to enliven Curves in Northampton

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Over the years, Hatfield resident Rose Mary Mok has been a member of several gyms affiliated with the international Curves chain. Now she is co-owner of one. Mok teamed up with three veteran staff members from …

B2B ID: Kendall Knapik

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NAME: Kendall Knapik TITLE: Owner, Northampton Jewelers Inc. ADDRESS: 104 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060 WEBSITE: www.northamptonjewelersinc.com AGE: 25 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: June 2014 HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: One WHAT YOU DO: My area of expertise …