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Sam Hannigan, an elevator inspector with the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety, checks the fire service on the No. 1 elevator at the Northampton Housing Authority's McDonald House during the course of an annual inspection Wednesday.
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Northampton Housing Authority board to address Open Meeting Law violations, ‘litigation issues’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Housing Authority’s board of commissioners will convene a special meeting early Monday to publicly address for the first time a reorganization of the agency. The meeting begins with a closed-door session to discuss “litigation issues,” and the board will also discus issues arising from its violation of the Open Meeting Law earlier this month. The session …

With lease up in June 2016, Nonotuck Community School considers next steps

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With the city’s lease to the Nonotuck Community School set to expire next June, the future of the Florence child care center is uncertain — and school officials are hoping for more time to develop a new plan to continue operating. “We’re certainly not planning on closing,” said Connelly Stokes-Buckles, president of the school’s board of directors. “It’s a neighborhood institution. …

Forbes Library in Northampton to end its outreach program for homebound people

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A long-running Forbes Library program that hand delivers books to homebound people will cease operations in September. The Forbes outreach program delivers books, videos and other materials to people who are confined to their homes or who live at nursing facilities. Library Director Janet Moulding said money woes have forced the …

Police probe bear cub death

Monday, August 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A deceased black bear cub was located on Reservoir Road Monday night, possibly struck by a passing vehicle, according to police. Officer Steven Digiammo said police were contacted at around 8:30 p.m. about the bear and an officer responded to assist in moving it to the …

Family of woman who died of complications from pregnancy in 2013 sues Cooley Dickinson Hospital for missing signs of pre-eclampsia, misleading family

Monday, August 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The family of a 32-year-old Hadley woman who died from complications during pregnancy while being treated at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in 2013 is suing the hospital for negligence. The suit also alleges that hospital staff misled …

Transperformance 25: “Look at the Movies!” postponed to Wednesday due to threat of storms

Monday, August 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The 25th annual Transperformance is being rescheduled due to a threat of severe weather, according to organizers. Steve Sanderson, arts events producer for the Northampton Arts Council, said Monday afternoon that the fundraising event has moved from Tuesday to Wednesday at the Pines Theater in Look …

With a jury selected, opening statements in third UMass rape trial to begin Tuesday

Monday, August 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Opening statements will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the third of four expected trials connected with an alleged rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard J. Carey and attorneys selected the jury Monday that will decide the …

Thornes Marketplace welcomes new tenants, expansion of longtime anchors

Monday, August 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Changes are in the works at Thornes Marketplace as the popular downtown shopping spot welcomes a new juice bar, an expansion at Cedar Chest, and the opening of a second location for an Amherst-based gift shop …

Seth Isman looking at months of recovery after Cummington accident, wife says

Monday, August 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Erika Hollister of Hadley said her husband’s breathing tube prevented him from speaking when he woke up in the Intensive Care Unit at Baystate Medical Center after his Aug. 5 car accident on Route 9. He …

Previously laid-off housing authority employees now on paid leave; closed-door meeting minutes released

Monday, August 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Employees at the Northampton Housing Authority who lost their jobs as part of an agency restructuring this month have been informed that they are now on paid administrative leave, the Gazette has learned. The employees were …

Release of tenant data at Northampton Housing Authority under scrutiny by state agency

Monday, August 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Housing Authority’s board of commissioners was given a collection of tenant data at its Aug. 10 meeting that current and former housing leaders say is highly unusual and may have violated tenant privacy rights …

Eversource and National Grid file modernization plans

Monday, August 24, 2015

If all goes according to plan, local electric utilities could have a digital eye — and finger — on customers’ thermostats. “Advanced Metering Functionalities” including, with customer permission, communication with and control of appliances, are among the goals laid out by the Department of Public Utilities for the …

Toys optional

Monday, August 24, 2015