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Northampton Fire Capt. Matthew Lemberg leaves a resident of Forest Glen Drive after going door-to-door to evacuate about ten houses on the street which were downwind from a ruptured gas line at 85 Cahillane Terrace Monday afternoon. Soon after Lemberg checked the inside of this house for gas he got a call that the ruptured line had been shut off and residents on Forest Glen could return to their homes.

Separate gas leaks prompt evacuation of homes on Cahillane Terrace, Bridge Road

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A ruptured natural gas line caused firefighters to temporarily evacuate more than 20 homes on and around Cahillane Terrace early Monday afternoon. A second unrelated incident at mid-afternoon prompted the evacuation of a building at Meadowbrook Apartments on Bridge Road. According to the Northampton Fire Department, a crew from Fitzgerald Fence accidentally ruptured a half-inch residential gas line …

Northampton License Commission hears presentations from seven restaurants seeking Eric Suher’s former liquor license

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Seven city restaurant owners are eager to get their hands on a seasonal liquor license stripped in May from downtown property owner Eric Suher after it was dormant for more than five years. The businesses are vying to acquire the license and representatives for three of those restaurants were scheduled to make their cases at a public hearing before the License …

Jury finds Ryan Welch guilty of first-degree murder in Jessica Ann Pripstein slaying

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Moments after hearing a jury declare Ryan D. Welch guilty of first-degree murder, Rochelle Pripstein dried her eyes, stood up in court and described her daughter, Jessica Ann Pripstein, as a proud, beautiful woman who had many friends in her adopted home of western Massachusetts. “We always tried to lure her …

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, September 19, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. The Northampton High School class of 1954 will hold its 60th reunion on the weekend of Oct. …

Film screening offered as alternative to climate march

Friday, September 19, 2014

Northampton ‘ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT OF WAR’ — For anyone who could not get to the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday, local activist Frances Crowe is hosting a screening of the film “Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War” at 2 p.m. Sunday …

Northampton Human Rights Commission asks City Council to condemn flag burning at Congregation B’nai Israel

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A month after the vandalism of an Israeli flag in front of a city synagogue, the Human Rights Commission Thursday night called on the City Council to take an “incontrovertible” public stance in condemning the crime and to stand in solidarity with the Jewish community. The …

UPDATED: Welch jury hears of angry texts between Ryan Welch and Jessica Pripstein

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Defendant Ryan D. Welch stood in Hampshire Superior Court Friday to announce he would not take the stand in his Hampshire Superior Court murder trial. “I think it is in my best interest,” he told Judge …

Slope project delayed

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Hoping the two sides can reach an agreement, the City Council Thursday postponed a vote on whether to grant temporary easements allowing public works officials to cross land owned by a Leeds couple to complete a slope stabilization project near Musante Beach. The Department of Public …

Thursday’s high schools: Danielle Easton nets three goals and Holyoke Catholic beats Hopkins Academy

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Danielle Easton posted a hat trick Thursday afternoon to guide the Holyoke Catholic girls soccer team to a 3-1 home victory over Hopkins Academy. Julie Pirog assisted on Easton’s game winner with roughly 11 minutes left in regulation. Meg Goncalves also had an assist for the Gaels (3-3, …

Thursday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy sweeps aside Ware

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Four Hopkins Academy golfers swept their individual matches Thursday afternoon as the Golden Hawks breezed to a 20-4 victory over Ware at Hickory Ridge. Medalist Caleb Farnham shot a 40 to earn a 4-0 win at No. 2. Spencer Butterfield, Joe Yusko and Liam Higgins followed suit for …

Court news

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Northampton ■ Daniel Flores, 21, of 605 Northampton St., Holyoke, denied a charge of assault and battery of a family or household member in Northampton District Court Thursday. According to court documents, Flores was arrested at the Northampton Police Station Wednesday at 2:40 p.m. after allegedly punching an …

A lifetime of music Smith College Alumnae Chorus to honor composer Alice Parker, class of 1947, in special concert

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Who says your time singing in college has to end with graduation? For members of the Smith College Alumnae Chorus, launched four years ago, choral music remains a means for forging connections among graduates of different classes and …

Five College consortium to build library annex to hold excess 2.5 million volumes from member campuses

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMHERST — Prompted mainly by the need for more space at the University of Massachusetts and Smith College libraries, the Five College Consortium expects to begin construction next spring of a 2.5-million volume annex to hold lesser-used books and materials. The consortium, based in Amherst, plans to purchase …