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The climber is seen at the Bridge Street School's playground in Northampton Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.  The equipment is one of new additions to the playground.

Improvements made to Bridge Street School playground in Northampton

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bridge Street School’s colorful playground has long been an eye-catcher. The community recently celebrated special new features to the beloved play structure. Over the summer, the hard-packed dirt outside the school was transformed into a bouncy rubber surface, where children can play without worrying about kicking up dirt or getting muddy. There is also now an asphalt area for basketball and wall ball, tables for arts and crafts, and a playhouse. “There’s lots of places for them to explore and just be kids,” Bridge Street School Principal Beth Choquette said recently while looking out at the new play area from her office window. …

Academy of Music Gaea Star Goddess Show Saturday night celebrates water, opposes pipeline

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Worthington performer Mariam Massaro and the Gaea Star Band will perform at the Academy of Music in Northampton Saturday. The show is a celebration of clean water resources, and Massaro said it is dedicated to raising awareness about the Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposed to run through Plainfield and nine Franklin County towns. “The …

New tool in Ebola battle: Smith College hosts map-making workshops

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Emma Harnisch hunched over her laptop inside a small computer laboratory on the Smith College campus Thursday night, maneuvering a map-making computer program to draw a series of buildings, roads and walking trails in a remote section of Sierra Leone in the heart of the Ebola crisis. If she did her …

Salvation Army issues appeal for more donations to ‘Coats for Kids’ campaign

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Organizers of the Salvation Army’s “Coats for Kids” campaign made a pitch this week for local people to step up — saying donations to this year’s campaign so far are “very low.” Started in 1980, the program provides free coats for children who do not have one. “This …

MAP ‘Live United’ campaign Saturday by 40 businesses in downtown Northampton

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Chuong Son had no way of knowing how much help the United Way of Hampshire County would be a year ago as he watched a fire destroy a Hadley building that housed his Vietnamese eatery. Had …

First Churches of Northampton sponsors pro-repeal forum on casino ballot question

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There will be a forum at 7 p.m. Monday in Northampton on the Nov. 4 ballot question that would repeal casinos in Massachusetts, although nobody in favor of casinos will be on the panel. David Entin, chairman of the peace and justice committee at the First …

Northampton High School Booster Day Parade will tie up downtown traffic Friday evening

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Northampton — The Northampton High School annual Booster Day Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. An expected 500 participants will assemble on Service Center Road and march up Pleasant Street and through downtown along Main and Elm streets to the high school for the homecoming …

Area police news

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Amherst ■ Nathaniel Douville, 22, of 40 Goldenrod Circle, was arrested at 2:23 a.m. Thursday on Montague Road on charges of attempting to commit a crime, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest after he repeatedly banged on the door to a home and allegedly tried to break in, …

Telephone service malfunctions at Gazette for most of Thursday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Northampton — A problem with telephone service at the Daily Hampshire Gazette at 115 Conz St. on Thursday was repaired by mid-evening. The problem which began in the early morning prevented callers from reaching employees directly for much of the day Thursday. Outgoing calls were also affected. Verizon …

Wednesday’s high schools: Smith Academy boys soccer upends Holyoke

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tanner Natale scored the game-winning goal with 10 minutes left in regulation to lift the Smith Academy boys soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Division 1 Holyoke Wednesday afternoon in Hatfield. Quinn Rickert and Joe Afflitto added …

Alleged leader of auto insurance fraud ring based in New York indicted on 29 more charges

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The alleged leader of an auto insurance fraud ring has been indicted on 29 new charges. Lefen “Helen” Chen, 55, of Flushing, N.Y., is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on those charges of insurance fraud, perjury and conspiracy. Chen is accused of being the ringleader of a New …

Stephanie Solivan denies charges resulting from alleged beating of woman at Meadowbrook Apartments; warrant issued for Veronica Lisenby

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested one city woman and are seeking another who they believe were responsible for dragging a third woman from her home at Meadowbrook Apartments in Florence on Sunday and beating her with a chain. Stephanie A. Solivan, 26, of 241 Jackson St., Apt. 4B, pleaded …

Appeal must be decided before third murder trial for Cara Lee Rintala scheduled

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A possible third murder trial for Cara Lee Rintala must wait until the Supreme Judicial Court rules on an appeal filed by her lawyers who continue to seek dismissal of the case. Rintala is accused of …