Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
Hi 33° | Lo 8°


Police ticket 50 for violating snow parking ban, with 20 vehicles towed

Friday, November 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In what has become an rite of passage for the season’s first snowstorm, police spent good portion of their time early Thursday morning ticketing or ordering vehicles towed for parking on city streets during a snow emergency. Despite stepped-up notification efforts through social media, traditional media and the physical presence of flashing blue lights downtown warning of a snow emergency — and hence a parking ban — police …

Singers support Toy Fund for second year

Friday, November 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Last March, the Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble made up of 28 elite singers performed a concert in Northampton to benefit the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund. The concert was a success, said choral director Tony Thornton, and raised $1,000 for the Gazette-sponsored fund that helps families in need buy gifts for …

Several hundred people gather at community Thanksgiving meals served in Northampton and Amherst

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — With some area residents dealing with power outages following the season’s first snowstorm, the basement of the Edwards Church became a place to seek sanctuary and eat a Thanksgiving meal for more than 200 people Thursday. MANNA Soup Kitchen served 600 meals from the church at the corner of Main and …

Area police news

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Amherst ∎ Youssef Elghorfi, 25, of 81 Silver Lane, Unit B, Sunderland, was arrested at 1:23 a.m. Tuesday at Stackers, 57 North Pleasant St., on a charge of defacing property and two counts of assault and battery after a window was reported smashed at the bar. Northampton ∎ …

Weather gurus predict snow for wherever you drive on Wednesday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Max Saito of Northampton hopes to make it to Vermont by Wednesday evening, but he’ll settle for Thursday morning if necessary. Like everyone else around here with Thanksgiving travel plans, Saito lamented that one of the …

Compressor station for proposed pipeline stirs concerns in Deerfield

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DEERFIELD — When Tom and Ben Clark of Clarkdale Fruit Farm learned a month or so ago that Kinder Morgan was changing its preferred route for its proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project south from a path that would …

Northampton property owners to see $124 increase in property taxes this year, council keeps single tax rate

Monday, November 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Property owners in the city should expect to see a slight jump in their tax bills this year when third-quarter bills go out in January, though the increase will not be nearly as large as last year when a Proposition 2½ override kicked in. The City …

Long a dream, high-speed passenger rail service set for Dec. 29 launch throughout the Valley

Monday, November 24, 2014

Five weeks and counting. After years of planning for higher-speed passenger rail service in the Valley, the first Amtrak train is on track to roll up the river just before the first of the year. “From everything we …

Body ID’d as that of missing man

Monday, November 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has positively identified the body found in a Look Park pond Friday as that of Reed Bennett, the 34-year-old Easthampton man who had been missing for four days, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Mary Carey, spokeswoman for …

2 defendants in crowbar beating get jail time

Monday, November 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It might be a while before Joseph Florence feels right about helping someone in trouble. Florence was brutally attacked last January after he responded to a plea for help from a pregnant woman who said she was having car trouble near his Searle Road home in …

Order up: Jerry’s Place reopens after a month of repairs

Monday, November 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Bacon is sizzling and spatulas are flying for the first time in almost a month at Jerry’s Place. Deerfield Selectman David Wolfram and his wife, Mary, were among some of the first hungry patrons to step through the familiar Elm Street doors into the newly …

Health briefs: A listing of area programs, suppport groups

Monday, November 24, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING Falls Prevention — The Strength in Numbers six-week class on Falls Prevention, sponsored by Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, is on now available on area cable TV networks. It will be aired on Northampton Cable TV, …

Weekend colleges: Amherst drops Mount Holyoke in Tip-Off Classic, ties UConn for longest home win streak

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ali Doswell scored 25 points, while Marley Giddins had 16 and Meredith Doswell added 12 as the Amherst College women’s basketball team beat Baruch College, 73-63, in the Amherst Tip-Off Classic Final on Sunday. The win pushed the Lord Jeffs’ (3-0) consecutive home win streak to 100 games, …