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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
(L-R) Gerard Peters, of Easthampton, Tricia Dandrea and Matthew Watkins, of Leeds, laugh as they have a conversation during a holiday luncheon hosted by National Honor Society at the Oliver Smith Restaurant at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

Smith Vocational, VA launch new partnership based on community service, shared stories

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Army Sgt. Gerard Peters of Easthampton not only had “the best veal I ever had” last week, but was reminded that younger people continue to appreciate his service. Peters, 52, who was in the Army for 10 years that included the invasion of Grenada in 1983, was among five veterans from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Central …

Amherst native Richard ‘Jerry’ Snyder receives Congressional Gold Medal for Civil Air Patrol service

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst native who trained with the Civil Air Patrol in Northampton during World War II is among nearly 100 surviving volunteers who recently were given Congressional Gold Medals, the highest civilian honor for their service to the United States. Richard “Jerry” Snyder, who has made his home in Arizona since the 1950s, was one of 46 alumni of the Civil …

Bail reduced for NY man shot in Ware while allegedly trying to run down officer

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Thursday reduced bail for the New York man who was shot by a Ware police officer he was allegedly trying to run down with his car. Judge Mary-Lou Rup set bail for Sajid Dacres, who uses an alias of Quinton Avant, at $35,000. He has been held at the Hampshire County Jail on $100,000 bail since …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

First Night volunteers Northampton Center for the Arts is seeking volunteers to help First Night Northampton run smoothly. It’s a commitment of several hours on Wednesday, Dec. 31, for one of three shifts: 1 to 5 p.m., 4:30 …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Paintbox Theatre’s ‘The Santa Show!’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In Paintbox Theatre’s “The Santa Show!,” a young girl known as “Christmas” Petersen journeys to the North Pole to speak up for children on the ‘Bad” list. She believes that Santa should have three lists: The good, the …

Music review: St. Petersburg Quartet returns to Northampton

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

By MARK MORFORD Gazette Contributing Writer The Russian string quartet from St. Petersburg made a welcome return to the Music in Deerfield concerts Sunday at Smith College’s Sweeney Concert Hall in Northampton. The program began with an arrangement …

Button up and count down for 30th-anniversary First Night Northampton

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It’s not easy to be all things to all people, but Penny Burke and her merry band of magicians at First Night Northampton come pretty close every year. On Dec. 31, the city will ring in the new …

State grant expands precision-machinist training in Franklin and Hampshire counties

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a $276,705 state grant, Greenfield Community College and Franklin County Technical School will be able to continue to offer its precision-machinist training over the next two years as well expand offerings to include blueprint reading, metrology, grinding and lean manufacturing. A total of 56 adults …

Northampton to study crosswalk safety after pedestrian critically injured last week

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City officials plan to conduct a study of all city crosswalks in light of safety concerns after a Northampton woman was critically injured when she was struck by a car in a crosswalk on Bridge Street …

Tuesday’s high schools: Northampton holds off Sabis in girls basketball opener

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The only returning starter for the Northampton girls basketball team joined a pair of newcomers in helping lead the Blue Devils to a season-opening 55-47 home victory over Sabis Tuesday night. Charlotte Maurer began her senior season with 14 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and five assists for …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Amherst opens season with sweep of Central

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Amherst Regional boys and girls swimming & diving team each opened their season with solid victories at Central Tuesday afternoon. The Hurricane boys earned a 96-84 win and the girls dominated 108-65 in the coaching debut of Evan Maczka. Calvin Lin, Marc Klepacki, Samson Braun and Hunter …

Sex offender Charles Capen of Easthampton accused of sexually assaulting teenager after chaperoning party

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton sex offender accused of inappropriately touching a teenager after chaperoning a party in Hatfield was arraigned in Northampton District Court on Monday and bail was set at $5,000. Charles W. Capen, 32, of 4 Clinton St., pleaded not guilty to a charge of indecent …

Stephanie Solivan of Northampton denies beating another woman with chain

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton woman in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday denied beating another woman with a chain in October. Stephanie A. Solivan, 26, of 241 Jackson St., Apt. 4B, pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, breaking and entering …