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Big plays hurt Smith Voke in 33-8 loss to Franklin Tech

Sunday, October 4, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Three big plays are what separated Smith Vocational from keeping this game close. The Vikings were unable to overcome those obstacles and Franklin County Tech posted a 33-8 Tri-County League football victory Saturday afternoon in the blustery conditions at Franklin Tech. The Eagles (3-1, 2-0 TCL) never ran an offensive play in the first quarter, but held a 6-0 lead thanks to CJ Daignault’s 77-yard punt return …

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders focuses on economic issues at Springfield rally

Saturday, October 3, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the Independent Vermont Senator, delivered a speech centered on income inequality to a cheering crowd at the MassMutual Center here Saturday. Campaign officials estimated that between 2,000 and 3,000 would attend Saturday’s event. Final attendance estimates provided by MassMutual Center staff came in at 5,700 to …

As shmita year ends for Jews, attention remains on restoring environmental health

Friday, October 2, 2015

Just as Sabbath is a day of rest in Judaism and Christianity, the “shmita” year is defined in the Jewish Torah as a sabbatical year as part of a seven-year cycle, to give the land a rest. But the concept of shmita is not just for Jews, who just welcomed year 5776, nor is it just for farmers. With climate disruption, desertification, a …

New park, more public transportation among ideas to help guide Northampton in adapting to climate change

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A new park, added public transportation and using wastewater for heating and cooling are among the ideas presented Wednesday night by a team of experts from around the country who spent three days in Northampton to help guide it in preparing for the effects of climate …

Wednesday’s high school cross country/golf: Mackenzie Werenski wins again to pace South Hadley

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Mackenzie Werenski finished first for the third straight meet to start the season in leading the South Hadley girls cross country team to a 17-50 home win over Holyoke Wednesday. Werenski completed the 3.1-mile course in 22 minutes, 58 seconds. Jackie Doyle and Mia Kelly each crossed in …

Owners and workers say Hotel Northampton union voted down largely because of consultants’ presentations

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Hotel Northampton owner Mansour Ghalibaf and several of his pro-union employees agree that presentations delivered by hired consultants largely contributed to workers’ vote last week against union representation. Nearly two-thirds of the workers had signed union …

Area police news

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ An intoxicated college-age man who attempted to enter the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity on North Pleasant Street and then loitered on the lawn was not found when police arrived at 1:41 a.m. Wednesday. At 2:11 a.m., the man was seen nearby at the intersection of Massachusetts …

Dr. R.F. Conway steps down as Cooley Dickinson Hospital emergency department medical director after more than 33 years

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Dr. R.F. Conway will leave his role as Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s emergency department medical director on Thursday after more than 33 years, but will continue to work for the hospital in other capacities — including as …

Wednesday’s prep schools: Williston boys soccer earns first victory

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A pair of locals helped secure the first win of the season for the Williston Northampton boys soccer team Wednesday afternoon. Davis Smith (Amherst) scored the game’s lone goal and Jacob Zaranek (South Deerfield) earned a shutout with six saves as the Wildcats beat Pomfret 1-0 in Easthampton. …

Nancy Whitley testifies that she had no knowledge ex-wife Heather Whitley removed depositors’ money from escrow accounts

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nancy B. Whitley testified in Hampshire Superior Court on Wednesday against her ex-wife and business partner, Heather P. Whitley, who is on trial for allegedly taking $146,000 from people who were making deposits to buy condominiums …

Levi Kickler of Northampton denies assaulting two corrections officers

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Levi Kickler of Northampton pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday to two charges of assault and battery on a corrections officer. According to indictments issued by a grand jury Sept. 9, Kickler is accused of assaulting two corrections officers in Northampton on March 17, …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

At Amherst Town Hall “Heart in Nature,” an exhibit of impressionistic paintings of landscapes and nature by Debra Truskinoff, will be view through Oct. 31 at Amherst Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Avenue. There will be a reception Thursday …

Arrested Motion: Northampton’s 2015 Biennial Exhibit at Hosmer Gallery

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A video montage of people swinging clubs, putting on lipstick and eating. Digitally altered photographs of bodies seeming to fall through space. A brooding monotype print of a stretch of urban highway. A painting that adds imagery inspired …