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Some voters to consider stronger anti-corruption measures for politicians, legalization of marijuana

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Strengthening anti-corruption laws for politicians and taking a step toward full legalization of marijuana are public policy questions on Tuesday’s ballot in two area legislative districts. With state Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, expected to become president of the Massachusetts Senate next year, voters in the 24 communities that make up his Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester District will consider a non-binding public policy question aimed at reducing the influence of …

Wednesday’s high school and preps: Amherst girls soccer shut out Cathedral, 3-0, on senior night

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jamie Staples scored a goal and had two assists as the Amherst Regional girls soccer team enjoyed a successful senior night by beating Cathedral 3-0. Izzy Tripp and Sage DeChiara each added a goal, while senior Kailey Tobin earned an assist for the tournament-bound Hurricanes (6-9-3, 5-2-1 Central). April Weintraub and Antriese Suarez shared the shutout by making three saves apiece. Smith Academy …

Renewed grant continues advocates supporting survivors of domestic and sexual assaults in Amherst, Northampton

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A grant that has allowed survivors of domestic and sexual assaults in Amherst and Northampton and on the University of Massachusetts campus to receive immediate support and services from civilian advocates will continue for another three years. Amherst Police, in collaboration with Northampton Police, UMass Police and the UMass Center for Women and Community, recently received a $300,000 award from the Department of …

Owner of King Street Liquors in Northampton says alleged sale to minors a ‘mistake’

Monday, October 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In a police alcohol sting Saturday night, four underage youths purchased liquor from King Street Liquors, triggering a hearing before the License Commission. The store at 166 King St. allegedly sold the alcohol to four of six minors between the ages of 16 and 19 without …

Area police news

Monday, October 27, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating break-ins to a residence and a restaurant, both reported about 3 p.m. Sunday. Management at Loose Goose Cafe, 1 East Pleasant St., reported an undetermined amount of money was stolen after the business was entered, apparently through a basement door. A resident at …

Business briefs

Monday, October 27, 2014

Chamber hosts security forum for merchants Easthampton — The Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce, with Florence Savings Bank and Easthampton Savings Bank, will hold a “Small Business Information Security Forum” from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at …

B2B ID: Brooksley Williams, owner, Valley Ayurveda, Northampton

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NAME: Brooksley Williams TITLE: Owner, Valley Ayurveda, 98 Main St., Northampton WEBSITE: www.valleyayurveda.com AGE: 43 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: July 2010 HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: One WHAT YOU DO: We offer diet and lifestyle consultations based on …

Youth football: Northampton upsets Holyoke to advance to SAFL Senior Division final

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The fourth-seeded Northampton Blue Devils upset No. 1 Holyoke, 18-16, Saturday at Smith Vocational to advance to the AA Conference Senior Division final of the Suburban Amateur Football League. The Blue Devils trailed 16-0 to the unbeaten Knights, but pulled within 16-6 at halftime. Behind quarterback Gavin Girardin, …

$15.8 million, 85-bed assisted living facility in Leeds to open under Linda Manor umbrella

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A new, 85-bed assisted living facility off Haydenville Road in Leeds will officially open Thursday under the Linda Manor umbrella. Chakalos Investments Inc. invested $15.8 million to build Linda Manor Assisted Living, a three-story, 76,400-square-food facility on a 10.5-acre site at 345 Haydenville Road, just south …

Northampton buys ‘keystone’ property between Routes 66 and 10

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Calling it a “keystone property” for both conservation and multi-use trail connections, the city has closed on a deal to buy a 48-acre parcel between Routes 66 and 10 in the western part of the city. …

Local teenager follows grandfather’s footsteps in pursuing aviation

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When Franklin County Technical School junior Brandon Boudah, 16, was researching a school assignment for a freshman project in 2013 he chose the topic of how to be a pilot. Though he didn’t expect to discover …

Weekend colleges: Boston College ices UMass win streak at two games

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The UMass hockey team held No. 6 Boston College scoreless for a period and a half, but the defense cracked as BC went on for a 4-1 victory Saturday night in Boston. The Minutemen (2-3-0, 1-2-0 Hockey East) saw their two-game win streak come to an end. The …

Weekend high schools: Keith Dixon powers undefeated Amherst boys soccer to regular season finale

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Keith Dixon scored twice and had an assist as the Amherst Regional boys soccer team beat Chicopee, 3-1, in nonleague action at Szot Park in Chicopee Saturday night. After a scoreless first half by both teams, the Hurricanes erupted in the second half. Alex Zyskowski had the other …