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Malfunctioning traffic signals snarl traffic at intersection of Route 9 and Damon Road Sunday

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Malfunctioning signals briefly caused a traffic jam on the Northampton side of the Coolidge Bridge Sunday afternoon. Northampton Police Sgt. Josef Barszcz said police received a report that the traffic signals at the intersection of Route 9, Damon Road and the I-91 northbound exit ramp were all blinking red at 3:09 p.m. Massachusetts Department of Transportation employees were working on the lights at the time, he said. Two …

Weekend high school recaps: Amherst Regional boys soccer remain undefeated, shut out Northampton 3-0

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Three Hurricanes scored as the Amherst Regional boys soccer team knocked off crosstown rival Northampton, 3-0, at home on Saturday. Gabe Fontes, Alex Mangels, and Luke Webb each netted a goal in the victory that also kep the Hurricanes (13-0-2) undefeated. Jon Brodeur tallied 15 saves and allowed three goals for Northampton (3-10-1) while his counterpart George Holt made three stops in the …

Weekend preps: Ostberg starts, propels Williston’s win over Wilbraham & Monson, 48-18

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Williston defeated Wilbraham & Monson, 48-18, on the road Saturday. The Wildcats (4-1) exploded for 34 points in the first half and never looked back. In his first start, sophomore quarterback Ian Ostberg (Florence) led Williston completing 9-12 for 198 yards and four touchdowns. Michael Dereus caught two touchdowns from Ostberg and returned a punt for a 53-yard touchdown, all in the …

Life in a war zone: Northampton author draws on his experience as a foreign correspondent to pen novel of Nicaragua in the 1980s

Thursday, October 2, 2014

When two American journalists were beheaded in the last several weeks by members of ISIS, the Islamic jihadist state in Syria and Iraq, Joe Gannon was saddened and horrified. But in another sense, he wasn’t that surprised, knowing …

Music review: ‘Brilliant’ Ariel Quartet opens 36th season of Music in Deerfield at Smith College in Northampton

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The 36th season of Music in Deerfield began with a concert by the Ariel Quartet at Sweeney Hall of Smith College in Northampton last Saturday, attended by a large and appreciative audience. The group, which was formed in …

Chris Smither, still on the levee after nearly half a century: Veteran singer-songwriter’s work celebrated in two new albums, upcoming concert

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It was almost 50 years ago that Chris Smither dropped his college studies in anthropology and, guitar in hand, headed north from his home in New Orleans. His destination was Boston and its burgeoning acoustic music scene. Smither, …

Weekend Planner — Theater: The Theater Project’s ‘The Last Romance’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Joe DiPietro’s play “The Last Romance” tells the story of a widower, Ralph Bellini, who takes a slight detour on his daily walk and encounters the elegant but distant Carol Reynolds. Ralph is emboldened to pursue her but …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Granby rallies to beat Pathfinder, earn share of Bi-County East title

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

On a day it received just a half-point from the top two matches, the Granby golf team relied on its other four players to beat Pathfinder 151/2-81/2 in the regular-season finale and gain a share of the Bi-County East title. Tristan Guzik, Alex Joao and R.J. Rosazza each …

Tuesday’s high school soccer: Amherst boys power past Minnechaug

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Amherst Regional boys soccer team scored four goals in the final 20 minutes, including three off set pieces, as the Hurricanes beat Minnechaug 4-1 to gain sole possession of first place in the Smith League. Keith Dixon scored from Andy Zyskowski to tie the game for Amherst …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst men’s soccer blanks Drew

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Amherst College men’s soccer team used a 1-0 shutout of Drew on the road to remain undefeated on Tuesday. Christopher Martin scored off a pass from Nico Pascual-Leone in the 19th minute for the Lord Jeffs (10-0-2). Thomas Bull made three saves in the victory. Women’s soccer …

Tuesday’s high school cross country: Northampton boys, girls sweep Amherst Regional

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Northampton cross country program stated its case as the best in western Massachusetts on Tuesday. The Blue Devils won’t be able to officially do it, however, until Nov. 8, the date of the Western Massachusetts Championships. On Tuesday, the boys and girls teams swept the reigning sectional …

Tuesday’s high schools: Belchertown girls volleyball beats Chicopee for Southern League title.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Belchertown girls volleyball team rallied after dropping the first set to beat Chicopee 3-1 Tuesday and clinch the Southern League title. The Orioles (12-2, 7-0) won 20-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-18. Emily Woodford posted team highs for Belchertown in kills (seven) and aces (five). Cara McKenzie had six …

Battle of the benches: Hearing on how Northampton's sidewalks should be used quickly turns into debate over public seating

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Movement, encounter, confrontation, survival and beauty. These are the words city councilors have used to describe the life of the city’s sidewalks in a draft resolution that has been docked in City Council subcommittees for the …