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Jowel Iranzi speaks to students at the Smith Vocational High School in Northampton Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.  Iranzi is a survivor of genocides and political violence in Africa and now works for the Jewish Family Services.

Refugee of war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo relates his story to Smith Vocational and Agricultural School students

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Jowel Iranzi was barely 10 years old in 1996 when his life was turned upside down by war in his home country of Zaire — now the Democratic Republic of Congo. His family fled to Rwanda, then to Burundi, before war broke out there too. His father was killed in the violence. When he fled to Tanzania in …

Area court news

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Northampton ∎ Jesse K. Sherman, 24, of 17 Paquette Ave., pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Monday to charges of assault and battery of a person over 60, assault and battery on a family or household member, intimidation of a witness and malicious destruction of property valued at under $250. According to court documents, police arrested Sherman at his home at 1:50 …

Jorge Vicenty sentenced to three years in jail for cocaine trafficking after traffic stop in Hatfield

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he pleaded guilty Monday in Hampshire Superior Court to drug charges resulting from a Jan. 23 traffic stop in Hatfield. Jorge Vicenty, 35, pleaded guilty to trafficking between 18 and 36 grams of cocaine and heroin possession as part of a plea agreement with the Northwestern district attorney’s office. …

Thursday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy sweeps Pathfinder, 24-0

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Spencer Butterfield shot an even-par 36 at Hickory Ridge Golf Club as Hopkins Academy swept Pathfinder, 24-0, on Thursday. The Golden Hawks (7-3, 6-1 Bi-County East) won each individual match 4-0. Easthampton 12, Westfield Voke 12 at Pine Grove GC, par 36 Medalist: Matt King (WV), 39 No. …

Thursday’s high school soccer: Frontier boys blank South Hadley, 4-0

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Connor Hamilton and Joe Zinan each had two-point games as Frontier Regional shut out South Hadley, 4-0, at home on Thursday. Hamilton scored in the 23rd minute off an assist from Zinan for the Red Hawks (3-1-3). Hamliton picked up the assist on Keaton Warren’s 60th minute goal. …

Thursday’s colleges: Springfield sweep Smith College

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Smith College women’s volleyball team was swept by Springfield College Thursday, falling 25-18, 25-17, 25-9 in Northampton. Samantha Danguilan and Allison Hardy each had 12 digs, while Julie Voorhes added 10 for the Pioneers (6-8, 1-3 NEWMAC). Dayra Diaz Marquez had 12 assists in the loss. Clark …

Northampton and Pan Am officials expect to meet next week after worker-camp issue during summer

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two city councilors will meet with railroad officials next week in an effort to prevent future problems after complaints of poor communication by Pan Am Railways when it set up a temporary worker camp in the …

Friends of the Forbes Library to hold benefit wine-tasting Friday

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Supporters of the Forbes Library are hosting a wine-tasting event Friday that will raise money for the Northampton institution. The event, the fourth of its kind sponsored by the Friends of Forbes, runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library. Tickets are $25 and can …

Mother credits helmet with saving life of 14-year-old girl in Northampton bicycle accident

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As Jennifer Bryan sat on her front doorstep at 33 Prospect Ave. Thursday, a delivery vehicle pulled up and a woman walked over to hand her a bouquet of flowers with a “get well soon” card …

'What got me ... was the 911 call' Jurors who convicted Ryan Welch of murder found third-party-culprit theory implausible

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Clifford L. Bigelow stood in the driveway of his home on Acrebrook Drive in Florence Wednesday night, a pipe in one hand, and said there was one piece of evidence that sealed the life sentence for …

What2Watch4 - A snapshot of Week 4 in high school football

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Northampton at South Hadley, 7 Friday The Blue Devils (0-2) should be fresh for their Suburban League opener against the Tigers (1-2, 1-0). Hamp is coming off a bye week after playing Wahconah and Longmeadow to open the …

Off the Beat City Hall: Fine for illegally parking in handicapped space may be increased

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — People who illegally use a “handicapped” parking space might end up costing themselves more money in the near future. For the first time in years, the city is mulling a proposal to increase the fine for illegally parking in a handicapped from $100 to $150. An …

‘Mift or tift’, ‘Wicked Walli’ and other fond memories: Jordi Herold, co-founder of Iron Horse Music Hall, recalls it all in new memoir published by Levellers Press in Amherst

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jordi Herold began a recent interview by saying he didn’t have colorful stories at the ready (“They don’t just all sit there. I’m not a raconteur from the folklore society”), yet in reality, one simple recollection at that …