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Police ticket 50 for violating snow parking ban, with 20 vehicles towed

Friday, November 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In what has become an rite of passage for the season’s first snowstorm, police spent good portion of their time early Thursday morning ticketing or ordering vehicles towed for parking on city streets during a snow emergency. Despite stepped-up notification efforts through social media, traditional media and the physical presence of flashing blue lights downtown warning of a snow emergency — and hence a parking ban — police …

Singers support Toy Fund for second year

Friday, November 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Last March, the Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble made up of 28 elite singers performed a concert in Northampton to benefit the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund. The concert was a success, said choral director Tony Thornton, and raised $1,000 for the Gazette-sponsored fund that helps families in need buy gifts for …

Several hundred people gather at community Thanksgiving meals served in Northampton and Amherst

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — With some area residents dealing with power outages following the season’s first snowstorm, the basement of the Edwards Church became a place to seek sanctuary and eat a Thanksgiving meal for more than 200 people Thursday. MANNA Soup Kitchen served 600 meals from the church at the corner of Main and …

Land of plenty? Food pantries opt for more food, rather than turkeys-only in parceling out Thanksgiving ingredients

Friday, November 21, 2014

For many years, local food pantries such as the Northampton and Amherst survival centers have filled their freezers with turkeys so clients — even those who don’t regularly rely on them — can count on the main ingredient …

Missing man found dead in pond inside Look Park

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police Friday morning found in a Look Park pond a body believed to be that of Reed Bennett, the 34-year-old Easthampton man who went missing Monday night, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Meantime, police …

First Churches of Northampton annual festival this year features 140 homemade apple pies

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The annual festival at First Churches of Northampton at 129 Main St. on Saturday will feature more apple pies than before. For over 60 years, this fair has been the greatest source of fundraising for the …

Northampton City Council resolution offers support to undocumented immigrants

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — President Barack Obama’s plan to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation includes an initiative to gut a controversial enforcement program called Secure Communities and replace it with one focused on deporting undocumented immigrants who are felons. Many communities throughout the state have refused to participate …

Area police news

Friday, November 21, 2014

Northampton ■ Adalberto Colon, 24, of Chicopee, was arrested at 2:31 a.m. Friday on Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license and having no inspection sticker. Police said Colon’s vehicle …

Joshua Alicea of Easthampton found not guilty of assault charges in bar fight

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 24-year-old Easthampton man was found not guilty by a Northampton District Court jury on charges in connection with a bar fight at the Pulaski Club in Easthampton in March. The jury Thursday cleared Joshua Alicea, of 19 Arlington St. of one count of assault with …

Valley immigrants say Obama’s directives bring them ‘out of the shadows’

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Sometime soon, Rev. Todd Weir envisions an Ecuadoran cultural festival in downtown Northampton where members of that community can freely showcase their vibrant culture without fear of deportation. The pastor of the First Churches in Northampton said President Barack Obama’s Thursday announcement that he will use …

Upcoming events at local senior centers

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP — For caregivers of seniors with dementia, Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Emotional support and information on resources. Led by Helen MacMellon, LCSW and Peg DeNault, RN. Questions or to register, call 259-3062. TRAVEL — Details …

Carly Bassett & Patrick Duffin

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thomas Bassett and Beverly Shaw of Florence announce the engagement of their daughter, Carly Bassett to Patrick Duffin, both of Boston. Patrick is the son of Joseph Duffin and Ada Steinmetz-Duffin of Moorestown, New Jersey. Carly is employed …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, November 21, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs and sauce, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Home macaroni and cheese, carrots, spinach salad, red pepper strips, strawberry cup, pear Belchertown MONDAY: HS: Chicken nuggets, or …