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BOB DUNN
61 N. Farms Road, Williamsburg, where lightning is suspected to have struck a home late July 23.

UPDATED: Fire destroys restaurateur Claudio Guerra's North Farms Road, home; lightning strike blamed

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — “I literally have a pair of shorts, a T-shirt and sneakers to my name,” Claudio Guerra said Thursday morning after his house was destroyed by fire officials say was ignited after lightning struck Wednesday night. Guerra, owner of Spoleto, Pizzeria Paradiso and Mama Iguana’s restaurants was standing across the street from the scene of a devastating early-morning fire … 0

Mickey Mantle baseball playoffs begin with 4 shutouts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pitching completely dominated the first round of the Mickey Mantle double-elimination tournament on Wednesday evening. The winning team shut out its opponent in all four games, including a pair of 1-0 contests. Amherst 1, Northampton 0 (5) — A pitchers’ duel between Amherst’s Jon Morrison and Hamp’s Hunter Salem was decided on Alex … 0

'Lock your doors in Western Mass' International photographer surprised Valley is place where camera, memories are stolen

Thursday, July 24, 2014

After a decade reporting and photographing war, corruption and drug trades in some 50 countries, former foreign correspondent Dave Marcus never thought the Valley would be where he would have an expensive camera stolen. “I learned a couple of valuable lessons,” said Marcus. No. 1: Back up your photos, and 2: “Lock your … 0

Northampton native Sherry Thomas makes her mark in television Wins Emmy nomination for casting of hit show “Breaking Bad”

Friday, July 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When she was growing up in Florence, Sherry Thomas thought she might like to live in California when she was older. A longtime dancer who was part of the annual musicals at Northampton High School, she … 0

Local baseball: Amherst Legion claims pair of playoff wins

Friday, July 18, 2014

After waiting roughly three days to extend its season, the Amherst Post 148 American Legion team then only needed hours to get off to a strong start in the next round of the Western District playoffs. Amherst defeated … 0

Local talent finds offseason home on IAS lacrosse team

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The high school lacrosse season grinds along with a shifting focus as the goal changes from making the postseason to winning the championship. But for athletes wanting to play at the next level, a winning season … 0

Gazette Girls Track & Field Player of the Year: Northampton senior Lauren McGrath

Thursday, July 17, 2014

When Lauren McGrath first came out for the Northampton girls track & field team, she had no idea what she was doing. Fast forward a year and a half, and she had no idea just how much she … 0

Northampton, Amherst pleased with fireworks displays; South Hadley gets a discount

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Organizers of fireworks displays in Amherst and Northampton said Thursday there are pleased with shows delivered in their communities this year and intend to honor their contracts with the New Hampshire company that has come under scrutiny in … 0

Greenfield presses probe of fireworks company

Thursday, July 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin says the city will not accept an agreement with the New Hampshire company that has been providing Greenfield’s Fourth of July fireworks display for the past 20 years until an investigation is completed … 1

River Run fire cause remains undetermined

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The cause of the June 21 fire that injured one person at River Run Condominiums remains officially undetermined, according to Jennifer Mieth, spokeswoman for the state fire marshal’s office. Mieth said Thursday that the resident who was injured is not able to recall exactly how the … 0

Defense presses motion to dismiss in Rintala case

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The judge presiding over the Cara Lee Rintala murder case said she expects to decide on the defense team’s request to dismiss the single count of murder before the next hearing, set for Aug. 21. Rintala’s attorney, David Hoose, urged Judge Mary-Lou Rup to dismiss the … 0

Bicyclist injured crossing street on bike path in Florence center

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton bicyclist was hospitalized Wednesday after being hit by a car on Chestnut Street Wednesday evening. Melina Mirabelli, 21, of 132 West St., was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for treatment of cuts, bruises, “dental injuries” and foot pain. Mirabelli was treated and … 0

Area police news

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating the theft of 14 sheets of plywood from Elf Hill Road reported Wednesday at 9:49 a.m. Police said the plywood was placed on the ground by a contractor so an excavator would move over the site without causing damage. Hadley ■ A 55-year-old … 0