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Former UMass student who accused 4 men of rape takes stand in Adam Liccardi trial

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors in the third trial for four men accused of raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room will hear the final evidence Monday when defendant Adam T. Liccardi takes the stand. The court adjourned Friday at 12:45 p.m. after the former UMass student testified that she was gang-raped in 2012 by four men she thought were her friends. At times, her words were incomprehensible …

Sewer break reported near Mill River; city advises residents not to swim

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City officials are warning residents not to swim in the Mill River after a reported sewer line break. According to a statement issued by the city, the Department of Public Works reported that a sewer line break near the river left untreated sewage leaking toward the waterway. Public Works Director Edward Huntley said the break was reported to his department Monday …

Suspicious package forces evacuation at Northampton blacksmith shop

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Workers at Ralph’s Blacksmith Shop at 36 Smith St. were evacuated from the building Friday after police received a call about a suspicious item inside the building. That item turned out to be a shotgun shell wrapped in something, according to Northampton Police Captain John Cartledge. “There were no threats; a worker had found a shotgun bullet that was tampered with …

Previously laid-off housing authority employees now on paid leave; closed-door meeting minutes released

Monday, August 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Employees at the Northampton Housing Authority who lost their jobs as part of an agency restructuring this month have been informed that they are now on paid administrative leave, the Gazette has learned. The employees were …

Release of tenant data at Northampton Housing Authority under scrutiny by state agency

Monday, August 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Housing Authority’s board of commissioners was given a collection of tenant data at its Aug. 10 meeting that current and former housing leaders say is highly unusual and may have violated tenant privacy rights …

Eversource and National Grid file modernization plans

Monday, August 24, 2015

If all goes according to plan, local electric utilities could have a digital eye — and finger — on customers’ thermostats. “Advanced Metering Functionalities” including, with customer permission, communication with and control of appliances, are among the goals laid out by the Department of Public Utilities for the …

Toys optional

Monday, August 24, 2015

Northfield poet’s book makes Amazon.com editors’ picks

Monday, August 24, 2015

NORTHFIELD — With over 50 years of poetry studies under his belt, Northfield resident Nick Fleck never thought his writing — stemming from a lifelong passion — would land in the hands of a publisher. Within the 90-page …

Northampton weekend police log

Monday, August 24, 2015

Northampton ∎ Mary Teresa Huber, 54, of Greenfield, was arrested Sunday at 2:13 a.m. at the intersection of King Street and Hooker Avenue on a warrant and for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. ∎ Nathan Scott Coss, 24, of 3 Terrace View in Easthampton, …

Shopping in the rain

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Massachusetts ends surgery requirement for legally changing gender on birth certificates

Sunday, August 23, 2015

At one time, whenever trans-individuals applied to change their gender on their birth certificates, they were required to hand over a document containing proof that they underwent surgery. That document can now be tossed out in Massachusetts, according to the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders of New …

Former Smith College costumer remembers E’Dena Hines, late step-granddaughter of Morgan Freeman, in Northampton in the 1980s

Saturday, August 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The death of Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter, E’Dena Hines, hit close to home for Valley resident Rita Singler. Singler, 79, was the costumer and cutter in the Smith College theater department from 1978 to her retirement in …

Lathrop Community eyes expansion of Easthampton, Northampton campuses

Friday, August 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Lathrop Community Inc. is in the planning stage of what will likely be a $26 million expansion of its Northampton and Easthampton campuses over the next quarter century. The nonprofit senior living group, now in its …