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left, Ali Pinschmidt, site manager of the Interfaith Winter Shelter, and Katie Miernecki, the director of Hampshire County Shelter and Housing Services get the Interfaith shelter ready to open.

Local cold-weather shelters prepare for new season

Thursday, October 30, 2014

As volunteers prepare two area winter shelters for Saturday’s opening day, they hope there will be enough beds for everyone who needs one. With 20 beds at the Interfaith Cot Shelter at 43 Center St. in Northampton, there is daily concern that not everyone waiting in line for the 6 p.m. opening will find a place to sleep. The shelter …

Division 1 field hockey: Northampton shuts out Holyoke 2-0, advances to semifinal round

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON ­— Enthusiastic fans piled into Smith College to watch the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Field Hockey Tournament as Northampton took on Holyoke. The No. 3-seeded Blue Devils came out as enthusiastic and ready as their fans did on the cold Thursday night. Northampton controlled the ball from the start in its 2-0 win over the sixth-seeded Purple Knights …

High school notebook: Lucius Burrell nears 4,000-yard rushing milestone as Easthampton looks to qualify for postseason

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lucius Burrell can join a very exclusive fraternity Friday night, but he’s more concerned about his team joining a group of four. The Easthampton senior running back sits just 82 yards from the career 4,000-yard mark, while the Eagles need to win at Ludlow to secure a Western Massachusetts Division 5 postseason berth. …

B2B ID: Brooksley Williams, owner, Valley Ayurveda, Northampton

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NAME: Brooksley Williams TITLE: Owner, Valley Ayurveda, 98 Main St., Northampton WEBSITE: www.valleyayurveda.com AGE: 43 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: July 2010 HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: One WHAT YOU DO: We offer diet and lifestyle consultations based on …

Youth football: Northampton upsets Holyoke to advance to SAFL Senior Division final

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The fourth-seeded Northampton Blue Devils upset No. 1 Holyoke, 18-16, Saturday at Smith Vocational to advance to the AA Conference Senior Division final of the Suburban Amateur Football League. The Blue Devils trailed 16-0 to the unbeaten Knights, but pulled within 16-6 at halftime. Behind quarterback Gavin Girardin, …

$15.8 million, 85-bed assisted living facility in Leeds to open under Linda Manor umbrella

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A new, 85-bed assisted living facility off Haydenville Road in Leeds will officially open Thursday under the Linda Manor umbrella. Chakalos Investments Inc. invested $15.8 million to build Linda Manor Assisted Living, a three-story, 76,400-square-food facility on a 10.5-acre site at 345 Haydenville Road, just south …

Northampton buys ‘keystone’ property between Routes 66 and 10

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Calling it a “keystone property” for both conservation and multi-use trail connections, the city has closed on a deal to buy a 48-acre parcel between Routes 66 and 10 in the western part of the city. …

Local teenager follows grandfather’s footsteps in pursuing aviation

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When Franklin County Technical School junior Brandon Boudah, 16, was researching a school assignment for a freshman project in 2013 he chose the topic of how to be a pilot. Though he didn’t expect to discover …

Weekend colleges: Boston College ices UMass win streak at two games

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The UMass hockey team held No. 6 Boston College scoreless for a period and a half, but the defense cracked as BC went on for a 4-1 victory Saturday night in Boston. The Minutemen (2-3-0, 1-2-0 Hockey East) saw their two-game win streak come to an end. The …

Weekend high schools: Keith Dixon powers undefeated Amherst boys soccer to regular season finale

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Keith Dixon scored twice and had an assist as the Amherst Regional boys soccer team beat Chicopee, 3-1, in nonleague action at Szot Park in Chicopee Saturday night. After a scoreless first half by both teams, the Hurricanes erupted in the second half. Alex Zyskowski had the other …

Improvements made to Bridge Street School playground in Northampton

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bridge Street School’s colorful playground has long been an eye-catcher. The community recently celebrated special new features to the beloved play structure. Over the summer, the hard-packed dirt outside the school was transformed into a bouncy …

Academy of Music Gaea Star Goddess Show Saturday night celebrates water, opposes pipeline

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Worthington performer Mariam Massaro and the Gaea Star Band will perform at the Academy of Music in Northampton Saturday. The show is a celebration of clean water resources, and Massaro said it is dedicated to raising awareness about …

New tool in Ebola battle: Smith College hosts map-making workshops

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Emma Harnisch hunched over her laptop inside a small computer laboratory on the Smith College campus Thursday night, maneuvering a map-making computer program to draw a series of buildings, roads and walking trails in a remote …