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JERREY ROBERTS
Northampton Police Sgt. Victor Caputo talks about a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle Tuesday at the station.

Area police officials lukewarm about surplus military gear programs flagged for review by president

Monday, September 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — President Barack Obama last week ordered a review of programs that put surplus military gear into the hands of local police in the wake of outcry about heavily armed Ferguson, Missouri, police officers in armored trucks facing off with protesters. If the review leads to scrapping or curtailing such programs, police officials in Hampshire County largely won’t be … 1

Leverett pedestrian treated after being hit by vehicle Sunday

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Leverett pedestrian treated after being hit by vehicle Sunday LEVERETT — A male pedestrian was treated at Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield for injuries that were not life-threatening after he was struck by a vehicle on Long Plain Road Sunday at 12:45 p.m. State Police Trooper Nicole Morrell said the driver of the vehicle, Geraldine Cinquantini, 71, of Leverett, had not been cited … 0

Couple causes disturbance at Herrell’s in Northampton, throws ice cream in direction of staff

Sunday, August 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An unidentified man threw his ice cream in the direction of staff at Herrell’s Ice Cream when he was asked to leave after he and a woman allegedly caused a disturbance Friday night at 10:38 p.m. Detective Patrick Moody said staff at the 8 Old South St. ice cream shop reported the incident to police. The ice cream did not hit … 1

Coming Up

Friday, August 22, 2014

BELCHERTOWN SENIOR CENTER “BUNCH OF LOSERS” — The group is free and meets every Monday at 12:30 p.m. Participants weigh in, share nutritional tips, recipes and support. ZENDOODLE — Thursday mornings, 10 to 11:30 a.m. New members welcome. MIXED MEDIA ART CLASS — Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m.; a … 0

Naming the Baby

Friday, August 22, 2014

KOSTEK — Tyler Henry, son of Kara and Chris Kostek of South Hadley, was born July 11 at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Ronald and Kris Waskiewicz of Hadley. The paternal grandparents are Kathy and Mike Piotrowski of Turners Falls, and Stanley Kostek … 0

Area police news

Friday, August 22, 2014

Northampton ∎ Joseph D. Rizzo, 23, of 94 Ashfield Road, Williamsburg, was arrested at 1:!3 a.m. Friday on Locust Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and a license plate number … 0

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Shortly after three city immigrants shared tales of interactions with police that shook their trust in the community, Mayor David J. Narkewicz promised Thursday at a public forum to sign an executive order prohibiting the Police … 7

Thursday forum: Black alumni describe struggles, tensions, fears of going to school in Amherst

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST— Two recent African-American graduates of the Amherst regional school system were the stars of the WHMP community forum on race issues Thursday as they described struggles to connect with teachers who weren’t challenging them, dismay at tensions … 0

Northampton Housing Authority Executive Director Jon Hite to retire in February

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Jon Hite, executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority, announced he will retire next year after serving for more than 22 years. Hite, who last week notified the authority’s board of commissioners of his decision, said … 1

Not so voluntary: $714K federal grant for Tapestry Health yanked by US Dept of Health and Human Services

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In June, officials at Tapestry Health Inc. said they had “voluntarily relinquished” a $714,000 federal grant for providing family planning services to low-income residents. But documents obtained by the Gazette show that the nonprofit agency was pressured to give up the grant after it failed to … 0

Local organizers encourage participation in People’s Climate March in New York City

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local organizers of the People’s Climate March in New York City are holding a meeting Monday seeking to spark interest in the Sept. 21 event. Susan Theberge, with the groups Climate Action NOW/350MA, said the main focus of the meeting will be on how social justice … 0

World Eye Bookshop closing store in Florence on Saturday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After two years selling books on North Main Street in Florence, the World Eye Bookshop is closing Saturday, although its Greenfield store remains alive and well. Jessica Mullins, owner of Greenfield’s World Eye Bookshop, in operation … 1

Homeless man arrested for trying to break into vending machine found with items stolen from Allen Place in Northampton

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Amherst ∎ Marielos T. Marroquin, 22, of 175 Summer St., Unit 17, was arrested at 2:39 a.m. Thursday on Sunderland Road on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and speeding. Easthampton ∎ Alysa Grise, … 0