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JERREY ROBERTS
Brooke Pashek, of Smith Academy, bats against Easthampton Friday in Easthampton. She got a hit, but was out at first on this at-bat.

Friday’s high schools: Northampton softball team rips Ludlow, 14-4

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Northampton softball team put together a big third inning to rip open a 14-4 win over Ludlow Friday afternoon. Zoey Driscoll-Sbar led off with a double as five consecutive Blue Devils (2-3) reached base before the first out was recorded. By the third out, six runs had crossed and Northampton was on top 7-3. They extended their lead with … 0

Rollover crash on Interstate 91 southbound backs up traffic on highway and in Northampton

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A single-vehicle rollover accident in the southbound lane of Interstate 91 snarled traffic for more than an hour Friday afternoon on the highway and in downtown Northampton. A 2010 Ford Econoline van driven southbound by John Hamel, 25, of Plymouth, rolled over about 2 p.m., according to Massachusetts State Police Trooper Thomas Murphy. The accident occurred near Exit 16 in Holyoke. … 0

Area police news

Friday, April 18, 2014

Amherst ■ Matthew Robert Coletti, 24, of Newtown, Conn., was arrested at 1:38 a.m. Friday on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked lanes and speeding. ■ Patrick M. Barry, 22, of Sudbury, Ryan D. Duzyk, 21, of Lexington, Ky., Jonathan Daniel Kelleher, 22, of … 0

Colorado man arraigned in Franklin County on child enticement charges

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A 23-year-old Colorado man was arraigned Monday in Franklin Superior Court in Greenfield on charges related to an alleged online relationship he had with a 12-year-old girl in Orange. Daniel Gordon, of Colorado Springs, was charged with enticement of a child under 16, two counts of disseminating obscene … 0

Flood risk elevated in Connecticut River Valley, roads flooded, several shut down

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A flood warning remains in effect in the Connecticut River Valley until further notice with moderate flooding in the forecast. Rain was expected to continue Wednesday morning with the potential for a mix of rain and … 0

Pulitzer Prize winner Jeff Good to join Gazette, Recorder in new executive editor position

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist devoted to community journalism will join the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s parent company next month as executive editor, a new position responsible for editorial content at Newspapers of New England’s Pioneer Valley publications … 1

Homeless man sentenced to state prison, Agawam man arraigned for failing to register as sex offenders

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One area man was sentenced and another arraigned Monday on charges of failing to register as a sex offender in Hampshire and Franklin counties. Ferdinand Fountain, 45, of Agawam was arraigned and pleaded innocent in Hampshire … 0

Easthampton Police investigate possible stabbing

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Police are investigating what they believe may have been a stabbing. A man came to the Cooley Dickinson Hospital emergency room Monday with a leg injury that appeared to be a stab wound, which prompted the hospital to call the Northampton Police Department, said Northampton Police … 0

Foot chase in Springfield leads to apprehension of suspect in December armed robbery at Cumberland Farms in Florence

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Springfield police early Tuesday arrested a man who is wanted in connection with a December armed robbery of a Florence convenience store. Shamaad Jones, 19, of Springfield, was arrested about 1 a.m. on Quincy Street on … 0

Scholarship named in honor of retired Northamtpon educational leader Joan Schuman

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Collaborative for Educational Services has created a new scholarship in honor of Joan E. Schuman, who retired in February after more than two decades as the nonprofit’s director. The Joan E. Schuman Scholarship Fund will benefit students with special educational needs who are graduating from high schools … 0

Chalk Talk: Michele Turner Bernhard The “True Grit” of “The American Dream”

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Driving to Northampton High School on a cold, dark Monday morning in March, I heard an NPR story that began: “It’s become the new buzz phrase in education: ‘Got grit?’” Through my car window I watched students from … 2

Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award Winners in Hampshire County

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Teachers from public schools in Hampshire and Franklin counties chosen for this year’s Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards will be honored May 6 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. The 11th annual awards, sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, come with $500, local YMCA memberships and … 0

Grinspoon: Excellence in Teaching award winners in Northampton, Easthampton, Westhampton reflect on what makes a good educator

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What does it take to be an excellent teacher? For Melissa Power-Greene, a special education teacher at Northampton High School, good teaching requires “really connecting with students.” “It means looking them in the eye and asking … 0