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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. …

Power back on in Northampton after 90-minute Friday afternoon failure linked to squirrel in substation

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Power was restored to more than 5,000 customers, many in downtown Northampton, about 90 minutes after a power failure knocked traffic lights out of service and forced diners and shoppers from darkened restaurants and stores. Much …

Turnovers, missed opportunities doom Northampton in 28-6 loss to Chicopee Comp

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton football team established Friday night that it belongs on the field with the top team in the Suburban League. But as has occurred in several games this season, a quick breakdown by the Blue …

Friday night football: Smith Vocational falls 40-6 to Palmer

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Amidst another lopsided loss for the Smith Vocational football team, there was a glimmer of hope for the future. The Vikings lost to Palmer 40-6 Friday night at Smith Vocational, but a new look on offense produced a big play for the home team. Jared Pease, …

Friday’s high schools: Smith Academy girls soccer beats Hopkins Academy, nears tournament berth

Friday, October 24, 2014

The present and the future collided in Hatfield Friday. Seniors Olivia Hanson and McKenzie Wilson hooked up on the first goal, and middle schoolers Carrie Ellis and Maggie Hession connected on the second goal as the Smith academy girls soccer team beat Hopkins Academy, 3-1. The Falcons (8-7-1, …

Antiques Center on Market Street in Northampton to close next month as building sold

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After 27 years selling antiques on Market Street the Antiques Center will close next month because the building has been sold. One of the owners of the building that houses the Antiques Center, Stuart Solomon, confirmed the building will be sold, although he declined to reveal …

Northampton field hockey upends South Hadley in regular season finale, earns share of Central League title

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In sports, games toward the end of the regular season tend to have an implication of some sort. A win or loss could decide a team’s playoff fate or a regular season league title could be at stake. On Friday afternoon, the Northampton field hockey team …

Work planned for railroad crossing on Damon Road in Northampton to cause traffic delays

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly three months after completing upgrades to a railroad crossing at the Damon Road-Industrial Drive intersection, construction crews will return to the area starting Monday to complete the final part of the project in preparation for high-speed rail. Crews under the direction of the Massachusetts Bay …

Area court news

Friday, October 24, 2014

Huntington ■ Alex Brown, 23, of 20 Blandford Hill Road, Apt. B, Huntington, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Thursday to a charge of assault and battery on a family or household member. He was arrested at his home at 10:52 p.m. Wednesday after allegedly throwing …

Area police news

Friday, October 24, 2014

Amherst ■ Shane Omidi, 24, of Grafton, was arrested at 3:59 a.m. Friday on North Pleasant Street on a warrant. ■ Management at El Comalito restaurant, 460 West St., reported a break-in at 10:31 a.m. Thursday. Easthampton ■ Reynaldo Aponte, 34, of 20 Berkeley St., was arrested at …

Police called to Subway restaurant in Florence after clerk reports threat

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police were called to the Subway restaurant, 91 Main St., Florence, at 7:15 p.m. Friday by a customer who found no one working in the store. Initial broadcasts by police were that the store’s employee reported …