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LARRY PARNASS
Grace Barrett-Snyder works on a project to adapt the mobile game Two Dots.

Hack@Smith takes on gender imbalance in software field; weekend of computing projects kicks off

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A little after noon Saturday, Smith College senior Melissa Chenok pulled a photo up on her laptop, that of sinister “Harry Potter” character Draco Malfoy. Then she fetched another: celebrity Kim Kardashian, sporting blonde tresses. The resemblance? Striking, actually. But the pressing question for Chenok was this: Could these two familiar faces be phone app gold? Chenok was …

Inside the funeral industry: Northampton man’s ashes reclaimed from common grave

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When city native Paul W. Swift died in March 2009, his ashes were held in safe-keeping by the former Pease and Gay Funeral Home on Prospect Street. According to one family member, they were to be interred along with his wife’s in a Northampton cemetery when she died. Six years after …

State agricultural commissioner John Lebeaux makes first official Pioneer Valley appearance

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Though the number might seem small, newly-appointed state agricultural commissioner John Lebeaux said a recent 1 percent increase in the number of farms in the Valley is a “trend in the right direction.” In his first official swing through the region as agricultural chief, Lebeaux spent Friday night with about 100 …

Business briefs

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Trucking company delivers for children HADLEY — Ideal Movers and Storage is donating its services to deliver items to Massachusetts children. They are working with Cradles to Crayons, an agency that provides children living in homeless or low-income …

Area police news

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Northampton ∎ A city parking attendant reported finding graffiti on the top level of the E. John Gare Parking Garage Sunday at 7:44 a.m. The investigation is ongoing, as police are waiting for video footage. ∎ Matthew Anthony Cowles, 42, of Wilbraham was arrested at 525 Pleasant St. …

Pride on parade at chilly Holyoke St. Patrick’s celebration

Sunday, March 22, 2015

HOLYOKE — Nicole Ruszala, a senior at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, came to the 64th Annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade as part of the Northampton contingent to show the world how awesome her school is. While …

Local officials take aim at Open Meeting Law during State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg’s annual conference for municipal leaders

Saturday, March 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Open Meeting Law presentation at an annual conference for local civic leaders Saturday turned into a venting session about how many of them felt the law gets in the way of their work. John A. …

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg discusses addiction, energy, education

Saturday, March 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — State Senate President Stan Rosenberg on Saturday provided updates on several issues being discussed on Beacon Hill. As he does each year, Rosenberg hosted the annual Conference for Franklin and Hampshire County Municipal Officials along with …

Attorney General Maura Healey issues new Open Meeting Law guide

Saturday, March 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Attorney General Maura Healey has issued an updated version of the state’s Open Meeting Law guide that reflects newly enacted laws and information about recent decisions regarding the law’s requirements. The release of the new guide was timed to coincide with “Sunshine Week,” a national, nonpartisan …

Friday’s college recap: UMass baseball opens Atlantic 10 play with season’s first win

Friday, March 20, 2015

The UMass baseball team opened Atlantic 10 play with its first win of the season, taking down Dayton, 5-0, on the road Friday afternoon. Conor LeBlanc struck out seven while allowing two hits and two walks over eight innings for the Minutemen (1-5, 1-0). Ben Panuzio pitched the …

Area police news

Friday, March 20, 2015

Amherst ∎ An intoxicated man was reported riding a moped on Boltwood Walk and Main Street at 12:29 a.m. Friday. When officers found the man, he was pushing the moped. Due to his level of intoxication, the moped was towed and a family member was contacted to pick …

Stanley Rosenberg to host municipal conference in Northampton featuring Attorney General Maura Healey and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

Friday, March 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The annual Hampshire & Franklin Municipal Conference hosted by state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst on Saturday will include remarks by Attorney General Maura Healey and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Clarion …

Four firms respond to Northampton’s request for consulting services in police chief search

Friday, March 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Four firms specializing in helping communities find new police chiefs responded to Northampton’s call for help as it moves to replace Police Chief Russell P. Sienkiewicz, who last week announced his retirement. Last Friday, three days after Sienkiewicz revealed his plan to retire in June from …