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Northampton City Council gives final approval to merger of treasurer and collector’s offices, resolution supporting mental health workers

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council unanimously gave final approval Thursday to the proposal by Mayor David J. Narkewicz combining the offices of treasurer and collector. The 8-0 vote on the issue’s second reading came after no discussion. City Council President William H. Dwight was absent. The councilors approved the measure on first reading after a 10-minute discussion Aug. 13. Narkewicz said at that meeting that merging the two offices was …

Bear suspected of breaking into home on Brookside Circle in Florence remains at large

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police investigating a reported break-in at a Brookside Circle home in Florence were not able to find the culprit, but they are pretty confident they know the perpetrator’s species. Big, muddy paw prints and other clues led police to conclude that a bear broke into the home. Capt. John Cartledge said nothing appeared to be missing, but the bear did make …

Comprehensive tree management program takes root in Northampton

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The streets of Northampton were much greener a century ago than they are today, according to photographs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Those photographs appeared in a June 2014 presentation to City Council by Lilly Lombard, who led an advocacy effort last year for a comprehensive tree management program in Northampton following a steady decline in public shade …

Pride station reports counterfeit $100 bill used in store — and other area police news

Friday, August 28, 2015

Northampton ∎ Emy Alsina, 37, of Holyoke, was arrested at 1:58 a.m. Friday on King Street on charges of operating with a suspended license and having an invalid inspection sticker. ∎ A man reported at 9:26 p.m. Thursday that he unlocked his bicycle worth $550 from a pole …

Screening postponed for crowdsourced remake of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On Friday, organizers at Northampton Community Television postponed the screening — originally scheduled for Monday at Forbes Library in Northampton — of “The Crowdsourced Cinema Project.” NCTV director Al Williams wrote in an email to the …

Former UMass student who accused 4 men of rape takes stand in Adam Liccardi trial

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The prosecution in the trial of Adam T. Liccardi rested its case Friday afternoon after jurors heard over two hours of testimony from the former University of Massachusetts Amherst student who says she was gang-raped in …

Sewer break reported near Mill River in Northampton; residents advised not to swim

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City officials are warning residents not to swim in the Mill River after a reported sewer line break. According to a statement issued by the city Friday, the Department of Public Works reported that a sewer line break near the river left untreated sewage leaking toward …

Suspicious package forces evacuation at Northampton blacksmith shop

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Workers at Ralph’s Blacksmith Shop at 36 Smith St. were evacuated from the building Friday after police received a call about a suspicious item inside the building. That item turned out to be a shotgun shell …

Faces to open cafe at Main Street store

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The new owner of a popular downtown Northampton store says he plans to open a small cafe at the site. Owner Camile Hannoush says Faces will open a cafe on its top floor with a menu of salads, sandwiches, appetizers, desserts and specialty coffees and teas …

Northampton Housing Authority board to address Open Meeting Law violations, ‘litigation issues’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Housing Authority’s board of commissioners will convene a special meeting early Monday to publicly address for the first time a reorganization of the agency. The meeting begins with a closed-door session to discuss “litigation …

With lease up in June 2016, Nonotuck Community School considers next steps

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With the city’s lease to the Nonotuck Community School set to expire next June, the future of the Florence child care center is uncertain — and school officials are hoping for more time to develop a new plan to continue operating. “We’re certainly not planning on …

Forbes Library in Northampton to end its outreach program for homebound people

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A long-running Forbes Library program that hand delivers books to homebound people will cease operations in September. The Forbes outreach program delivers books, videos and other materials to people who are confined to their homes or …

At Adam Liccardi trial, UMass detective testifies about interview with defendant

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A University of Massachusetts police detective described to jurors in Adam T. Liccardi’s rape trial Thursday how the defendant’s account of what happened in a dorm room on Oct. 13, 2012, evolved over the course of …