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With pennies, nickels, quarters, Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund launches 82nd year

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Susan Lavallee’s kindergarten class at the R.K. Finn Ryan Road School has already started raising money for the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund. So far, the class has raised 50 cents. Someone found two quarters on the floor, but no one claimed them, so Lavallee decided it was time to put out the special jar to collect for the 82nd season of the Gazette-sponsored toy fund. Last year, …

Smith College Campus School students help with coat drive in Springfield

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

After a string of gun violence occurred in Springfield, killing several people including an 18-year-old girl, Armando Olivares founded “One Spr1ngfield; Young People Stand Up” on June 5. “I’m going to try to plant the seed in young people to show them they can do something good,” he said. Olivares planned a winter coat drive and rounded up help from sixth graders at …

Judge denies bail reduction for Fabian Williams, charged with raping two girls at Northampton residential treatment program for teens

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Wednesday denied a request to reduce the bail of Fabian Williams, a 27-year-old Springfield man who is accused of raping two girls when he was an overnight staff member at a former residential treatment program for children in Northampton. Williams’ attorney, Myles Jacobson of Northampton, argued for his bail be reduced from $50,000 to $10,000 because …

Northampton City Council sets criteria for large residential projects near downtown, moratorium to end next month

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Prospective buyers of the old Shaw’s Motel on Bridge Street finally have an incentive to complete the deal after the City Council approved a substantial zoning change governing large residential projects Thursday night. By signing off on design criteria for projects of seven or more units …

Body found at Look Park believed to be that of missing man, Reed Bennett of Easthampton

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police late Friday morning located a body in a pond at Look Park that is believed to be that of Reed Bennett, the 34-year-old Easthampton man who went missing Monday night, according to the Northwestern District …

Holiday lights in downtown Northampton will be lit, perhaps by Friday night

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city has stepped in to take over the popular holiday lights program, ending concerns that they would not be lit downtown after a judge last week ordered the Northampton Business Improvement District to shut down. Mayor David J. Narkewicz announced Thursday that the city has …

Grow Food Northampton names Clem Clay of Amherst new executive director

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Four years after its founding, Grow Food Northampton has named a new executive director, Clem Clay, who grew up on a farm in Vermont, managed farmers markets in California and spent a decade in land preservation …

Area briefs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Northampton CHURCH SPEAKER: The Bible Baptist Church of Northampton will offer a guest speaker at 9:45 and 11 a.m. Sunday Pastor John Little will preach and report on mission work in the Northeast. He is field director for Baptist Church Planters. All are welcome at the church at …

Area briefs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Amherst CITRUS SALE: Citrus is being sold to benefit the band and orchestra programs in the Amherst Regional schools. Oranges and grapefruit are being sold in two-fifths and four-fifths bushels as well as 10-pound bags. To order, email Ben Peterson, high school orchestra conductor, at petersonb@arps.org. High school …

Key players in medical marijuana industry air implications in community forum

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Panelists at a forum on medical marijuana Wednesday discussed the various complexities of using pot medically, from the legality of growing it to finding the right dosage and knowing when it is and isn’t safe to …

Northampton City Council to consider zoning changes for larger residential projects, possible end to moratorium near downtown

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Some 14 months after putting a hold on approval of large-scale residential projects close to downtown, the City Council is expected to decide Thursday whether to adopt new zoning regulations and lift the moratorium. If approved, the rules would guide the future development of several key …

With new class, Northampton High School students tell stories through song

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton High School has become a more soulful place thanks to a new songwriting course this year, where students in Grades 9 through 12 have the opportunity to write and perform original music. The one-semester class …

Northampton BID opponents say they are not invited to mayor’s downtown stakeholder meeting Thursday

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A meeting of downtown stakeholders called by Mayor David J. Narkewicz is scheduled for Thursday, but it is not open to the public and apparently will not include some opponents of the Northampton Business Improvement District, which a judge last week ordered shut down. Among those …