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Malfunctioning traffic signals snarl traffic at intersection of Route 9 and Damon Road Sunday

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Malfunctioning signals briefly caused a traffic jam on the Northampton side of the Coolidge Bridge Sunday afternoon. Northampton Police Sgt. Josef Barszcz said police received a report that the traffic signals at the intersection of Route 9, Damon Road and the I-91 northbound exit ramp were all blinking red at 3:09 p.m. Massachusetts Department of Transportation employees were working on the lights at the time, he said. Two …

Weekend high school recaps: Amherst Regional boys soccer remain undefeated, shut out Northampton 3-0

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Three Hurricanes scored as the Amherst Regional boys soccer team knocked off crosstown rival Northampton, 3-0, at home on Saturday. Gabe Fontes, Alex Mangels, and Luke Webb each netted a goal in the victory that also kep the Hurricanes (13-0-2) undefeated. Jon Brodeur tallied 15 saves and allowed three goals for Northampton (3-10-1) while his counterpart George Holt made three stops in the …

Weekend preps: Ostberg starts, propels Williston’s win over Wilbraham & Monson, 48-18

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Williston defeated Wilbraham & Monson, 48-18, on the road Saturday. The Wildcats (4-1) exploded for 34 points in the first half and never looked back. In his first start, sophomore quarterback Ian Ostberg (Florence) led Williston completing 9-12 for 198 yards and four touchdowns. Michael Dereus caught two touchdowns from Ostberg and returned a punt for a 53-yard touchdown, all in the …

Shelter Sunday events on tap in Amherst, Northampton

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Area agencies that provide housing, food and other support services to individuals and families will benefit from door-to-door fundraising campaigns taking place during the next two Sundays. The Shelter Sunday events in Amherst and Northampton will be held back-to-back weeks, with the 25th annual event in Amherst Oct. …

After Huntington home break and Northampton chase, two Springfield men — including one who allegedly escaped from the back of a Northampton Police cruiser — held on $10,000 bail

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It was an alert neighbor who called police Saturday to report that a car had left a home on Norwich Lake with two televisions in plain view. That call led to a police chase during which …

Area police news

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Amherst ■ A Redbox machine outside the CVS Pharmacy, 165 University Drive, sustained a broken screen when a customer punched it Monday around 4:49 p.m. The suspect was not located, though a witness to the incident told police the man got angry, hit the screen and fled in …

Court news

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Northampton ■ Chester E. Gnatek II, 44, of 80 Damon Road, Apt. 5107, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Tuesday to a charge of assault and battery on a family or household member. He was arrested Monday at 11:58 a.m. after allegedly pushing his girlfriend. He was …

Northampton City Council to hold Wednesday hearing on government reorganization plan, may vote Thursday

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council is poised to take an up-or-down vote Thursday on a proposal from Mayor David J. Narkewicz to reorganize city government, but not before councilors hear from the mayor and the public at a special public hearing Wednesday afternoon. Though most city departments and …

Monday’s high schools: Gateway Regional shuts out Smith Academy in girls soccer

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jessica Van Heynigen scored early and Joanna Arkoette scored late as the Gateway Regional girls soccer team shut out Smith Academy, 2-0, Monday in Huntington. Caroline Booth assisted the first goal 10 minutes into the game, and Van Heynigen helped Arkoette put one home with one minute left …

Northampton briefs

Monday, October 13, 2014

Voter deadlines The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 4 state election is 8 p.m. Wednesday. The Northampton Board of Registrars in City Hall, Room 8, will be open until 8 that night to register anyone who wants to vote. Wednesday is also the last day …

Railroad overpass work to close Holyoke Street in Northampton on weekdays through Thanksgiving

Monday, October 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Drivers who use Holyoke Street to avoid driving downtown will need to find another route during the day for the next seven weeks. Construction crews are expected to begin work Tuesday on a $450,000 project to …

State grant aids Northampton Police in cracking down on dangerous driving

Monday, October 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A $12,500 state grant will allow Northampton police officers more time to crack down on speeding, drunken driving and other traffic violations during five enforcement blitzes over the next year. The grant from the Massachusetts Highway Safety Division will pay officers who work overtime on extra …

Valley Swim School in Northampton will have a trial run at JFK pool

Monday, October 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Valley Swim School has signed a deal with the city’s Recreation Department to lease a portion of the pool at JFK Middle School three days a week, where it will continue its swimming lessons for some 300 children and water aerobics for cancer patients. The …