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UMass students Jess Sterner, left, and Robert Abbot talk about the snowstorm Monday night in downtown Amherst.

Valley residents prepared as predicted historic storm begins to unfold late Monday

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

As the winter storm began unfolding late Monday night — and the statewide ban on nonessential travel loomed — some people in the Valley were making plans to continue business as usual despite the prediction of a historic snowfall. Food outlets at the University of Massachusetts were well-prepared to feed thousands of students as the storm continued through Tuesday, even …

Monday’s high school boys basketball: Easthampton beats storm, Smith Vocational

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dakota Wheeler and the Easthampton boys basketball beat the snow storm and Smith Vocational Monday. Wheeler had 21 points as the Eagles won 91-42 in a game moved up to the early evening at Easthampton, well before the snow storm hit the county. Joe Czarnik added 16 points, LJ Bara had 13, and Sam Brodeur and Liam Healey each had 10 for the …

Region gears up for potent storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Weather gurus are comparing this week’s storm to the blizzard of 1978, the October 2011 snowstorm, and Winter Storm NEMO of February 2013 in terms of accumulation and impact. “We’re basically telling people: Travel is not advisable” whether by car, train, air or foot, said Kim Buttrick, a meteorologist with the National Weather …

Medical waste spill cleaned up on Northampton streets early Wednesday

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police believe a truck hauling refuse from hospitals early Wednesday morning spilled several large bags of medical waste on streets around the city. The mess was cleaned up later Wednesday morning. Police Capt. Jody Kasper said police discovered at 12:20 a.m. that medical waste, including bloody …

Northampton High School students battle ‘zombie apocalypse’ by turning off devices for a day

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — What would happen if high school students turned off their phones and iPads for an entire school day? At Northampton High School, the result was pretty simple: they talked to each other — face to face. …

Valley anti-poverty advocates laud President Barack Obama’s tax proposals

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Advocates for the middle class on Tuesday applauded President Barack Obama’s proposed tax changes to make life easier for the majority of Americans, even if the chance of putting these programs into action appears bleak. “To the extent …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Hampshire boys run away from Southwick

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Hampshire Regional boys basketball team had a 10-point halftime lead, but a huge third quarter resulted in a 70-43 road win over Southwick on Tuesday. The Raiders (8-3, 6-2 Bi-County) outscored the Rams (2-7, 2-5) 25-4 in the third quarter to break the game open. Conor Cronin …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Northampton girls swim past Amherst Regional to stay perfect

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Maela Whitcomb was the only multiple-event winner as the Northampton girls swimming & diving team kept its perfect season going Tuesday afternoon by beating Amherst Regional 120-56 in Amherst. Whitcomb took first in both the 100 fly and …

Tuesday’s colleges: Forbasaw Nkamebo with game-winner overtime layup for Westfield State

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Junior center Forbasaw Nkamebo (Amherst) made a game-winner layup at the buzzer as the Westfield State women’s basketball team beat Worcester State, 67-65, in overtime at Nichols College in Dudley, Tuesday. Nkamebo finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Owls (12-4, 4-0 MASCAC). Salve Regina 66, …

Gordon Hardy Jr. of Easthampton denies six counts of possessing child pornography

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Gordon T. Hardy Jr., 57, of 5 Mount Tom Ave., Easthampton, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Friday to six counts of possession of child pornography. According to court records, Microsoft reported to the State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that a …

Smith Vocational Agricultural High School cited for continuing problems with heat, condition of buildings

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School continues to have problems meeting accreditation health and safety standards, with complaints including inadequate heating during the winter and a leaking roof in the library. Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson agreed Tuesday that there are problems and said the school, which opened …

Area police news

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Amherst ■ A resident at Crestview Apartments, 1001 North Pleasant St., will be summoned to court on a charge of violating the town’s noise bylaw after police were called to his home at 10:32 p.m. Tuesday for a loud television that was bothering neighbors. The resident, who was …

Citing impact on investment, some restaurateurs oppose effort to add new alcohol licenses in Northampton

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When Jeremiah Micka laid the groundwork to buy the Union Station train depot two years ago, he knew he would have to pay steeply to acquire an all-alcohol liquor license for a new sports bar and …