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Health briefs: A listing of area programs, suppport groups

Monday, November 24, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING Falls Prevention — The Strength in Numbers six-week class on Falls Prevention, sponsored by Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, is on now available on area cable TV networks. It will be aired on Northampton Cable TV, with the following schedules starting this week, with week one: NCTV Channel 12: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, 4 p.m.; …

Weekend colleges: Amherst drops Mount Holyoke in Tip-Off Classic, ties UConn for longest home win streak

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ali Doswell scored 25 points, while Marley Giddins had 16 and Meredith Doswell added 12 as the Amherst College women’s basketball team beat Baruch College, 73-63, in the Amherst Tip-Off Classic Final on Sunday. The win pushed the Lord Jeffs’ (3-0) consecutive home win streak to 100 games, breaking UConn’s previous mark of 99 games for the longest home winning streak in NCAA …

Land of plenty? Food pantries opt for more food, rather than turkeys-only in parceling out Thanksgiving ingredients

Friday, November 21, 2014

For many years, local food pantries such as the Northampton and Amherst survival centers have filled their freezers with turkeys so clients — even those who don’t regularly rely on them — can count on the main ingredient for this country’s traditional Thanksgiving meal. The turkeys are not so plentiful this year. The …

Area court news

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Easthampton ■ Sean P. McElligott, 39, of 20 Florence Road, Apt. 4, Easthampton, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Monday to charges of assault and battery on a family or household member and reckless endangerment of a child. According to court records, McElligott was arrested at …

After BID signatures approved, City Clerk Wendy Mazza harbored doubts about their legitimacy

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Three months before the City Council approved a petition to create the Business Improvement District, City Clerk Wendy Mazza voiced misgivings about the signature-verification process used to establish the organization. In a January 2009 email to …

First Night fireworks will be held, holiday lights in limbo after judge disbands Northampton Business Improvement District

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It’s not as easy to turn the holiday lights on downtown this year as opponents of the Northampton Business Improvement District might think. Alan Scheinman, Eric Suher and at least a dozen other downtown property owners …

James Kilroy of Northampton held without the right to bail after denying beating wife and her dog

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton man deemed dangerous by a Northampton District Court judge is being held without the right to bail after an alleged attack on his wife and her dog Sunday. James A. Kilroy, 43, of 153 Elm St., pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of assault …

Andrew Dufresne of Charlemont arraigned on larceny charges related to alleged thefts from Dietz Construction

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Charlemont man denied charges in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday related to misusing a company credit card and pawning stolen equipment that prosecutors allege resulted in the theft of thousands of dollars from his former employer, Dietz Construction of Easthampton. Andrew Dufresne, 42, of 119 Main …

Springfield man sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to committing unnatural act with a child

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man was sentenced to probation when he accepted a plea agreement Tuesday and avoided a trial on charges including child rape. Michael R. Edwards, 27, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to committing an unnatural act with a child under 16 between 2002 and …

Area police news

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Amherst ■ A man reported at 3:03 p.m. Monday that his pistol was stolen from his vehicle the previous night, possibly while it was parked in Amherst. Police are investigating. Easthampton ■ Dylan C. Pinkham, 22, of Chicopee, was arrested at 10:56 a.m. Monday on Lyman Avenue on …

Franklin Hampshire Career Center job fair in Northampton celebrates ‘Hire a Veteran’ month

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Franklin Hampshire Career Center will host a job fair at its site at 178 Industrial Drive in Northampton to celebrate national “Hire a Veteran” month. The job fair will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, and is for veterans only from 9 to …

New Jersey man sentenced to jail, probation after pleading guilty for second time to drug charges

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A New Jersey man pleaded guilty Monday in Hampshire Superior Court — for the second time in five days — to drug-related charges and was sentenced to a year in jail followed by a year of probation. That is less jail time than last week’s original …

When students call, Smith profs step in to teach NHS AP biology

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College biology professor Robert L. Dorit can make a comparison between DNA replication and text messaging: The faster it’s done, the more room for error. This is how Dorit explained to a class of 16 …