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Northampton City Council approves Community Preservation Act money for housing program, playgrounds

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city is in line to be among the first communities in the state to launch a program using Community Preservation Act money dedicated solely to helping low- and moderate-income residents who live in affordable housing to stay in their homes. The City Council Thursday night unanimously approved a $195,000 CPA grant to the Housing Partnership for a three-year initiative called the Community Housing Supportive Services Project. The … 0

Senate OKs bond bill with millions for road, rail improvements

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The state Senate Thursday approved a five-year, $12.7 billion transportation bond bill that includes money for commuter rail service in the Pioneer Valley, $6.53 million for seven projects in Northampton and up to $300 million a year for Chapter 90 road projects in cities and towns. The bill, which Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, … 0

Thursday’s high schools: Amherst softball rallies to beat Chicopee Comp

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ali McIntire’s two-run single in the top of the seventh capped a three-run rally for the Amherst Regional softball team, which defeated Chicopee Comp 8-7 on the road Thursday. Trailing 7-5 entering the seventh, Mikah McNamara (hit, three runs) walked with one out. Justine Bohl and Mathena Morrissey followed with singles to load the bases, then Jada Glasgow was hit by a pitch … 0

Monday’s high school track/tennis recaps: Northampton girls, Amherst boys stay unbeaten on track

Monday, April 14, 2014

A pair of track & field teams remained undefeated Monday with comfortable wins. The Northampton girls moved to 2-0 with a 110-26 win over Minnechaug. The Blue Devils took first in every event with the exception of javelin. Lauren McGrath (shot put, discus), Mariel Lutz (high jump, 800, … 0

Wind blows branch onto wire, knocking out power to 26 homes in Florence

Monday, April 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More than two dozen residents who live on Forest Glen Drive in the Florence section of the city lost power Monday evening when a gust of wind caused a branch to fall onto a wire near the intersection with Summerfield Street. Chris Milligan, spokeswoman for National … 0

The Dignity Project 2014: Dying not necessarily the biggest fear, loss of autonomy may be worse

Monday, April 14, 2014

If there are indeed things worse than dying, one of them has to be losing control of all the things that make us who we are. This is my deepest fear around the issues of aging, becoming dependent … 2

Four young farmers start Stone Soup Farm Co-op, on front of worker-owned farm trend

Monday, April 14, 2014

HADLEY — Most farmers will tell you that cooperation is crucial to keeping a farm running like a well-oiled threshing machine. But at Stone Soup Farm Cooperative in Hadley, cooperation is everything. Four young farmers formed the worker-owned … 0

Area police news

Monday, April 14, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating vandalism at two Main Street properties reported Monday that apparently occurred in the early morning hours Sunday. At 10:59 a.m. Monday, an employee at the Amherst Dental Group, 650 Main St., reported that lights along the driveway were broken and a light post … 0

Northampton Police await damage estimate on cruiser ‘totaled’ in crash

Monday, April 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police are still awaiting a final estimate of damages to a cruiser involved in an early morning crash last month. The cruiser was totaled at 1:43 a.m. March 29 when officer Francis Henderson was on patrol … 0

Jody Kasper, Alan Borowski promoted by Northampton Police Department

Monday, April 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two more Northampton Police officers are moving up in the ranks. Jody Kasper, who has been a Northampton Police officer since 1998, has been promoted to captain and Alan Borowski, also appointed a Northampton officer in … 0

Off the Beat City Schools: Northampton’s new Youth Cheerleading team earns top prize at regional competition

Monday, April 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Six months after its founding, the Northampton Youth Cheerleading team, an 18-member squad of fourth to eighth grade girls, earned a first place trophy at the New England Cheerleading Association’s All-Star Recreation and College Championship in … 0

Autumn Rankin of West Springfield denies charges of smuggling heroin into jail for inmate boyfriend

Monday, April 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A West Springfield woman faces drug and conspiracy charges after allegedly smuggling heroin to her boyfriend in jail. Autumn Rankin, 35, pleaded not guilty Friday in Northampton District Court to charges of possession of a Class A drug (heroin), delivering drugs to a prisoner and conspiracy … 0

Area health officials remain vigilant after Smith College faculty member diagnosed with measles

Monday, April 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local health officials say they will remain vigilant through Friday for reports of measles linked to a Smith College faculty member being diagnosed with the rare viral illness last week. Northampton Public Health Director Merridith O’Leary said Monday no new cases of measles have been reported … 0