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Big plays hurt Smith Voke in 33-8 loss to Franklin Tech

Sunday, October 4, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Three big plays are what separated Smith Vocational from keeping this game close. The Vikings were unable to overcome those obstacles and Franklin County Tech posted a 33-8 Tri-County League football victory Saturday afternoon in the blustery conditions at Franklin Tech. The Eagles (3-1, 2-0 TCL) never ran an offensive play in the first quarter, but held a 6-0 lead thanks to CJ Daignault’s 77-yard punt return …

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders focuses on economic issues at Springfield rally

Saturday, October 3, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the Independent Vermont Senator, delivered a speech centered on income inequality to a cheering crowd at the MassMutual Center here Saturday. Campaign officials estimated that between 2,000 and 3,000 would attend Saturday’s event. Final attendance estimates provided by MassMutual Center staff came in at 5,700 to …

As shmita year ends for Jews, attention remains on restoring environmental health

Friday, October 2, 2015

Just as Sabbath is a day of rest in Judaism and Christianity, the “shmita” year is defined in the Jewish Torah as a sabbatical year as part of a seven-year cycle, to give the land a rest. But the concept of shmita is not just for Jews, who just welcomed year 5776, nor is it just for farmers. With climate disruption, desertification, a …

Heather Whitley larceny trial jurors hear that potential condo buyers may have been misled about their deposits

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In the second day of the larceny trial of Heather P. Whitley, jurors heard testimony that potential condominium buyers were misled about how their deposits would be held — before that money disappeared. Whitley, 49, of Newburyport, is accused of using $146,000 in deposits from people …

State officials describe planned Route 9 work in Hadley to ease congestion, improve safety and bus route

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

HADLEY — A wider road, bicycle lanes and sidewalks are in the works for Route 9 in Hadley, where the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) wants to improve safety, ease congestion and bolster the Northampton-Amherst bus route that travels along it. The project, which has yet to be …

Miguel Dones of Springfield denies sexual abuse of child in Easthampton

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man denied in Northampton District Court on Tuesday that he sexually abused a child in Easthampton between 2008 and 2013. Miguel Dones, 35, pleaded not guilty to two counts of statutory rape and two counts of indecent assault and battery on child under 14. …

Philip Ross of Northampton, arrested with help of Domino’s Pizza employee, admits to thefts, robbery and break-in

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A city man who police arrested with the help of a Domino’s Pizza employee admitted Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court to multiple charges stemming from two April incidents in Amherst and Northampton. Philip M. Ross, 24, of Northampton, pleaded guilty to charges of unarmed robbery, credit …

Hampshire College declares success in eliminating standardized test scores from admissions process

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when colleges are increasingly competing for students, Hampshire College has found that eliminating standardized test scores from consideration was appealing to its applicant pool. In the first full year of its “test-blind” application …

Orn Neth of Northampton, accused of child endangerment in sex abuse case, given one year of pretrial probation

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 57-year-old Northampton woman accused of failing to stop or report suspected sexual abuse of three children will have the charges against her dismissed if she completes a year of probation. Orn Neth, of 491 Bridge Road, Apt. 2121, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court …

With social media buzz and high-visibility location, Florence Pie Bar sells out on opening day

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Florence Pie Bar opened for business Friday — and had to close early after a long and steady line of customers ate through the shop’s entire supply of pies and other pastries. The 76 Main …

Monday’s high school soccer: Smith Academy girls coach Matt McCloghry wins No. 100

Monday, September 28, 2015

At roughly the midway point of his eighth season as Smith Academy girls soccer coach, Matt McCloghry celebrated the century milestone Monday. The Falcons shut out Mohawk 3-0 in Hatfield for McCloghry’s 100th win at the school. His overall record is now 100-32-13. “I’m really proud of all …

Monday’s high schools: Belchertown spikes Easthampton to stay unbeaten

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Belchertown girls volleyball ball team kept its unbeaten streak going on the road by beating Easthampton 3-1 in each team’s league opener Monday. The game scores were 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 25-18. Audra Hale had three kills and …

Monday’s high school golf: Granby rallies to chip Pathfinder

Monday, September 28, 2015

The bottom four players for the Granby golf team scored 15 of a possible 16 points in leading the Rams to a 16-8 victory over Pathfinder Monday at Cold Spring Country Club in Belchertown. Tyler Sullivan, Maddie Humphrey and Jack White each swept their individual matches, while EJ …