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Wednesday’s high schools: Alex Bachand nets 100th point for Belchertown hockey team

Thursday, January 29, 2015

For Alex Bachand and the Belchertown hockey team, Wednesday afternoon’s game against South Hadley was about the numbers on the scoreboard rather than those on the score sheet. But once they secured a 7-5 victory at Fitzpatrick Rink in Holyoke, the Orioles celebrated a milestone for its senior forward and leading scorer. Bachand scored twice with an assist to surpass 100 points in his career. “It was a big game …

Wednesday’s high school swimming: Records fall as Longmeadow sweeps Northampton

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Two JFK Middle School pool records were taken down as the Northampton swim teams fell to Longmeadow on Wednesday. On the girls side, the Lancers won 95-90 as they lowered the 400 free relay pool record to 3:42.72 to close the meet. Kerry Fleming pick up two individual wins for the Blue Devils (8-1, 5-1 Minuteman) in the 100 and 200 frees. On …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Smith Voke takes down Northampton in first match since splitting program

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In their first matchup as separate programs, Smith Vocational got the best of Northampton Wednesday night. The Vikings, who before this season were part of a cooperative program with the Blue Devils, won 28-21. Jake Erali had the lone pin for the Smith Voke, while Nye Winston-Corradino earned a key 14-2 decision. Andrew Tacy, Ben Murphy and Nick Day each had pins, with …

Friday’s high school indoor track: South Hadley takes three against Athol, Greenfield and Hampshire

Friday, January 23, 2015

The South Hadley indoor boys and girls track teams swept Athol, Greenfield and Hampshire Regional Friday night, in a PVIAC meet at Smith College. The girls beat Athol 85-10, Greenfield 89-6 and Hampshire 80-15, while the boys won 60-30, 53-42 and 58-35, respectively. Northampton swept Central as the …

Friday’s high school swimming: South Hadley beat Holyoke Catholic, stays unbeaten in Patriot League

Friday, January 23, 2015

The South Hadley girls swim team kept its perfect league record alive and remained in first place with a 92-52 victory over Holyoke Catholic Friday afternoon at Chicopee Comp. Shannon Mitchell won the 50 free and 100 free for the Tigers (11-1, 6-0 Patriot). Jade Thomas (100 back) …

Northampton Police say hate crime charges possible as investigation continues of anti-Semitic vandalism on Sherman Avenue

Friday, January 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are continuing to investigate anti-Semitic and racist graffiti found on Sherman Avenue this week to determine what charges are most appropriate for the two teenage suspects. Police allege that the teens spray-painted swastikas on the …

Northampton Internal Medicine Associates hoping to see restitution after revelation that office manager of 17 years embezzled over $1.5 million

Friday, January 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Belchertown woman who embezzled more than $1.5 million from a Florence medical practice pleaded guilty Thursday, but for the physicians at the Northampton Internal Medicine Associates, the ordeal is far from over. Between seeing patients and attending meetings Friday, Dr. Deborah E. Smith said that …

Clare Higgins applauds President Barack Obama for identifying child care as ‘national economic priority’

Friday, January 23, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Clare Higgins, executive director of Community Action, spent most of Thursday in Boston, having the same conversation she has had with state and other officials for at least 30 years: Why do we pay child care workers so very little? A former six-term mayor of Northampton …

Thursday’s high school basketball: Téa Spellacy, Belchertown inch closer to postseason

Friday, January 23, 2015

Téa Spellacy scored a game-high 29 points, including seven 3-pointers, as the Belchertown girls basketball team beat Chicopee, 63-53, on the road Thursday to move within a win of qualifying for the postseason. Kayla Henry had eight points and nine assists for the Orioles (9-4, 2-1 Suburban), who …

Northampton bench comes through in 52-31 blowout of Agawam

Friday, January 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton girls basketball team’s bench powered a 52-31 win over Agawam to move the Blue Devils within a win of qualifying for the postseason. The lopsided win on Thursday gave coach Perry Messer a chance …

Thursday’s high school alpine skiing: Denhart brothers pace Northampton

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Denhart brothers of the Northampton boys ski team each earned a top-10 finish on the slalom course in the fourth PVIAC race Thursday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Charlie Denhart came in fourth with a time of 31.42 seconds, while Jack Denhart was eighth at 33.34. The …

Roxanne Tubolino of Belchertown pleads guilty to embezzling $1,562,206 from Northampton Internal Medicine Associates

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Belchertown woman pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Springfield to embezzling more than $1.5 million from the Northampton medical practice where she formerly worked as an office manager. Roxanne Tubolino, 56, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and six counts of tax evasion. Maximum …

Mark Ducharme of South Hadley sentenced to 2½ years after admitting role in drunk driving accident that killed his best friend, Wesley Schutt of Feeding Hills

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Mark Ducharme wept in Hampshire Superior Court Thursday as his late best friend’s family told him that his choice to drive drunk June 14 robbed them of an affectionate, caring man who was beloved by all who knew him. Ducharme, 46, of 141 Amherst Road, South …