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Anne Awad defeated Jeffrey Labrecque for a three-year seat as a commissioner for the South Hadley Electric Light Department.

Chairwoman of South Hadley utility commissioners calls management decision to not involve board in audit preparations ‘unacceptable’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — The chairwoman of the South Hadley Electric Light Department board of commissioners is upset that the manager of the municipal utility has laid the groundwork for an audit without involving board members. Anne Awad said Thursday she intends to address her concerns at a commission meeting in early September about the way preparations for the audit have gone so far. She said SHELD manager Wayne Doerpholz has not involved commissioners in steps along the way. That includes drafting a request for proposals describing the scope of the audit and interviewing firms that responded. “It’s unacceptable,” said Awad in a telephone interview. The …

Roxanne Tubolino of Belchertown sentenced to serve 3 years and 3 months in federal prison, pay restitution for embezzling $1.5 million from Northampton Internal Medicine Associates

Monday, August 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — At Monday’s sentencing of Roxanne Tubolino, who admitted in January to embezzling more than $1.5 million from a Northampton medical practice, staff members still in their scrubs shook their heads as defense attorney Andrew G. Levchuk told the judge that Tubolino stole the money to “feed the beast” — her abusive …

Massachusetts ends surgery requirement for legally changing gender on birth certificates

Sunday, August 23, 2015

At one time, whenever trans-individuals applied to change their gender on their birth certificates, they were required to hand over a document containing proof that they underwent surgery. That document can now be tossed out in Massachusetts, according to the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders of New England. As of Aug. 1, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a decisive change in the …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, July 31, 2015

Amherst Zoe Tessler, the daughter of Patricia Gorman and Richard Tessler and a rising senior at Hamilton College, is part of a research group at Hamilton studying the invasive garlic mustard plant. Tessler, an art and biology major, is a graduate of Amherst Regional High School. Belchertown Gabriel …

Naming the baby

Friday, July 31, 2015

JONES — Alanna Grace, daughter of Stephen and Rebecca Jones of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was born June 19, 2015 in Saint Francis Hospital, Oklahoma. The maternal grandparents are Kristin White of Sand Springs, Oklahoma and Allen Bergeron of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The paternal grandparents are Kim Perigo of Mt. Juliet, …

Two people arrested for ecstasy possession in Amherst — and other area police news

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Northampton ∎ Wayne L. Andrews Jr., 53, 7 Mulberry St. Apt. 3 in Leeds, was arrested around 6 p.m. Wednesday on Haydenville Road on a charge of disorderly conduct, according to police. South Hadley ∎ Charlsey Lee Mitchell, 26, of 12 Grant St., was arrested on Pleasant Street …

Threat of severe weather cancels evening concerts in Amherst, South Hadley

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — The threat of severe weather forced organizers to cancel concerts in Amherst and South Hadley Thursday evening. The Amherst Business Improvement District canceled its planned concert in Kendrick Park featuring Avi Jacob and Mister G, according to the organization’s website and Twitter feed. The next concert …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 …

South Hadley’s arts, music festival keeps on growing

Monday, July 27, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Armed with a torch, pliers and sunglasses, Hugh Naggar fielded questions about his glassblowing and spinning as he melted glass with his blue flame. “Can you do almost anything?” one woman asked. Naggar, who operates …

Amherst beats Northampton to advance to Pioneer Valley Mickey Mantle Championship

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Amherst Mickey Mantle team had to play in back-to-back games to punch its ticket to the Pioneer Valley championship on Sunday. After knocking out Frontier, 12-0, Amherst beat Northampton 11-3 in the semifinals of the double elimination …

South Hadley FallsFest fosters community spirit, economic development

Saturday, July 25, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Armed with a torch, pliers and sunglasses, Hugh Naggar fielded questions about his glassblowing and spinning as he melted glass with his blue flame. “Can you do almost anything?” one woman asked. Naggar, who operates …

Valley Views: Heron and Red-wing

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Friends and Neighbors

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Amherst Claire R. Thibodeau was named to the spring semester dean’s list for the spring at Alfred University in Alfred, New York. She is a senior in the School of Art and Design. A graduate of Amherst Regional High School, Thibodeau is the daughter of Paula Russell of …