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JERREY ROBERTS
Northampton Police Sgt. Victor Caputo talks about a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle Tuesday at the station.

Area police officials lukewarm about surplus military gear programs flagged for review by president

Monday, September 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — President Barack Obama last week ordered a review of programs that put surplus military gear into the hands of local police in the wake of outcry about heavily armed Ferguson, Missouri, police officers in armored trucks facing off with protesters. If the review leads to scrapping or curtailing such programs, police officials in Hampshire County largely won’t be … 0

Weekend colleges: UMass women’s soccer falls to Providence in overtime

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jackie Bruno tied the game in the second half for UMass, but Catherine Zimmerman netted the winner in overtime as Providence pulled out the 2-1 win, Sunday in Amherst. Danielle Kriscenski made two saves, while Madison Smith had one assist for the Minutewomen (1-2-1). Nichols 1, Mount Holyoke 0 — Mackenzie Randall made one save but the Lyons dropped their season opener at … 0

Pioneer Valley’s class of 2018 makes its grand entrance

Saturday, August 30, 2014

AMHERST — With gear piled high atop car roofs and minivans filled to capacity, thousands of new and returning students arrived on campus this weekend at Hampshire County’s four private colleges and the University of Massachusetts. The combined class of 2018 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Hampshire, Amherst, Smith and Mount Holyoke … 0

Cambodian lawmaker released following arrest, protests

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The release of jailed Cambodian lawmaker Mu Sochua and several of her colleagues on Tuesday was welcome news on the campus of Mount Holyoke College, where there is strong support for the human rights advocate. Sochua … 5

Belchertown tops South Hadley for Koufax B state championship

Monday, July 21, 2014

PALMER — The Belchertown River Rats captured the Sandy Koufax WMABC B Division state championship on Monday night, defeating the South Hadley Tigers in a mercy rule-shortened 11-3 victory at Legion Field. Nolan Vogal spearheaded Belchertown’s offense, going … 0

Local baseball: Hadley 11U Ripken moves into state final

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Hadley Cal Ripken 11-and-under team scored the tying run in the fourth and took the lead with a pair in the fifth to defeat Northbridge 5-3 in the state semifinals Monday evening in Uxbridge. Justin Masteralexis, Noah Scanlon-Dean and Nick Foster hit solo home runs for Hadley … 0

The Dignity Project: Mount Holyoke President, medical ethicist, Lynn Pasquerella: A challenge to idea that death is un-American

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dying is certainly not what it used to be. During my career as a medical ethicist, there has been a remarkable shift in the types of end-of-life cases I have been asked to consult on. Today, the most … 2

'Robbing the Grave' Pre-need funeral contract fraud and mismanagement has been on state's radar for 10 years

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The challenge of making sure consumers get what they paid for in pre-need funeral contracts is not limited to the now-defunct Ryder Funeral Home. Nor is it a new concern. A former Boston funeral home director, Joseph V. O’Donnell, 55, was being held last week on … 0

Local baseball/softball: Hamp Ripken advances to state final

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Northampton Cal Ripken 9-and-under baseball team continued its perfect run into Monday night’s state final with three victories over the weekend. Hamp (4-0) defeated Douglas 8-2 Sunday afternoon in the state semifinal and will face Hudson at 6 p.m. Monday in Westminster. Otis Follet earned the win … 0

Northampton Cal Ripken baseball cruises in opener of state tournament

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Three pitchers combined on a 2-hitter as the Northampton Cal Ripken 9-and-under team began the state tournament with a 10-3 victory over Marlboro Friday afternoon in Westminster. Otis Follet (three innings, five strikeouts), Dominic Badorini (two innings, three … 0

Debtor’s jail? South Hadley man describes day he was jailed in dispute over $508

Friday, July 18, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Iheanyi Daniel Okoroafor, a 73-year-old African immigrant and retired mental health case manager, thought he’d get a chance to explain to a judge why he didn’t pay for a furnace repair he says was not … 0

Mt. Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella goes to bat for jailed Cambodian activist who spoke at the college

Friday, July 18, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella is among a chorus of individuals and organizations calling for the release of detained Cambodian opposition leader Mu Sochua. Sochua is a member of Cambodia’s Parliament and leader of … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, July 18, 2014

WOODCHUCK Newton Street, South Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley It’s garden time and this woodchuck, also known as a groundhog, appears to have caught the scent of tender young plants as he … 0