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  • A state road construction sign appears along Interstate 55 near Springfield, Ill., in 2011. AP FILE PHOTO

Published: 9/11/2022 8:13:53 PM
Modified: 9/11/2022 8:09:58 PM
Repaving continues on Damon Road

NORTHAMPTON The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will conduct roadway reconstruction and paving between Bridge Street (Route 9) and River Run on Damon Road from Monday, Sept. 12, to Friday, Sept. 16.

The work, part of DOT’s ongoing Northampton-Damon Road reconstruction project, is scheduled to take place from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., with alternating one-way traffic to accommodate the construction.

Those traveling through the area should expect delays and should reduce speed and use appropriate caution. Signage, messaging and law enforcement details will be in place.

The work is weather-dependent and subject to change without notice.

Travelers can visit and Twitter@MassDOT for more information, or dial 511 and select a route to hear real–time conditions.

Megabucks Doubler winner hauls in $16M

WARE — A Megabucks Doubler ticket sold in Ware for the Saturday’s drawing is the winner of $16.35 million, the game’s largest jackpot since it launched in April 2009. The cash option on the prize is $12 million.

The ticket was sold at the Cumberland Farms at 195 West St. The winning numbers were 3-10-15-17-26-38.

The previous largest Megabucks Doubler jackpot was $13.82 million, won in a March 2012 drawing on a ticket sold in Wakefield. The jackpot had last been hit in March 2021, when $10.04 million was won on a ticket sold in Fairhaven.

Megabucks Doubler prize winners have one year from the date of the drawing to claim prizes.


Northampton offers COVID bivalent boosters

NORTHAMPTON — The city’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will offer the new COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccines twice weekly, beginning Monday, through the end of October.

The vaccines will be available Mondays and Thursdays at the Elks Lodge, on 17 Spring St. in Florence. Both the Pfizer bivalent booster for people ages 12 and older and the Moderna bivalent booster for people ages 18 and older will be available.

Health officials say the bivalent booster doses have been tailored to prevent additional spread of COVID, including omicron variants.

“Our department is happy to be able to serve the public with the new bivalent boosters, which will help prevent the spread of disease,” health department director Merridith O’Leary said in a statement.

“Along with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the CDC, I strongly recommend anyone ages 12 and up get boosted as soon as possible,” O’Leary added.

Appointments will be available on Mondays from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments can be made online at, or by calling (413) 587-1314 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

If an appointment staff member cannot pick up when you call, please leave a message, and someone will call back within three business days to register your appointment.

COVID vaccines are free, though anyone with health insurance will need their insurance card to make an appointment; health insurance is billed an administration fee to run the clinics. You will not be turned away if you do not have health insurance.

You also must bring your past vaccine record to the clinic, as you will need to show documentation of your past vaccines to make an appointment.

Fighting racism and antisemitism

A coalition of regional community groups, synagogues, churches and schools is sponsoring a public talk Tuesday, Sept. 13, on ways that people can stand together against racism and antisemitism.

The presentation, which takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom, will be led by anti-racism activist and national speaker Yavilah McCoy, a third-generation Jewish woman of color.

According to organizers, the program is focused on building alliances between Jewish and Black people in area communities and showing how “white supremacists strategically use antisemitism and racism to build their power.”

The Zoom session is free; you by can register by visiting

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