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State to install crosswalks, bus stops this fall on Route 10 in Easthampton
10-26-2023 6:52 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — Around a year after a city couple was killed by a vehicle on Route 10, the state Department of Transportation will install two new crosswalks this fall to address pedestrian safety concerns.The proposed improvements include crosswalks at...

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Public safety chief flags ‘warning signs’ around police hiring, retention
03-24-2024 11:00 AM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

Public Safety and Security Secretary Terrence Reidy warned lawmakers last week that big cities and small towns face a “major issue” with recruiting new candidates for law enforcement jobs and said he’s worried about the future of public safety in...


State OKs speed limit drop on Route 10 in Easthampton
01-29-2024 9:33 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON – Addressing road safety concerns, the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has approved speed limit reductions on a stretch of Route 10.The approved speed limit adjustments include a reduction from 35 to 30 mph from West Street to...


Bill would raise retirement age for police, fire officials
11-16-2023 4:34 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

As a way to help cities and towns retain police and firefighters longer, a local lawmaker has filed a bill that would allow them to work in public safety roles until age 72.Under state law, emergency services personnel such as police officers and...


Dearth of dispatchers forces Southampton to seek help from Easthampton
10-15-2023 2:00 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTHAMPTON — As Southampton’s dispatch services transfer to Easthampton’s Public Safety Communications Center, residents who enter the lobby of the Southampton Police Station will notice a few changes, namely a lack of in-person staff at times.Due to...


Officials gear up for another run at new Southampton police-fire station
08-17-2023 6:16 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTHAMPTON — With $35,000 secured in the state budget to help pay for a feasibility study, the town is moving forward with planning for a new public safety complex to replace the police and fire stations, an effort that has been ongoing for...


Easthampton moves to hire civilian flaggers to fill vacant police detail jobs
06-22-2023 4:51 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — With open trenches, rough terrain and orange cones and reflective barrels in full bloom at numerous housing and infrastructure project sites, it’s no surprise to anyone that much of the city is under construction.However, with so many...


Safety on the line: Local, state officials address school bus safety after Leverett family flags offenders 
05-02-2023 7:00 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

LEVERETT — Outraged by videos she described as “horrific,” state Rep. Natalie Blais joined state Sen. Jo Comerford at a family’s Leverett home Tuesday to draw attention to the importance of school bus safety. Wes and Audra Goscenski, who live on Long...


Easthampton planners approve safety, rescue business building for former Oxbow Sports site
04-10-2023 5:07 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — A Dover man is proposing to bring new life to a city property that hasn’t seen any activity in roughly two decades.Blake Underhill, owner of Easthampton Holdings LLC, purchased 2 East St. in November with the hope of expanding his...


Drivers weigh in on potential cellphone use ban
07-03-2017 9:28 AM

By JACK SUNTRUP

EASTHAMPTON — If it were up to Tim Sharrow, all cellphone use would be banned in cars.He has seen distracted drivers rear-end people, distracted drivers slow to go when the light turns green, distracted drivers who don’t seem to realize the...


Collect them all: Northampton Police introduce trading cards
06-08-2017 12:08 AM

By JACK SUNTRUP

NORTHAMPTON — Forget Pokémon cards, or whatever children are trading these days. The newest craze could be trading cards featuring Northampton cops.On Tuesday, Police Chief Jody Kasper announced a new trading card initiative designed to strengthen...


Authorities identify Florence man struck by car, killed
05-16-2017 9:53 PM

By EMILY CUTTS

NORTHAMPTON — A 78-year-old Florence man was hit by a car and killed while riding his bike Monday afternoon.Alan H. Porter was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield where he was later pronounced dead, according to the Northwestern district...


Easthampton man pleads not guilty to 61 counts in bomb-making case, held on $150,000 bail
05-09-2017 10:43 PM

By EMILY CUTTS

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man accused of manufacturing explosives and explosive devices was ordered held on $150,000 bail Tuesday. Bryan O. Desmarais, 42, of 36 Ridgewood Terrace, pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday afternoon...


High-Five Friday is no more, but a new program is planned for Northampton elementary schools
05-01-2017 11:06 PM

By JACK SUNTRUP

NORTHAMPTON — More than two months after the cancellation of High-Five Friday rattled Northampton, the school district announced Monday a permanent police liaison to its elementary schools.The four district elementary schools have lacked a steady law...


Easthampton Fire Chief: No sky lanterns, please
04-26-2017 12:18 PM

By JACK SUNTRUP

EASTHAMPTON — For the love of Easthampton, please don’t release sky lanterns.That firm request comes from Fire Chief David Mottor, who said Wednesday he received an email asking if it was OK to launch what are essentially tiny, unmanned air balloons...


Gunman robs Florence convenience store, Northampton police say
04-20-2017 11:29 AM

By JACK SUNTRUP

FLORENCE — Jim’s Variety Store in Florence was robbed Wednesday night, the second time the convenience store’s cash register has been plundered since January.Northampton Police Department Capt. John Cartledge said in a news release that a male suspect...


Dry, windy days sparking brush fires
04-18-2017 8:25 AM

By JACK SUNTRUP

SOUTHAMPTON — When 16-year-old Damien Cox caught a faint burning smell Sunday afternoon, he assumed the scent was wafting from a neighbor’s kitchen. It was Easter, after all.“So we didn’t think anything of it,” he said.Later, his godfather spotted the...


New $180,000 robot system helping Northampton Fire Department dispatchers do their job
03-31-2017 3:12 PM

By Dusty Christensen

NORTHAMPTON — Journalists and the occasional enthusiast spend lots of time listening to emergency dispatch scanners, the static voices on the radio providing a window onto the work a city’s emergency services do day and night. So it may only have come...


Northampton police: heroin overdoses nearly triple in city
01-06-2017 9:41 AM

By EMILY CUTTS

NORTHAMPTON — The number of heroin overdoses in the city has nearly tripled in the last year, according to data released Wednesday by the Northampton Police Department .“We are indeed in the midst of a terrible epidemic,” the department wrote in a...

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