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Arizona man held without bail for alleged violent threats against former girlfriend

02-28-2024 12:04 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A 44-year-old man charged with making violent threats against a former girlfriend as he traveled cross-country from his Arizona home toward Northampton was ordered held without the right to bail at his arraignment Tuesday in Hampshire...


Area property deed transfers, Feb. 29

02-28-2024 11:47 AM

AMHERST Anke Voss and Robert Naiman to Benjamin H. Detenber and Nicole L. Draper, 684 E. Pleasant St., $603,000 Gerald G Guider Jr. Ft and Gerald G. Guider Jr. to Lindsay G. Read, 41 Fairfield St., $264,408 Dja-Maa Shepp to Gary Toth and Henry...


A Look Back, Feb. 28

02-27-2024 11:01 PM

50 Years Ago ■Service stations in the area generally disregarded Governor Francis Sargent’s request to remain open yesterday and on future Sundays. Only one local dealer, Hadley Tulsa, opened, with the explanation that the station is trying to use up...


Starbucks plans Mohawk Trail shop in Greenfield, Friendly’s to close

02-27-2024 9:13 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With an application coming before the Planning Board next week, Starbucks is brewing up its first Franklin County location.The national coffeehouse chain will come before the Planning Board on March 7 in pursuit of site plan approval to...


Healey life-sci, climate tech plans will span 10 years

02-27-2024 4:55 PM

By Alison Kuznitz

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey will recommend reauthorizing the state’s life sciences initiative for another decade in a sprawling economic development bill she plans to file this week, she told hundreds of business leaders Tuesday morning. The bill will...


Former Easthampton school paraeducator charged with child sexual assault

02-27-2024 4:44 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A former Easthampton elementary school paraeducator has been charged with child sexual assault in relation to incidents alleged to have occurred in 2022 and 2023.Troy Gray, 57, of Easthampton, was arrested last week and pleaded not...


Photos: Domino effect

02-27-2024 4:05 PM


Area briefs: Comerford to hold budget hearing; Jewish professor to speak about losing daughter Oct. 7

02-27-2024 4:02 PM

Comerford to chair FY25 state budget hearing at GCCGREENFIELD — Senate Ways and Means Assistant Vice Chair Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, and House Ways and Means member Andy Vargas, D-Haverhill, will chair an invitation-only budget hearing of the Joint...


MassDEP’s Clean Heat Standard poised to advance energy shift

02-27-2024 4:00 PM

By TANISHA BHAT

While many communities have made progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, many experts believe the next big step statewide will involve electrifying home heating systems, a process the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is...


Easthampton to use $100K to assess Town Lodging House site for affordable housing; neighbors upset with plans

02-27-2024 3:46 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

EASTHAMPTON — A city-owned building used to house homeless, transient and low-income individuals for more than 130 years, vacant and boarded up since April 2022, could be redeveloped and expanded into 30 to 35 affordable apartments by Valley Community...


Judge wants diocese, Northampton to resolve St. Mary stained-glass removal before a possible Thursday ruling

02-27-2024 3:42 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

SPRINGFIELD — A federal judge scolded both the Diocese of Springfield and the city of Northampton for needing to resort to a lawsuit to settle a dispute over the removal of five stained-glass windows at the St. Mary of the Assumption Church on Elm...


Starbucks plans Mohawk Trail shop in Greenfield, Friendly’s to close

02-27-2024 1:29 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With an application coming before the Planning Board next week, Starbucks is brewing up its first Franklin County location.The national coffeehouse chain will come before the Planning Board on March 7 in pursuit of site plan approval to...


Leverett busts out cake, events to begin 250th anniversary celebration

02-27-2024 12:28 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — A large commemorative wooden cake in the field between the Leverett Library and Leverett Elementary School will be lit up in Leverett for the first time as night falls on March 5, exactly 250 years after the town officially separated from...


Northampton first in WMass to back call for Gaza cease-fire

02-27-2024 11:51 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The city is the first in western Massachusetts and third statewide to take a stand in favor of a cease-fire in the war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.The City Council passed two at a virtual special meeting Tuesday night that drew more...


South Hadley preps for new cart-based trash system

02-27-2024 11:10 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The town is considering options for a new cart-based trash system next fiscal year now that a contract with the company operating the green bag pay-as-you-throw service is set to expire on June 30.“So we have to change our service...


Ratepayers fed up with high energy costs

02-27-2024 10:42 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — From the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in Lynn to the state’s western border in Richmond, people in Massachusetts are letting the state know how they feel about wallet-busting energy bills.“I struggle to pay my bills, my electric runs $250 a...


Emerging from ‘dark time’ in US history: National political activist keynotes Black History Month at Mount Holyoke

02-26-2024 11:58 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — When people ask how to navigate this “dark time” in United States history, political strategist and community organizer LaTosha Brown finds inspiration in the stories of Harriet Tubman leading slaves to freedom in the dead of night by...


A Look Back, Feb. 27

02-26-2024 11:01 PM

50 Years Ago■At least $5,000 worth of equipment was stolen from four stores at the Hill and Dale Mall on King Street last night. The four shops which reported being burglarized were: the Radio Shack, A&P, Hit or Miss, and Pioneer Valley Factory Shoe...


Jones trustees short on expected library project contribution

02-26-2024 5:14 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even though an end-of-January commitment from the Jones Library trustees to provide the town $2 million for the $46.1 million project to expand and renovate the 43 Amity St. building wasn’t met, town officials are anticipating no impact on...


Amherst board relaxes zoning for big project next to UMass

02-26-2024 4:16 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A large mixed-use development next to the University of Massachusetts, providing both market-rate and affordable housing, can proceed to the next phase of municipal review after receiving Zoning Board of Appeals variances that will allow the...



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