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Sunderland contractor fined over asbestos abatement violations at UMass
07-12-2024 5:32 PM

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AMHERST — A Sunderland contractor is facing a state fine of almost $30,000 for violations that occurred during asbestos abatement work at the University of Massachusetts, authorities announced Friday.The state Department of Environmental Protection...

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Suspect charged in Holyoke shooting death
07-19-2024 2:21 PM

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HOLYOKE — A suspect has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a local man on West Street earlier this month.Luis Rodriguez, 19, of Chicopee, is expected to be arraigned Monday in Holyoke District Court, the Hampden district attorney’s...


One arrested in shootout that took out Holyoke City Hall Annex window
07-11-2024 5:57 PM

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HOLYOKE — One man is in custody, and another has been identified but was at large in the wake of a shootout Thursday at 1:45 p.m. near High Street and Worcester Place, the mayor’s office reported.Police said five shots were fired in the exchange. Two...


Four arrested in UMass protest crackdown take diversion program
07-08-2024 4:30 PM

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BELCHERTOWN — Four people arrested during the breakup of a pro-Palestinian encampment on the University of Massachusetts campus in May agreed to dispositions Monday in Eastern Hampshire District Court in which they will enter a four-month diversion...


HCC awarded $832K to train clean energy workforce
06-21-2024 1:50 PM

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 HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College has been awarded an $832,000 state grant to help train workers for clean energy sector jobs.The two-year grant, announced earlier this month, is part of an overall $3.4 million allocation from the Healey-Driscoll...


Statewide 911 outage fixed after two hours offline
06-18-2024 2:52 PM

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The state’s 911 dispatch system went offline for two hours Tuesday afternoon, forcing residents to call their local police department’s administrative numbers for emergencies during the dispatch system outage. Notification of the system’s failure...


Holyoke man gets 13 years in store robberies, including one in Northampton
05-30-2024 8:01 PM

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HOLYOKE — A Holyoke man was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Springfield in connection with a string of nine armed robberies of convenience stores across western Massachusetts, including one in Northampton. Alfredo Aldeco, 38, was sentenced by...


Williamsburg school committee seat yet to be filled
05-22-2024 10:20 AM

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WILLIAMSBURG — Two newcomers won election to local offices and a vacancy remains to be filled on the local school committee following recent local elections, Town Clerk Brenda Lessard reported.With 245 voters, or 11.4% of the electorate, casting...


Vigil planned at Angel Heart monument in Southampton
05-21-2024 3:32 PM

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SOUTHAMPTON — A memorial vigil will be held at the Angel Heart monument in Crossroads Park at 7 p.m. Thursday. The monument was dedicated in 2014 as a memorial for parents who have lost a child. Forty names are now engraved on pavers in front of an...


Cummington election returns incumbents to positions
05-20-2024 2:54 PM

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CUMMINGTON — Voters returned several incumbents to elected positions last week, and filled out the ballot with write-ins where needed.Sixty-three voters turned out for the annual town election, Town Clerk Brenda Emerson-Camp reported. Among write-ins,...


Ryan wins election to Plainfield Select Board
05-20-2024 11:23 AM

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PLAINFIELD — Voters elected Polly Ryan to the Select Board while postponing action on a proposed amendment to the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement at Town Meeting earlier this month. Ryan received 89 votes against 72 for Ed Morann. The...


Fire at Rainbow Motel in Whately leaves 17 without a home
05-18-2024 4:59 PM

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WHATELY — A fire at the Rainbow Motel at 64 State Road shortly after midnight early Saturday morning has left 17 people without a home, though all of the residents in the building evacuated without getting hurt.Whately Police officers were the first...


Michigan man indicted on alleged $1M construction fraud of Northampton company
05-17-2024 4:48 PM

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SPRINGFIELD — A Michigan man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with an alleged scheme to defraud a Northampton construction company of nearly $1 million, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Friday.Jonathan McCormack, 39, of...


21 arrested at UMass protest last week arraigned on Monday; more to come in coming days
05-13-2024 6:07 PM

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BELCHERTOWN — The first group of 130 people arrested last week following pro-Palestinian protests on the University of Massachusetts campus were arraigned Monday in Eastern Hampshire District Court.Twenty-one people pleaded not guilty before District...


No contested seats in Southampton election May 21
05-09-2024 11:41 AM

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 SOUTHAMPTON — Southampton’s annual town election will take place on Tuesday, May 21. Residents will vote for a moderator, town clerk, almoner, Board of Health member, cemetery commissioner, Park Commission member, Personnel Policy and Procedure...


Health board seat sole contested race in Pelham election Tuesday
05-09-2024 11:28 AM

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 PELHAM — A three-year seat on the Board of Health is the only contested race on the ballot in the town election being held Tuesday.Polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ramsdell Room at the Pelham Library, 2 South Valley Road.William E....


Ryan wins Select Board seat in Plainfield
05-08-2024 2:01 PM

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PLAINFIELD — Polly Ryan is the town’s newest Select Board member after winning Saturday’s election over Ed Morann by 89 votes to 72, Town Clerk Ruth Osgood reported.In the other contested position, Erik Burcroff was elected tree warden, with 113 votes...


Police respond to alcohol-fueled incidents in Amherst
05-07-2024 9:19 AM

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AMHERST — Police broke up a large party at a North Amherst apartment complex, with a few hundred college-age people in attendance, as part of a handful of alcohol-fueled incidents late Friday night into Saturday morning.Officers responded at 10:33...


Former Easthampton firefighter to serve 8 months for filming colleagues in women’s locker room
05-07-2024 9:17 AM

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NORTHAMPTON — A former Easthampton firefighter has been sentenced to serve eight months in jail after he admitted using secret cameras to spy on colleagues in the women’s locker room at the fire department where he worked in 2022.The Northwestern...


Rose wins reelection in Worthington
05-06-2024 5:16 PM

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WORTHINGTON — Voters reelected Charley Rose to his fourth term on the Select Board and approved the budget and other articles on the warrant at Town Meeting Saturday, according to information on the town website.Rose received 196 votes, while...


South Hadley man killed in I-91 crash
05-06-2024 12:26 PM

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HATFIELD — A South Hadley man was killed in a crash on I-91 Sunday, state police reported. Daniel Ducharme, 31, was southbound on the interstate in Hatfield and lost control of his 2016 Honda Civic, for reasons that are still under investigation,...

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