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The former Best Buy space at the Hampshire Mall in Hadley.

Changes afoot at Hampshire Mall as Best Buy, GlowGolf exit

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall management hopes to name a new tenant for the former Best Buy space within the next 30 to 60 days — but the replacement of the former anchor store won’t come in time for the holiday shopping season, according to Dennis Golas, operations manager for the mall. “We’re working very hard to fill in the space; … 0

Bomb squad called to Hadley for what is empty suitcase

Sunday, October 25, 2015

HADLEY — The Massachusetts State Police bomb squad was called to investigate a suspicious package at a bus stop in front of the Chipotle on Route 9 Saturday afternoon. The package was determined to be an empty suitcase, according to Hadley Police Sgt. Mitchell Kuc. Hadley Police arrived on scene after receiving a call at 3:54 p.m. They shut down a half-mile stretch … 0

Tractor parade revs up Sunday

Friday, October 16, 2015

HATFIELD — The Hampshire County Farm Bureau is set to host its third annual tractor ride Sunday Oct. 18th. The tractor ride, which encompasses a scenic 30-mile route through Hatfield, Whately, Sunderland and Hadley, raises funds for local agricultural groups. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. from the Hatfield Lions Club Pavilion on Billings Way in Hatfield and is scheduled to end at … 0

State sees Route 9 improvements in Hadley in 5 years

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

HADLEY — A wider road, bicycle lanes and sidewalks are in the works for Route 9, where the state Department of Transportation wants to improve safety, ease congestion and bolster the Northampton-Amherst bus route that travels along it. The project, which has yet to be planned, will take … 0

Police increasingly worried over hash oil explosions like incident in South Hadley

Monday, October 12, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Law enforcement and fire officials said that the marijuana-based drug that allegedly led to a refrigerator exploding Saturday has become more frequent over the last several years, leading to increased concern about the likelihood of … 0

Route 9 shuts down for 45 minutes after head-on collision

Sunday, October 11, 2015

HADLEY — Route 9 was shut down for about 45 minutes in both directions Sunday afternoon after a head-on collision involving two vehicles. No one was seriously injured in the crash that involved five occupants and occurred at around 1:20 p.m. near Most Holy Redeemer Church, according to … 0

Medical pot dispensary proposed for Hadley

Thursday, September 3, 2015

HADLEY — A medical marijuana dispensary may be coming to Hadley. The town’s Select Board voted 4-1 Wednesday to accept a letter of intent from Thomas Gallagher, director and president of Hampden Care Facility Inc. in Chicopee, to open a registered marijuana dispensary in Hadley. Gallagher’s letter, dated … 0

Goodbye Best Buy: Chain’s Hadley store closing

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

HADLEY — Electronics chain Best Buy will close its Hampshire Mall store on Oct. 31. The store employs a total of 64 employees, 26 of whom work full-time. All employees will be given the chance to apply at a nearby store, and those who don’t will be eligible … 0

Hampshire County Briefs

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Route 9 diner to reopen with new owner this fall HADLEY — A family that owns and operates several restaurants in the Pioneer Valley — including four in Amherst and South Hadley — intends to reopen the former Route 9 Diner as Johnny’s Roadside Diner this fall. Andy … 1

Building safe places: Bikers Against Child Abuse fundraiser for Children’s Advocacy Center Sunday

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The western Massachusetts chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse, an international organization with the goal of creating a safer environment for abused children, will hold its second annual fundraiser Sunday, July 19. Part of the proceeds will benefit … 0

Proposed law would protect pregnant workers

Friday, May 8, 2015

Everyone appreciates mothers on Mother’s Day, but proponents of a bill now making its way through the Legislature aim to extend that to protect the rights of pregnant workers. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would require employers to … 0

Route 9 Diner in Hadley shutters amid sexual harassment complaints

Monday, March 30, 2015

HADLEY — The state attorney general claims owners and managers of the Route 9 Diner in Hadley knew about but failed to protect female employees from “at least a decade of regular and repeated sexual harassment” in violation … 0

Burger King to close in Hadley

Thursday, December 18, 2014

HADLEY — Burger King restaurant, a mainstay of the Route 9 dining scene since opening in the 1970s, will close later this month, possibly to make way for a new development project at the Mountain Farms Mall. “Our last day is Dec. 28,” said Krystin Bauer, a manager … 0