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Hadley farmers describe thefts from farm stands

Monday, July 28, 2014

HADLEY — Though thieves made off with the cash box Friday at his unstaffed farm stand at the corner of Comins and Shattuck roads, by Saturday morning, longtime farmer Joseph Czajkowski was more focused more on the fact that his neighbors were watching out for him. “It’s nice that the neighbors look out like that — good neighbors make good neighborhoods,” Czajkowski said in an interview with the Gazette at … 0

Settlement with town closes career of Hadley librarian

Friday, June 27, 2014

HADLEY — After a dozen years of service, Jane Babcock will retire Aug. 31 as director of the Goodwin Memorial Library, according to the trustees. The announcement came late Wednesday night after the Select Board met in executive session to discuss strategy in preparation for negotiations with Babcock, who has been on paid leave since May. Babcock, 66, of Amherst, will remain on … 0

Elaine Center in Hadley expands

Monday, June 23, 2014

HADLEY — Joy Tudryn has recently completed her fourth stay at the Elaine Center at Hadley’s transitional care unit as she recovers from knee surgery. Her fourth stay was no doubt the most luxurious, thanks to an ambitious renovation project completed earlier this month that added a new unit geared to help patients navigate the tricky terrain between a hospital stay and living … 0

Rooms with a view

Monday, June 23, 2014

Text HADLEY — The sun shone on Mount Holyoke Saturday morning as dozens of hiking groups young and old made their way through A.J. Skinner State Park to the newly refurbished Summit House, open to visitors for the second week in a row since its closing in 2010. … 0

Hadley voters approve 3 override questions, nix 2

Friday, June 20, 2014

HADLEY — Town residents approved three capital spending projects totaling $1,075,750 in a special town election Thursday. At the same time, residents voted against the purchase of two dump trucks totaling $168,000 for the Department of Public Works. The ballot consisted of five questions seeking Proposition 2½ debt-exclusion … 0

As rebuilding efforts falter, Hadley fire victims find help elusive

Friday, June 20, 2014

HADLEY — Hai Cheng stands in a spot that was once home to his niche grocery store on Route 9 in Hadley and wonders if he’ll ever start another business again. His livelihood destroyed eight months ago in a devastating fire that ruined a dozen small businesses at … 0

Hadley officials mum about library director’s paid leave

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

HADLEY — The town’s longtime library director, Jane Babcock, has been on paid leave since May. Town officials are tight-lipped about why. “Right now, the (library) trustees are working with librarians to keep the library going,” Town Administrator David G. Nixon said this week. Contacted at her home … 0

Override votes in Hadley total $1.24 million

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

HADLEY — Town residents will vote on five capital spending projects totaling $1.24 million in a special town election planned for Thursday. The polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. in the Hopkins Academy gym on Route 9. The questions are Proposition 2½ debt-exclusion overrides that … 0

Pioneer Valley Chinese School celebrates expansion with songs at ground-breaking

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

HADLEY — Andrea Cummings of Shutesbury sent her son and daughter to the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School because she wanted them to understand a second language, but she did not know one herself. “It wasn’t a gift I could give them,” she said. Now, she is … 0

Early success brings quick expansion for Hadley barbecue eatery on Route 9

Monday, June 16, 2014

HADLEY — Less than a year after Wildwood Barbecue opened — specializing in smoking meats on site and serving beer from regional microbreweries — it is undergoing an expansion that will nearly double the size of its seating area during the spring, summer and fall. Construction has started … 0

Summit House will reopen on Saturday

Monday, June 16, 2014

HADLEY — A newly refurbished Mount Holyoke Summit House in J.A. Skinner State Park will reopen to visitors this weekend for the first time since 2010, ending a marathon of construction delays that plagued the project and frustrated area residents the past two years. The state Department of … 0

Amherst woman charged in thefts

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A shoplifting incident Monday night at Faces on Main Street led to the arrest of an Amherst woman police say was involved in separate thefts at the Maplewood Shops in Northampton and at a retail store in Hadley over the weekend. Julie E. McKenzie, 26, of … 0

Police break up underage grad party

Monday, June 2, 2014

HADLEY — A high school graduation party hosted by an Amherst couple ended up spiraling out of control, attracting at least 100 teenagers and forcing the couple to call police to break it up. Now the couple, who Hadley police say were hosting a party for their son … 0