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Two new playgrounds take shape in Northampton

Friday, September 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Fast-moving plans to design and build two new community playgrounds on opposite sides of the city by the end of the year were unveiled at a public meeting Thursday night. One playground is planned for a portion of Lampron Park next to Bridge Street School near downtown, while the other will be built at the new recreation fields complex in Florence. Aside from a few suggestions and minor … 0

Some protest Barrett St. bus route changes

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Residents of one city neighborhood say they feel slighted by sweeping changes in bus routes made last month by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority. Some residents who live along Barrett Street, where Coachlight Condominums and Hathaway Farm Townehomes are located, say that eliminating a bus stop along their street has caused hardship for many of the elderly and disabled people who … 0

Judge denies motion to dismiss murder charge against Cara Lee Rintala

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge has denied a defense motion to dismiss the murder charge against Cara Lee Rintala who is accused of murdering her wife in 2010. The nine-page ruling Monday by Judge Mary-Lou Rup may clear the way for a third trial against Rintala, who is accused of strangling her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, 37, in the basement of … 0

Smith Voke mourns Bob the horse, dead at 34

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bob, a Belgian draft horse who became the “unofficial mascot” of Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, received a mint every day for the last 15 years of his life. This was his reward for saving the life of animal science teacher Don Baker after a … 0

CDH, in reversal, will keep inpatient pediatric unit

Monday, September 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital announced announced Friday that it will keep its inpatient pediatric unit open by offering focused pediatric training for nurses that will allow adequate staffing there. In addition, the hospital announced plans to renovate the emergency department to provide dedicated space for children. The … 0

Judge’s decision in BID lawsuit likely in October

Monday, September 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The future of the Northampton Business Improvement District now rests in the hands of a judge. A week long, jury-waived trial in Hampshire Superior Court before Judge John Agostini that included about a dozen witnesses ended Aug. 29 with closing arguments. Both sides will spend the … 0

Money OK’d for Academy lead paint job

Friday, September 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Work to replace deteriorating fire escapes at the Academy of Music Theatre hit a minor snag a during August when construction crews found small amounts of lead paint on components being removed from the building’s original units. The lead paint has been removed, and the project … 0

In memory of son, Pease family organizes benefit for Florence Fields

Friday, September 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In honor of their son Todd Davis Pease, who died in a drowning accident in 1991, Tom and Peggy Pease have thrown their energy into promoting youth sports — and one of their biggest contributions of the year is the annual “Salute2Summer.” Todd, who was 15 … 0

End comes peacefully for Lee Hawkins

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Northampton — Eleanor “Lee” Hawkins, the Northampton woman who spoke publicly about her intention to choose the time of her death by stopping eating and drinking, died Tuesday at her home on Goldenchain Lane. She was 90. Hawkins, who had lived in the Lathrop Communities off Bridge Road … 0

Mt. Holyoke blazes trail for trans applicants

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Mount Holyoke College this week became the second women’s college in the country to consider to broaden admission policies regarding transgender applicants by considering for admission any student who identifies as a woman, whether or not she was born female at birth. Mount Holyoke President Lynn … 0

After delays, Welch murder trial to begin

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The defense in the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch intends to argue that someone else could have been responsible for the 2012 slaying of Jessica Ann Pripstein as their relationship was disintegrating. Welch’s trial on a single count of murder in connection with Pripstein’s death … 0

Traffic concerns aired at Northampton zoning forum

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Residents are wary about the possible increase in traffic that could come with a large residential project near downtown. “It’s not realistic,” said Julie Kurose, of Monroe Street, to assume that just because people live downtown, they are going to walk everywhere. That was among the … 0

Ex-gas station comes down in Florence

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A former gasoline station in downtown Florence met the wrecking ball Tuesday, clearing the way for a new brick building at one of the village’s most prominent sites at the corner of Main and Maple streets. Gaurang Patel, who owns Bird’s Store across the street from … 0