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Burst main cuts water to Leeds homes

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — For the third time in the last two months, crews from the Department of Public Works scrambled to fix one of the city’s many antiquated water mains — this time in Leeds where a pipe broke on Villone Drive Saturday night. The 8-inch pipe burst around 8:30 p.m. in front of 9 Villone, sending water gushing down the street and onto nearby Front Street, said Water Superintendent Greg … 0

Florence group seeks ballot vote on money in politics

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence-based group is trying to remove the influence of money from politics, one vote at a time. Represent.Us, which formed about two years ago, says it has collected a little more than 1,500 signatures to put a non-binding question on November’s ballot. The question asks lawmakers to consider legislation that would prohibit politicians from taking campaign money from industries they … 0

Sense of ownership

Monday, July 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After working two jobs, raising four kids and putting in 250 hours of labor over the last 21 months, Kimberly Antequera finally got what she’d been striving so hard for — the keys to her first home. With the aid of Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity, Antequera is the latest city resident to join the ranks of homeowners. Antequera held back … 0

Teacher from Sunderland wins national kudos

Sunday, June 29, 2014

SUNDERLAND — When Anne Marie Osheyack was growing up in New Bedford, school was her “safe haven.” At home, recalls the ninth-grade English teacher at Northampton High School, her father was emotionally abusive and became violent when he lost his temper. “My father was frequently doing two things … 0

Pulaski Park plans include green space, stage, play area

Friday, June 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A long-awaited vision to give the iconic Pulaski Park more green space, an expanded playground area and a permanent stage, among other features, is finally coming into focus. With the help of feedback from residents at three separate forums this spring, a Cambridge architecture firm is … 0

Colorful crosswalk: the sequel

Thursday, June 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After hearing a request to paint a red, white and blue crosswalk downtown, several members of the Board of Public Works conceded Wednesday that they opened Pandora’s box when they approved a rainbow crosswalk in May. Katherine Osborne of 14 Washington Place suggested adding the patriotic … 0

Smith College selling Paradise Road home for $1

Thursday, June 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College is selling a house on its campus for $1 — but there’s a catch. The house must be moved once it is purchased, and that may cost up to $70,000. The 2,332-square-foot structure at 65 Paradise Road built in 1860 was used as rental … 0

City ponders signs to stop trucks on side streets

Thursday, June 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — David Newton is so used to confused truck drivers rolling through his North Street neighborhood that he now takes the time to flag them down. Once they stop, Newton, who lives near the intersection of North Street and Lincoln Avenue, explains to drivers that big trucks … 0

Lia hires contractor to demolish condemned King Steet building

Thursday, June 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The owner of a former Honda dealership on King Street has hired a contractor to demolish his condemned building, and it is expected to be taken down early next month. Building Commissioner Louis Hasbrouck declared the long-vacant 171 King St. property a public safety hazard earlier … 0

Family of fire victim sets up benefit fund

Thursday, June 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The family of fire victim Barbara Marshall has established a benefit fund to help her recover. Marshall, 62, was burned in a fire at her River Run Condominiums home early Saturday morning that gutted the inside of her unit and burned the exterior of the building. … 0

City police officer flagged for excess road details

Thursday, June 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton special police officer has been barred from taking outside road details for 30 days after an internal investigation found he was skirting the Police Department’s policies for assigning such work. Northampton Police Chief Russell P. Sienkiewicz declined to name the officer involved, but said … 0

Cooperative bank merger

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Talk about cooperative. Greenfield Co-operative Bank and Northampton Cooperative Bank announced a merger on Tuesday that their presidents said will give their customers access to 10 banking locations and 11 ATMS in Franklin and Hampshire counties, with each … 0

City housing authority to reap solar power savings

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Without installing a single solar panel, the Northampton Housing Authority is projected to save $1.3 million over the next 20 years through a new solar energy agreement. The Housing Authority has signed a 20-year contract that will allow it to purchase energy at a reduced rate … 0