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Green overhead

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Alarmed by a steady decline in the number of public shade trees in Northampton, a group of residents has asked the city to follow the lead of Amherst by hiring a professional tree warden to coordinate and care for trees. It is a step Mayor David J. Narkewicz said Tuesday he intends to pursue. Whether the trees are aging because they are over a century old, being planted … 0

Audit of Hampshire Sheriff’s office: sound accounting

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A state audit of the Hampshire Sheriff’s Office released this month recommended areas for improvements in its financial record-keeping, but largely found accurate records and no evidence of malfeasance. The audit also found areas in which the sheriff’s office has improved its financial operations. The department operates on a $13.1 million. The state audit was the first for the sheriff’s office … 0

BID trial

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly two months after the Northampton Business Improvement District re-upped through 2019, a long-anticipated civil lawsuit in Hampshire Superior Court began Monday that could have major implications for the BID’s immediate future. The lawsuit was filed more than five years ago by Alan Scheinman and several property entities owned by Eric Suher. The suit alleges that the city used a flawed … 0

Noho sidewalk debate raging

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While still in its infancy, an idea by a city resident to paint a downtown crosswalk red, white and blue as a way to honor veterans is stirring their emotions as they are divided over whether … 0

Special Olympics fans out in Valley fields and parks

Friday, August 8, 2014

It’s going to be an action-packed weekend in the Valley. This Saturday and Sunday, the 31st annual Special Olympics Massachusetts Competitions will be taking over the western part of the state, from fishing in the Quabbin to cycling on the campus of the University of Massachusetts. Hundreds of … 0

King St. bank robbed; police arrest suspect

Friday, August 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — About six hours after a King Street bank was robbed Thursday afternoon, Northampton Police arrested the man they think is responsible in a West Springfield hotel room. Michael Lucey, 53, was arrested around 9 p.m. on charges of unarmed robbery and larceny over $250, according to … 0

Construction Confusion

Friday, August 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On a typical summer day, Kristy’s Nails on Damon Road is packed with customers getting some TLC for their feet and hands. But with the pending closure of a small section of Damon Road this weekend, owner Orchid Nguyen said business at the nail salon is … 0

Coakley sues Dobelle for repayment of $100,000

Friday, August 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a lawsuit Thursday against Evan S. Dobelle, alleging the former president of Westfield State University spent nearly $100,000 of public money for personal use and family vacations during his tenure. The complaint filed in Suffolk Superior Court comes less than a … 0

Green light for Green Room

Thursday, August 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After sitting idle for about five years, it appears Eric Suher’s liquor license will be put to use. The city’s three-member License Commission unanimously approved the transfer of the license from the still-dormant and unfinished former Baptist Church, 298 Main St., near West Street, to the … 0

Northampton will add two Zipcars in downtown lot

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Eight years after Zipcar set up shop at Smith College, the national car-sharing service will expand to downtown Northampton by the end of the summer. Zipcar intends to make two cars available for rent to members in a parking lot directly behind City Hall on Main … 0

Landmark downtown awning bows out after three decades

Monday, August 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The landmark green awning that’s been in place for three decades at Thornes Marketplace downtown will is scheduled to come down Monday morning as part of an exterior renovation project designed to give the shopping center a fresh look. In a nod to the past, the … 0

State report: Dobelle raided public funds for own use many times

Friday, August 1, 2014

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University’s ex-president who resigned after reports of extravagant spending of public money, repeatedly abused his authority, exploited more than $180,000 of public money for personal use and violated the public trust, according inspector general. … 0

On down the line

Friday, August 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While many North Street residents are excited about the return of passenger rail service to Northampton, most won’t shed a tear Friday when a temporary camp of railroad workers stationed behind their homes moves out as expected. “We’ll be waving you goodbye; we’re glad you’re going,” … 0