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Mark Toczydlowski, a custodian at Forbes Library,was one of the first at the scene of the fire.
(Gazette/Carol Lollis)

Forbes Library fire damage estimate as high as $150,000

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A small army of building and artwork restoration workers will spend the next three weeks at Forbes Library repairing and restoring damage from Monday’s deliberately set fire, the damage from which is now estimated at $100,000 to $150,000, far exceeding the original estimate. Library Director Janet Moulding said one of the main drivers of the cost is that … 0

Amtrak crews hard at work upgrading tracks

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As a special 100-person railroad crew labors long hours this month to install new tracks for Amtrak’s high-speed passenger rail service, a regional planner said Wednesday he is more confident than ever that the long-anticipated service will begin Dec. 29 as planned. “There’s not a place I can go anymore where … 0

Volunteers help track any contamination of Connecticut River

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Once one of the more polluted waterways in the nation, the Connecticut River has come a long way from its tainted past when few people were on it to boat, much less swim or fish. “Just 40 or 50 years ago, people that used to row on this river would get a tetanus … 0

Northampton sues Suher demanding license be returned

Monday, June 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The battle between the city and businessman Eric Suher over his so-called “pocket” liquor license is heading to court. In papers filed in Hampshire Superior Court Thursday, the city and its License Commission are seeking a preliminary injunction against Suher to compel him to surrender the … 0

A Co-op’s surefire growth

Monday, June 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When the dream of a member-owned food cooperative began to take root some 15 years ago in Northampton, not even River Valley Market’s most ardent supporters could have imagined the success the store would have. SSome six years after opening in an old granite quarry on … 0

Woman burned in condo fire

Monday, June 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Matt Moran was returning home to River Run Condominiums from his 31st birthday party early Saturday morning when he saw smoke coming from a nearby unit. “That’s too much smoke,” he recalled telling his friend. As they ran closer, Moran said, they noticed flames around the … 0

Abandoned building to come down

Friday, June 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Demolition of the former Honda dealership on King Street, long an eyesore that the city’s building commissioner now labels a public safety hazard, is set to begin Monday. The only question is who will do the work — a contractor hired by building owner Don Lia … 0

Car dealer settles fraud case for $175K

Thursday, June 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Car dealership owners Carla Cosenzi and brother Thomas Cosenzi have agreed to pay $175,000 in state fines to settle allegations of deceptive advertising, according to state Attorney General Martha Coakley. However, the pair deny wrongdoing and say they believed their advertising and marketing practices to be … 0

Old Honda dealership condemned

Thursday, June 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A former car dealership on King Street that has been vacant for nine years, with its roof rotted, has now been condemned and will be demolished. Building Commissioner Louis Hasbrouck said the former Lia Honda site, at King and Finn streets, presents a danger to unauthorized … 0

School bids adieu to its iconic play structure

Thursday, June 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Twenty-four years ago, Jackson Street School Principal Gwen Agna was among thousands of volunteers who, as she puts it, “lived” on school grounds for five days to build the wooden playscape that has become one of the city’s iconic structures. And on Wednesday, Agna was among … 0

Signs eyed for streets where trucks banned

Thursday, June 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Residents of Lincoln Avenue and other streets that serve as shortcuts for large trucks may get relief in a proposal to require warning signs on all streets that prohibit commercial truck traffic. The City Council will take up the measure Thursday night. The move is part … 0

Northampton stays with MCAS for Grades 3 to 8; Easthampton triec PARCC

Thursday, June 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton students in Grades 3 to 8 will continue taking the MCAS standardized tests next spring rather than participating in tryouts of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests. Easthampton students will take the PARCC tests. The state Department of Elementary … 0

Northampton moves to address stormwater problems near bike trail at State and Church streets

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Every time they see a weather forecast calling for severe thunderstorms, residents along State and Church streets near the city’s bike path brace for water to come gushing down their streets, across their yards and ultimately into their basements. That’s just what happened nearly a month … 0