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Judge: Northampton business improvement district illegal

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A judge ruled Wednesday that the Northampton Business Improvement District should disband immediately, putting people out of jobs and calling a halt to street cleaning and jeopardizing holiday lights and New Year’s Eve fireworks. Hampshire Superior Court Judge John Agostini ruled Wednesday that the city failed to comply with state law when it created the BID five years ago, and as a result, he ruled it “null and … 0

Funeral Home sued again

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More than $342,000 and the cremated remains of a Granby man and his wife are missing four months after the Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley was shut down by state regulators, according to two lawsuits filed in Hampshire Superior Court. The complaints — filed by the family of a deceased Granby man Tuesday and by state Attorney General Martha Coakley … 0

Hamp eyes plastics ban

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city is considering joining a growing list of communities nationwide to ban plastic bags in supermarkets and other retail stores, and Styrofoam disposable food and beverage containers used in restaurants. Responding to multiple requests from constituents asking the city to move toward such a ban, and after several months of research, City Council Vice President Jesse M. Adams this week … 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 … 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 … 0

Colleges leery of medical pot

Monday, August 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When it comes to medical marijuana, Massachusetts colleges are left to choose between the right of the patient and compliance with federal law. Educational institutions are fearful that sanctioning medical marijuana use on campus could jeopardize federal funding — which includes financial aid for students. “Although … 0

Tapestry’s grant nixed before it was ‘relinquished’

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In June, officials at Tapestry Health Inc. said they had “voluntarily relinquished” a $714,000 federal grant for providing family planning services to low-income residents. But documents obtained by the Gazette show that the nonprofit agency was pressured to give up the grant after it failed to … 0

Mayor says ‘si’ to order protecting immigrants

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Shortly after three city immigrants shared tales of interactions with police that shook their trust in the community, Mayor David J. Narkewicz promised Thursday at a public forum to sign an executive order prohibiting the Police Department from turning over illegal immigrants to the federal U.S. … 0

Housing director Hite to retire in February

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Jon Hite, executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority, announced he will retire next year after serving for more than 22 years. Hite, who last week notified the authority’s board of commissioners of his decision, said he plans to step down in February 2015. “I’ve been … 0

World Eye's Florence satellite store set to close Saturday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After two years selling books on North Main Street in Florence, the World Eye Bookshop is closing Saturday, though its Greenfield store remains alive and well. Jessica Mullins, owner of Greenfield’s World Eye Bookshop, in operation … 0

Police, health officials monitor fake marijuana product

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While New Hampshire officials deal with a rash of overdoses caused by a potent type of synthetic marijuana called “Smacked,” a merchant who helps run two downtown head shops said the product is unfamiliar to him. “Today is the first time I heard of ‘Smacked’,” said … 0

Friendly’s closes on King Street

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What was for many people a nostalgic downtown fixture has closed its doors. The Friendly’s restaurant at 63 King St. closed Monday, according to a statement by the chain’s corporate headquarters in Wilbraham. GLG Corporation owned by Gary L. Glenn of Granby operated the restaurant which … 0

Head of medical marijuana shop resigns over resume

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The executive director of the company planning to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Northampton and Brookline resigned over the weekend after misrepresenting his academic credentials in an application to the state. In a letter of resignation to the board of New England Treatment Access Inc. dated … 0