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Planners seek input on upcoming road projects

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — With $400 million in federal funding for transportation projects in the Pioneer Valley expected over the next two decades, the organization that will be requesting the money wants to make sure the public has input into how this list is prioritized. The Pioneer Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization, which approves federally funded projects in both Hampshire and Hampden counties, is seeking feedback through a one-page online survey. Pioneer Valley … 0

Music for a cause

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On certain sunny weekday afternoons, Sayla Russell-Blake can be found playing her violin on Main Street in Northampton. Sayla isn’t an out-of-work music student looking for extra cash — she’s 7, and she’s playing to raise money in support of those with cancer. One day last week, she spent almost an hour in the 90-degree heat, playing her favorite songs. She’s … 0

Profiting from loss

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite her anger, Cathy Machak said she doesn’t want jail time for the man who allegedly embezzled thousands of dollars from a fundraiser in memory of her late son, who died last year. Machak said a more fitting tribute for her son would be to see Brian Abair, 29, rehabilitate himself and be required to do community service to repay the … 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

Smith Voke auto chief charged with car thefts

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The head of Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School’s automotive department has resigned amid allegations that he stole school property — two cars that had been donated. Jonathan A. Yourga, 45, of 188 Earle St., Northampton, pleaded not guilty Friday in Northampton District Court to two … 0

Ryder sued anew over mishandling of deceased

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A second lawsuit has been filed against William W. Ryder, owner of Ryder Funeral Home, alleging that he mishandled bodies entrusted to his care. The latest suit was filed Friday in Hampshire Superior Court by Katherine Kopeski of Indian Orchard, who alleges that the body of … 0

Fire victim’s condition improves

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When Sara Noseworthy heard her 4-year-old chocolate Labrador, Buddy, barking in the early morning hours Saturday at River Run Condominiums, she thought he simply wanted go outside. She told him to stop, but when he continued barking for several minutes, Noseworthy looked outside and saw that … 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