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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 has been on King Street for decades. A sign on its door now directs customers to his other Friendly’s restaurants at 54 … 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 Aug. 16, Kevin Fisher acknowledged information on his resume regarding his coursework and college degree … 0

E. coli levels rise in some parts of Conn. river

Monday, August 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A deluge of rain last Wednesday has elevated levels of E. coli bacteria at select spots on the Connecticut River, prompting health officials to warn people not to swim or boat there. High levels of E. coli were found throughout the region, including at a boat ramp in Sunderland and Barton Cove in Greenfield, according to the Connecticut River Watershed Council. … 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 … 0

Man faces 27 charges for Amherst car break-ins last year

Thursday, July 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man who police allege broke into 13 vehicles parked at conservation and recreation areas in Amherst over several months last year and made off with “thousands of dollars” of goods pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 27 charges resulting from the incidents. Jose Laboy, 41, … 0

Sidelined summons: Visiting Suher’s many addresses

Thursday, July 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When the Hampden County sheriff’s office tried recently to serve a summons to businessman Eric Suher in person, it couldn’t find him at his main place of business. A judge cut some slack and the department was allowed to leave the summons at the 47 Jackson … 0

Suher gets month to seek transfer of liquor license

Thursday, July 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Area business owner Eric Suher came within one vote Wednesday of losing another liquor license that has not been put into use since it was issued about five years ago. Meanwhile, who ultimately gets the license Suher lost earlier this year may come down to chance … 0

Northampton tests new emergency messaging system

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city expects to test a new emergency system Wednesday by sending a message to more than 15,000 residents. The message is intended to raise awareness of the new system, called CodeRED, although it will not actually be an emergency, said Kelly Banister, director of the … 0

Northampton mayor launches monthly chats over coffee

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Residents interested in chatting up in the mayor in an informal environment will have several opportunities to do so in the coming months. Mayor David J. Narkewicz is set to host the first in a series of monthly coffee hours next week when he gathers on … 0

Women’s health organization gets new interim director

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Tapestry Health has hired a new interim chief executive officer to lead the cash-strapped community-based health organization. Cheryl Zoll, former director of the Amherst Survival Center, took over as Tapestry’s director this month, the third CEO in the past six months. She replaces former interim CEO … 0

Judge rules for city in Suher license case

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city continues its effort to have business owner Eric Suher return a revoked liquor license for a Center Street property. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson Monday granted a request from the city to allow a sheriff to leave a summons for Suher at … 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