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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

Panelists, public share wisdom on Lyme disease

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When panelists at a forum on Lyme disease Tuesday listed symptoms that often go unrecognized by doctors, many heads in the audience were nodding. Many of the approximately 130 people at the standing-room-only Tick Talk event at JFK Middle School were victims of the disease or … 0

Hearing on Ryder lawsuit set for June 30

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A hearing on a lawsuit filed by two families whose loved ones’ remains were allegedly mishandled by Ryder Funeral Home has been rescheduled for June 30, according to a lawyer involved in the case. Springfield attorney Paul Rothschild, who is representing the families, confirmed the new … 0

State rail official to address passenger service in Northampton

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The director of rail programs for the state Department of Transportation is expected to provide an update on preparations for the arrival of Amtrak’s passenger rail service during a meeting of the city’s Passenger Rail Advisory Committee on Wednesday. Tim Doherty, director of rail programs for … 0

Bidwell honored for philanthropic work

Monday, June 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Dennis Bidwell of Northampton has been honored for his work in philanthropy by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley Estate Planning Council. Bidwell, president of the board of National Priorities Project, is owner of Bidwell Advisors at 19 Forbes Ave., which provides … 0

Ryder faces July 17 hearing

Monday, June 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — State regulators have scheduled a July 17 hearing in Boston to decide the fate of William W. Ryder’s funeral director and funeral home licenses, which the state Division of Professional Licensure suspended last month. Ryder, 53, operated the Ryder Funeral Home on Lamb Street in South … 0

Lodging house tenants worry about plans for 129 Pleasant St.

Friday, June 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On the porch of Northampton Lodging Thursday morning, Robert Martinez, who lives and works there, said he’s worried a new plan in the works for the building may put him back on the street. Martinez has lived in the 58-room, subsidized complex for about 18 months … 0

VA officials explain local care delays

Thursday, June 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Officials at the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System say staff turnover, recruiting problems and increased patient loads at its clinics are among the reasons it scored poorly in a federal audit of how long patients must wait for an appointment. The Veterans Affairs Department’s audit … 0

State rules Northampton police probe records stay private

Thursday, June 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Police Department records involving an investigation into employee payroll improprieties last year will remain private and are exempt from public disclosure for privacy reasons, according to state Supervisor of Records Shawn A. Williams. The Gazette filed a public records appeal in December 2013 after Northampton … 0

HAP Housing eyes $21M makeover for lodging house

Thursday, June 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — HAP Housing has an option to buy the 58-room Northampton Lodging on Pleasant Street for $1.6 million with future plans to tear it down and construct a five-story building with 78 studio and one-bedroom apartments it would rent at both affordable and market rates. After it … 0

Distressed families sue Ryder

Thursday, June 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 14-page, multicount lawsuit filed this week offers new insight into distress suffered by the relatives of deceased loved ones who were mishandled by Ryder Funeral Home owner William W. Ryder, whose license was suspended May 28. The families of Jeanette Modelewski, who died May 1 … 0