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State Rep. Peter Kocot in June, 2015.

Vote on public records reform bill postponed for review

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — House lawmakers have pushed a vote to reform the state’s public records law to later this year as they review various objections to the bill’s language, which continues to be revised. The bill has been under review by the House Ways and Means Committee, with many supporters advocating for and expecting a House vote this week. But, more … 0

Judge denies UMass rape trial delay

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The third trial in connection with an alleged gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 will not be moved or delayed as the defense requested, and instead will begin Aug. 24. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard J. Carey wrote in a decision Tuesday that he was not persuaded … 0

Defendants in UMass gang rape case want new venue; Lawyers argue last two defendants won’t get fair trial because of media coverage

Monday, July 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Attorneys for the two remaining defendants charged in connection with an alleged gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 told a judge Monday that media coverage of the case meant their clients could not get fair trials in Hampshire County — at least not any time soon. But Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jennifer H. Suhl said the defendants’ … 0

Two new playgrounds take shape in Northampton

Friday, September 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Fast-moving plans to design and build two new community playgrounds on opposite sides of the city by the end of the year were unveiled at a public meeting Thursday night. One playground is planned for a portion of Lampron Park next to Bridge Street School near … 0

Some protest Barrett St. bus route changes

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Residents of one city neighborhood say they feel slighted by sweeping changes in bus routes made last month by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority. Some residents who live along Barrett Street, where Coachlight Condominums and Hathaway Farm Townehomes are located, say that eliminating a bus stop … 0

Judge denies motion to dismiss murder charge against Cara Lee Rintala

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge has denied a defense motion to dismiss the murder charge against Cara Lee Rintala who is accused of murdering her wife in 2010. The nine-page ruling Monday by Judge Mary-Lou Rup may clear the way for a third trial against Rintala, … 0

Smith Voke mourns Bob the horse, dead at 34

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bob, a Belgian draft horse who became the “unofficial mascot” of Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, received a mint every day for the last 15 years of his life. This was his reward for saving the life of animal science teacher Don Baker after a … 0

CDH, in reversal, will keep inpatient pediatric unit

Monday, September 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital announced announced Friday that it will keep its inpatient pediatric unit open by offering focused pediatric training for nurses that will allow adequate staffing there. In addition, the hospital announced plans to renovate the emergency department to provide dedicated space for children. The … 0

Judge’s decision in BID lawsuit likely in October

Monday, September 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The future of the Northampton Business Improvement District now rests in the hands of a judge. A week long, jury-waived trial in Hampshire Superior Court before Judge John Agostini that included about a dozen witnesses ended Aug. 29 with closing arguments. Both sides will spend the … 0

Money OK’d for Academy lead paint job

Friday, September 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Work to replace deteriorating fire escapes at the Academy of Music Theatre hit a minor snag a during August when construction crews found small amounts of lead paint on components being removed from the building’s original units. The lead paint has been removed, and the project … 0

In memory of son, Pease family organizes benefit for Florence Fields

Friday, September 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In honor of their son Todd Davis Pease, who died in a drowning accident in 1991, Tom and Peggy Pease have thrown their energy into promoting youth sports — and one of their biggest contributions of the year is the annual “Salute2Summer.” Todd, who was 15 … 0

End comes peacefully for Lee Hawkins

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Northampton — Eleanor “Lee” Hawkins, the Northampton woman who spoke publicly about her intention to choose the time of her death by stopping eating and drinking, died Tuesday at her home on Goldenchain Lane. She was 90. Hawkins, who had lived in the Lathrop Communities off Bridge Road … 0

Mt. Holyoke blazes trail for trans applicants

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Mount Holyoke College this week became the second women’s college in the country to consider to broaden admission policies regarding transgender applicants by considering for admission any student who identifies as a woman, whether or not she was born female at birth. Mount Holyoke President Lynn … 0