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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

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 … 0

City lawyer will counsel immigrant children

Monday, August 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite a long and often dangerous trip through Mexico, more than 57,000 unaccompanied Central American children have arrived in the United States over the past 10 months. But once they have gotten onto American soil and are placed in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, … 0

Noho sidewalk debate raging

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While still in its infancy, an idea by a city resident to paint a downtown crosswalk red, white and blue as a way to honor veterans is stirring their emotions as they are divided over whether … 0

Special Olympics fans out in Valley fields and parks

Friday, August 8, 2014

It’s going to be an action-packed weekend in the Valley. This Saturday and Sunday, the 31st annual Special Olympics Massachusetts Competitions will be taking over the western part of the state, from fishing in the Quabbin to cycling on the campus of the University of Massachusetts. Hundreds of … 0

King St. bank robbed; police arrest suspect

Friday, August 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — About six hours after a King Street bank was robbed Thursday afternoon, Northampton Police arrested the man they think is responsible in a West Springfield hotel room. Michael Lucey, 53, was arrested around 9 p.m. on charges of unarmed robbery and larceny over $250, according to … 0

Construction Confusion

Friday, August 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On a typical summer day, Kristy’s Nails on Damon Road is packed with customers getting some TLC for their feet and hands. But with the pending closure of a small section of Damon Road this weekend, owner Orchid Nguyen said business at the nail salon is … 0

Coakley sues Dobelle for repayment of $100,000

Friday, August 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a lawsuit Thursday against Evan S. Dobelle, alleging the former president of Westfield State University spent nearly $100,000 of public money for personal use and family vacations during his tenure. The complaint filed in Suffolk Superior Court comes less than a … 0

Green light for Green Room

Thursday, August 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After sitting idle for about five years, it appears Eric Suher’s liquor license will be put to use. The city’s three-member License Commission unanimously approved the transfer of the license from the still-dormant and unfinished former Baptist Church, 298 Main St., near West Street, to the … 0

Northampton will add two Zipcars in downtown lot

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Eight years after Zipcar set up shop at Smith College, the national car-sharing service will expand to downtown Northampton by the end of the summer. Zipcar intends to make two cars available for rent to members in a parking lot directly behind City Hall on Main … 0

Landmark downtown awning bows out after three decades

Monday, August 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The landmark green awning that’s been in place for three decades at Thornes Marketplace downtown will is scheduled to come down Monday morning as part of an exterior renovation project designed to give the shopping center a fresh look. In a nod to the past, the … 0