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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 — bring to five the number of … 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

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 downtown, while the other will be built at the new recreation fields complex in Florence. … 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

State report: Dobelle raided public funds for own use many times

Friday, August 1, 2014

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University’s ex-president who resigned after reports of extravagant spending of public money, repeatedly abused his authority, exploited more than $180,000 of public money for personal use and violated the public trust, according inspector general. … 0