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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

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

On down the line

Friday, August 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While many North Street residents are excited about the return of passenger rail service to Northampton, most won’t shed a tear Friday when a temporary camp of railroad workers stationed behind their homes moves out as expected. “We’ll be waving you goodbye; we’re glad you’re going,” … 0

Linens, spoons and lunatics

Friday, August 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON —According to records from Hampshire County Probate Court, on July 15, public notice was given that Josiah Allis was officially declared a lunatic. Oh, that was July 15, 1843, just to be clear. That probate record, along with thousands of others, some dating back nearly 350 years, … 0

Planners seek input on upcoming road projects

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — With $400 million in federal funding for transportation projects in the Pioneer Valley expected over the next two decades, the organization that will be requesting the money wants to make sure the public has input into how this list is prioritized. The Pioneer Valley Metropolitan Planning … 0

Music for a cause

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On certain sunny weekday afternoons, Sayla Russell-Blake can be found playing her violin on Main Street in Northampton. Sayla isn’t an out-of-work music student looking for extra cash — she’s 7, and she’s playing to raise money in support of those with cancer. One day last … 0

Profiting from loss

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite her anger, Cathy Machak said she doesn’t want jail time for the man who allegedly embezzled thousands of dollars from a fundraiser in memory of her late son, who died last year. Machak said a more fitting tribute for her son would be to see … 0

Burst main cuts water to Leeds homes

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — For the third time in the last two months, crews from the Department of Public Works scrambled to fix one of the city’s many antiquated water mains — this time in Leeds where a pipe broke on Villone Drive Saturday night. The 8-inch pipe burst around … 0

Florence group seeks ballot vote on money in politics

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence-based group is trying to remove the influence of money from politics, one vote at a time. Represent.Us, which formed about two years ago, says it has collected a little more than 1,500 signatures to put a non-binding question on November’s ballot. The question asks … 0

Sense of ownership

Monday, July 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After working two jobs, raising four kids and putting in 250 hours of labor over the last 21 months, Kimberly Antequera finally got what she’d been striving so hard for — the keys to her first home. With the aid of Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity, … 0

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 … 0