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Hand-Me-Down Hardware

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — President Barack Obama last week ordered a review of programs that put surplus military gear into the hands of local police in the wake of outcry about heavily -armed Ferguson, Missouri, police officers in armored trucks facing off with protesters after the Aug. 9 shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. If the review leads to scrapping or curtailing such programs, police officials in Hampshire County largely won’t … 0

New music festival helps fair end on successful note

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — You know it’s a hot, sunny day at the Three County Fair when the stand selling fresh-squeezed lemonade runs out of lemons. That’s what happened Monday afternoon, when temperatures hit 87 degrees, and the lemonade stand owned by Gino Orlandi of Cummington only had corn dogs left for sale. “It’s hot,” said the owner’s wife, Michelle Orlandi, while working the last … 0

Three County Fair opens Friday

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Throughout the Three County Fair’s 197-year history, one tradition that stands the test of time is the exhibit hall where children and adults show off food they made, flowers and produce they grew, arts and crafts they created. Among those setting up Wednesday in preparation for the fair’s opening day Friday was volunteer Janet Mollison. She was overseeing exhibitors as they … 0

Women’s health organization gets new interim director

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Tapestry Health has hired a new interim chief executive officer to lead the cash-strapped community-based health organization. Cheryl Zoll, former director of the Amherst Survival Center, took over as Tapestry’s director this month, the third CEO in the past six months. She replaces former interim CEO … 0

Judge rules for city in Suher license case

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city continues its effort to have business owner Eric Suher return a revoked liquor license for a Center Street property. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson Monday granted a request from the city to allow a sheriff to leave a summons for Suher at … 0

Teacher from Sunderland wins national kudos

Sunday, June 29, 2014

SUNDERLAND — When Anne Marie Osheyack was growing up in New Bedford, school was her “safe haven.” At home, recalls the ninth-grade English teacher at Northampton High School, her father was emotionally abusive and became violent when he lost his temper. “My father was frequently doing two things … 0

Pulaski Park plans include green space, stage, play area

Friday, June 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A long-awaited vision to give the iconic Pulaski Park more green space, an expanded playground area and a permanent stage, among other features, is finally coming into focus. With the help of feedback from residents at three separate forums this spring, a Cambridge architecture firm is … 0

Colorful crosswalk: the sequel

Thursday, June 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After hearing a request to paint a red, white and blue crosswalk downtown, several members of the Board of Public Works conceded Wednesday that they opened Pandora’s box when they approved a rainbow crosswalk in May. Katherine Osborne of 14 Washington Place suggested adding the patriotic … 0

Smith College selling Paradise Road home for $1

Thursday, June 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College is selling a house on its campus for $1 — but there’s a catch. The house must be moved once it is purchased, and that may cost up to $70,000. The 2,332-square-foot structure at 65 Paradise Road built in 1860 was used as rental … 0

City ponders signs to stop trucks on side streets

Thursday, June 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — David Newton is so used to confused truck drivers rolling through his North Street neighborhood that he now takes the time to flag them down. Once they stop, Newton, who lives near the intersection of North Street and Lincoln Avenue, explains to drivers that big trucks … 0

Lia hires contractor to demolish condemned King Steet building

Thursday, June 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The owner of a former Honda dealership on King Street has hired a contractor to demolish his condemned building, and it is expected to be taken down early next month. Building Commissioner Louis Hasbrouck declared the long-vacant 171 King St. property a public safety hazard earlier … 0

Family of fire victim sets up benefit fund

Thursday, June 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The family of fire victim Barbara Marshall has established a benefit fund to help her recover. Marshall, 62, was burned in a fire at her River Run Condominiums home early Saturday morning that gutted the inside of her unit and burned the exterior of the building. … 0

City police officer flagged for excess road details

Thursday, June 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton special police officer has been barred from taking outside road details for 30 days after an internal investigation found he was skirting the Police Department’s policies for assigning such work. Northampton Police Chief Russell P. Sienkiewicz declined to name the officer involved, but said … 0