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Patrick Donnelly, Northampton's new Poet Laureate. Photo by Carl Nardiello.

Patrick Donnelly appointed seventh poet laureate in Northampton

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Patrick Donnelly once studied classical singing and acting, with an eye to becoming an opera singer. Although those plans did not work out, he also had a deep interest in writing that he subsequently developed — and now he intends to bring his literary and performance background together in a new role. Donnelly, who lives in South Deerfield and teaches poetry at Smith College, has been appointed Northampton’s newest poet laureate by the city’s Arts Council. He’s the seventh artist to hold the position, which was created in the early 2000s and comes with a $2,000 stipend. Donnelly’s tenure officially begins next month … 0

State officials get earful about Open Meeting Law

Sunday, March 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Open Meeting Law presentation at an annual conference for local civic leaders Saturday turned into a venting session about how many of them felt the law gets in the way of their work. John A. Payne, chairman of the Shelburne Select Board, said he believed that the law allows people angry with town government to “harass” public officials by requesting … 0

Rosenberg vows work on welfare overhaul

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The welfare system in Massachusetts was once a model for the nation after reforms in the 1990s, but now ranks among the worst in the country at putting people back to work. State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg of Amherst and Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco, D-Taunton, are seeking … 1

Friendly’s closes on King Street

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What was for many people a nostalgic downtown fixture has closed its doors. The Friendly’s restaurant at 63 King St. closed Monday, according to a statement by the chain’s corporate headquarters in Wilbraham. GLG Corporation owned by Gary L. Glenn of Granby operated the restaurant which … 0

Head of medical marijuana shop resigns over resume

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The executive director of the company planning to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Northampton and Brookline resigned over the weekend after misrepresenting his academic credentials in an application to the state. In a letter of resignation to the board of New England Treatment Access Inc. dated … 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