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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. Aside from a few suggestions and minor … 0

Some protest Barrett St. bus route changes

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Residents of one city neighborhood say they feel slighted by sweeping changes in bus routes made last month by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority. Some residents who live along Barrett Street, where Coachlight Condominums and Hathaway Farm Townehomes are located, say that eliminating a bus stop along their street has caused hardship for many of the elderly and disabled people who … 0

Judge denies motion to dismiss murder charge against Cara Lee Rintala

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge has denied a defense motion to dismiss the murder charge against Cara Lee Rintala who is accused of murdering her wife in 2010. The nine-page ruling Monday by Judge Mary-Lou Rup may clear the way for a third trial against Rintala, who is accused of strangling her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, 37, in the basement of … 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

Amtrak crews hard at work upgrading tracks

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As a special 100-person railroad crew labors long hours this month to install new tracks for Amtrak’s high-speed passenger rail service, a regional planner said Wednesday he is more confident than ever that the long-anticipated service … 0

Volunteers help track any contamination of Connecticut River

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Once one of the more polluted waterways in the nation, the Connecticut River has come a long way from its tainted past when few people were on it to boat, much less swim or fish. “Just 40 or … 0

Man faces 27 charges for Amherst car break-ins last year

Thursday, July 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man who police allege broke into 13 vehicles parked at conservation and recreation areas in Amherst over several months last year and made off with “thousands of dollars” of goods pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 27 charges resulting from the incidents. Jose Laboy, 41, … 0