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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 Organization, which approves federally funded projects in both Hampshire and Hampden counties, is seeking feedback through a one-page online survey. Pioneer Valley … 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 week, she spent almost an hour in the 90-degree heat, playing her favorite songs. She’s … 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 Brian Abair, 29, rehabilitate himself and be required to do community service to repay the … 0

Ryder faces July 17 hearing

Monday, June 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — State regulators have scheduled a July 17 hearing in Boston to decide the fate of William W. Ryder’s funeral director and funeral home licenses, which the state Division of Professional Licensure suspended last month. Ryder, 53, operated the Ryder Funeral Home on Lamb Street in South … 0

Lodging house tenants worry about plans for 129 Pleasant St.

Friday, June 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On the porch of Northampton Lodging Thursday morning, Robert Martinez, who lives and works there, said he’s worried a new plan in the works for the building may put him back on the street. Martinez has lived in the 58-room, subsidized complex for about 18 months … 0

VA officials explain local care delays

Thursday, June 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Officials at the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System say staff turnover, recruiting problems and increased patient loads at its clinics are among the reasons it scored poorly in a federal audit of how long patients must wait for an appointment. The Veterans Affairs Department’s audit … 0

State rules Northampton police probe records stay private

Thursday, June 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Police Department records involving an investigation into employee payroll improprieties last year will remain private and are exempt from public disclosure for privacy reasons, according to state Supervisor of Records Shawn A. Williams. The Gazette filed a public records appeal in December 2013 after Northampton … 0

HAP Housing eyes $21M makeover for lodging house

Thursday, June 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — HAP Housing has an option to buy the 58-room Northampton Lodging on Pleasant Street for $1.6 million with future plans to tear it down and construct a five-story building with 78 studio and one-bedroom apartments it would rent at both affordable and market rates. After it … 0

Distressed families sue Ryder

Thursday, June 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 14-page, multicount lawsuit filed this week offers new insight into distress suffered by the relatives of deceased loved ones who were mishandled by Ryder Funeral Home owner William W. Ryder, whose license was suspended May 28. The families of Jeanette Modelewski, who died May 1 … 0

After 63 years, Northampton family buries loved one killed in Korea

Thursday, June 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Sixty-three years ago, a Northampton family was stricken when news came from the Korean War front: Richard J. Archambeault, a 20-year-old son and brother to eight siblings, was missing in action. The news was devastating not only to his family but also to many friends in … 0

Northampton starts tax work-off program for seniors, veterans

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As many as 30 senior citizens and veterans will answer phones, clean offices, greet visitors and usher arts fundraisers at several city departments as part of a new property tax work-off program set to begin next month. The city has formally launched an initiative in which … 0

Northampton rail trails win federal designation

Monday, June 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The federal government has added the two main rail trails that snake through Northampton to its list of national recreation trails Friday. The MassCentral Rail Trail, also known as the Norwottuck, and the New Haven and Northampton Canal Rail Trail, referred to as the Manhan, are … 0

Smith School graduates connect academics with passions

Friday, June 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Caleb Rowe was never one to lose himself in schoolbooks. But he distinguished himself in other ways: a master Lego builder, an able partner in his family’s maple syrup operation in Worthington, a personable young man serving diners at their High Hopes Farm restaurant. “He’s a … 0