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Smile for the camera

Thursday, August 28, 2014

It may seem unlikely for a recent college graduate with a degree in dental hygiene to take up professional acting, but that’s what 25-year-old Northampton native Miranda Brooks has done; she made her TV debut last month, using the screen name Miranda Roldan. Roldan is her mother’s maiden name. “It’s a nice way to embrace the Hispanic side of my family,” she said. Brooks, or Roldan, starred on the Investigation … 0

New PVTA bus route vital to many

Thursday, August 28, 2014

It may seem unlikely for a recent college graduate with a degree in dental hygiene to take up professional acting, but that’s what 25-year-old Northampton native Miranda Brooks has done; she made her TV debut last month, using the screen name Miranda Roldan. Roldan is her mother’s maiden name. “It’s a nice way to embrace the Hispanic side of my family,” she said. … 0

Green overhead

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Alarmed by a steady decline in the number of public shade trees in Northampton, a group of residents has asked the city to follow the lead of Amherst by hiring a professional tree warden to coordinate and care for trees. It is a step Mayor David J. Narkewicz said Tuesday he intends to pursue. Whether the trees are aging because they … 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

Cooperative bank merger

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Talk about cooperative. Greenfield Co-operative Bank and Northampton Cooperative Bank announced a merger on Tuesday that their presidents said will give their customers access to 10 banking locations and 11 ATMS in Franklin and Hampshire counties, with each … 0

City housing authority to reap solar power savings

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Without installing a single solar panel, the Northampton Housing Authority is projected to save $1.3 million over the next 20 years through a new solar energy agreement. The Housing Authority has signed a 20-year contract that will allow it to purchase energy at a reduced rate … 0

Smith Voke auto chief charged with car thefts

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The head of Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School’s automotive department has resigned amid allegations that he stole school property — two cars that had been donated. Jonathan A. Yourga, 45, of 188 Earle St., Northampton, pleaded not guilty Friday in Northampton District Court to two … 0