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Audit of Hampshire Sheriff’s office: sound accounting

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A state audit of the Hampshire Sheriff’s Office released this month recommended areas for improvements in its financial record-keeping, but largely found accurate records and no evidence of malfeasance. The audit also found areas in which the sheriff’s office has improved its financial operations. The department operates on a $13.1 million. The state audit was the first for the sheriff’s office in five years, covering the period from … 0

BID trial

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly two months after the Northampton Business Improvement District re-upped through 2019, a long-anticipated civil lawsuit in Hampshire Superior Court began Monday that could have major implications for the BID’s immediate future. The lawsuit was filed more than five years ago by Alan Scheinman and several property entities owned by Eric Suher. The suit alleges that the city used a flawed … 0

Colleges leery of medical pot

Monday, August 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When it comes to medical marijuana, Massachusetts colleges are left to choose between the right of the patient and compliance with federal law. Educational institutions are fearful that sanctioning medical marijuana use on campus could jeopardize federal funding — which includes financial aid for students. “Although Massachusetts law permits the use of medical marijuana, federal laws prohibit the use, possession, and/or … 0

Tapestry’s grant nixed before it was ‘relinquished’

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In June, officials at Tapestry Health Inc. said they had “voluntarily relinquished” a $714,000 federal grant for providing family planning services to low-income residents. But documents obtained by the Gazette show that the nonprofit agency was pressured to give up the grant after it failed to … 0

Mayor says ‘si’ to order protecting immigrants

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Shortly after three city immigrants shared tales of interactions with police that shook their trust in the community, Mayor David J. Narkewicz promised Thursday at a public forum to sign an executive order prohibiting the Police Department from turning over illegal immigrants to the federal U.S. … 0

Housing director Hite to retire in February

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Jon Hite, executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority, announced he will retire next year after serving for more than 22 years. Hite, who last week notified the authority’s board of commissioners of his decision, said he plans to step down in February 2015. “I’ve been … 0

World Eye's Florence satellite store set to close Saturday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After two years selling books on North Main Street in Florence, the World Eye Bookshop is closing Saturday, though its Greenfield store remains alive and well. Jessica Mullins, owner of Greenfield’s World Eye Bookshop, in operation … 0

Police, health officials monitor fake marijuana product

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While New Hampshire officials deal with a rash of overdoses caused by a potent type of synthetic marijuana called “Smacked,” a merchant who helps run two downtown head shops said the product is unfamiliar to him. “Today is the first time I heard of ‘Smacked’,” said … 0

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