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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, Antequera is the latest city resident to join the ranks of homeowners. Antequera held back tears when she was handed a set … 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 to $150,000, far exceeding the original estimate. Library Director Janet Moulding said one of the … 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 will begin Dec. 29 as planned. “There’s not a place I can go anymore where … 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

Sidelined summons: Visiting Suher’s many addresses

Thursday, July 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When the Hampden County sheriff’s office tried recently to serve a summons to businessman Eric Suher in person, it couldn’t find him at his main place of business. A judge cut some slack and the department was allowed to leave the summons at the 47 Jackson … 0

Suher gets month to seek transfer of liquor license

Thursday, July 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Area business owner Eric Suher came within one vote Wednesday of losing another liquor license that has not been put into use since it was issued about five years ago. Meanwhile, who ultimately gets the license Suher lost earlier this year may come down to chance … 0

Northampton tests new emergency messaging system

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city expects to test a new emergency system Wednesday by sending a message to more than 15,000 residents. The message is intended to raise awareness of the new system, called CodeRED, although it will not actually be an emergency, said Kelly Banister, director of the … 0

Northampton mayor launches monthly chats over coffee

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Residents interested in chatting up in the mayor in an informal environment will have several opportunities to do so in the coming months. Mayor David J. Narkewicz is set to host the first in a series of monthly coffee hours next week when he gathers on … 0

Women’s health organization gets new interim director

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Tapestry Health has hired a new interim chief executive officer to lead the cash-strapped community-based health organization. Cheryl Zoll, former director of the Amherst Survival Center, took over as Tapestry’s director this month, the third CEO in the past six months. She replaces former interim CEO … 0

Judge rules for city in Suher license case

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city continues its effort to have business owner Eric Suher return a revoked liquor license for a Center Street property. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson Monday granted a request from the city to allow a sheriff to leave a summons for Suher at … 0

Teacher from Sunderland wins national kudos

Sunday, June 29, 2014

SUNDERLAND — When Anne Marie Osheyack was growing up in New Bedford, school was her “safe haven.” At home, recalls the ninth-grade English teacher at Northampton High School, her father was emotionally abusive and became violent when he lost his temper. “My father was frequently doing two things … 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