Sunderland

Kary Garcia of Springfield helps her son Cristian Vazquez point on Puerto Rico with a sticker on a world map during Sunderland Elementary School's International Celebration Thursday night. Recorder/Tom Relihan

A global gathering at Sunderland Elementary

Friday, January 30, 2015

SUNDERLAND — As Jaime Reloj of Sunderland helped his son John press a small, green, arrow-shaped sticker into the South China Sea on a giant world map Thursday night, marking the spot where the Philippines are located, a wide grin crossed the young Sunderland Elementary School student’s face. Mounted on a bulletin board with a large black sign that read … 0

Neighbors: We dodged the blizzard bullet and now back to daily life

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, we dodged another bullet this week — gotta love the storm that wasn’t. Hope you all had a nice snow day and got to do some of the things you typically can’t because of work and other responsibilities. Have a great weekend! GIRL SCOUT TROOP 12926 will be back out selling cookies, so be on the lookout. Scouts will be … 0

Sunderland man sentenced to 3 years for rape

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Sunderland man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he admitted Wednesday to raping a South Hadley woman at her home in 2013. Jesse Davis, 42, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to the rape charge. The victim read a statement before his sentencing, describing how the attack on Aug. 11, 2013, affected her relationships with her family, … 0

Residents moving back into Sunderland nursing home

Thursday, January 15, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Slowly but surely, residents of a local nursing home are moving back in, less than a week after a burst pipe caused them to evacuate. “We (have moved) 14 residents back in our facility, the max allowed by the state so far,” said Uri Turk, spokesman … 0

Neighbors: Celebrate MLK Day by doing service

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which we will celebrate on Monday, is not about having a day off, but instead about doing service for your neighbors and community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” King said. The civil rights … 0

Sunderland nursing home hopes to reopen this week

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SUNDERLAND — New England Health Center nursing home’s owners say they hope to return the 42 residents displaced by flooding Saturday afternoon to the nursing home this week. “Staff and work crews are working around the clock to repair the water damage in an effort to return displaced … 0

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0

Cleanup continues at flooded Sunderland nursing home

Monday, January 12, 2015

SUNDERLAND — More than 40 residents of a local nursing home remain displaced as the facility continues to clean up weekend water damage. A sprinkler pipe burst at New England Health Center Saturday afternoon, causing part of a … 0

Burst pipe empties Sunderland nursing home Saturday

Sunday, January 11, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A burst pipe sent the residents of New England Health Center nursing home ferrying through the cold to the First Congregational Church Saturday afternoon. Sunderland Fire Chief Robert Ahearn said a sprinkler pipe in the space between the ceiling and the roof froze and burst by … 0

Rollover

Thursday, January 8, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Local cyclists who lamented the recent closure of Sunderland’s Flye Cycles bicycle shop need not mourn any longer. Blue Steel Bicycle Company, a similar, full-service bike shop located in the same building is now up and … 0

WiredWest towns ready for next step

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Selectmen from all 11 Franklin County hilltowns without high-speed Internet have approved WiredWest’s nonbinding resolution to go forward with a “last mile” $100 million to $120 million fire-optic network build-out. Now the financial planning begins. Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell … 0

Sunny in Sunderland: Town will make second attempt at solar energy project

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

SUNDERLAND — After the solar developer that had been contracted to install two solar arrays in Sunderland went out of business in 2013, effectively derailing the project, the town plans to renew its efforts to attract a new local source of clean energy. The Board of Selectmen voted … 0

Neighbors: Look ahead to a great year

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful New Year. Now it’s time to look ahead. According to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy, we’re supposed to see 23 snowfalls this winter — remember, you only have to track a cat for one to be counted. Even so, that … 0