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Greenfield City Council Uses Rainy Day Funds to Stabilize Tax Rate

Despite unanimously passing Mayor Bill Martin’s proposal to use rainy day funds to stabilize the rising property tax rate for residents and businesses of Greenfield, the Council and residents are still concerned over the City’s property tax rate, the second highest in the State.

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Easthampton Armed Robbery Suspects Arrested

Police say Crista Zwolenski and Craig Lewis of Jackson Street took 3-thousand dollars, some latex gloves, and several packs of Newport cigarettes during the August 14th armed heist of the Northampton Street F.L. Roberts Mobil station.

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Greenfield Council Puts Non-Binding Plastics Ban Questions on Ballot

The Greenfield Town Council has voted to place three, non-binding questions on the November ballot asking if voters favor ordinances banning single-layer plastic bags, small water bottles and non-biodegradable food containers.

Jerrey Roberts of the Gazette

Northampton Housing Authority Admits to Violating Open Meeting Law

The executive director and board of commissioners of Northampton's Housing Authority have admitted to violating the state's Open Meeting Law.

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MA Casino Nets $8.9 million for the State in First Month

State gambling regulators say Massachusetts' first casino in Plainville made more than $18 million in gross gambling revenue in its first full month in business, generating $8.9 million for the state.

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Northampton’s Herrell’s Ice Cream is Expanding

Herrell’s Ice Cream in Northampton’s Thornes Marketplace is expanding and should be complete by early next year.

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Greenfield Mayor Martin Looking to Curb Tax Rate

Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin is asking approval from the Town council to use $1.4 million in rainy day funds in a stabilization account to stabilize the tax rate until this fall.

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Hadley Planning Board Still Concerned Over Size of Five College Library Annex

The Hadley Planning Board heard from a Five Colleges Inc. representative last night proposing a reduction in the size of its proposed Five Colleges Library Annex on the 45 acre parcel between Rocky Hill Road and North Maple Street.

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Williamsburg’s CRD Metalworks Owner Defies Order To Shut Down

CRD Metalworks owner Chris Duval says he will pay the $100 per day fine and remain in business despite being ordered to shut down by August 16th due to numerous zoning and wetland issues.

Jerrey Roberts of the Gazette

Mayor Narkiewicz Concerned Over Housing Authority Firings

Northampton Mayor David Narkiewicz is calling on Northampton Housing Authority leaders to immediately review personnel actions and look into alleged conduct of both the Executive Director and the Board of Commissioners relative to employment policies and possible violations of the state Open Meeting Law.

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Former Springfield Mayor Could Make Bid For Hampden County Sheriff

Former Springfield mayor, Mike Albano may be considering a bid for Hampden County Sheriff although, Albano says, he is focused only on his current position representing the region on the Governor's Council.

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Eversource, National Grid Ordered To Refund Rate Recalculation Charge

The state Department of Public Utilities has ordered Eversource and National Grid to reimburse customers who were hit with a one-time electric rate recalculation for switching carriers in an attempt to avoid large rate hikes imposed by those companies.

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MRSA Cases At Westfield Youth Service Center

A number of cases of antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been reported at the Westfield Youth Service Center.

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Chicopee Pool To Remain Open This Week

The Rivers Park Pool was supposed to close for the year on Sunday, but due to the forecast, the city's Parks and Recreation Department decided to keep the pool open between 1pm and 5pm this week.

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Teen Hiker Injured In 80 Foot Ashfield Fall

After a weekend hiking accident in Ashfield, a 13-year-old boy was helicoptered to Baystate Medical Center after sliding 80 feet down steep slope at Chapel Brook Reservation.

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Child welfare workers visited home days before death

Officials say state child welfare workers visited the Massachusetts foster home of a 2-year-old girl three days before her death, but did not disclose the reason for the visit or what was found.

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Easthampton Police Seeking Convenience Store Robber

Easthampton Police are asking the public's help in catching an armed robber who held up the F.L. Roberts Mobil Station on Northampton Street at gunpoint at around 11pm on Friday night.

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Springfield I-91 Speed Limits Reduced For Construction

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has ordered that speed limits on I-91 in Springfield be reduced from 50mph to 40 miles per hour beginning Tuesday.

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Hadley Planning Board to Discuss Five College Library Annex

The hearing is the continuation of a July discussion on the Five College Consortium's planned library annex set to be constructed on an empty parcel of land between North Maple Street and Rocky Hill Road.

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AG Healey remains strong backer of Planned Parenthood

A renewed focus on Planned Parenthood is highlighting Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's strong support of the group

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