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Nearly Half of Surveyed Residents Oppose Amherst School Consolidation Plan

The administration wants to combine grades seven through twelve in one building, but nearly half of the people surveyed regarding the merger oppose the idea. Administrators told community members at a forum Saturday, the opposition may be due to a lack of information.


Springfield Shootings Prompt Renewed Call For Earlier Entertainment Curfew

Mayor Domenic Sarno is pushing for the 1:00AM curfew after two more men were shot in the area shortly after the bars closed at 2:00AM this past Saturday morning.

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Montague Center Water Safe Again To Drink

Samples taken earlier in the week revealed higher than acceptable levels of e coli bacteria, leading to the order to boil before drinking.


Northampton Wins Negligence Suit Filed By Injured Bicyclist

A Hampshire Superior Court jury ruled in the city's favor in a complaint brought by 58-year-old Evelyn Cleary.

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Northampton Main Street Closed By Suspicious Packages

The road was shut down at around 7:10 and the State Police Bomb Squad was called in to investigate the packages, which were revealed not to be threatening, but part of a school project.

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Former Belchertown State School Cottage Burned In “Suspicious” Fire

Firefighters were called to the State Street former school property at around 3:15 Thursday morning to battle a fully involved blaze at a former staff cottage. The fire may have been deliberately set since utilities to the property have been shut off for years.


Former Northampton Woman Arraigned On Child Abuse Charges

The Northwestern District Attorney says 34-year-old Julie Conley is accused of abusing her child at least four times between July 2013 and April 2015.

Nicholas Schauer. Courtesy of DHG

Sunderland Man Gets A Year For Threatening Attack On South Deerfield School

Twenty-year-old Nicholas Schauer admitted to making the threat against Frontier Regional School last fall. Schauer will get credit for 371 days spent under psychiatric observation at Bridgewater State Hospital.


Springfield’s Premature Birth Rate: Top in the State

A study according to the March of Dimes, says eight-point-six percent of the Springfield babies born in 2014 were preemies, the highest rate in the commonwealth.


Incumbents Win Big In Western Mass Mayoral Races

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno easily outdistanced challenger Salvatore Circosta 11,749 to 3,452, while Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos won the rematch challenge of former Mayor Michael Bissonette 7,900 to 4,097.


Three New Western Mass Mayors Elected

In West Springfield, city attorney William Reichelt easily outdistanced State Representative Michael Finn 3,517 to 2,571 to become the city’s next mayor. In Westfield, Brian Sullivan defeated William Roeder 4,421 to 3,420, and in Pittsfield, City Clerk Linda Tyer defeated incumbent Mayor Daniel Bianchi 6,661 to 4,502.

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Northampton Marijuana Activist Faces Probation

Ezra Parzybok of Norwood Avenue admitted to facts necessary for a guilty verdict to two counts of drug possession with intent to distribute. Parzybok was arrested after a September State Police helicopter flyover revealed a large number of plants growing on his property.


Holyoke, Greenfield Decided on Ballot Questions

Holyoke voters approved questions to increase the mayor’s term to four years and to reduce the size of the city council. In Greenfield, voters overwhelmingly approved a binding question to go ahead with the creation of a new municipal light plant, and a non-binding question to ban Styrofoam food containers.

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2 hospitalized after pedestrian hit by Amtrak train

A pedestrian was struck by an Amtrak train in Vermont. Police say two people were walking on the tracks in Brattleboro


Amherst First Responders Keep Busy On Halloween Weekend

Emergency crews responded to more than 60 medical calls, many of which dealt with excessive alcohol consumption

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Two Valley Families Report Halloween Candy Tampering

A Springfield mother reports her daughter received a candy bar with a needle inside after trick-or-treating in East Longmeadow


Greenfield Shooting Victim Knew Attacker

Greenfield police say the 19-year-old victim from Springfield indicates he knew his attacker

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Forest Park Victim Springfield’s 15th Murder

Police discovered a man shot to death on a Scott Street sidewalk at around 1:30 Sunday morning

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