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Movie theaters, gyms and museums prepare for reopening

NORTHAMPTON — Gyms, movie theaters and museums in the state are some of the main businesses and attractions that will be allowed to reopen under new rules beginning Monday — and while some area establishments will unlock their doors next week, others... → Read More

Safe Passage employees vote to unionize

NORTHAMPTON — Employees at Safe Passage have voted to unionize after not receiving voluntary recognition from the organization’s board of directors earlier this year.Workers at Safe Passage, a Northampton-based social services organization with a... → Read More

‘I belong here’: Newly minted citizens share their stories

NORTHAMPTON — At 9 years old, Carmen Solorio Wallace and her family moved from Oakland, California back to her birth country of Mexico — trading in sidewalks for dirt roads and running water for a well.Wallace, now 34, of South Hadley, recalled the... → Read More

Easthampton bans facial recognition technology

EASTHAMPTON — The City Council has approved an ordinance banning the city’s use of facial recognition technology, joining six other municipalities in the state, including Northampton, that have also passed bans on the technology over the past year.The... → Read More

Holyoke Medical Center notifies state of birthing center closure

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center this week issued its formal notice to state health officials about its decision to permanently close its maternity services unit on Oct. 1.The 90-day notice sent to the state Department of Public Health from the... → Read More

‘Virtually nonstop, every night’: Boom in fireworks plagues area communities

HOLYOKE — It happens every summer: Independence Day creeps up, people spend more time outside and the neighborhood’s amateur pyrotechnician finally decides it’s high time to start lighting off Roman candles at the end of the street.But for the past... → Read More

Farrell wins seat on Shutesbury Select Board

SHUTESBURY — Voters approved a $6.6 million operating budget and a 32-article warrant during Town Meeting and elected in Rita Farrell to a three-year term on the Select Board on Saturday.A total of 545 votes were cast out of the town’s 1,228... → Read More

Schools see reopening guidance as good framework

SOUTH HADLEY — Following the release of state guidance for K-12 schools to reopen in the fall, local school districts are developing plans to fit their community’s needs within a state-produced framework that aims for a return to in-person classes.On... → Read More

Veterans, advocates demand say in Soldiers’ Home changes

HOLYOKE — A coalition of veterans, their families and local advocates are raising concerns with changes announced by Gov. Charlie Baker that are intended to improve oversight and operations at the Soldiers’ Home.Called the “Coalition to Fund the... → Read More

Northampton council denies violating Open Meeting law in cutting police budget

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council denied Thursday that it had violated the state’s Open Meeting Law at a public session during which the Northampton Police Department’s budget was cut by 10%, directly responding to two city police unions who brought... → Read More

Northampton police unions allege City Council violated Open Meeting Law

NORTHAMPTON — Two city police unions have filed complaints with the state attorney general in which they allege the City Council violated the state’s Open Meeting Law during a public session last week that resulted in the Northampton Police... → Read More

Police end river search after finding no body in water

NORTHAMPTON — Police ended a two-day search Wednesday for a swimmer reportedly hit by a boat in the Oxbow section of the Connecticut River after finding no body in the water.Northampton Police Detective Lt. Craig Kirouac said authorities did find a... → Read More

After council defunds police, five officers cut from budget

NORTHAMPTON — Police Chief Jody Kasper announced Wednesday that five full-time sworn police positions have been cut from the Police Department following a decision by the City Council to slash its budget for the next fiscal year by 10%.Kasper said... → Read More

Vigil for victims of police brutality to be held in Belchertown Thursday night

BELCHERTOWN — Exactly one month after George Floyd was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer in May, a group of local organizers will hold a vigil Thursday night to honor Floyd and other people of color who have been killed as a result of... → Read More

Northampton man to be charged in bus stop crash with stolen car

NORTHAMPTON — A 26-year-old city man is facing a laundry list of serious charges stemming from an incident early Saturday morning during which a stolen car crashed into a bus stop before fleeing the scene, sending another man to the hospital where he... → Read More

DA Sullivan, employees reduce hours, take pay cut

NORTHAMPTON — As courthouses largely remain closed and the state deals with an anticipated shortfall in tax revenue due to ongoing fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan said every employee at his office,... → Read More

No big rush to eat inside: Restaurateurs, customers cautious about reopening

AMHERST — Restaurants in the state can finally welcome back customers for indoor dining beginning Monday after enduring a months-long ban issued as part of Gov. Charlie Baker’s emergency order to slow the spread of COVID-19, but some eateries and... → Read More

Big fire at former Russell mill draws army of firefighters

RUSSELL — At least two Hampshire County fire departments were called in as mutual aid Friday night to help put out a blaze that destroyed a mill building at the former Strathmore Paper Co.The Huntington Fire Department posted on its Facebook page... → Read More

Man badly hurt as joyriders destroy Northampton bus stop

NORTHAMPTON — Police are investigating a hit-and-run early Saturday morning that sent a 61-year-old city man who was sitting at a bus stop to the hospital with serious injuries.Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper wrote on the police department’s... → Read More

Neal pitches $1.5 trillion Moving Forward Act as ‘most ambitious infrastructure plan’ in decades

SPRINGFIELD — Standing on a platform Friday morning at Union Station, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal touted an expansive $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill unveiled by House Democrats this week that includes $19 billion in federal grant funding that he said... → Read More