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Amherst’s Michelle Chamuel Performs, Waits for Votes

Michelle Chamuel of Amherst is waiting for the votes to be tallied on “The Voice”.


Tully’s Scufflers All From Out of Town

None of the people arrested near Tully O’Reilly’s Pub in Northampton at closing time Sunday are local.


Northampton Council to Debate Vibrant Sidewalks

The Northampton City Council will consider the “Resolution to Support Vibrant Sidewalks” Thursday.


McGovern to Speak in Northampton on Poverty

Congressman Jim McGovern will speak at the First Churches in Northampton next Sunday evening.


Easthampton Mayor Wins Housing Award

Easthampton Mayor Michael Tautznik has been named a “Housing Hero” by the Mass Housing Partnership.


Northampton High School Will Have Later Start Time

Northampton’s School Committee votes to move the start time to between 8 and 8:30 no later than September 2014.


Tanglewood to Get Facelift

Tanglewood will be getting some renovations over the next seven to eight years.


Police Appeal Quabbin Trespassers Decision

State Police are appealing a decision not to file criminal complaints against seven people found trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir last month.

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Hatfield Woman Receives Teacher of the Year Honors

Governor Patrick presented an award this week to Anne Marie Bettencourt of Hatfield, a Springfield Central High School 9th grade English Language Arts teacher who has been selected as the 2014 Teacher of the Year.


WHMP Heavy Petting Dakin Pet of the Week

Meet Sadie-Female/7 years old. My weight: about 74 lbs/Basset Hound, available for adoption at the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society in Springfield.

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A look at some of this week's biggest headlines and the newsmakers you may have missed.

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Roundabout Proposed for Northampton Coolidge Bridge


A traffic configuration change is coming to a busy Northampton intersection by 2018, according to state officials. A series of proposed upgrades to Route 9 calls for construction of a roundabout intersection at the Northampton side to the Coolidge Bridge.

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Longer Days A Possibility for Holyoke Schools

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Lengthening of the school day is part of a plan proposed by state officials in their three-year "turnaround" plan for Holyoke's schools, elements of which will be phased in beginning as early as next school year.

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Greenfield Wood Stove Regulation Debate Gets Fiery

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At a town council subcommittee informational forum on the issue earlier this week, one councilor suggested that the town should consider an ordinance imposing minimum air quality standards on home wood burning devices.

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Packard’s Owner Condemns City Council Support for Hotel Unionization

Hotel Northampton workers march to unionize. Courtesy of Jerrey Roberts, Daily Hampshire Gazette

At last night's Council meeting, the owner of Packard's directly addressed City Council President Bill Dwight and Ward 3 Councilor Ryan O'Donnell condemning their choice to march with hotel workers to deliver a message of an intent to unionize, to Hotel Northampton owner Mansour Ghalibaf.