(Northampton, MA) — The United Way of Hampshire County has kicked off its annual fundraising drive. The goal is to raise slightly more than one-and-a-quarter million. This year’s co-chairs are Peter Jessop of Integrity Builders and William Grinnell of Webber and Grinnell Insurance. The United Way supports dozens of non-profit agencies throughout the Valley.
Northwestern assistant DA Brett Vottero has been endorsed by the Springfield police union in his run for Hampden District Attorney.
The World Eye Bookshop in Florence is closing on Saturday.
The Reverend Talbert Swan is calling for a commission to improve police-community relations in Springfield and Holyoke.
Northampton Housing Authority Director Jon Hite will retire in February.
The Defense Department violated U.S. law by failing to alert Congress before releasing five Taliban members in exchange for a captured U.S. soldier.