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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


Congressman McGovern Leads UMass Hunger Conference

Today's summit will highlight efforts to help feed lower-income residents who struggle to meet their families' basic nutrition needs


MGM President Promises Springfield Casino Will Be Built

MGM President Jim Murren says no further big changes to the casino project are expected

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Residents Dislaced In Turners Falls Apartment Fire

Fire crews were called to the three-unit apartment house at 45 Central Street Thursday afternoon

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Two Injured In Greenfield Double SUV Crash

State Police say a Toyota Highlander was rear-ended by a Subaru Crosstreck near exit 27

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Cannabis Reform Group Appeals To Amherst On Extravaganja

The president of the Cannabis Reform Coalition at UMass wants to hold the Extravaganja rally on the town common again next year

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Attempted Robberies Reported On Northampton Bike Path

Police are investigating two attempted robberies on the bike path Tuesday night

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Eversource Requests Lower Winter Electric Rate

Eversource Energy has presented state regulators with a lower proposed winter energy supply service rate


Valley Micro-Brewers Win Awards At National Competition

The Northampton Brewery took home five medals from the Great International Beer and Cider Competition

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Fall Injures Roofer In Greenfield

The unidentified man reportedly suffered significant injuries when he fell off a two-story building

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Former Hurricane Patricia Brings Wet Weather for Western Mass

Heavy rains and winds are expected to roll in during the afternoon and evening, with the potential for some power outages, especially in more remote locations.

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Northampton Police Seek Bus Flasher

Police say a man allegedly exposed himself to a group of riders on a Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus late last week. The man is described as white, with an average build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, sweatpants and a knit hat.


MGM CEO To Talk Casino Thursday With Springfield Officials

MGM President Jim Murren will meet Thursday with Mayor Domenic Sarno and city councilors, to discuss MGM's recent announcement to reduce the size of the proposed casino footprint by 14 percent, upsetting to a number of councilors.

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Former Northampton City Council President Dies At 78

A Northampton native, Dostal worked for 42 years in the city’s public works department, spent ten years each on the city council and school committee, and another 13 on the board of public works.

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