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Well-Loved Local Musician and Occupy Wall Street Crusader Jameson Greeley Lavo Mourned by Friends

Well-Loved Local Musician and Occupy Wall Street Crusader Jameson Greeley Lavo Mourned by Friends

NORTHAMPTON — Word traveled fast among Northampton’s tight community of young indy band musicians, club-goers, artists and activists last Friday afternoon. Jameson Greeley Lavo, 28, a guitar player and drummer who lived for social justice and a better world, was dead of an apparent suicide. Lavo was the man police found deceased on June 1 […]

June 8th, 2012 | Posted in Headlines, Music, News | Read More »

Elizabeth Warren Lone Survivor of Democratic Party Nominating Convention in Springfield (Audio)

Elizabeth Warren Lone Survivor of Democratic Party Nominating Convention in Springfield (Audio)

Warren to Brown: “If that’s all you’ve got, I’m ready.” By MARY SERREZE SPRINGFIELD — More than 3,500 Democratic Party delegates from across Massachusetts made the pilgrimage to Springfield’s MassMutual Center Saturday to rally with big-name pols and choose their party’s nominee in what promises to be a knock-down-drag-out Senate race this year. When the […]

June 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Updated: Man found dead near tracks after hanging himself

Updated: Man found dead near tracks after hanging himself

By MARY SERREZE NORTHAMPTON — Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan confirmed today that a man was discovered deceased Friday afternoon next to the Pan Am railroad tracks between Hawley and Pleasant Streets behind Northampton Lumber. His death is not considered suspicious in nature. Sullivan has not yet released the man’s name or the circumstances of […]

June 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Harry Delmolino, 18, Dies of Injuries Sustained in Downtown Bicycle Crash

Harry Delmolino, 18, Dies of Injuries Sustained in Downtown Bicycle Crash

NORTHAMPTON — Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan announced today that Hadley resident Harry Delmolino, 18, the bicyclist involved in Saturday night’s collision at the corner of Main and Pleasant streets Saturday night, died Tuesday afternoon at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. The crash occurred shortly after 7 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Pleasant […]

May 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Congressman Olver OK after Car Accident

Congressman Olver OK after Car Accident

WILLIAMSBURG — Congressman John Olver lost control of his car while passing another vehicle this morning (Monday) on Rt. 9 and landed in a ditch, according to Natalie Blais, his press spokeswoman. Olver is not hurt, and declined medical attention at the scene after being checked out by emergency medical technicians. The accident occurred near […]

May 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Headlines, News | Read More »

Evidence Against Accused Arsonist Anthony Baye Thrown Out by Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Evidence Against Accused Arsonist Anthony Baye Thrown Out by Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

The Commonwealth failed to prove that state police interrogation techniques were not overly coercive, wrote the judge who penned the decision.   NORTHAMPTON — The state’s Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that accused arsonist-murderer Anthony P. Baye’s taped “confession” to state police regarding his role in the downtown arson fires of Dec. 27, 2009 “should […]

May 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Harry Delmolino, 18, Clings to Life After Downtown Bicycle Crash

Harry Delmolino, 18, Clings to Life After Downtown Bicycle Crash

NORTHAMPTON — A man from Hadley is alive but in serious condition after a collision between his bicycle and a car Saturday evening at the city’s main downtown intersection. Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan identified the injured bicyclist as Harry Delmolino, 18, of Hadley. The crash occurred around 7:45 p.m. at the corner of […]

May 20th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Bicyclist Hit at Main and Pleasant; Injuries Said Serious

Bicyclist Hit at Main and Pleasant; Injuries Said Serious

NORTHAMPTON — A man riding his bicycle east on Main Street was hit by a car turning left onto Pleasant Street Saturday evening around 7:30 p.m. A state police spokesman said the cyclist’s injuries were “potentially fatal,” but declined to reveal any more details. Pleasant Street northbound from Hampton Avenue to Main Street was blocked […]

May 20th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Narkewicz Names Economic Development Commission

Narkewicz Names Economic Development Commission

NORTHAMPTON — Following up on a campaign promise, Mayor David J. Narkewicz has named an 11-member economic development commission to guide his decision-making when it comes to business growth and retention in the city. The commission, which will be advisory in nature, draws ambassadors from a number of different economic sectors — banking and finance, […]

May 18th, 2012 | Posted in Business, Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Senate Hopeful Elizabeth Warren Hails Historic Day at Northampton Pride March

Senate Hopeful Elizabeth Warren Hails Historic Day at Northampton Pride March

NORTHAMPTON — Soundslide: Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren, Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, and the Pioneer Valley Gay Men’s Chorus graced the stage at the 31st Annual Noho Pride rally at the Three County Fairground on Saturday. Audio Mary Serreze; Photography Paul Shoul; full speeches at bottom of post. Audio: Elizabeth Warren Audio: […]

May 14th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

The Mayor’s Budget in a Nutshell: Five Positions Cut, Two Departments Gone, No Capital Spending

The Mayor’s Budget in a Nutshell: Five Positions Cut, Two Departments Gone, No Capital Spending

NORTHAMPTON — Mayor David J. Narkewicz unveiled his fiscal 2013 municipal budget on Thursday, balanced with staff cuts and other savings. For the first time in many years, the proposed budget does not draw upon reserves. The $95.8 million budget, which represents a 3 percent increase over FY2012, includes the $79.4 million general fund and […]

May 4th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Vermont Pols Headline Anti-Nuke Rally: Sanders, Sorrell, and Shumlin Respond to Federal Court Ruling (Audio)

Vermont Pols Headline Anti-Nuke Rally: Sanders, Sorrell, and Shumlin Respond to Federal Court Ruling (Audio)

It wasn’t your typical anti-nuke protest — nobody got arrested at the crowded, family-friendly event. And top elected officials, instead of ducking controversy, proudly briefed Vermonters on their battle to send the Entergy Corporation packing.   BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Governor Peter Shumlin, Attorney General William Sorrell, and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders rallied a crowd of […]

April 17th, 2012 | Posted in Environment, Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

EMTs Turn Out in Force for Ambulance Fund Discussion; NFD Internal Conflict Aired

EMTs Turn Out in Force for Ambulance Fund Discussion; NFD Internal Conflict Aired

NORTHAMPTON — A proposal by Mayor David Narkewicz to change the way the city’s ambulance service is funded got a green light from the City Council’s Public Safety Committee last Monday night, and is now headed to the full City Council, despite concerns expressed by Fire Department management and labor. The committee voted 3-1 to […]

April 9th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Harrison Avenue Neighbors Fight To Save Maple Tree From National Grid’s Chipper

Harrison Avenue Neighbors Fight To Save Maple Tree From National Grid’s Chipper

As residents mobilize to rescue a sugar maple on their street, questions arise about the city and the utility’s compliance with a state law that seems to requires public notification before a mature street tree is cut down.   By MARY SERREZE NORTHAMPTON — A group of Harrison Avenue residents are fighting to save an […]

March 31st, 2012 | Posted in Environment, Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Narkewicz Moves To Ixnay Dedicated Ambulance Fund; Says EMS Division Now Self-Supporting

Narkewicz Moves To Ixnay Dedicated Ambulance Fund; Says EMS Division Now Self-Supporting

The ambulance “receipts reserved” account finished the last fiscal year with more than $860,000 in the bank, but on the 7th of July the City Council transferred $745,000 of that to various Emergency Medical Services accounts, including $450,000 for employee stipends. The EMS division is now self-sufficient and has outgrown its need for a dedicated […]

March 15th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »