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Owners of Amherst’s El Comalito to open new restaurant in Easthampton

EASTHAMPTON — The Bak Plaza on Route 10 will welcome a new neighbor next month when El Comalito, a popular Salvadoran and Mexican restaurant in Amherst, opens a second restaurant.


Firefighter injured, house condemned in Easthampton fire

EASTHAMPTON - An early morning fire in a duplex on Pine Street in downtown Easthampton caused heavy damage and left one firefighter injured, according to reports. The 2 a.m. fire destroyed the home at 13-15 Pine Street. On Friday morning, the property, located right off Cottage Street, was closed of


Four arrested in Springfield cocaine bust

Four people were arrested Friday morning when Springfield Police Department Strategic Impact Unit executed a search warrant in an apartment at 439 Franklin St. following an investigation.


Joseph Tringali: Accessibility complaints about Amherst schools not new revelations

The Gazette’s article about the Amherst schools lacking accessibility comes as no surprise to Stavros or to the Amherst Disability Access Advisory Committee (DAAC). Both Stavros and the DAAC have received complaints about the schools’ bathrooms and playgrounds. So this news should come as no surpris


Williams-Amherst rivalry tips off for third time this season as programs collide in NESCAC semifinals

Saturday will mark the 226th time Williams and Amherst have met on a basketball court. On the line will be a spot in the NESCAC Tournament championship game Sunday. These historic rivals will play in the second game of a semifinal doubleheader on Saturday at Hamilton College. In the first game of th


Style Stop: J Mascis

Who: Lead Singer and guitarist for Dinosaur Jr., solo artist and Amherst native. Tell me about your shoes.“Adidas. I had a friend who worked there for awhile. These are from Jeremy Scott, the designer, and I have few of them.”


Former Chicopee police officer pleads guilty to immigration fraud in federal court

SPRINGFIELD - A former Chicopee police officer pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Thursday to a federal charge of immigration fraud. Nhac Duy Truong, 44, of East Longmeadow, admitted to submitting immigration petitions in 2008 and 2009 that claimed a Vietnamese woman was his alien fiance and t


Massachusetts Brothers Charged With Child Rape

Two Massachusetts brothers were arrested Thursday morning and charged with the rape of a child. Massachusetts State Police said two teams simultaneously arrested 34-year-old Dennis Orellana of Westborough and 26-year-old Hilin Orellana at their apartments before dawn Thursday.


Teachers Behaving Badly: Here's why hundreds of Massachusetts' teachers have lost their licenses

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Teachers are usually the ones disciplining students, but what happens when a teacher misbehaves?. The 22News I-Team requested reports on teacher misconduct from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or DESI, and discovered they're currently investigating 3


Hampshire College lays off nine employees as school continues to struggle financially

AMHERST (WWLP) - A month after Hampshire College officials announced they were seeking a long-term partner to help the school stay viable -- the first round of layoffs were announced Tuesday.


Springfield police continue to investigate crash that seriously injured pedestrian in Forest Park neighborhood

SPRINGFIELD – Police continued to investigate a crash that seriously injured a male pedestrian in the Forest Park neighborhood Thursday night. It occurred in the 0-100 block of Edgeland St. at about 9:50 p.m., Ryan Walsh, spokesman for Springfield police. Said. The driver remained on scene and coope


Grant Funds Opioid Addiction Treatment in Two County Jails

AMHERST, Mass. – In what could serve as a model for tackling one of the nation’s top public health crises, a University of Massachusetts Amherst epidemiology researcher is teaming up with two Western Massachusetts sheriff’s offices to design, implement and study an opioid treatment program for jail


Northampton boys basketball builds tournament momentum with win over Amherst

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton boys basketball team closed its regular season with a momentum boosting win over cross-bridge rival Amherst 86-64 on Wednesday night. The rivalry may not have had the same energy this year, with both programs in different stages of development, but there was still a sen


Bald eagles becoming common sight in western Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - If you live or travel along the Connecticut River you may have spotted some pretty large birds sitting in the trees. They're bald eagles and they're becoming a pretty common sight here in western Massachusetts.


Hatfield police looking for suspect who took package from FedEx last month

HATFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Police in Hatfield are looking to identify a person who picked up a package at FedEx in January. According to the Hatfield Police Department's Facebook page, the man in the photo picked up a package at the Hatfield FedEx on January 24th.


North Brookfield man, 38, found guilty of child rape in Ware

NORTHAMPTON - A 38-year-old North Brookfield man was found guilty Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court of charges of raping a young girl 10 years ago in Ware. A jury found Jason Ray Galvan guilty of aggravated rape with force, aggravated rape, and indecent assault and battery. He was found not guil


ACLU reaching out to drug defendants cleared in state lab scandal

NORTHAMPTON — Following the Supreme Judicial Court’s October decision to overturn thousands of drug convictions because of misconduct at an Amherst testing lab, a campaign has been launched to inform the defendants that they have been cleared of those charges.


Fans excited for UMass hockey's successful season

AMHERST, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- UMass hockey is number two in the country and is attracting attention nationwide and on-campus, fans are excited to have such a great team to cheer for.


Celebrating the written word: Amherst College LitFest brings top writers to campus to inspire new ones

The literary tradition at Amherst College runs deep indeed. From students who have gone on to great success as novelists, journalists, poets and screenwriters, to faculty whose resumes have included Pulitzer Prizes and other prestigious awards, the campus has proved to be a fertile setting for fine


Massachusetts residents arrested in Vermont drug raid

ST. ALBANS, VT. — Four Springfield, Massachusetts residents are facing criminal charges after St. Albans police found about 170 bags of heroin and 18.5 grams of crack cocaine during a court-ordered raid, authorities in Vermont said.