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Increase in people traveling throughout western Massachusetts for the three day weekend

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - It's a long weekend for many people in western Massachusetts. Presidents Day weekend has long been a popular time to go skiing, and lots of people from our area will head to Vermont and New Hampshire.


High schools: Zigmont hits for 30 as Smith Academy sinks Athol

Jack Zigmont hit four 3-pointers and scored 30 points, as the Smith Academy boys basketball team beat Athol, 76-44, on Friday. Brett Gratz also had four 3-point shots and 20 points. Carter Woodward added 12 points. Smith Academy (7-11, 4-3 Hampshire North) outscored Athol 16-8 in the second quarter.


Driver pleads not guilty in crash that killed Easthampton pedestrian

NORTHAMPTON – A woman accused of fatally hitting another woman with a vehicle in an Easthampton crosswalk was arraigned in Northampton District Court on Friday. A plea of not guilty was entered on behalf of Ruby Schmid, 62, of Easthampton, who is charged with negligent motor vehicle homicide, neglig


MachineMetrics raises $11.3M, plans to boost workforce, focus on global sales

NORTHAMPTON - Picture the scene: A factory floor buzzing with machinery, cranking out parts efficiently and quickly. Suddenly, everything grinds to a halt. The machines stop working. Supervisors scurry to figure out the problem.


Shakey Graves coming to Northampton

Shakey Graves is coming to Northampton. The singer-songwriter will play the Academy of Music on May 17. Tickets for the show are available beginning Friday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. through the promoter's website at dspshows.com.


Students protest impending layoffs at Hampshire College

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Faculty and staff will be losing their jobs at Hampshire College next week. Hampshire College has been around for nearly fifty years, but the school announced last month that they were looking for a long-term partner to ensure Hampshire's future.


Woman dies after being found unresponsive in Northampton Starbucks bathroom

A 45-year-old woman died after being found unresponsive in a Northampton Starbucks bathroom on Tuesday evening. Northampton police arrived at the 211 Main St. coffee shop around 5:30 p.m. for a report of a customer who had been in the bathroom for nearly 45 minutes, according to a department Faceboo


Chicopee mother who allegedly kept a gun under her mattress charged with failing to secure firearms around her child

CHICOPEE – A Chicopee mother is facing charges for allegedly keeping unsecured firearms around her house, including a 9 mm pistol under her mattress. Jennifer Diaz, 30, pleaded not guilty Friday in Chicopee District Court to two counts of improper storage of a firearm and two counts of improper stor


Where UFOs have been reported in western Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Massachusetts residents reported 65 UFO sightings to the National UFO Reporting Center in 2018. So far this year, about a dozen UFO sightings have already been reported.


Five Colleges students and staff respond to proposed IX revisions

NORTHAMPTON — A U.S. Education Department proposal that could limit how colleges and universities respond to off-campus sexual misconduct incidents has stoked anxiety among many students and staff at the Five Colleges.


Hundreds of rose petals found scattered along Northampton's Main Street

NORTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- There was a Valentine's Day mystery in Northampton on Thursday. As businesses opened along Main Street, shoppers were greeted with hundreds and hundreds of rose petals scattered along the sidewalk.


Here are the best restaurants in Massachusetts, according to AAA

AAA has announced its 2019 list of best restaurants nationwide — and several of the top-rated establishments are located right here in Massachusetts. Here’s a look at the local restaurants that got Five Diamonds, which is the highest rating AAA awards.


Patient charged with rape at Holyoke Medical Center too dangerous for bail, judge rules

HOLYOKE – A patient charged with raping another patient at Holyoke Medical Center in November is too dangerous to be released on bail, a judge ruled Thursday. John R. Zawada, 65, of Chicopee, will be held without right to bail for the next 120 days under an order issued in Holyoke District Court by


City police, Loop bus, West Springfield, Northampton among those seeking MGM mitigation funds

SPRINGFIELD — The city and various other communities and organizations in the region have submitted applications for 2019 casino mitigation funds related to the MGM Springfield project ranging from requests for new police equipment to expansion of the Loop free bus service.


Police arrest owner of Frank's Diner in Ludlow; charged with trafficking cocaine

LUDLOW (WWLP) - Ludlow police seized cash and cocaine after raiding a restaurant in town Friday evening. Ludlow Police Lt. Daniel Valadas told 22News it was a co-ordinated effort involving state police and the Eastern Hampden County Drug Task Force. At 5:30 p.m. tonight, police raided a private home


Ruby Schmid arraigned on vehicular homicide charge in Easthampton pedestrian death

An Easthampton woman on Friday denied charges related to a broad daylight pedestrian death on Dec. 3 in that city's downtown. Ruby V. Schmid, 62, appeared in Northampton District Court, pleading not guilty to negligent motor vehicle homicide and a civil crosswalk infraction.


Northampton Councilor Eyes At-Large Seat

(Northampton, MA) — A Ward 4 Northampton city council is making a bid for an at-large position, Gina-Louise Sciarra has announced plans to seek an at-large council seat this fall. One of the council’s current at-large members, Ryan O’Donnell, has chosen not to seek re-election.


AG: Massachusetts Couple Charged With Sex Trafficking at Salem Brothel

A Massachusetts couple is facing charges for allegedly trafficking women for sex at a Salem brothel that served as a front for human trafficking and money laundering, according to the attorney general's office.


Pepe's pizza opening second location in Massachusetts

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana is spreading the pizza love by bringing its famed New Haven-style pizza to a second location outside of Connecticut. Pepe's is bringing it's famous New Haven-style pizza to a second location in Massachusetts.


Easthampton's Crooked Stick Pops uses locally-grown fruits in frozen treats

Julie Tuman's inspiration for her Crooked Stick Pops comes in part from her experience with mixing interesting cocktails as a pastime. Her sense of smell plays a big role as well.