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    1. First Amtrak train on Knowledge Corridor to stop in Northampton on Dec. 29

      First Amtrak train on Knowledge Corridor to stop in Northampton on Dec. 29

      The first Amtrak train on the new Knowledge Corridor will stop in Northampton on its journey north on Dec. 29, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Built with $73 million in federal stimulus money, the Knowledge Corridor will also stop in Springfield, Holyoke and Greenfield. Riders will be able to go from Washington, D.C., to Burlington, Vt. Until now, the line has gone through Amherst, but it ran through Northampton until 1989, when the condition of the tracks made it unsafe for passenger trains.

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    2. Northampton nursing home sold to Connecticut company

      Northampton nursing home sold to Connecticut company

      In a move that might reflect the refocusing of care for the elderly on independent and assisted living, the company that owns the Overlook nursing facility in Leeds is selling it to a Connecticut-based health care system. Patrick McShane, a corporate vice president at Masonic Health System, said his company, which bought the nursing home from Hampshire County for $4 million in 2009, wants to concentrate more on its Charleton campus, a continuous care retirement community with 219 independent living and 181 enhanced living units. The facility was formerly called the Northampton Nursing Home.

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    3. Northampton gets state grant for solar array

      Northampton gets state grant for solar array

      The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has awarded the city a $525,401 grant to help its emergency response network continue operations during long-term power outages. The money will finance a solar-electric array to power the Fire Department during outages. Mayor David J. Narkewicz said the array will help Northampton through emergencies like Tropical Storm Irene and the Halloween ice storm of 2011. “It is vital that our City be able to maintain essential services, particularly emergency response services, during these critical times," the mayor said.

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    4. Northampton Arts Council seeks appplications for grants

      Northampton Arts Council seeks appplications for grants

      The Northampton Arts Council has set an October 15 deadline for applications from organizations for its fall round of arts grants funding. The grants are aimed at supporting artistic and cultural activities in the community, including exhibits, writings, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures The Northampton Arts Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year ...

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    5. UMass benefits from governor's environmental bill

      UMass benefits from governor's environmental bill

      The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and two other sites it operates in the eastern part of the state stand to reap $37.5 million for various projects and improvements, thanks to a bill signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick. The legislation authorizes a total of $1.9 billion for environmental projects throughout the state. Among those is $4 million for water quality innovation to support the work of David Reckhow, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UMass. The funding will go towards testing and pilot facilities for water technology at various locations in the state.

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    6. Amtrak passenger service ready to roll by New Years, according to Pan Am

      Amtrak passenger service ready to roll by New Years, according to Pan Am

      Motorist and patrons of businesses along Damon Road were surprised Saturday when crews closed the road between King and Bridge streets as crews improved the crossing on Damon Road. The work was part of the same project that prompted Pan Am Railways to install a temporary camp to feed workers on the line near North and Market streets. The crew was replacing the old freight rails with welded rails more suitable for passenger trains along the "Knowledge Corridor," the stretch of track between Springfield and Greenfield that is part of the Amtrak route.

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    7. Deerfield board selects Kayce Warren as next town administrator

      Deerfield board selects Kayce Warren as next town administrator

      The Board of Selectmen has offered the post of town administrator, vacant for more than a year, to Kayce D. Warren, who is currently filling the position on an interim basis. "I'm pleased the board offered me the position," Warren said Thursday, declining to comment further on her intentions. The board made the selection Wednesday night, choosing Warren from a pool that originally included 14 candidates. There has been no permanent town administrator in Deerfield since Bernard Kubiak retired in June 2013. Wendy Foxmyn served as interim administrator from July 2013 to February 2014.

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    8. Hampshire Council of Governments saves money for members through joint purchasing

      Hampshire Council of Governments saves money for members through joint purchasing

      Communities in the four Western Massachusetts counties found there is strength in unity, saving nearly $1 million by purchasing goods and services recently through the Hampshire Council of Governments. Working cooperatively with the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning
      Commission and the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District, the council, which has 15 member communities in Hampshire Country, saved an average of 48 percent by bidding on behalf of 116 police, fire and school department, according to executive assistant Lydia King.

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    9. HAP seeks CPA funds to buy Northampton Lodging

      HAP seeks CPA funds to buy Northampton Lodging

      HAP Housing is asking for an expedited review of its $300,00 request for Community Preservation Act funds to buy Northampton Lodging on 129 Pleasant Street. The agency has a purchase and sales agreement to buy the 58-room property for $1.6 million from current owner Bowditch LLC. but must close on the sale by the end of the year. HAP intends to manage Northampton Lodging as currently constructed until it can build a five-story, mixed-use, mixed-income building on the site. The new building will contain 78 studio and one-bedroom apartments with retail space on the ground floor.

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    10. Plans are in the works to add local commuter runs on Amtrak passenger train line

      Plans are in the works to add local commuter runs on Amtrak passenger train line

      Amtrak's Vermonter is scheduled to begin zipping through Western Massachusetts on its way from Washington, D.C. to St. Albans, Vermont early next year after an absence of 25 years. The run will provide another option for commuters along the corridor. With the new John W. Olver Transit Center in Greenfield and dedicated station space along the track in Northampton, the line is expected to especially impact commuter traffic in those communities.

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    11. Northampton earns top rated for sustainability

      Northampton earns top rated for sustainability

      Northampton was recently named top in the nation in sustainability by 5-STAR Communities, a national organization that looks at a broad spectrum of quality-of-life factors in making its assessments. For those who have a hard time wrapping their hands around the concept of sustainability, the city scored well because, among other factors, 40 percent of its adult residents attending a live art performance last year, all its farmers markets accept food stamps, it has a hospital like Cooley Dickinson that sponsors events like "Living Well With Congestive Heart Failure" and it boasts no fewer than 820 community garden plots.

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    12. Northampton City Council gives final approval to BID changes, endorses mayor's capital plan

      Northampton City Council gives final approval to BID changes, endorses mayor's capital plan

      The City Council gave final approval to a request by the Business Improvement District to cut its membership fees in half and endorsed Mayor David J. Narkewicz's five-year capital improvement program in a meeting that was more like a sprint than its last marathon session. Two weeks ago, the council gave preliminary approval to the BID request, but not until opponents and advocates weighed in at a public hearing that lasted for more than an hour. On Thursday, only a handful of speakers addressed the issue, according to Council President William H. Dwight. Among them was attorney John Fitz-Gibbon ...

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    13. PVTA proposes change in Northampton route to include stop at Survival Center

      PVTA proposes change in Northampton route to include stop at Survival Center

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority has proposed revamping a bus route in Northampton to include a stop at the Northampton Survival Center.  The proposal is one of several that have to be accepted by the PVTA’s advisory board before going into effect. Other recommended changes include an expansion of the R41 route between Northampton and Holyoke Community College to year-round operation with direct connection to the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside. The B43 route between Northampton and Amherst would also become a Bus Rapid Transit corridor featuring more frequent service, signal priority, dedicated transit lanes at intersections and upgraded passenger ...

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