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NH man convicted in beheading case
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CONCORD, N.H. — A jury on Thursday convicted a New Hampshire man of first-degree murder for killing his wife’s co-worker after he discovered they were texting, and then forcing her to behead him.Armando Barron, 32, faces a life sentence without parole. He also was convicted of assaulting his wife,...
Grant will fund four safer street crossings in Hatfield
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HATFIELD — Four pedestrian crossings on Hatfield streets will be improved with better lighting, flashing beacons and pavement markings.The town was recently notified that it received a grant for about $56,000 from the state’s Shared Streets and Spaces program. On Tuesday, the Select Board accepted...
UMass men’s lacrosse moving to newly-sponsored Atlantic 10 league
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The UMass men’s lacrosse team’s new home will have a familiar feel. The Minutemen are joining the newly-formed Atlantic 10 men’s lacrosse league, which will begin play in 2022-23. The league will begin sponsoring the sport with three other full A-10 members (Richmond, Saint Joseph’s and St. Bonavent...
Best Bites with Robin Goldstein: Gone to hot dog heaven
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If there’s anything more American than the hot dog, it’s Little League baseball. My 7-year-old nephew Azai just started playing Little League, as I did around his age.He’s still learning the fundamentals, but it’s already easy to tell that Azai (unlike me) has got a rocket for a bat and a laser for...
Hatfield voters approve $12M override to fund wastewater treatment plant upgrade
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HATFIELD — A Hatfield native who campaigned on a platform of restoring programs at schools and confronting declining enrollment earned a seat on the School Committee at Tuesday’s town election.Adam Sullivan, a pharmacist and father of two, defeated incumbent Danielle Elizabeth Stanisewski, 433-214.P...
High schools: Novak, Smith Academy softball edges Hopkins Academy
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Amanda Novak struck out six and worked out of a jam in the top of the seventh inning, helping the Smith Academy softball team to a 3-1 victory over Hopkins Academy in a Franklin County League East contest on Tuesday in Hatfield.With the tying runs on base in the seventh, Novak induced a ground ball...
Earth Matters with Kari Blood: Farms for the community, by the community
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Agriculture is at the heart of our region’s health and food security. Yet New England is losing about 1,500 acres of farmland every year. With more farmers aging out of the business, and many of their children choosing other occupations, it’s vital to keep our local land in farming.Conserving those...
Finland makes moves toward NATO alliance
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KYIV, Ukraine — Finland’s leaders Thursday came out in favor of applying to join NATO, and Sweden could do the same within days, in a historic realignment on the continent 2 1/2 months after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine sent a shiver of fear through Moscow’s neighbors.The...
Western wildfires growing
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LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — Wildfires are on a furious pace early this year, from a California hilltop where mansions with multimillion-dollar Pacific Ocean views were torched to remote New Mexico mountains charred by a month-old monster blaze.The two places could not be more different, but the element...
Global summit marks ‘tragic milestone’ for COVID in US
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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden appealed to world leaders at a COVID-19 summit Thursday to reenergize a lagging international commitment to attacking the virus as he led the U.S. in marking the “tragic milestone” of 1 million deaths in America. He ordered flags lowered to half-staff and warned agai...
Parents scramble for baby formula as Biden eyes supply
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WASHINGTON — A baby formula shortage in the United States is driving parents to swap, sell and offer leftover supplies to each other, while President Joe Biden spoke with manufacturers and retailers Thursday about the plight facing families.The president discussed with executives from Mead Johnson...
Judd talks mental health after mother’s death
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NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Ashley Judd encouraged people to seek help for their mental health and talked about her grieving process after the loss of her mother, country star Naomi Judd.In an interview aired on “Good Morning America” on Thursday, the movie star said she wanted to address her mother’s st...
Three contested races on Hatfield ballot Tuesday
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HATFIELD — Three contested races, including for a three-year position on the School Committee that features an incumbent against a challenger, will be decided in the town election Tuesday.Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Town Hall.Also on the ballot is a $12.03 million Proposition 2½ debt exc...
Softball: Hampshire Regional takes down Westfield in rematch (PHOTOS)
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WESTHAMPTON – With her team trailing 1-0 and two runners on base, Katelyn Baker knew she had to make her next at bat count.“When I was up I was like, ‘I need to do something,’” Baker said. Hampshire Regional had made a few fielding mistakes in the top of the second inning, allowing Westfield to get...
Hatfield residents shoot down bid to move sewage pump site from near Waxwing restaurant
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HATFIELD — A West Street property owner’s continuing efforts to have elements of a water and sewer extension project moved, due to their proximity to and potential impact on two businesses, was rejected by residents at annual Town Meeting Tuesday.The session, which approved a $12.03 million upgrade...
Voters to decide $12M wastewater treatment plant upgrade at Hatfield Town Meeting
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HATFIELD — As a $12.03 million project to upgrade the aging wastewater treatment plant comes before annual Town Meeting, a resident is again asking the town to redo a portion of a $3.6 million water and sewer line improvement project on Route 5, which officials say could drive those costs up by $750...
Best Bites with Robin Goldstein: Fried seafood: A brush with heaven
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My dad, Barry, was born in 1943. He grew up in a Jewish community in Dorchester. His parents lived on the barest of budgets. His father, Papa Bob, worked at a liquor store where stick-ups were routine. To make enough to feed his wife and three sons, Papa Bob spent almost all his time at the store,...
Hatfield planners delay vote on outdoor marijuana grow
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HATFIELD — The Planning Board is seeking more information about a proposed marijuana cultivator’s possible impact on water and existing drainage systems, and the sufficiency of its on-site security, before issuing a special permit and site plan approval for the 140A North Hatfield Road site.Consider...
Smith Academy’s Bailey McCoy (Haverford), Makena Valentine (Western New England) ready for college field hockey
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Two Smith Academy seniors are continuing their field hockey careers at the collegiate level.Bailey McCoy announced she is playing at Haverford College (Pa.), while Makena Valentine committed to New England University at a signing ceremony Wednesday a the school in Hatfield. “Very excited for both an...
Hatfield planers to hold public hearing on pot farm Thursday
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HATFIELD — A company that will cultivate marijuana on several acres at 140A North Hatfeld Road comes before the Planning Board Thursday evening.Beginning at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, a hearing begins on the application for site plan approval and special permit related to the request from Straits Rd LLC...
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