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Questions raised about operations of Patriot Care Corp., seeking medical marijuana dispensary license in Greenfield

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A company that was awarded a medical marijuana dispensary license in Lowell and is vying for licenses in Boston and Greenfield appears to have overstated the scope of its operations at a counseling and research program for HIV and AIDS patients at dispensaries it owns in other cities. The Boston Globe reported Friday that Patriot Care Corp. stated in its application for a Massachusetts license that the AIDS program was …

New England Natural Bakers submits bid for former Oxford Foods property in Deerfield

Saturday, September 20, 2014

DEERFIELD — The smell of pickles has long since faded from downtown Deerfield, but residents may find a new aroma wafting their way soon — freshly baked granola. New England Natural Bakers Inc., a Greenfield-based company that makes organic granola and muesli, submitted an offer of $38,500 per acre to buy the 12.9-acre former Oxford Foods pickle factory property on Jewett Avenue. The …

Sunderland special Town meeting votes to buy North Main Street property for affordable housing

Saturday, September 20, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The town will purchase a 2.82-acre lot on North Main Street for $265,000, which it plans to use to increase its proportion of affordable housing units for seniors. The purchase was approved by voters at a special Town Meeting Friday night and passed by just 1 percent over the required two-thirds majority. The Select Board made the case for making the …

Area court news

Friday, September 19, 2014

■ Michael Tomasella, whose address is listed as the streets of Windsor Locks, Connecticut, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Thursday to three counts of violating an abuse prevention order and intimidation of a witness. According to court documents, Tomasella was arrested at 5:14 p.m. Wednesday at …

Area police news

Friday, September 19, 2014

Amherst ■ Elody Y. Ramirez Jr., 22, of Lawrence, was arrested at 1:42 a.m. Friday on East Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked lanes and failure …

‘The Very Busy Spider’

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bird Sightings

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A short-billed dowitcher was found in the town of Washington. An upland sandpiper, a marsh wren, American pipits,and a Connecticut warbler were in Northampton. Over the last two days, more than 2,500 broad-winged hawks …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, September 19, 2014

∎■ Skinner State Park — Department of Conservation and Recreation sponsors free programs at Joseph Allen Skinner State Park, Route 47, Hadley: Sept. 20 and 21: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m., Summit House Tour (meet at Summit House); Sept. 22: 10 a.m., Advanced Hike for Seniors (meet at …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, September 19, 2014

FEMALE WOOD DUCK Route 9, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley During breeding season the male wood duck is brightly colored, but the female is quite plain, with the exception of a bit …

Film screening offered as alternative to climate march

Friday, September 19, 2014

Northampton ‘ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT OF WAR’ — For anyone who could not get to the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday, local activist Frances Crowe is hosting a screening of the film “Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War” at 2 p.m. Sunday …

Northampton Human Rights Commission asks City Council to condemn flag burning at Congregation B’nai Israel

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A month after the vandalism of an Israeli flag in front of a city synagogue, the Human Rights Commission Thursday night called on the City Council to take an “incontrovertible” public stance in condemning the crime and to stand in solidarity with the Jewish community. The …

UPDATED: Welch jury hears of angry texts between Ryan Welch and Jessica Pripstein

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Defendant Ryan D. Welch stood in Hampshire Superior Court Friday to announce he would not take the stand in his Hampshire Superior Court murder trial. “I think it is in my best interest,” he told Judge …

US nixes lethal aid for Ukraine

Friday, September 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, President Barack Obama welcomed the new leader of the embattled former Soviet republic to the White House Thursday, but he stopped short of fulfilling his visitor’s urgent request for …