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Greenfield lawyer John Stobierski has a unique perspective on the child sexual abuse by Catholic priests portrayed in "Spotlight," the movie about the Boston Globe investigation.

Lawyer John Stobierski has unique perspective on child sexual abuse by Catholic priests portrayed in ‘Spotlight’

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — If anyone has no need to see “Spotlight” — a movie about the Boston Globe’s 2002 investigation of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests — it’s probably John Stobierski, a Greenfield-based lawyer who has more or less lived the story. Over the past 23 years, Stobierski has met with hundreds of families who told him disturbing stories of …

Obama, Hollande lay out strategy in Syria

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a show of Western solidarity, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande vowed Tuesday to escalate airstrikes against the Islamic State and bolster intelligence sharing following the deadly attacks in Paris. They called on Russia to join the international efforts, but only if Moscow ends its support for Syria’s …

Amherst Woods residents urge Select Board to complete sewer line extensions

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — Four years after Town Meeting approved sewer line extensions for neighborhoods in Amherst Woods, some who live in the housing development built in the 1980s are getting anxious to see the project completed. More than a dozen residents brought their concerns to the Select Board on Monday, where interim Town Manager David Ziomek said that town officials and the Department of …

Amherst Police advise students, residents leaving town for Thanksgiving to guard against break-ins

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MHERST — With many college students leaving town for the Thanksgiving break and then winter recess, the Amherst Police department is launching its annual STOP initiative, aimed at preventing break-ins and thefts. STOP is an acronym for Secure, Take, Out of sight and Patrols. The program encourages residents …

Sunderland updates affordable housing plan for first time in eight years

Monday, November 23, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Amid a years-long struggle to increase housing options in town, meet the state’s affordable housing quota and regain some control over proposed housing projects, Sunderland is updating its Housing Production Plan. The plan, developed by the town Housing Committee with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, …

Photos: Sticky business at Dufresne’s Sugar House

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Photos by Carol Lollis Keith Dufresne of Dufresne’s Sugar House cleans out a tank used to hold sap from maple trees at one of his sugarbushes off Route 9 in Williamsburg last week. …

Amherst officials choose two candidates for interim town manager

Monday, November 23, 2015

AMHERST — Two eastern Massachusetts residents with extensive experience in government management in the northeast are being considered for the position of temporary town manager. Mark H. Rees, of North Andover, most recently city manager of Portland, Maine, and Peter I. Hechenbleikner, of Malden, who retired as town …

Changes afoot at Hampshire Mall as Best Buy, GlowGolf exit

Monday, November 23, 2015

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall management hopes to name a new tenant for the former Best Buy space within the next 30 to 60 days — but the replacement of the former anchor store won’t come in time for …

Hadley police respond to accidents, college parties over weekend

Monday, November 23, 2015

HADLEY — Disruptive parties hosted by college students, numerous motor vehicle accidents and attempted thefts from businesses kept police busy over the weekend, according to Sgt. Mitchell Kuc. With multiple complaints of loud parties that had to be broken up Saturday night into Sunday morning, Hadley Police requested …

White House: Allies can do more in terror fight

Monday, November 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — The White House urged allies on Monday to do more in the campaign against the Islamic State, while President Barack Obama faced pressure in return to show the U.S.-led coalition will intensify efforts in response to …

Police assist firefighters when bathtub curtain ignites from nearby candle — and other area police news

Monday, November 23, 2015

Amherst • Kaitlyn L. Vahey, 19, of Marlborough, was arrested at 4:12 p.m. Saturday on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and unsafe operation of a motor vehicle after the vehicle she was driving …

UMass chancellor, provost meet with students to discuss diversity on campus

Monday, November 23, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy and Provost Katherine Newman met with students and faculty for about 2½ hours Sunday to discuss plans to make the campus more welcoming to students of color, according to university spokesman Edward F. Blaguszewski. “It was a helpful and …