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Loan from Common Good Finance boosts completion of Northeast Biodiesel plant in Greenfield

Friday, September 4, 2015

Long in the planning to ensure it is locally owned, the Northeast Biodiesel plant nearly ready at the Greenfield Industrial Park is getting a final boost from a 160-member, community-based nonprofit finance system. The $200,000, seven-year loan is provided by Ashfield-based Common Good Finance to Co-op Power, a Hatfield-based energy cooperative that is developing the $4.2 million biodiesel plant. It will cap a six-month campaign to raise the final $850,000 …

Confident of state funding, President Marty Meehan says UMass will pay retroactive raises to union employees

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan announced Thursday that the system will retroactively pay raises it promised to 6,500 faculty and staff in a 2014 contract. The university system’s unionized workers have lobbied the board of trustees and picketed graduations in their fight for the raises the system agreed to pay …

Northampton City Council gives final approval to merger of treasurer and collector’s offices, resolution supporting mental health workers

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council unanimously gave final approval Thursday to the proposal by Mayor David J. Narkewicz combining the offices of treasurer and collector. The 8-0 vote on the issue’s second reading came after no discussion. City Council President William H. Dwight was absent. The councilors approved the measure on first reading after a 10-minute discussion Aug. 13. Narkewicz said at that …

UMass issues traffic advisory ahead of student move-in days

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

AMHERST — They’re coming. University of Massachusetts Amherst students will move in to campus housing between Friday and Sunday. First-year students — 4,685 in all, according to the university — will arrive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday. Transfer students will move in on Saturday from …

Jury finds Adam Liccardi guilty of three charges in UMass rape trial

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury on Wednesday found Adam T. Liccardi guilty on three of the four charges filed against him in connection with the 2012 rape of an 18-year-old student at the University of Massachusetts …

Some Big Y customers overcharged after processing error

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Some Big Y customers Friday were erroneously overcharged due to a glitch in the supermarket chain’s credit and debit processing system. Transactions completed between 3 and 10 p.m. Aug. 28 may have been affected by a technical problem from payment processer NCR. In some cases, customers’ …

Center/Pepin Elementary School Principal Amy Napolitano resigns, replaced by assistant Allison Rebello

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Former assistant principal Allison Rebello is now principal at the Center/Pepin Elementary Schools. She replaces Amy Napolitano, who resigned last week to take another position outside of the district, according to Superintendent Nancy Follansbee, who appointed Rebello to the post last week. “She’s a highly qualified …

DAR State Forest to close for season Sept. 8 because of dam repairs

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

GOSHEN — The DAR State Forest will close to the public for the season Sept. 8 while repairs are made to the dam on Highland Lake. The price tag for the project, which includes both engineering and construction, …

Hotel Northampton workers seek to unionize, dozens demonstrate support at rally Tuesday night

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — More than two-thirds of the workers at Hotel Northampton want to unionize — and on Tuesday night they marched through downtown to deliver that message to hotel management. The hotel workers, including servers, cooks, housekeepers and …

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission still taking comments on pipeline’s environmental impact as deadline passes

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A flurry of comments about the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has turned in recent days to a veritable blizzard as the deadline passed Monday for posting comments on what should be …

Sixth ballot elects retired U.S. Navy officer Daniel Whitford to South Hadley Electric Light Department Commission

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — After six ballots Tuesday night, Daniel Whitford was elected to fill a vacancy on the South Hadley Electric Light Department Commission. He will replace Christine Archambault who was forced off the board after a successful …

Obama takes stock of melting Alaska glacier

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SEWARD, Alaska — President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change. From a distance, Exit Glacier appears as a …

Obama coming to Boston for Labor Day breakfast

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — President Barack Obama will be coming to Boston for the annual Greater Boston Labor Council’s Labor Day breakfast on Monday. The White House announced Obama’s plans Tuesday. Rich Rogers, executive secretary-treasurer of the Greater Boston Labor Council, said the group is honored Obama will join its …