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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 …

Following Smith College anti-racism sit-in, administrators hear students’ concerns

Monday, November 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Following a sit-in at Smith College last week held to address racism there and at other campuses around the country, Smith administrators had the chance to listen to some of those concerns at a “town hall” …

Native American speaker shares a different view of Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

MONTAGUE — Thanksgiving can be spent one of two ways. Many people in the United States will most likely spend the beginning of the November holiday with their friends and family gathered in the kitchen roasting a turkey, whipping potatoes and baking casseroles and will end the day …

Northampton’s Hinge closes in wake of owner’s arrest on drug charges

Monday, November 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Hinge bar, restaurant and music venue appears to have shut down over the weekend after its owner and manager was arrested by a narcotics squad on drug charges last Wednesday in South Windsor, Connecticut. Aaron …

‘Insurance Investigator of the Year’ award goes to Northwestern District Attorney’s Office prosecutor, Massachusetts State Police detectives

Monday, November 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A three-year investigation that cracked one of the state’s largest and most unusual insurance fraud schemes culminated in accolades Monday for staff in the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, along with other law enforcement officials and insurance …

Fire destroys barn at Plainfield’s Earthdance Creative Living

Monday, November 23, 2015

PLAINFIELD — A Monday morning fire destroyed a barn on the grounds of Earthdance Creative Living. Firefighters were called to the 252 Prospect St. property shortly before 7 a.m., said Assistant Fire Chief David Alvord. The barn — located about 60 feet from the main building at the …

Amherst police field over 215 calls on weekend before Thanksgiving break

Monday, November 23, 2015

AMHERST — Police took 215 calls for service on the weekend before some Five College students head home for Thanksgiving break as other college-age people return to town, making arrests for offenses ranging from noise violations to assault and battery on a police officer. The assault charge followed …

Second man charged in fatal hit-and-run, drunken driving crash on I-91 in Springfield

Monday, November 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A second Springfield man was arrested Sunday night in connection with a fatal three-car crash on Interstate 91 south that killed a 21-year-old Holyoke man who stopped to provide assistance at the scene. State Police said Miguel Garcia, 55, was arrested and charged with motor vehicle …

Stephanie O’Keeffe starts Hoop Joy in Amherst to get adults moving to improve fitness and have fun

Monday, November 23, 2015

AMHERST — Ruth Wade of Florence hadn’t twirled a hula hoop since she was a child before she picked one up during a demonstration on the Amherst Town Common last summer. Now 68, Wade discovered, along with several …

Area business news

Monday, November 23, 2015

Allison Holmberg buys Hampshire Hearing NORTHAMPTON — Allison Holmberg is the new owner of Hampshire Hearing Services, 241 King St., which has been renamed Hampshire Hearing & Speech Services LLC. Holmberg is certified and licensed in both audiology …

The Mercantile in Northampton likely to close unless buyer comes forward

Monday, November 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After more than three years of putting their time, energy and a whole lot of love into The Mercantile of Amherst and Northampton, owners Dan and Elizabeth Neville are looking to sell the eclectic gift shops. And unless a buyer comes forward before the new year, …