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Barrington Lewis, 50, of Jamaica, participates in the Connectict River Valley Farmworker Health Program.

Migrant and seasonal farmworkers take advantage of Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers program

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DEERFIELD — Barrington Lewis has traveled from Jamaica to Deerfield for seven years to work and gather vegetables on Atlas Farm during harvest season. During the few months he works on Gideon Porth’s organic farm, Lewis, 50, visits the doctor to get his blood pressure checked and the dentist to have his teeth cleaned as part of the Connecticut River Valley Farmworker Health Program. “It’s real nice. When we really need it, they always provide health care,” he said. Lewis is one of thousands of immigrants from Jamaica and Puerto Rico who travel to the Connecticut River Valley to work on fruit, vegetable and tobacco … 0

Amherst schools leaders say they are determined to ease racial tensions this school year

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — School Superintendent Maria Geryk is approaching September with measures she hopes will help put to rest the trauma of a school year marred by racial tensions at Amherst’s high and middle schools. “People think I’m wearing my rose-colored glasses, but I’m optimistic about this year,” she said in an interview. “I … 0

Westhampton church steeple repaired, weathervane hoisted

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — Less than four months after launching the public phase of a $200,000 fundraising campaign, the Westhampton Congregational Church of Christ has received pledges for over 95 percent of the funds and completed one of the most visible parts of the renovation work. The 185-year-old church’s spire on top of the steeple … 0

Dinner at 10 p.m.? Craig’s Place homeless shelter in Amherst plans earlier dinner time by using portable trailers

Saturday, August 9, 2014

AMHERST — When people have been living on the streets or in the woods for much of the day, making them wait until after 10 p.m. to have their supper is not an ideal situation. Craig’s Place, the … 0

Tenants displaced by Southpoint fire in Amherst remain out of apartments until at least Wednesday

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Tenants displaced by Saturday’s fire at Southpoint Townhouses & Apartments were still unable to return to their homes at midweek. Building Commissioner Robert Morra said Tuesday that residents of Building 97 will not be able to … 0

Five-story building with 78 apartments and four retail spaces would replace Amherst Carriage Shops

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — A five-story building with 78 apartments, 36 garaged parking spots and space for four retailers has been proposed to replace the Amherst Carriage Shops. The plans for 1 East Pleasant, the name Archipelago Investments LLC of … 0

Two UMass unions express concerns about possible private enterprises on campus

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Using state land at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support private enterprises employing workers not affiliated with the university is a concern for unions representing campus employees. A consultant recently presented preliminary recommendations to the Town-Gown Steering Committee that include creating student villages on campus … 0

State seeks one trial for all four defendants in alleged 2012 UMass gang rape

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Prosecutors hope to simultaneously try all four defendants accused of raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst freshman in her dorm in October 2012. However, a lawyer for one of the accused said Tuesday he plans to … 0

Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Steven Bradley aims to make it national destination for doctors seeking rural community

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the next five years, Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s new president plans to invest in the hospital and usher in a new chapter in its 100-year history. Steven Bradley said the goal is to become one … 0

Making a living wage? Agricultural Justice Project reaches out to area farmers over issues of fairness

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When buying tomatoes or lettuce, there’s so much to consider: freshness, price, taste, farming practices — and fairness. With a resurgence of interest in Pioneer Valley agriculture, some advocates have begun to look for ways to make sure … 0

Amherst Select Board issues largely positive evaluation of Town Manager John Musante

Monday, August 18, 2014

AMHERST — Describing the past year as “very successful” for Amherst, the Select Board Monday issued a preliminary performance review praising the leadership of Town Manager John Musante. While individual members expressed some concern about Musante’s communication with … 0

'It doesn’t make sense to continually incarcerate someone for an addiction or illness' New district court judge William O'Grady of Southampton

Monday, August 18, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — When he takes the bench next month as an associate justice of Chicopee District Court, William O’Grady hopes to disrupt the cycle of opiate addiction and incarceration endemic to the court system. “I’ve seen it in … 0

MAP:E. coli bacteria levels high in Connecticut, Mill rivers; Health officials warn against swimming, boating following storm

Monday, August 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The deluge of rain last Wednesday has elevated levels of E. coli bacteria at select spots on the Connecticut and Mill rivers, prompting health officials to warn people not to swim or boat there. Water samples … 0