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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

Exec director of company planning to open Northampton medical marijuana shop resigns over inaccurate resume

Monday, August 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The executive director of the company planning to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Northampton and Brookline resigned over the weekend after misrepresenting his academic credentials in an application to the state. In a letter of resignation … 1

No charges filed after intoxicated 16-year-old boy hurt at Amherst party

Monday, August 18, 2014

AMHERST — An intoxicated 16-year-old boy who fell down a staircase at Brandywine Apartments and suffered minor injuries was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton early Saturday morning. No one was charged in connection with the incident, police said. Detective Michael Forcum said police responded to the … 0

Two men who allegedly stole copper wire and pipes arrested in Hadley

Monday, August 18, 2014

HADLEY — Two men attempting to break into a vacant house on Route 9 allegedly had stolen copper in their possession and were arrested Friday, police said. Peter A. Vogel, 24, of Springfield, and Mark A. Morin, 21, of Chicopee, were arrested at 11:22 a.m. on charges of … 0

Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam

Monday, August 18, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq’s largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President Barack Obama said, in the first major defeat for the extremists since they swept across the country this … 0

Springfield man to be summoned on charges related to credit-card fraud, other area police news

Monday, August 18, 2014

Amherst ∎ A 28-year-old Springfield man will be summoned to court on charges of receiving a lost credit card, committing credit-card fraud over $250 and committing credit-card fraud under $250, police said. The charges against the man resulted from a 2013 incident and subsequent investigation that detectives completed … 0

Road work begins Tuesday on Cottage Street in Amherst

Monday, August 18, 2014

AMHERST — Cottage Street will be brought down to its gravel base Tuesday as Lane Construction prepares for the resurfacing of the road. Residents who live on Cottage Street will be able to access their driveways during construction, although delays are possible. For more information about the project, … 0

Saul Perlmutter retires after 40 years as director of UMass Hillel, successor is Aaron Fine

Sunday, August 17, 2014

AMHERST — Exactly 40 years to the day after arriving, Rabbi Saul Perlmutter retired Aug. 1 as executive director of Hillel at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, leaving a legacy of tremendous growth. Perlmutter was fresh out of … 0

B2B ID: Nanci Newton, owner of The Healing ZONE Massage in Hadley

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NAME: Nanci Newton, LMT TITLE: Owner of The Healing ZONE Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, 241 Russell St., Hadley WEBSITE: TheHealingZoneMassage.com AGE: 51 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: Co-founded The Healing ZONE in 2000 and continued on my own beginning … 0

Making News: Hires, renovations, honors for local businesses

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Burke Chevrolet adds to sales staff Northampton — Ryan Brewer of Granby has joined Burke Chevrolet as a sales associate. Brewer is a native of Chicopee and has worked in automotive sales for more than 20 years. Burke … 0

Florence Subway franchise owner Matthew Baca to open new restaurant in downtown Northampton

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A new Subway restaurant is planned for the 193 Main St. storefront downtown formerly occupied by Main Street Cleaners. Matthew Baca, who already owns the Subway at 91 Main St. in Florence, tentatively plans to open … 1