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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally Saturday at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders focuses on economic issues at Springfield rally

Saturday, October 3, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the Independent Vermont Senator, delivered a speech centered on income inequality to a cheering crowd at the MassMutual Center here Saturday. Campaign officials estimated that between 2,000 and 3,000 would attend Saturday’s event. Final attendance estimates provided by MassMutual Center staff came in at 5,700 to 6,000. He also appeared in Boston Saturday …

Three Franklin County accidents include fatality in Greenfield

Friday, October 2, 2015

There were three major accidents Friday in Franklin County, including an early morning fatality in Greenfield. Greenfield Deputy Fire Chief Ed Jarvis said he arrived at the scene of the accident on Plain Road at 5:30 a.m. to discover the vehicle had rolled over and hit a telephone pole. The driver and sole occupant was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Mary …

As shmita year ends for Jews, attention remains on restoring environmental health

Friday, October 2, 2015

Just as Sabbath is a day of rest in Judaism and Christianity, the “shmita” year is defined in the Jewish Torah as a sabbatical year as part of a seven-year cycle, to give the land a rest. But the concept of shmita is not just for Jews, who just welcomed year 5776, nor is it just for farmers. With climate disruption, desertification, a …

Solar array project in Sunderland delayed in getting approval for connecting to Eversource Energy grid

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The town’s second attempt at installing two solar arrays on town land near the Public Safety Complex and Sunderland Elementary School has run into issues getting approval to interconnect with the grid from Eversource Energy, the consultant for the project told the Select Board on Monday. …

Experiences of Hatfield World War II veterans shared in exhibit at Historical Museum

Monday, September 28, 2015

HATFIELD — As a soldier during World War II, the late Pfc. Robert Gore Sr. once watched, in hiding, as Germans buried a friend alive for not answering their questions. Sgt. Leon W. Gutfinski’s first overseas assignment involved …

Shutdown averted, budget talks loom

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Having dodged the immediate threat of a government shutdown, congressional Republican leaders are looking ahead to talks with President Barack Obama on a long-term budget pact. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that he …

Worthington voters turn down proposal to install temporary bridge on Sam Hill Road

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WORTHINGTON — Residents at a special Town Meeting on Tuesday voted unanimously to table an article that had called for the town to spend $32,000 for the rental and installation of a temporary bridge on Sam Hill Road. That in effect defeated the proposal submitted by Tom Spiro …

Area police news

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Amherst ∎ Solicitors described as aggressively going door-to-door at homes on Salem Place, Summerfield Road and East Hadley Road between 2:53 and 8:15 p.m. Monday were identified as working for a magazine subscription service based in Coral Springs, Florida. They were advised to get a permit from the …

Finalists announced for 20th Westfield State University president

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WESTFIELD — Three finalists are candidates to become the 20th president of Westfield State University. They are Damian J. Fernandez, the chief executive officer and head of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City; Ramon S. Torrecilha, a professor of sociology and former provost and vice …

New streets near Atkins Farms Country Market named Lannon Lane, Gould Way

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AMHERST — Two streets created at the same time as the roundabouts were built near Atkins Farms Country Market now have names. Lannon Lane and Gould Way are the designations for the two perimeter roads following a vote Monday by the Select Board to approve the names as …

Obama: Islamic State fight will take time

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged all possible tools — military, intelligence and economic — to defeat the Islamic State group, but acknowledged the extremist group has taken root in Syria and Iraq, is resilient …

Heather Whitley larceny trial jurors hear that potential condo buyers may have been misled about their deposits

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In the second day of the larceny trial of Heather P. Whitley, jurors heard testimony that potential condominium buyers were misled about how their deposits would be held — before that money disappeared. Whitley, 49, of Newburyport, is accused of using $146,000 in deposits from people …

State officials describe planned Route 9 work in Hadley to ease congestion, improve safety and bus route

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

HADLEY — A wider road, bicycle lanes and sidewalks are in the works for Route 9 in Hadley, where the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) wants to improve safety, ease congestion and bolster the Northampton-Amherst bus route that travels along it. The project, which has yet to be …