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Lefen ‘Helen’ Chen pleads guilty in insurance fraud ring, may face deportation

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A woman from Taiwan may face deportation after she admitted in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday that she led a scheme that defrauded insurance companies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars over six years. Lefen “Helen” Chen, 56, of Flushing, New York, accepted a plea agreement t that allowed her to plead guilty to the crimes but avoid sentencing. Her attorney, Jeffrey Brown of Northampton, said that his …

State grant expands precision-machinist training in Franklin and Hampshire counties

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a $276,705 state grant, Greenfield Community College and Franklin County Technical School will be able to continue to offer its precision-machinist training over the next two years as well expand offerings to include blueprint reading, metrology, grinding and lean manufacturing. A total of 56 adults during the next two years will be able to enroll in the program, which is …

Blanche T. Wojtkielewicz

Sunday, December 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Blanche T. (Pulaski) Wojtkielewicz, 95, died Dec. 6, 2014, at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on July 31, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Konstanty and Julia (Rogalski) Pulaski. She worked at Northampton State Hospital for over 25 years. Blanche is survived by her two daughters, Marion Kessler and husband, Wayne, of Dudley, and Kathleen Urkiel …

Emma Dias

Sunday, December 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Emma Elizabeth Dias, the beautiful daughter of Jonathan and Kathryn (Fuller) Dias, was born silently sleeping on Dec. 8, 2014, at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Emma was the beloved granddaughter of Pamela Martins, Richard Fuller, Albert Dias and wife Kelly, and Nancy Dias and husband Charles …

Greenfield close to reaching settlement with Oliver Rich of Hatfield in Taser case

Saturday, December 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Acting Mayor Marjorie Lane Kelly said Friday that the town is close to reaching a settlement with a Hatfield man who alleges that he was unfairly shot with a Taser by police in 2010. Kelly, the town’s finance director who is serving as mayor while Mayor …

Tickets now available for Amtrak trains stopping in Northampton and Greenfield beginning Dec. 29

Friday, December 12, 2014

All aboard! With train service to and from New York — as well as Essex Junction and St. Albans, Vermont — in a little over two weeks, the times and fares for those trains have been made available by Amtrak. According to a new Amtrak schedule that takes …

Nearly 300 families served by Community Action already use up fuel assistance

Friday, December 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — After frigid temperatures in the area during recent weeks, many families already have used up their fuel assistance — faster than in the average year. It doesn’t look like it will get any easier as the holidays approach. The increased fuel consumption and the quick spending …

Greenfield man faces charges resulting from house breaks in Deerfield

Thursday, December 11, 2014

affordable units of varying sizes on all floors. Among the many concerns voiced by nearby property owners was a lack of retail space on the first floor, with some saying the plans show commercial space in name only. …

Smith College graduate Tess Grogan receives Marshall Scholarship

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Tess Grogan of Greenfield, who graduated earlier this year from Smith College, has received a Marshall Scholarship. Grogan works in Hadley on teacher license exams with Pearson Education, a publishing and assessment service. Now she has the opportunity to work on her master’s degree in the …

NY doctor opens office in Greenfield to certify patients for medical marijuana use

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — One doctor has set up shop on Federal Street to certify patients for medical marijuana just as the state has provisionally approved a dispensary downtown. Dr. Kwesi Ntiforo has opened DocsConsult Medical at 106 Federal St. …

Ashfield lawyer Stewart Eisenberg no longer has any Guantanamo prisoners as clients for first time in decade

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ASHFIELD — For the first time in 10 years, Ashfield lawyer Stewart “Buz” Eisenberg has no Guantanamo prisoners as his clients. With the transfer of 35-year-old Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Abdullah Taha Mattan to Uruguay, along with five other prisoners held for years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in …

Winter farmers markets in Amherst, Greenfield, Northampton under way

Friday, December 5, 2014

Winter farmers markets open Saturday in Amherst and Greenfield, joining the Northampton market, which got going in mid-November. Northampton’s market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through April 18 at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural School, 90 Locust St. It features a wide range of …

Ceremony marked opening of Interstate 91 between Northampton and Whately 50 years ago

Thursday, December 4, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The ceremony 50 years ago today was a big deal that attracted then-Gov. Endicott Peabody and other dignitaries, along with 200 spectators who braved cold weather before the ribbon-cutting to allow dozens of cars and school buses to make their way from Northampton to Whately …