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Heather Cushman of Needham prepares a sign before joining a picket line by clinicians, crisis workers and allies outside the Clinical & Support Options facility in Northampton earlier this year.

Clinical & Support Options workers and management reach tentative contract agreement

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After a year of on-and-off negotiations, mental health workers and management at Clinical & Support Options have reached a tentative contract settlement that includes concessions on both sides. The union representing approximately 350 clinicians and front-line workers at the western Massachusetts mental health agency announced the agreement Wednesday. It includes some wage and mileage reimbursement increases, but also …

Ocean Grill and Steak House, owned by Jim Sands, closes in Greenfield

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Ocean Grill and Steak House on Federal Street, which opened in July 2014 at what had once been Famous Bill’s Restaurant, closed last week. Business owner Jim Sands could not be reached for comment, but Paul Cheng, who co-owns the building with Joseph Poirier, said he learned Oct. 5 that the restaurant was closing. Also, customers were told Tuesday by …

Buckland man arraigned on charges related to death of Heath woman in three-vehicle Route 2 accident

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — A 20-year-old Buckland man was arraigned on vehicular homicide, drunken driving and hit-and-run charges in Greenfield District Court Monday after police allege that he caused a three-car accident on Route 2 that left one person dead Friday. Wyatt M. Pease has been charged with vehicular homicide by negligent operation, vehicular homicide by reckless operation, speeding, operating under the influence of liquor, …

Victim in fatal early morning Friday crash identified

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — A 33-year-old local man was killed in a rollover crash early Friday morning. Ryan Gay was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-car crash on Plain Road, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Carey said Gay was the sole occupant …

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 …

Two sets of classes will aid owners of small businesses, entrepreneurs

Sunday, September 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Owning a small business or directing an entrepreneurial venture is a lot of work. Often, the owner must act as the chief executive, operating, financial and commercial officers all at once, working to manage the company’s day-to-day operations, keeping track of its revenue and expenses and …

Georgia-based private equity firm buys Argotec for $280 million

Friday, September 25, 2015

Argotec LLC, the Greenfield-based plastic film manufacturer whose rapid growth resulted in its sale to a Chicago-based private equity firm two years ago, is being purchased again, this time by a Georgia-based “provider of highly engineered solutions and advanced materials,” including specialty papers, for a variety of industries. …

Parking spots transformed into mini-parks, each with its own message, on Park(ing) Day

Friday, September 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Anyone passing in front of City Hall or the Unitarian Society on Main Street perhaps thought there was a farmers’ market happening Friday. Four blocked-off parking spaces were filled with flowers, pumpkins, bales of hay, and …

Kelvin Cogdell of Springfield denies stealing wallet from Greenfield hospital, using credit card

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man who has been accused in a scheme involving thefts of wallets left unattended at medical facilities was arraigned Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court on larceny and fraud charges. Kelvin Cogdell, 50, pleaded not guilty to receiving a stolen credit card, two counts of …

Franklin County Fair begins Thursday with parade in Greenfield

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — The 167th annual Franklin County Fair arrives this weekend and — staying true to this year’s theme — organizers say it will offer “Bushels of Fun” for the whole family. The four days of festivities kick …

Environmental news briefs

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

IN THE NEWS Watershed Council targets trash tires The Connecticut River Watershed Council’s 19th annual Source to Sea Cleanup on Sept. 25 and 26 will focus on cleaning up trash tires along rivers. The event occurs in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut, all in the 410-plus-mile Connecticut …

Prevention efforts may be decreasing Hepatitis C cases in Hampshire County

Monday, September 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — As Hepatitis C rates have risen sharply in Franklin County, neighboring Hampshire County has seen a slower trend and a lower rate, tempered perhaps by prevention efforts. Franklin County’s rate of 131 newly discovered Hepatitis C …

Stephanie Ouellette of West Springfield in stable condition with serious leg injury following accident that closed North King Street Friday

Sunday, September 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The motorcyclist who was in an accident that closed North King Street for nearly four hours Friday afternoon was in stable condition at Baystate Medical Center Sunday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Northampton Police identified her as Stephanie Ouellette, 46, of West Springfield. First Northwestern …