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Deerfield man faces drug, gun charges after search of storage unit in Greenfield yields weapons, prescription pills

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield man was arraigned on drug and gun charges in Greenfield District Court on Wednesday after state police say they found stolen guns and prescription pills in a storage unit he rented in Greenfield. Jerry L. Jones, 71, of 642 Greenfield Road, Deerfield, was charged with five counts of receiving stolen property, five counts of possession of a firearm without a Firearms Identification Card, four counts of …

Lawyer John Stobierski has unique perspective on child sexual abuse by Catholic priests portrayed in ‘Spotlight’

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — If anyone has no need to see “Spotlight” — a movie about the Boston Globe’s 2002 investigation of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests — it’s probably John Stobierski, a Greenfield lawyer who has more or less lived the story. Over the past 23 years, Stobierski has met with hundreds of …

Study commissioned by Attorney General Maura Healey finds no need for increased gas supply

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A new energy reliability report commissioned by state Attorney General Maura Healey concludes that New England is unlikely to face electric reliability issues in the next 15 years and that energy efficiency and “demand-response” mechanisms can better provide for energy needs than building new gas pipelines. The study by Analysis Group Inc. comes …

Greenfield commissioners approve transfer of liquor license for Hangar Pub and Grill on Federal Street

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — The site of a former Greenfield institution is set to host a duplicate of an Amherst institution. The site of the former Famous Bill’s on Federal Street is to become home to a new Hangar Pub and Grill, an expanding Amherst business known for chicken wings. …

State legislation on solar net-metering cap awaits action

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on …

STEEM Caffeinated Peanut Butter gets boost from US Sen. Charles Schumer’s call for investigation

Monday, November 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s latest salvo in a campaign to address safety surrounding caffeinated foods does not appear to be having the effect he intended for his latest target, Greenfield-based STEEM Caffeinated Peanut Butter. Earlier this …

Northampton police investigate robbery of Greenfield Savings Bank branch on King Street

Thursday, November 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are investigating a Thursday afternoon robbery at a King Street bank. Officers responded to the Greenfield Savings Bank branch at 325 King St. at 2:06 p.m., Northampton Police Capt. John Cartledge said in a statement. …

Regional agencies oppose increased Connecticut River water release by Northfield Mountain hydroelectric station

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Two regional organizations are objecting to a proposal for the Northfield Mountain hydroelectric station to pump and release 25 percent more water from the Connecticut River over the next several months to generate more electricity for …

Franklin Hampshire Career Center job fair supports veterans seeking employment

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Veterans in search of jobs got an exclusive chance Tuesday to speak with over 30 employers in health care, customer service and other industries at a job fair at the Franklin Hampshire Career Center. The fair’s …

Scott and Karen Peabody new commanding officers for Salvation Army in Franklin County

Monday, November 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — Scott and Karen Peabody are new to town, transferred here by the army. Not that army. The couple are captains in the Salvation Army and the new commanding officers and pastors of the Greenfield post, which …

Hangar Pub and Grill in Amherst seeks license for restaurant in downtown Greenfield

Friday, November 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — It appears the owner of the Hangar Pub and Grill in Amherst now wants to open a similar restaurant in the former Famous Bill’s space on Federal Street. Originally, it appeared Hangar owner Harold Tramazzo wanted to move into the former Artisans restaurant building on the …

Osman Arshad of West Springfield identified as victim of fatal accident on Interstate 91

Friday, October 30, 2015

The victim in Thursday’s fatal crash on Interstate 91 northbound was identified by Massachusetts State Police as Osman Arshad, 20, of West Springfield. Police said he died at the scene of the accident at 7:18 a.m. near Exit 14 in West Springfield. “Preliminary investigation indicates that the 2015 …

Two serious accidents on Interstate 91 Thursday, including one fatality

Thursday, October 29, 2015

There were two serious accidents, including one fatality, on the northbound side of Interstate 91 on Thursday. The northbound lanes of I-91 were shut down after a two-vehicle crash at 3:40 p.m. in Greenfield sent one woman to the hospital by Life Flight helicopter. That accident occurred near …