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Economic Development Council president cites precision manufacturing as key to region’s success

Friday, February 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — That Richard K. Sullivan Jr. is bullish about the potential of the region’s economy should come as little surprise, since he’s the president and chief executive officer of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. But as a recent top-level official in former governor Deval Patrick’s administration – first as Conservation and Recreation commissioner, then as Energy and Environmental Affairs secretary and finally the governor’s chief of staff …

Greenfield and Northampton cooperative banks receive final approvals to merge in April

Friday, February 20, 2015

Greenfield Co-operative Bank and Northampton Cooperative Bank have gotten final government approvals to merge in April. The banks announced Thursday that they have received final regulatory approvals from the Federal Reserve Board and the Massachusetts Division of Banks. The banks will complete the legal merger on April 1. During the month of April, computer systems will be consolidated to allow the customers of …

Local officials laud focus by Gov. Charlie Baker on abuse of heroin and prescription drugs

Friday, February 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A plan to combat abuse of heroin and prescriptions drugs unveiled by Gov. Charlie Baker Thursday is being greeted as good news by the top prosecutor in Hampshire and Franklin counties, where the epidemic has led to an alarming number of opioid overdoses in the last two years. Calling drug addiction …

Greenfield settles Taser case with Oliver Rich of Hatfield for $87,500

Saturday, January 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Hatfield man who sued Greenfield after being shot with a Taser has won $87,500 in an out-of-court settlement. Oliver Rich of Hatfield filed a lawsuit against the town and nine of its police officers in U.S. District Court in 2013 alleging unfair use of the …

Greenfield Economic Development Director Robert Pyers of Florence placed on paid leave for unspecified reason

Friday, January 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s economic development director has been placed on paid administrative leave, but the mayor said he is not ready to say why. Mayor William Martin said it is currently a “personnel issue being investigated internally.” …

State grant to increase services available for victims of drunken driving accidents in region

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — Leaders of a program that helps victims of drunken driving accidents and other crimes say a new affiliation with a Northampton-based behavioral health agency will strengthen services for the roughly 400 people they try to help each year. Since its start in 1997, the Community Crisis …

Deerfield man jailed after third drunken driving conviction in accident that injured pregnant woman

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield man who injured a pregnant woman in a drunken driving accident was sentenced Tuesday to county jail. Michael Thorpe, 55, pleaded guilty in Franklin Superior Court to charges of drunken driving resulting in serious bodily injury, drunken driving (third offense), and negligent operation of …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline reschedules public meetings about project to later this month, February

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has rescheduled a series of “open house” public meetings about its Northeast Energy Direct project, with one of the sessions planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Greenfield Community College dining commons. The meetings will include no formal presentation about …

Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two barnacle geese have been present the last few mornings near the sandbar off West Road in Longmeadow. A snowy owl is still being …

Smithsonian Cafe and Chowder House closes in Greenfield, employees relocated to Hatfield, Northampton

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Smithsonian Cafe and Chowder House in the Arts Block on Court Square in Greenfield has closed after 15 months. Owner Peter Langlois said the decision was made because of the uncertainty over what is going …

MOVIE LISTINGS

Friday, January 2, 2015

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for showtimes. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Birdman (R) Citizenfour (R) Force Majeure (R) The Imitation Game (PG-13) The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (PG) The Theory …

Family finds some closure in resolution of 1987 homicide of Judith Whitney of Amherst

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Joseph Graveline of Northfield remembers the day in July 1987 when his late sister, Judith A. Whitney, told him she was going to New Hampshire for a week or two to go camping with a new friend, Edward …

Liquid nitrogen freezes local produce faster and fresher at Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center

Sunday, December 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — Getting kids to eat their veggies ain’t easy. But it’s even harder when you’re serving soggy samples from a thawed-out block of greens. For the first four years of operations at the Western Mass Food Processing …