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Eric Nakajima quits as director of Massachusetts Broadband Institute amid dispute over WiredWest

Friday, February 12, 2016

Eric Nakajima, the man who was to have shepherded the build-out of “Last-Mile” broadband to most of western Massachusetts, has stepped down from his job. Nakajima, who visited most of the unserved and underserved Hilltowns this fall and winter to talk about their broadband needs, announced Friday he is leaving his post as director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute effective immediately. However, he will be a temporary adviser on broadband …

Political analyst Mary Anne Marsh reflects on ‘craziest’ election after New Hampshire primaries

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Expect a “slugfest through the spring and possibly the early summer.” That’s the word from Mary Anne Marsh, the Greenfield-raised political pundit reporting on “the greatest election of my lifetime, and the craziest I’ve seen,” following Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries. Marsh, a 1975 Greenfield High School graduate, appears regularly as a Democratic political …

Veterans meet with officials from regional health care system at forum in Greenfield

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — Local veterans got the chance to sound off before top officials from the Veteran Affairs of Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System during a meeting Tuesday night. The meeting in the Sloan Theater at Greenfield Community College came after a scandal that saw massive backlogs of patients waiting to be seen and rocked the federal military benefits department in 2014. Many …

Police investigate break-ins in Northampton, Easthampton and Greenfield

Friday, January 15, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Area police departments joined forces Friday in an effort to uncover more information regarding a series of business break-ins that may be related. Northampton Police Capt. John D. Cartledge said police responded to a triggered alarm at Racing Mart, 54 Easthampton Road, about 12:20 a.m. Friday. …

Owner of Magical Child toy store in Greenfield plans to close at end of January if she does not sell business

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

GREENFIELD — After announcing that she would close her doors at the end of the month if her business does not sell, the owner of Magical Child toy store on Main Street said she’s received a “phenomenal” response …

Hope & Olive in Greenfield relies on fresh, local foods and work culture that retains employees

Sunday, January 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — It’s the business mantra that just about everyone has heard — restaurants have a notoriously high rate of failure compared to other ventures. But in Greenfield, the Hope & Olive at the corner of Hope and …

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders draws estimated 3,400 at UMass rally

Saturday, January 2, 2016

AMHERST — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders drew a crowd estimated at 3,400 to the University of Massachusetts on Saturday afternoon for his first rally of 2016, calling the new year a pivotal moment in the nation’s history. …

Wings Over Greenfield opening likely during January

Friday, January 1, 2016

GREENFIELD — It appears that it won’t be long before a chicken wings delivery service founded in Amherst in 1999, which has nearly three dozens stores in 13 states, will open a new restaurant in a downtown Greenfield landmark. Besides town inspections — health, building and fire — …

2015 draws to close without murders in Hampshire, Franklin counties

Thursday, December 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire and Franklin counties are poised to close out 2015 murder-free, according to Massachusetts State Police records. Massachusetts State Police did not investigate any homicides in the two counties all year according to a statement by the agency Thursday, with hours left to go in the …

Baby Jesus stolen from Greenfield manger three times this holiday season

Sunday, December 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — The baby doll representing Jesus in the Nativity scene on the Town Common was taken for a third time on Christmas day or shortly thereafter. The doll had already been replaced by the time it was …

Jaime and Heather Reloj of Deerfield buy Sigda Flower Shop in Greenfield

Sunday, December 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — When Dr. Edward and Mary Lou Bueno want flowers for a special occasion, they typically go straight to Sigda Flower Shop on High Street. They said that Rick Sigda, the shop’s long-time owner, supplied both of …

Easthampton hockey overcomes penalties to beat Greenfield

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Easthampton — The penalties looked like they would come back to bite the Easthampton hockey team. Easthampton trailed Greenfield by a goal after two periods Wednesday. The Eagles committed five penalties in the second period, including two misconduct …

Greenfield brush fire damages Cypress Street garage

Monday, December 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield firefighters were dispatched to 7 Cypress St. on Saturday afternoon when a brush fire extended to a nearby detached garage. Greenfield Fire Captain Andrew Garvin said the flames damaged the back of the garage and nobody was inside it at that time. He said it …