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JERREY ROBERTS
James W. Ainsworth, left, with his attorney, Alan M. Rubin, at his arraignment in Hampshire Superior Court Nov. 10.

July trial expected for James Ainsworth, accused in deaths of Edward and Brittany McGrath

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The July trial of James W. Ainsworth, who is accused of driving while high on heroin and causing the deaths of a father and daughter, can continue on schedule after Ainsworth on Tuesday withdrew his request for a new lawyer. Ainsworth, 45, has been charged in the Aug. 28, 2014, deaths of Edward D. and Brittany D. McGrath, …

Chicopee man wanted for alleged assault in Hatfield arraigned in Greenfield

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Chicopee man wanted on assault charges in Hampshire County faces drug and weapon charges in Greenfield District Court after Greenfield Police allegedly found him on Armory Street with a baseball bat, an active warrant, and heroin and cocaine in his girlfriend’s nearby car. At his arraignment Monday, Rafael M. Rivera, 26, of Chicopee, pleaded innocent to charges of possession with …

Donation of $60,000 to establish nursing scholarship at Greenfield Community College

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Community College Foundation annual fund drive moved closer to its $800,000 goal this week when Greenfield resident Howard Ahlskog donated $60,000 in memory of his wife, a local hospital nurse for 27 years. Ahlskog wants the Foundation to establish a new nursing scholarship in his late wife’s memory. Sally (Jordan) Ahlskog, 79, died in March following an extended illness. …

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 …

‘Perfect storm’ creates environment fueling bank mergers, consolidations and acquisitions in Valley

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A spate of bank mergers, consolidations and acquisitions fueled a sea change in the Valley’s banking industry last year. More are likely in 2015. Each transaction is unique, though bank executives here say a handful of …

RadioShack in Hadley on ‘Potential Store Closure List’; South Hadley couple to continue operating Greenfield and Brattleboro franchises

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The RadioShack store at the Hampshire Mall in Hadley could be a victim of the electronics retailer’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week. Meanwhile, Ira and Shelly Brezinsky of South Hadley plan to continue operating their RadioShack franchise stores in Greenfield and Brattleboro, Vermont. The husband and …

Four Rivers Charter Public School seniors produce documentary about Cape Wind project

Saturday, February 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — Throughout the school year, seniors at Four Rivers Charter Public School have been researching the Cape Wind offshore wind project, talking to stakeholders and traveling to Cape Cod to study energy and its politics and economic …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. to answer questions in Greenfield Thursday about Northeast Energy Direct project

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. will host an open house at Greenfield Community College at 6 p.m. Thursday to answer questions about its proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. The meeting in the college’s commons is one of a series of such events that the company is …

Greenfield Community College expands collaboration with Elms College

Saturday, January 31, 2015

GREENFIELD — Starting next fall, Greenfield Community College students will be able to pursue a four-year bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing, early child care or education as part of an expanded program with Elms College. And the courses will be taught at the GCC main campus …

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito in Greenfield identifies homeless families in hotels, opioid addiction as top two priorities

Friday, January 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito told a room full of municipal leaders Thursday that homeless families living in the town’s hotels and opioid addiction are the new Republican administration’s two top priorities. “We will have specific plans …

Injured man rescued from ice on Deerfield River

Monday, January 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — Turners Falls firefighters retrieved an injured man from the frozen surface of the Deerfield River below the Cheapside bridge Saturday night after a passerby reported a man dangling his legs from the railing. Greenfield and Deerfield police responded at 10:25 p.m. to a report of a …

Former general manager of Franklin Community Cooperative denies theft of $60,000

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Bail was set at $75,000 cash for Dwight Gaddis, the former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative accused of stealing $60,000 from the member-owned food co-op, who was arraigned Friday in Franklin County Superior Court. …

Robert Pyers of Florence resigns from job as Greenfield economic development director

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s economic development director has resigned effective at 5 p.m. Feb. 2, and the mayor said Friday he is taking some responsibility for that decision. Robert Pyers, 63, of Florence, who has been in the …