Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
Clear
46°
Clear
Hi 71° | Lo 40°

Greenfield

Task force in Franklin County continues to address problems of opioid addiction

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The area Opioid Task Force met Tuesday for a look at the big picture of addiction in Franklin County and to hear reports from subcommittees on housing, law enforcement and health care. The meeting at Greenfield Community College drew some 100 people, with representatives from the Department of Public Health, local health and legal professionals, recovery advocates and the Greenfield school superintendent. “I can see from the introductions …

Former NBA player Chris Herren to speak in Greenfield about his struggle with addiction

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Chris Herren made it from the coastal city of Fall River to his home team, the Boston Celtics. His path was paved with stints in rehab as he struggled with escalating abuse of substances ranging from alcohol to cocaine, crystal meth and heroin. From the early promise chronicled in “Fall River Dreams” by Bill Reynolds, a look at Herren’s high school …

Questions raised over change in police reporting of domestic violence arrests

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Over the past month, police have been carefully separating domestic violence calls from the police log, shielding them from public view as required by new legislation. But local law enforcement authorities and legislators are now questioning the merits of that part of a broader law intended to protect victims from abusers. On Aug. 8, Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law a sweeping bill …

Not my neighbor: 38 mostly NYC residents indicted on 289 charges for alleged insurance scam that used fake Northampton, Easthampton, Greenfield addresses

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nine people allegedly involved in a scheme to defraud auto insurance companies of hundreds of thousands of dollars are scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Franklin Superior Court. According to a statement from the Northwestern …

UMass to continue campus ban on all uses of marijuana; Greenfield Community College studies issue

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The University of Massachusetts Amherst will continue to ban all marijuana use, medical or otherwise, on university property under the Code of Student Conduct, despite the state’s legalization of the drug for medicinal purposes. Many colleges and universities …

Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Steven Bradley aims to make it national destination for doctors seeking rural community

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the next five years, Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s new president plans to invest in the hospital and usher in a new chapter in its 100-year history. Steven Bradley said the goal is to become one …

Movie Listings

Friday, August 15, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for showtimes; websites and phone numbers are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Boyhood (R) Blues Brothers (R) Cavalry (R) Chinatown (R) Dog Day Afternoon (R) …

Massachusetts Public Health Council approves plan by Baystate Franklin Medical Center to replace operating rooms

Thursday, August 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center passed a major hurdle in its efforts to enable area residents to receive more health care services close to home in Greenfield and recruit additional physicians to the region. The Massachusetts Public Health Council approved the hospital’s request for determination of need …

Blooming Backpacks celebrates 10 years of helping families

Saturday, August 9, 2014

DEERFIELD — Five years ago Tyanna Normandin received a backpack stuffed with notebooks, pens and pencils from a stranger through Blooming Backpacks, one of United Way of Franklin County’s campaigns to help struggling families in the community. Normandin …

Movie Listings

Friday, August 8, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for showtimes; phone numbers and websites are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Alive Inside (NR) Begin Again (R) Boyhood (R) Casablanca (PG) Il Sorpasso (NR) …

New England Natural Bakers of Greenfield considers expansion in Deerfield

Thursday, August 7, 2014

DEERFIELD — Representatives of New England Natural Bakers told the Deerfield Select Board Wednesday night they are interested in the former Oxford Foods pickle factory property in South Deerfield. The town purchased the 16-acre site in 2008 with the hope of using it to enhance the local economy, …

Jacob Jarvenpaa of Deerfield faces heroin, shoplifting charges after incident at Greenfield supermarket

Thursday, August 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield man faces heroin and shoplifting charges after police say he tried to steal several DVDs from a local supermarket. Jacob Jarvenpaa, 32, of 15 Elm St., Deerfield, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Greenfield District Court to charges of shoplifting and heroin possession. Officer Patrick Buchanan …

Legislature compromises on bill encouraging solar projects

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A compromise by the Legislature last week moved forward a controversial “net metering and solar power” legislation — but not far. The measure allows the slight raising of a cap on photovoltaic projects to keep municipal and residential solar projects from stalling entirely. Meanwhile, the Legislature will look …