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Barricades surround a dislodged stone block on Main Street in Northampton Monday. The stone was toppled when a pedestrian stepped on it March 23.

Northampton officials concerned about aging retaining walls under railroad bridges after Greenfield man hurt by falling block

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It has been nearly one month since a large concrete block fell out of the retaining wall near a downtown underpass and injured a Greenfield man, and the block is still sitting where it fell in a parking space beside Main Street. The block, the gaping hole it left at the edge of the sidewalk March 23 and the sawhorses and caution tape that cordon off the area are visual reminders that the retaining wall is aging and in need of repairs. Department of Public Works Director Edward S. Huntley estimated that the retaining wall where a bike path and an active railroad … 0

Colorado man arraigned in Franklin County on child enticement charges

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A 23-year-old Colorado man was arraigned Monday in Franklin Superior Court in Greenfield on charges related to an alleged online relationship he had with a 12-year-old girl in Orange. Daniel Gordon, of Colorado Springs, was charged with enticement of a child under 16, two counts of disseminating obscene matter to a minor and three counts of posing a child in the nude. Authorities … 0

Homeless man sentenced to state prison, Agawam man arraigned for failing to register as sex offenders

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One area man was sentenced and another arraigned Monday on charges of failing to register as a sex offender in Hampshire and Franklin counties. Ferdinand Fountain, 45, of Agawam was arraigned and pleaded innocent in Hampshire Superior Court on two counts of failing to register as a sex offender, Level 3, … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, March 28, 2014

Contact theaters for show times; websites and phone numbers are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (NR) The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) Veronica Mars (PG-13) CINEMARK AT HAMPSHIRE MALL 267 … 0

Two finalists for Greenfield school superintendent also contending for same job in Northampton, Belchertown

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Two of the four finalists for Greenfield school superintendent are also in contention for the same job in Northampton and Belchertown. Jordana Harper-Ewert, a chief schools officer for Springfield Public Schools, is one of three finalists in Northampton’s … 2

Jennifer Gunnells of Deerfield denies charges after car chase, altercation with police

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield woman pleaded not guilty to multiple charges in Greenfield District Court this week following a car chase in Montague and Greenfield that ended with a fight in a mobile home park and tracking by a police dog. Jennifer L. Gunnells, 23, of 123 Lower … 0

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation gives $445,000 to Connecticut River watershed projects

Monday, March 24, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Seven Connecticut River watershed projects are getting over $445,000 in grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. It’s the 12th round of grants awarded from the Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund, created as part of a 1997 settlement agreement between the parties … 0

Greenfield Community College launches $825,000 fundraising campaign

Friday, March 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Growing up, Mareike Muszynski didn’t see herself as the academic type. No one in her mother’s family had gone to college and the Maine native didn’t think she could succeed. She pursued the healing arts, attending massage school and moving to Hawaii where her father lived. … 0

Michael Thorpe of Deerfield denies fourth drunken driving charge after crash injures pregnant woman

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield man Tuesday denied his fourth charge of drunken driving after an accident that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm and other injuries. Michael Thorpe, 54, of 784 River Road, pleaded innocent in … 4

Nicholette Lustig new specialist promoting Franklin County Community Development Corp. commercial kitchen

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

When Nicholette “Nico” Lustig took the newly created job of “food business development specialist” at the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center a couple of months ago, she began working with the same sorts of farmers and specialty food … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, March 14, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Contact theaters for show times; phone numbers and websites are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org If You Build It (NR) Like Father, Like Son (NR) Philomena (PG-13) Tim’s … 0

Community Legal Aid to offer services at Greenfield Community College

Friday, March 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — A legal aid organization will establish a presence on the Greenfield Community College campus to help students tackle issues that may be getting in the way of their education. Community Legal Aid, which offers free legal assistance to low-income families in central and western Massachusetts, will … 0

People’s Pint brews ‘Shortnose Stout’ to help fight extinction of prehistoric fish in Connecticut River

Thursday, March 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Local environmentalists are trying to raise awareness about the endangered shortnose sturgeon one pint glass at a time. On Sunday, the People’s Pint will debut its “Shortnose Stout,” with the hope that the new Irish-style beer … 0