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CAROL LOLLIS
Lance Glynn, an employee of Cosco fencing out of Rhode Island, works on the fence off Bradford street in Northampton.

Pedestrian, driver safety a concern with 500-ton trains barreling through

Sunday, December 21, 2014

When she looks out the back window of her Greenfield home, it’s common for Heidi Garfinkel to see people crossing the railroad tracks that run behind her property. With the return of the Amtrak Vermonter just a week away, the Chapman Street resident said she fears for the safety of those who won’t be used to looking out for the …

Commuter rail options next step in improved rail service along ‘Knowledge Corridor’

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Now that the decades-long dream of a high-speed train zooming along the Connecticut River is a lock, the region’s leaders expect to turn their attention to the next significant game-changer — a commuter rail system shuttling passengers up and down the Valley many times a day. From the Valley’s northern reaches …

Gov. Deval Patrick to lead inaugural ride on Vermonter through ‘Knowledge Corridor’

Friday, December 19, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to lead an inaugural ride on the Amtrak Vermonter service along the “Knowledge Corridor” on Monday afternoon. Later that night, the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association in Northampton will hold a forum to discuss the project and hear a safety presentation from an Amtrak officer. That event is scheduled for the Bridge Street School cafeteria at 7 p.m. The …

Smith College graduate Tess Grogan receives Marshall Scholarship

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Tess Grogan of Greenfield, who graduated earlier this year from Smith College, has received a Marshall Scholarship. Grogan works in Hadley on teacher license exams with Pearson Education, a publishing and assessment service. Now she has the opportunity to work on her master’s degree in the …

NY doctor opens office in Greenfield to certify patients for medical marijuana use

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — One doctor has set up shop on Federal Street to certify patients for medical marijuana just as the state has provisionally approved a dispensary downtown. Dr. Kwesi Ntiforo has opened DocsConsult Medical at 106 Federal St. …

Ashfield lawyer Stewart Eisenberg no longer has any Guantanamo prisoners as clients for first time in decade

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ASHFIELD — For the first time in 10 years, Ashfield lawyer Stewart “Buz” Eisenberg has no Guantanamo prisoners as his clients. With the transfer of 35-year-old Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Abdullah Taha Mattan to Uruguay, along with five other prisoners held for years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in …

Winter farmers markets in Amherst, Greenfield, Northampton under way

Friday, December 5, 2014

Winter farmers markets open Saturday in Amherst and Greenfield, joining the Northampton market, which got going in mid-November. Northampton’s market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through April 18 at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural School, 90 Locust St. It features a wide range of …

Ceremony marked opening of Interstate 91 between Northampton and Whately 50 years ago

Thursday, December 4, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The ceremony 50 years ago today was a big deal that attracted then-Gov. Endicott Peabody and other dignitaries, along with 200 spectators who braved cold weather before the ribbon-cutting to allow dozens of cars and school buses to make their way from Northampton to Whately …

Area businesses briefed on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dozens of area business owners were briefed Tuesday on the state of natural gas capacity in the region and proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. pipeline project during informational meetings sponsored by chambers of commerce in Hampshire and Franklin …

Smith School trustees vote 3-2 to end lease with recreation department, freeing space for licensed practical nursing program

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A licensed practical nursing program will return to its roots at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School after a sharply divided board of trustees voted Tuesday to make space by ending its 23-year-old lease with the …

Nicholas Schauer ordered to remain at Bridgewater State Hospital until trial on alleged “Columbine’ threat against Frontier

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — Nicholas R. Schauer, the 19-year-old Sunderland man who threatened online to “re-enact Columbine” at Frontier Regional School in October, will continue to be held at Bridgewater State Hospital while his jury trial is being prepared. Judge John Agostini ordered Schauer to be held indefinitely at the …

With pennies, nickels, quarters, Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund launches 82nd year

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Susan Lavallee’s kindergarten class at the R.K. Finn Ryan Road School has already started raising money for the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund. So far, the class has raised 50 cents. Someone found two quarters on the floor, but no one claimed them, so Lavallee decided …

Businesses invited to briefings in Hadley, Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A statewide industrial group and local chambers of commerce have scheduled by-invitation-only meetings Tuesday in Hadley and Greenfield to brief businesses about the project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Associated Industries of Massachusetts is the co-sponsor of the “business community energy briefing” sessions. The meeting in …