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Regional officials stress collaboration to state Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash

Saturday, October 10, 2015

A 25-member panel of community leaders told the state’s top economic development official last week that collaboration is the single greatest strength Franklin County. They asked for his agencies to join the collaboration to address the region’s weaknesses. Among the weaknesses identified during a 90-minute meeting Friday convened by state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, is the lack of Internet access in many areas, the lack of basic infrastructure like …

Clinical & Support Options workers and management reach tentative contract agreement

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After a year of on-and-off negotiations, mental health workers and management at Clinical & Support Options have reached a tentative contract settlement that includes concessions on both sides. The union representing approximately 350 clinicians and front-line workers at the western Massachusetts mental health agency announced the agreement Wednesday. It includes some …

Ocean Grill and Steak House, owned by Jim Sands, closes in Greenfield

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Ocean Grill and Steak House on Federal Street, which opened in July 2014 at what had once been Famous Bill’s Restaurant, closed last week. Business owner Jim Sands could not be reached for comment, but Paul Cheng, who co-owns the building with Joseph Poirier, said he learned Oct. 5 that the restaurant was closing. Also, customers were told Tuesday by …

Stephanie Ouellette of West Springfield in stable condition with serious leg injury following accident that closed North King Street Friday

Sunday, September 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The motorcyclist who was in an accident that closed North King Street for nearly four hours Friday afternoon was in stable condition at Baystate Medical Center Sunday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Northampton Police identified her as Stephanie Ouellette, 46, of West Springfield. First Northwestern …

Loan from Common Good Finance boosts completion of Northeast Biodiesel plant in Greenfield

Friday, September 4, 2015

Long in the planning to ensure it is locally owned, the Northeast Biodiesel plant nearly ready at the Greenfield Industrial Park is getting a final boost from a 160-member, community-based nonprofit finance system. The $200,000, seven-year loan is provided by Ashfield-based Common Good Finance to Co-op Power, a …

Federal grant bears fruit — and vegetables — for community food program

Monday, August 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — A three-year, $284,000 federal grant has yielded a bumper crop of results, agreed all four recipients of the community food program that the money funded. State and federal officials who gathered Wednesday at Just Roots Community …

Rollover accident on Interstate 91 that injured two drivers remains under investigation

Thursday, August 13, 2015

DEERFIELD — Police continue to investigate a two-car crash that seriously injured two drivers on Interstate 91 in Deerfield. Police said the accident happened shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, when a 2008 Volkswagen hatchback driven by a 23-year-old man from Vernon, Conn., crossed abruptly into the right lane …

Mechanics work to rebuild Quality Automotive and Indie Automotive after devastating fire in Hatfield

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

HATFIELD — Greg Lawrence is willing to fix cars on the dirt parking lot by the charred remains of his shop, Indie Automotive, while he waits to secure temporary garage space. But thanks to the support of longtime …

Two drivers hurt, one seriously, in rollover crash on Interstate 91 in Deerfield

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two drivers were injured, one seriously, in a two-car crash allegedly resulting from speeding on Interstate 91 northbound in Deerfield shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to State Police. A 23-year-old man from Vernon, Connecticut, suffered …

Fire heavily damages apartment house on Conway Street in Greenfield

Thursday, August 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — A two-alarm fire caused extensive damage to a Conway Street apartment building Thursday afternoon, leaving the roof partially collapsed. One resident reportedly had to jump from a third-floor window to escape. “I was in the house …

Pioneer Valley organizations to mark 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings with commemorations, educational activities

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Local organizations have planned community-wide commemorations this weekend to remember the people who died in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan 70 years ago. The Peacebuilders Ministry Team of First Congregational Church in Amherst, New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett and American Friends Service Committee …

Opponents again dominate pipeline hearing before state Energy Facilities Siting Board

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Opponents of the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. again dominated a public hearing Wednesday night — this one a session before the state Energy Facilities Siting Board that included several adamant declarations that no pipeline will be built here. Many …

Greenfield educator Elaine Mount new associate principal at JFK Middle School in Northampton

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Elaine Mount is the new associate principal at JFK Middle School. Mount, the assistant director of student services at Greenfield High School, will replace Matthew Collins, who left the position to become assistant principal at Hampshire Regional High School in Westhampton. Mount will begin her new …