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Cyclists negotiate cracks in the Norwottuck Rail Trail in Hadley where tree roots have broken the pavement in this March 2012 photo.

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 that among others things seals police reports in domestic violence cases from public view and keeps the identity of alleged abusers and victims off the record until the accuser is arraigned in court, one or more days after the arrest. The cases …

Planned merger of Northampton, Greenfield cooperative banks moves ahead

Friday, September 12, 2014

The planned merger of Greenfield Co-operative Bank and Northampton Cooperative Bank moved a step closer this month, with Northampton Cooperative depositors’ approval of the consolidation plan. It had already been approved by the boards of directors for both banks. According to William Stapleton, Northampton Cooperative Bank president and chief executive officer, the vote represented 88 percent of the bank’s depositors. The merger is …

Opioid Task Force to meet Tuesday at Greenfield Community College

Friday, September 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — The renamed Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region will hold its first full meeting since spring next week, and its members have not been idle during that time. “We’re kind of turning the next corner on this thing,” said Franklin County Register of Probate and task force co-founder John Merrigan. Addiction help is becoming more available …

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 …

Movie Listings

Friday, August 1, 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 Begin Again (R) Boyhood (R) The French Connection (R) Obvious Child (R) The …

Against judge’s advice, Robert Vitelli Jr. decides to represent himself on open and gross lewdness charges that carry potential of 12 years in prison

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard Carey’s advice to the contrary, Robert Vitelli Jr. insisted on representing himself in court on charges that he exposed himself in public. In court Wednesday, Vitelli pleaded not guilty to …