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Eric Nakajima quits as director of Massachusetts Broadband Institute amid dispute over WiredWest

Friday, February 12, 2016

Eric Nakajima, the man who was to have shepherded the build-out of “Last-Mile” broadband to most of western Massachusetts, has stepped down from his job. Nakajima, who visited most of the unserved and underserved Hilltowns this fall and winter to talk about their broadband needs, announced Friday he is leaving his post as director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute effective immediately. However, he will be a temporary adviser on broadband …

Political analyst Mary Anne Marsh reflects on ‘craziest’ election after New Hampshire primaries

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Expect a “slugfest through the spring and possibly the early summer.” That’s the word from Mary Anne Marsh, the Greenfield-raised political pundit reporting on “the greatest election of my lifetime, and the craziest I’ve seen,” following Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries. Marsh, a 1975 Greenfield High School graduate, appears regularly as a Democratic political …

Veterans meet with officials from regional health care system at forum in Greenfield

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — Local veterans got the chance to sound off before top officials from the Veteran Affairs of Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System during a meeting Tuesday night. The meeting in the Sloan Theater at Greenfield Community College came after a scandal that saw massive backlogs of patients waiting to be seen and rocked the federal military benefits department in 2014. Many …

Wicked Owl Cafe Latte, now sold only at Greenfield restaurant, will soon be marketed in area stores

Sunday, December 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — As a child growing up in Greece, John Dimitriou, the owner of Goodie’s Restaurant on Federal Street, loved making his own iced coffee from the milk produced by his family’s sole dairy cow. Dimitriou was responsible …

Lack of snow doesn’t hurt Christmas tree sales, growers say

Sunday, December 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — The trees are moving. Macbeth would be terrified. Until the last several days the season hadn’t changed noticeably since Thanksgiving, except in the slowly appearing lights and the sight of evergreens trundling down back roads and …

Gov. Charlie Baker in Greenfield says addiction problem needs ‘everyone’s full attention’

Saturday, December 19, 2015

GREENFIELD — Gov. Charles Baker on Friday visited the future drug detox and rehab center that will open in February in an old factory building off Federal Street, and told town, law enforcement and social service leaders that …

Massachusetts Broadband Institute, WiredWest meet in effort to resolve differences

Friday, December 18, 2015

Two days after a volatile informational meeting in Greenfield, Massachusetts Broadband Institute officials met with WiredWest executives in an effort to resolve their differences over how to build a broadband network throughout unserved, sparsely populated western Massachusetts towns. The MBI is the state agency charged with overseeing the …

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves added capacity to Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Wednesday granted permission to add capacity to the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project’s mountaintop reservoir. Owner FirstLight Power Resources applied in September to change its plant’s operating license to temporarily allow an additional 22 feet of pumping capacity to its 5-billion-gallon reservoir through …

Two Athol men charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with heroin overdose death of Jordan Tarbell

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

ATHOL — The second of two Athol men was arraigned Tuesday in Franklin Superior Court in Greenfield on involuntary manslaughter and drug-related charges in connection with the May heroin overdose death of a third Athol man. Eric Legare, 30, was indicted by a grand jury and pleaded innocent …

Cooperative farming among topics at first Northeast New Farmer Winter Gathering in Greenfield

Monday, December 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — About 150 novice farmers of all ages, races and cultures traveled from various New England states to the Arts Block for the first Northeast New Farmer Winter Gathering during the weekend. The Saturday seminar was filled …

Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge plans to boost ecology, education, recreation

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is one of the most unique and diverse refuges in the national system. From the remote northern forest of Vermont to the salt marshes of Connecticut, the Conte Refuge …

Turners Falls woman denies charge of motor vehicle homicide in death of bicyclist after Deerfield accident

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — The driver in an accident on Routes 5 and 10 that claimed the life of a bicyclist in July has pleaded innocent to a charge of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation. Karen A. Sanders, 68, of Turners Falls, is charged in the death of Chester …

Massachusetts Broadband Institute invites town officials to meeting in Greenfield on WiredWest review

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — After asking town officials not to sign on to WiredWest’s current regional plan for “last-mile” high-speed broadband in rural towns, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute has invited town officials to a meeting Monday to hear more information about its WiredWest review. That meeting will be held in …