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Bar association meeting focuses on need for more state money, anti-addiction programs to battle regional crisis

Saturday, April 19, 2014

In its first legislative breakfast in years, the Franklin County Bar Association had planned to make a pitch for increased funding for the court-appointed lawyers. But the region’s addiction crisis, and the need for additional state funding and anti-addiction programs took center stage last week. The timing is right for funding requests, as the House of Representatives begins preparing for budget negotiations beginning April 28, state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, … 0

Legislative committee recommends increased financial aid for public education

Saturday, April 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — A legislative committee led by a local lawmaker said last week that the state should act soon to help relieve rising college costs and student debt. “Fewer people are going to start going to college ... (and) you also can’t shed this debt,” said state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, who co-chaired the Subcommittee on Student Loans and Debt. “If all of … 0

Body found in Connecticut River identified as Stephen Bradley of Greenfield

Friday, April 18, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The body found in the Connecticut River April 12 has been identified as that of Stephen Bradley, 28, of Greenfield, by the Northwestern District Attorney’s office. Area police had been looking for Bradley since Jan. 26 when Erving Police found his car parked at the end of the French King Bridge, along with his keys and wallet. Two canoeists from Shutesbury … 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

Career fair at Greenfield Community College showcases available jobs

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — The 200-plus attendees of Greenfield Community College’s fourth annual career fair learned about available jobs across a range of industries, including manufacturing, health care and business. Officials said the two dozen employers who set up booths in the dining commons Tuesday represented a good cross section … 0

Supreme Judicial Court upholds double-murder conviction of Robin Anthony Hoose

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

BOSTON — The state Supreme Judicial Court has upheld the conviction of a Greenfield man in a 2007 double murder. Robin Anthony Hoose, 50, formerly of 69 Washington St., was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, and given two life sentences in state prison after his 2010 … 0

GCC Foundation aims to build donor support from Hampshire County; campaign kicks off Thursday

Saturday, March 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Community College Foundation will reach out to current and former students from Hampshire County to help it reach a fundraising goal. The college kicks off a $825,000 campaign Thursday. The drive will be led by honorary co-chairs Chia Collins and Michael Cohen of Northampton. … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, March 7, 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 Gloria (R) The Great Beauty (NR) Italian Film Series: The Leopard (PG) Like … 0

Veterans Voice

Friday, March 7, 2014

Calling the roll Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between Feb. 28 and March 6. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary. Ronald Steele, 80, Amherst, d. Feb. 25; spent four years playing with … 0