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Northampton defense attorney David Hoose leaves a news conference Tuesday, July 14, 2015 outside the Federal courthouse in Springfield, Mass. after a detention hearing for his client Alexander Ciccolo. The son of a Boston police officer, Ciccolo was accused of plotting ISIS-inspired attacks on domestic targets. (Dave Roback/The Republican via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Alexander Ciccolo, accused in alleged terror plot, denies charges in federal court

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A 23-year-old Adams man pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning in federal court to weapons and assault charges in connection with an alleged plot to commit acts of terror on behalf of the Islamic State group. Alexander Ciccolo, also known as Ali al Amriki, is charged with one count of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and …

GCC nursing program finds new home in Florence

Friday, July 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is moving its licensed practical nursing program to a Cooley Dickinson-rented space in Florence, minutes from the hospital’s Northampton campus. The LPN program has been in something of a transient state, housed in GCC’s downtown Greenfield satellite for a semester since losing space in the Veterans Administration hospital in Leeds. GCC President Bob Pura said the program has …

Clinical and Support Options workers picket at Northampton, Greenfield offices

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — Union employees of mental health care provider Clinical and Support Options began a three-day strike Wednesday, staging a picket and rallies while management and some union employees continue to staff the agency’s services. Last-minute mediation between the union and the nonprofit agency’s administration was unsuccessful Tuesday night, continuing an impasse that has persisted since contract negotiations began in October. Of the …

Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura tells graduates ‘crossing borders is never easy’

Monday, June 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — “Better lies beyond the bullet-riddled fences, and the only way to get there is through a great education.” Growing up in a dangerous section of Kingston, Jamaica, that’s the idea Guinevere Vanhorne’s mother instilled in her …

Baystate Health to lay off 24 employees, eliminate 45 vacant jobs to help close $22 million budget shortfall

Friday, June 5, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Health is laying off 24 employees and reducing hours for 17 more, all in Springfield and mainly at Baystate Medical Center. The Baystate hospital network includes Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. “Today’s announcement has to do almost overwhelmingly with Baystate Medical Center and entirely …

Steven Bradley of Pelham resigns suddenly from presidency of Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Steven F. Bradley has resigns, leaving to deal with a family emergency, according to the hospital leadership, after just shy of a year at the helm. Dennis W. Chalke, senior vice …

Lifelong activist Nelson remembered in Greenfield

Monday, June 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — Though many of its members have had plenty of experience marching as political activists in the past, the procession that filed down Federal Street Saturday afternoon sought to raise awareness of a different topic: the life …

Stoneleigh-Burnham School student speaker at graduation celebrates diversity of class

Friday, May 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — In her student address at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School graduation Friday, Grace Powers shared a vision she had of her fellow classmates someday running the United Nations. Powers, of Northfield, was one of 28 students from eight …

VA medical center nurse assistant charged with assaulting patient found guilty of unrelated domestic assault

Friday, May 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — A nurse assistant at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Leeds who is accused of assaulting one of his patients in January was found guilty Friday in Greenfield District Court of an unrelated assault charge. Garret C. Crehan, 42, of Ashfield was found guilty of assault …

Workshop Tuesday in Greenfield on federal review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, May 23, 2015

To help communities in the region plan for the formal federal review process of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the dining commons at Greenfield Community College. …

Elmer’s Store owner Nan Parati of Ashfield wins Franklin County entrepreneurship award

Friday, May 22, 2015

ASHFIELD — Nan Parati never expected to buy Elmer’s Store when she first came to town for a visit in 2005 from New Orleans — where she also never expected to live for more than 25 years after …

Couple found dead in Greenfield identified as Dennis and Margaret Pekkala

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Northwestern district attorney’s office has identified the couple found dead Wednesday in their 21 Prospect St. apartment as Dennis Pekkala, 54, and Margaret Pekkala, 53. Investigators released no further details Thursday about the circumstances of their deaths. Greenfield police found the two dead in their …

Establishing trust funds one strategy for communities facing millions in unfunded liabilities for retirees’ benefits

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Predictions that unfunded health care expenses for municipal employees when they retire will total in the millions of dollars have prompted some communities to establish trust funds to begin setting aside money toward those costs. But the amounts …