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Deerfield man faces drug, gun charges after search of storage unit in Greenfield yields weapons, prescription pills

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield man was arraigned on drug and gun charges in Greenfield District Court on Wednesday after state police say they found stolen guns and prescription pills in a storage unit he rented in Greenfield. Jerry L. Jones, 71, of 642 Greenfield Road, Deerfield, was charged with five counts of receiving stolen property, five counts of possession of a firearm without a Firearms Identification Card, four counts of …

Lawyer John Stobierski has unique perspective on child sexual abuse by Catholic priests portrayed in ‘Spotlight’

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — If anyone has no need to see “Spotlight” — a movie about the Boston Globe’s 2002 investigation of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests — it’s probably John Stobierski, a Greenfield lawyer who has more or less lived the story. Over the past 23 years, Stobierski has met with hundreds of …

Study commissioned by Attorney General Maura Healey finds no need for increased gas supply

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A new energy reliability report commissioned by state Attorney General Maura Healey concludes that New England is unlikely to face electric reliability issues in the next 15 years and that energy efficiency and “demand-response” mechanisms can better provide for energy needs than building new gas pipelines. The study by Analysis Group Inc. comes …

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 of Franklin County, and asked for his agencies to join the collaboration to address the region’s weaknesses. Among the weaknesses identified during a 90-minute meeting Friday …

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 …

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 …

Buckland man arraigned on charges related to death of Heath woman in three-vehicle Route 2 accident

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — A 20-year-old Buckland man was arraigned on vehicular homicide, drunken driving and hit-and-run charges in Greenfield District Court Monday after police allege that he caused a three-car accident on Route 2 that left one person dead Friday. Wyatt M. Pease has been charged with vehicular homicide …

Victim in fatal early morning Friday crash identified

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — A 33-year-old local man was killed in a rollover crash early Friday morning. Ryan Gay was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-car crash on Plain Road, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Carey said Gay was the sole occupant …

Three Franklin County accidents include fatality in Greenfield

Friday, October 2, 2015

There were three major accidents Friday in Franklin County, including an early morning fatality in Greenfield. Greenfield Deputy Fire Chief Ed Jarvis said he arrived at the scene of the accident on Plain Road at 5:30 a.m. to discover the vehicle had rolled over and hit a telephone …

Two sets of classes will aid owners of small businesses, entrepreneurs

Sunday, September 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Owning a small business or directing an entrepreneurial venture is a lot of work. Often, the owner must act as the chief executive, operating, financial and commercial officers all at once, working to manage the company’s day-to-day operations, keeping track of its revenue and expenses and …

Georgia-based private equity firm buys Argotec for $280 million

Friday, September 25, 2015

Argotec LLC, the Greenfield-based plastic film manufacturer whose rapid growth resulted in its sale to a Chicago-based private equity firm two years ago, is being purchased again, this time by a Georgia-based “provider of highly engineered solutions and advanced materials,” including specialty papers, for a variety of industries. …

Parking spots transformed into mini-parks, each with its own message, on Park(ing) Day

Friday, September 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Anyone passing in front of City Hall or the Unitarian Society on Main Street perhaps thought there was a farmers’ market happening Friday. Four blocked-off parking spaces were filled with flowers, pumpkins, bales of hay, and …

Kelvin Cogdell of Springfield denies stealing wallet from Greenfield hospital, using credit card

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man who has been accused in a scheme involving thefts of wallets left unattended at medical facilities was arraigned Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court on larceny and fraud charges. Kelvin Cogdell, 50, pleaded not guilty to receiving a stolen credit card, two counts of …