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KEVIN GUTTING
Northampton mayor David Narkewicz, right, welcomes Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, center, upon his arrival to the city on the inaugural ride of the Amtrak Vermonter Monday afternoon. Joining them are U.S. representatives James McGovern, left, and Richard Neal. When the Vermonter's new route and schedule along the "Knowledge Corridor" starts December 29, service through Northampton will consist of a southbound stop at 1:31 p.m. and a northbound stop at 4:03 p.m.

Vermonter rolls up ‘Knowledge Corridor’ to show off higehr-speed rail service coming to Valley

Monday, December 22, 2014

Drivers waited at railroad crossings and residents leaned out of their homes along the tracks Monday as an Amtrak passenger train rumbled through its first trip north along the newly refurbished “Knowledge Corridor” line. But far from wincing at the noise of the passing locomotive or the wait the train caused at crossings, drivers and residents alike waved and cheered …

Pedestrian, driver safety a concern with 500-ton trains barreling through

Sunday, December 21, 2014

When she looks out the back window of her Greenfield home, it’s common for Heidi Garfinkel to see people crossing the railroad tracks that run behind her property. With the return of the Amtrak Vermonter just a week away, the Chapman Street resident said she fears for the safety of those who won’t …

Commuter rail options next step in improved rail service along ‘Knowledge Corridor’

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Now that the decades-long dream of a high-speed train zooming along the Connecticut River is a lock, the region’s leaders expect to turn their attention to the next significant game-changer — a commuter rail system shuttling passengers up and down the Valley many times a day. From the Valley’s northern reaches …

20th annual Franklin County cider fest is under way

Friday, October 31, 2014

Franklin County’s 20th annual CiderDays is under way this weekend with over 20 events, including tours, tastings and talks throughout the county. The event kicked off Friday with a hard cider reception at the Blue Heron restaurant in …

Court denies injunction sought by JM Farm’s Patient Group over medical marijuana licensing

Thursday, October 30, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A state court has denied the request for a preliminary injunction by a locally based nonprofit to halt the state medical marijuana selection process. A Suffolk Superior Court judge denied the motion filed in August against the state Department of Public Health by JM Farm’s …

Alleged ringleader of auto insurance fraud ring based in New York City denies 29 new charges in Hampshire Superior Court

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Seven people charged with involvement in an alleged car insurance fraud scheme based in New York City were in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday, including the accused ringleader who pleaded not guilty to 29 new charges. The …

Nicholas Schauer committed to Bridgewater for psychological evaluation after alleged ‘Columbine’ threat against Frontier

Saturday, October 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — The 19-year-old Sunderland man who was arrested Thursday for threatening to “bring Columbine to Frontier” Regional School was committed to Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental health evaluation following an appearance Friday morning in Greenfield District …

Movie Listings

Friday, October 24, 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 Dear White People (R) Double Indemnity (NR) My Old Lady (PG-13) The Notebook …

Alleged leader of auto insurance fraud ring based in New York indicted on 29 more charges

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The alleged leader of an auto insurance fraud ring has been indicted on 29 new charges. Lefen “Helen” Chen, 55, of Flushing, N.Y., is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on those charges of insurance fraud, perjury and conspiracy. Chen is accused of being the ringleader of a New …

State places Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School on probation

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since a state review this summer, the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School has put in place programs for Title 1 and English language learning and hired a school psychologist and three family engagement coordinators. But the changes appear to be too little, too late. The Greenfield-based cyber …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline schedules three December ‘open house’ meetings in Franklin County

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline has scheduled three “open house” meetings Dec. 2, 3 and 10 in Franklin County to discuss its proposed Northeast Direct Natural Gas Pipeline project. The company on Tuesday submitted its schedule of a dozen meeting dates with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including Dec. 2 …

Greenfield Community College teams with area high schools to teach about sustainable agriculture

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College has received a grant of almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to start new courses in sustainable agriculture, along with free workshops for local high school teachers who are bringing farm-based components into the curriculum. The initiative is called Educational Networks …

Congressman James McGovern cites importance of Greenfield Community College to region at its foundation’s annual meeting

Saturday, October 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Some colleges and universities build big fences and walls around their property and have no interaction with the community, said U.S. Congressman James McGovern, speaking at the Greenfield Community College Foundation’s annual meeting Friday night. Not here. “This school is an essential part to the future …