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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 eyes Amherst Regional Middle School for courses, programs

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMHERST — School officials, local politicians and the leadership at Greenfield Community College are all eager to hold community college classes at the Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School as part of a proposal that would move middle school classes …

DPU schedules June 11 hearing on agreement between Berkshire Gas, Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Department of Public Utilities has scheduled a hearing next month in Greenfield on a proposed agreement between Berkshire Gas Co. and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 11 at Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal St., according to a statement issued …

Area business briefs

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Spa holds opening celebration in Florence FLORENCE — Simply Serenity @ Franki’s, a spa and salon at 40 Main St., will hold a grand opening celebration at 1 p.m. May 23, with refreshments and face-painting and balloons for …

Traprock recognizes community service by youths with Peacemaker Awards

Friday, May 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — Traprock Center for Peace and Justice Director Sarah Pirtle said the Peacemaker Awards recognize not only the students, but also the families, teachers and mentors who help and inspire them to do good things. “We look …

Aaron Stark of Deerfield sentenced to jail for vehicular homicide in 2013 that killed Montague woman

Thursday, May 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — Guilty of vehicular homicide that claimed the life of an 83-year-old motorist, Aaron Stark was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs Tuesday after Judge Edward McDonough sentenced the young Deerfield man to 2½ years in the Franklin County House of Correction, one year to be …

Co-op Power Energy Cooperative needs to raise final $850,000 to complete biodiesel factory in Greenfield

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The member-owned co-op that is trying to build a $4.2 million biodiesel factory in the Greenfield Industrial Park is racing toward a June 1 deadline on construction bids to raise what it says is the final $850,000 for the project that has been in the works for more …

State Rep. Ellen Story chief House sponsor of Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Friday, May 8, 2015

Proponents of a bill now making its way through the Legislature aim to strengthen the rights of pregnant workers. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. Proponents say existing protections …

Music community mourns loss of Alchemystics drummer Todd “Demse” Zullo and roadie Brian “Budzy” White

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

On Sunday, a car accident in Westfield that killed Brian “Budzy” White, a close friend and roadie of the band the Alchemystics, sent shock waves through the local reggae and hip-hop community. The accident also critically injured the …

Greenfield Community College aims for inclusion with deaf students in Outdoor Leadership Program

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Sliding down an anchored rope, Lauren Sprague of Grafton rappelled down a tall tree behind Greenfield Community College to Peter Botsford, who was hung up, swinging in the air. In moments, Sprague attached Botsford to her …

Hampshire Regional’s Brandon Weyant shuts down Greenfield in much-anticipated rematch

Friday, April 24, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Hampshire Regional pitcher Brandon Weyant took Friday afternoon’s matchup against Greenfield as a personal challenge. In last year’s meeting, Weyant dueled with former Green Wave star Garrett Hudson and lost 1-0 in eight innings. The junior …