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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 York-based insurance scam. “The indictments stem from the largest car insurance fraud investigation and prosecution in western Massachusetts history,” said Mary Carey, …

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 school has been placed on probation for 20 months until June 30, 2016, when its …

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 at the Orange Innovation Center, Dec. 3 at Greenfield Community College and Dec. 10 at …

Movie Listings

Friday, August 15, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for showtimes; websites and phone numbers are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Boyhood (R) Blues Brothers (R) Cavalry (R) Chinatown (R) Dog Day Afternoon (R) …

Massachusetts Public Health Council approves plan by Baystate Franklin Medical Center to replace operating rooms

Thursday, August 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center passed a major hurdle in its efforts to enable area residents to receive more health care services close to home in Greenfield and recruit additional physicians to the region. The Massachusetts Public Health Council approved the hospital’s request for determination of need …

Blooming Backpacks celebrates 10 years of helping families

Saturday, August 9, 2014

DEERFIELD — Five years ago Tyanna Normandin received a backpack stuffed with notebooks, pens and pencils from a stranger through Blooming Backpacks, one of United Way of Franklin County’s campaigns to help struggling families in the community. Normandin …

Movie Listings

Friday, August 8, 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 Alive Inside (NR) Begin Again (R) Boyhood (R) Casablanca (PG) Il Sorpasso (NR) …

New England Natural Bakers of Greenfield considers expansion in Deerfield

Thursday, August 7, 2014

DEERFIELD — Representatives of New England Natural Bakers told the Deerfield Select Board Wednesday night they are interested in the former Oxford Foods pickle factory property in South Deerfield. The town purchased the 16-acre site in 2008 with the hope of using it to enhance the local economy, …

Jacob Jarvenpaa of Deerfield faces heroin, shoplifting charges after incident at Greenfield supermarket

Thursday, August 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield man faces heroin and shoplifting charges after police say he tried to steal several DVDs from a local supermarket. Jacob Jarvenpaa, 32, of 15 Elm St., Deerfield, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Greenfield District Court to charges of shoplifting and heroin possession. Officer Patrick Buchanan …

Legislature compromises on bill encouraging solar projects

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A compromise by the Legislature last week moved forward a controversial “net metering and solar power” legislation — but not far. The measure allows the slight raising of a cap on photovoltaic projects to keep municipal and residential solar projects from stalling entirely. Meanwhile, the Legislature will look …

Movie Listings

Friday, August 1, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for showtimes; websites and phone numbers are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Begin Again (R) Boyhood (R) The French Connection (R) Obvious Child (R) The …

Against judge’s advice, Robert Vitelli Jr. decides to represent himself on open and gross lewdness charges that carry potential of 12 years in prison

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard Carey’s advice to the contrary, Robert Vitelli Jr. insisted on representing himself in court on charges that he exposed himself in public. In court Wednesday, Vitelli pleaded not guilty to …

Group eyes historic Colrain Brick Meeting House for office space, cafe

Saturday, July 26, 2014

COLRAIN — Hoping to spur the revitalization of the town’s village center, a group of residents wants to renovate the historic Brick Meeting House and do what Michael McCusker has done for the Odd Fellows/McCusker’s Market building in …