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Heather Cushman of Needham prepares a sign before joining a picket line by clinicians, crisis workers and allies outside the Clinical & Support Options facility in Northampton earlier this year.

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 workers at the western Massachusetts mental health agency announced the agreement Wednesday. It includes some wage and mileage reimbursement increases, but also …

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 he learned Oct. 5 that the restaurant was closing. Also, customers were told Tuesday by …

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 by negligent operation, vehicular homicide by reckless operation, speeding, operating under the influence of liquor, …

Valley Venture Mentors, Franklin County Community Development Corp. help propel entrepreneurs

Thursday, July 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — Jane Janovsky of South Hadley likes to jam. To make it, that is — the type you spread on your morning toast. A jamming hobbyist for years, Janovsky found two years ago that the spreads she …

Federal regulators plan July 29 meeting in Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Federal regulators have issued formal notice for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Northeast Energy Direct project, scheduling a July 29 public meeting in Greenfield. The notice starts the clock for the 60-day process to decide the scope of issues considered in a environmental impact statement on the project, …

James Ainsworth pleads guilty in crash that killed Edward and Brittany McGrath; sentencing continued to August

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Family members and loved ones of Brittany and Edward McGrath sobbed in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday as they described the “brilliant” father and daughter, and how they cannot keep from imagining the pair’s final moments …

The late Arthur Neipp, who worked as painter and color consultant at Smith College, leaves $115,000 to Greenfield Community College

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The late Arthur E. Neipp, although never able to attend college, ensured that his three children and seven grandchildren were able to do so. And now, with a $115,000 bequest to the GCC Foundation he has …

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program awards certificates to 29 graduates

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The 29 members of the Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program class of 2015 graduated Friday afternoon. The ceremony was held on the main campus for the 23rd graduating class of the 10-month program, which prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Graduates are now eligible …

Holyoke-based union representing laborers cites impact of job creation by proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. could represent pay dirt for unionized construction workers around western Massachusetts, say two representatives for the Holyoke-based union local representing laborers. Even though the estimated 3,000 …

On the road with a funeral home inspector

Saturday, June 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Alan Van Tassel knocks on the door of the McCarthy Funeral Home in Greenfield to inspect one of the town’s four funeral homes one sunny morning in May. Owner John Davis answers and is surprised to …

Turners Falls man faces charge of assaulting police officer after traffic stop in Deerfield

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

DEERFIELD — A Turners Falls man faces charges after he allegedly punched a Deerfield officer who pulled him over for driving without a license Tuesday morning. Juan Martinez-Ramos, 27, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Greenfield District Court with the help of a Spanish interpreter and pleaded innocent to …

Slovenian professor visits UMass to advocate for creation of World Bee Day

Monday, June 15, 2015

AMHERST — As pollinators across the world — particularly the honey bee — are succumbing to diseases and colony collapses, the government of one bee-loving country is trying to create a day to celebrate their worldwide importance. Janko Božič, a professor of animal behavior and beekeeping at Ljubljana …

Opponents of pipeline and process used by DPU dominate hearing in Greenfield

Friday, June 12, 2015

People who spoke at a three-hour state Department of Public Utilities hearing Thursday night sounded off about the agency’s process itself, in addition to the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., which would …