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Greenfield lawyer John Stobierski has a unique perspective on the child sexual abuse by Catholic priests portrayed in "Spotlight," the movie about the Boston Globe investigation.

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-based lawyer who has more or less lived the story. Over the past 23 years, Stobierski has met with hundreds of families who told him disturbing stories 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 …

Greenfield commissioners approve transfer of liquor license for Hangar Pub and Grill on Federal Street

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — The site of a former Greenfield institution is set to host a duplicate of an Amherst institution. The site of the former Famous Bill’s on Federal Street is to become home to a new Hangar Pub and Grill, an expanding Amherst business known for chicken wings. The Greenfield Board of License Commissioners on Tuesday approved an application to transfer the restaurant’s …

Environmental news briefs

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

IN THE NEWS Watershed Council targets trash tires The Connecticut River Watershed Council’s 19th annual Source to Sea Cleanup on Sept. 25 and 26 will focus on cleaning up trash tires along rivers. The event occurs in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut, all in the 410-plus-mile Connecticut …

Prevention efforts may be decreasing Hepatitis C cases in Hampshire County

Monday, September 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — As Hepatitis C rates have risen sharply in Franklin County, neighboring Hampshire County has seen a slower trend and a lower rate, tempered perhaps by prevention efforts. Franklin County’s rate of 131 newly discovered Hepatitis C …

Stephanie Ouellette of West Springfield in stable condition with serious leg injury following accident that closed North King Street Friday

Sunday, September 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The motorcyclist who was in an accident that closed North King Street for nearly four hours Friday afternoon was in stable condition at Baystate Medical Center Sunday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Northampton Police identified her as Stephanie Ouellette, 46, of West Springfield. First Northwestern …

Loan from Common Good Finance boosts completion of Northeast Biodiesel plant in Greenfield

Friday, September 4, 2015

Long in the planning to ensure it is locally owned, the Northeast Biodiesel plant nearly ready at the Greenfield Industrial Park is getting a final boost from a 160-member, community-based nonprofit finance system. The $200,000, seven-year loan is provided by Ashfield-based Common Good Finance to Co-op Power, a …

Federal grant bears fruit — and vegetables — for community food program

Monday, August 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — A three-year, $284,000 federal grant has yielded a bumper crop of results, agreed all four recipients of the community food program that the money funded. State and federal officials who gathered Wednesday at Just Roots Community …

Rollover accident on Interstate 91 that injured two drivers remains under investigation

Thursday, August 13, 2015

DEERFIELD — Police continue to investigate a two-car crash that seriously injured two drivers on Interstate 91 in Deerfield. Police said the accident happened shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, when a 2008 Volkswagen hatchback driven by a 23-year-old man from Vernon, Conn., crossed abruptly into the right lane …

Mechanics work to rebuild Quality Automotive and Indie Automotive after devastating fire in Hatfield

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

HATFIELD — Greg Lawrence is willing to fix cars on the dirt parking lot by the charred remains of his shop, Indie Automotive, while he waits to secure temporary garage space. But thanks to the support of longtime …

Two drivers hurt, one seriously, in rollover crash on Interstate 91 in Deerfield

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two drivers were injured, one seriously, in a two-car crash allegedly resulting from speeding on Interstate 91 northbound in Deerfield shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to State Police. A 23-year-old man from Vernon, Connecticut, suffered …

Fire heavily damages apartment house on Conway Street in Greenfield

Thursday, August 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — A two-alarm fire caused extensive damage to a Conway Street apartment building Thursday afternoon, leaving the roof partially collapsed. One resident reportedly had to jump from a third-floor window to escape. “I was in the house …

Pioneer Valley organizations to mark 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings with commemorations, educational activities

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Local organizations have planned community-wide commemorations this weekend to remember the people who died in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan 70 years ago. The Peacebuilders Ministry Team of First Congregational Church in Amherst, New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett and American Friends Service Committee …