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Eric Nakajima quits as director of Massachusetts Broadband Institute amid dispute over WiredWest

Friday, February 12, 2016

Eric Nakajima, the man who was to have shepherded the build-out of “Last-Mile” broadband to most of western Massachusetts, has stepped down from his job. Nakajima, who visited most of the unserved and underserved Hilltowns this fall and winter to talk about their broadband needs, announced Friday he is leaving his post as director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute effective immediately. However, he will be a temporary adviser on broadband …

Political analyst Mary Anne Marsh reflects on ‘craziest’ election after New Hampshire primaries

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Expect a “slugfest through the spring and possibly the early summer.” That’s the word from Mary Anne Marsh, the Greenfield-raised political pundit reporting on “the greatest election of my lifetime, and the craziest I’ve seen,” following Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries. Marsh, a 1975 Greenfield High School graduate, appears regularly as a Democratic political …

Veterans meet with officials from regional health care system at forum in Greenfield

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — Local veterans got the chance to sound off before top officials from the Veteran Affairs of Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System during a meeting Tuesday night. The meeting in the Sloan Theater at Greenfield Community College came after a scandal that saw massive backlogs of patients waiting to be seen and rocked the federal military benefits department in 2014. Many …

Northampton teacher Rod Hart raises scrutiny about Confederate flag in Greenfield police sergeant’s garage

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — JFK Middle School teacher Rod Hart has found himself having discussions about police brutality with his son, Hugh, at a younger age than he had hoped. He said that though he does not often put on …

Owners of The Country Jeweler in Greenfield plan to retire, seek buyer

Monday, November 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — After more than 40 years in business, the owners of The Country Jeweler on the corner of Main and Chapman streets have decided to retire. Larry and Donna Pfeffer said they will retire early next year. …

Greenfield rabbi helps Israelis, Palestinians to hear one another

Sunday, November 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is, in fact, indicative of more than one set of issues. And there are no simple answers, beyond the need for intensive, compassionate listening. Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener, who became spiritual leader of Greenfield’s …

Deerfield man faces drug, gun charges after search of storage unit in Greenfield yields weapons, prescription pills

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield man was arraigned on drug and gun charges in Greenfield District Court on Wednesday after state police say they found stolen guns and prescription pills in a storage unit he rented in Greenfield. Jerry L. Jones, 71, of 642 Greenfield Road, Deerfield, was charged …

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 lawyer who has more or …

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 …

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. …

State legislation on solar net-metering cap awaits action

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on …

STEEM Caffeinated Peanut Butter gets boost from US Sen. Charles Schumer’s call for investigation

Monday, November 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s latest salvo in a campaign to address safety surrounding caffeinated foods does not appear to be having the effect he intended for his latest target, Greenfield-based STEEM Caffeinated Peanut Butter. Earlier this …

Northampton police investigate robbery of Greenfield Savings Bank branch on King Street

Thursday, November 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are investigating a Thursday afternoon robbery at a King Street bank. Officers responded to the Greenfield Savings Bank branch at 325 King St. at 2:06 p.m., Northampton Police Capt. John Cartledge said in a statement. …