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Regional officials stress collaboration to state Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash

Saturday, October 10, 2015

A 25-member panel of community leaders told the state’s top economic development official last week that collaboration is the single greatest strength Franklin County. They asked for his agencies to join the collaboration to address the region’s weaknesses. Among the weaknesses identified during a 90-minute meeting Friday convened by state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, is the lack of Internet access in many areas, the lack of basic infrastructure like …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Public has opportunities to participate in review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, June 12, 2015

As Thursday night’s state Department of Public Utilities hearing in Greenfield demonstrated, there are a variety of ways people can make their voices heard over the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. The DPU review of a long-term supply agreement between the developer of the Northeast Energy Direct project …

Biologist Boyd Kynard an expert on behavior and ecology of shortnose sturgeon in Connecticut River

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Boyd Kynard is an internationally respected scientist, researcher and innovator whose passion is to understand fish behavior, and apply that knowledge to improving the viability of migratory fish species. His target is sturgeon, more specifically here in New …

Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura tells graduates ‘crossing borders is never easy’

Monday, June 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — “Better lies beyond the bullet-riddled fences, and the only way to get there is through a great education.” Growing up in a dangerous section of Kingston, Jamaica, that’s the idea Guinevere Vanhorne’s mother instilled in her …

Baystate Health to lay off 24 employees, eliminate 45 vacant jobs to help close $22 million budget shortfall

Friday, June 5, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Health is laying off 24 employees and reducing hours for 17 more, all in Springfield and mainly at Baystate Medical Center. The Baystate hospital network includes Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. “Today’s announcement has to do almost overwhelmingly with Baystate Medical Center and entirely …

Steven Bradley of Pelham resigns suddenly from presidency of Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Steven F. Bradley has resigns, leaving to deal with a family emergency, according to the hospital leadership, after just shy of a year at the helm. Dennis W. Chalke, senior vice …

Lifelong activist Nelson remembered in Greenfield

Monday, June 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — Though many of its members have had plenty of experience marching as political activists in the past, the procession that filed down Federal Street Saturday afternoon sought to raise awareness of a different topic: the life …

Stoneleigh-Burnham School student speaker at graduation celebrates diversity of class

Friday, May 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — In her student address at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School graduation Friday, Grace Powers shared a vision she had of her fellow classmates someday running the United Nations. Powers, of Northfield, was one of 28 students from eight …

VA medical center nurse assistant charged with assaulting patient found guilty of unrelated domestic assault

Friday, May 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — A nurse assistant at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Leeds who is accused of assaulting one of his patients in January was found guilty Friday in Greenfield District Court of an unrelated assault charge. Garret C. Crehan, 42, of Ashfield was found guilty of assault …

Workshop Tuesday in Greenfield on federal review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, May 23, 2015

To help communities in the region plan for the formal federal review process of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the dining commons at Greenfield Community College. …