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Barricades surround a dislodged stone block on Main Street in Northampton Monday. The stone was toppled when a pedestrian stepped on it March 23.

Greenfield man hurt by falling block raises Northampton officials' concern about aging retaining walls under railroad bridges

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It has been nearly one month since a large concrete block fell out of the retaining wall near a downtown underpass and injured a Greenfield man, and the block is still sitting where it fell in a parking space beside Main Street. The block, the gaping hole it left at the edge of the sidewalk March 23 and … 0

Colorado man arraigned in Franklin County on child enticement charges

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A 23-year-old Colorado man was arraigned Monday in Franklin Superior Court in Greenfield on charges related to an alleged online relationship he had with a 12-year-old girl in Orange. Daniel Gordon, of Colorado Springs, was charged with enticement of a child under 16, two counts of disseminating obscene matter to a minor and three counts of posing a child in the nude. Authorities … 0

Homeless man sentenced to state prison, Agawam man arraigned for failing to register as sex offenders

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One area man was sentenced and another arraigned Monday on charges of failing to register as a sex offender in Hampshire and Franklin counties. Ferdinand Fountain, 45, of Agawam was arraigned and pleaded innocent in Hampshire Superior Court on two counts of failing to register as a sex offender, Level 3, … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, February 7, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Contact theaters for showtimes; websites and phone numbers are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Gloria (R) Italian Series: Umberto D (NR) Miyazaki Series: Nausicaa (PG-13) Nebraska (R) Oscar … 0

Baystate Franklin Medical Center to hire temporary nurses during planned strike

Thursday, February 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center will hire temporary nurses to work Monday during the planned one-day nursing strike which it hopes will allow all medical services to continue. That’s a difference from the 24-hour strike that took … 3

Help available to addicts seeking recovery, though space sometimes limited in detox and residential drug treatment programs

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In the wake of the death of a 35-year-old Northampton man who apparently struggled to find a residential drug treatment program near the end of his life, local program directors urged people with addiction problems or their relatives to contact them and start the recovery process … 0

Jonah Keane brings love of teaching, preserving resources to Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

When Jonah Keane was working as an environmental teacher for the Peace Corps in Bolivia, he would playfully sing the word “ecología” — “ecology” in Spanish — upon entering his classroom. At the time, Spanish was not only … 0

Job seekers eye work in advanced manufacturing, construction (with chart)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Advanced manufacturing, construction and health care are all industries with the greatest growth potential in the Pioneer Valley, according to job experts. Michael Truckey, director of the Franklin Hampshire Career Center, said it is heartening to see job … 0

Pioneer Valley Business 2014: Local job seekers and job counselors agree personal networking helps boost chances for a hire

Sunday, February 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While there are no guarantees for a successful job search in a tough economy, one strategy seems key: face-to-face networking. In a competitive job market, simply logging onto LinkedIn or Monster.com isn’t enough, according to area … 0

Experts suggest finding employers who invest in training

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Where do you turn when the direction you want to go is up? When it comes to employment and jobs, “up” usually means more money. The minimum wage in Massachusetts is $8 an hour, but living wage activists … 0

House approves $30 million for rail commuter service between Springfield and Greenfield

Saturday, February 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — The state expects most of the construction on a $2 million accessible train platform at the rear of the John W. Olver Regional Transportation Center will be completed by the end of this year, just before Amtrak returns to Greenfield after a more than 30-year absence. … 0

Despite federal spending cuts, Community Action maintained or imoproved anti-povery programs

Friday, January 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — Last year’s federal spending cuts forced nonprofits to do more with less, but Community Action was still able to maintain or improve the quality of its anti-poverty programs in the region, Executive Director Clare Higgins reported on Friday. Speaking to a crowd of employees, volunteers and … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, January 31, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Contact theaters for show times; phone numbers and websites are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Inside Llewyn Davis (R) The Invisible Woman (R) Nebraska (R) Oscar Nominated Animated … 0