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Expected increase in state money for Greenfield Community College may again freeze student fees

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is in line for an increase of $310,000 to $450,000 in state funding, which may be enough to convince trustees to again freeze student fees. President Robert Pura said fee increases will be discussed by his staff and the board of trustees in constructing a budget, but he would prefer not to raise them. State money generally makes up between 40 and 50 percent of … 0

George Gay of Hatfield arrested after cache of drugs allegedly found in his car during traffic stop

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Hatfield man faces drug charges after police say they found a cache of drugs in his car during a traffic stop. George Gay, 22, of 17 Scotland Road, was arrested Tuesday night on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of morphine, possession of hashish, possession of … 0

Bar association meeting focuses on need for more state money, anti-addiction programs to battle regional crisis

Saturday, April 19, 2014

In its first legislative breakfast in years, the Franklin County Bar Association had planned to make a pitch for increased funding for the court-appointed lawyers. But the region’s addiction crisis, and the need for additional state funding and anti-addiction programs took center stage last week. The timing is right for funding requests, as the House of Representatives begins preparing for budget negotiations beginning … 0

Task force on region’s heroin addiction organizes forum in Greenfield

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — The task force leading the local fight against heroin addiction has invited lawmakers, top court officials and leaders of successful anti-addiction efforts from the eastern part of the state to a community conference Monday. “Heroin: a … 0

Joshua Alicea of Easthampton faces cocaine charges after traffic stop in Greenfield

Monday, February 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — An Easthampton man faces cocaine possession and dealing charges following a traffic stop for speeding last week in the area of Cheapside and Hope streets. Greenfield Police charged Joshua Alicea, 22, with possession of cocaine within 300 feet of a school zone with intent to distribute, … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, February 14, 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 12 O’Clock Boys (NR) Gloria (R) Miyazaki Series: Porco Rosso (PG) Miyazaki Series: … 0

Baystate Franklin Medical Center nurses unanimously ratify new contract

Thursday, February 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center nurses unanimously voted Thursday to ratify a new contract that will maintain daily overtime through 2016 and end their 29-month standoff with the hospital. The agreement that ultimately broke the deadlock, and averted a 24-hour strike that had been scheduled Monday, was … 0

House approves money for task force addressing addiction problem in region

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The ad-hoc group that has rallied to fight a growing addiction problem in the region has its first funding rolling through the state legislative process. Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan said state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, has secured … 0

Greenfield Community College police officers to carry handguns

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — To better prepare for a potential gunman on campus, three full-time Greenfield Community College police officers will begin carrying handguns later this year. The decision was approved unanimously by the college’s board of trustees Wednesday after months of research and reflection — particularly by President Robert … 0

Baystate Franklin Medical Center, nurses sign tentative agreement to avoid strike, end labor dispute (w/audio)

Friday, February 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — On the brink of another nursing strike at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, hospital officials and union leaders reached a tentative contract agreement Friday that will end their 29-month standoff. State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg and state Rep. … 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