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Churches to light luminaries for Easter
03-30-2024 11:39 AM

Staff Report

HADLEY — At least three churches in Hadley and Amherst will be lighting luminaries to brighten the exterior of their buildings and remind passers-by of this weekend’s Easter services, while also collecting canned food for local food pantries.An...

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DA’s office organizes gun buyback
04-03-2024 11:05 AM

Staff Report

NORTHAMPTON — The Northwestern district attorney’s office is leading a gun buyback event April 13 at the Northampton and Greenfield police departments in an effort to put unwanted firearms out of commission.People who drop off weapons will receive...


Healey recommends Ames for register of probate
04-03-2024 10:51 AM

Staff Report

NORTHAMPTON — Gov. Maura T. Healey has recommended the appointment of Mark Ames as Hampshire County register of Probate and Family Court.Ames has been temporary register since Michael Carey’s retirement Jan. 16. “Mark Ames has dedicated his career to...


Man, 35, killed in car-to-car shooting in Chicopee
03-13-2024 12:11 PM

Staff Report

CHICOPEE — A 35-year-old man was killed in a car-to-car shooting on Interstate 391 south in Chicopee Tuesday evening, state police reported.Troopers from the Springfield barracks responded to the scene after receiving a report of the shooting around...


Baystate Health taps new leader to replace Keroack
03-13-2024 8:30 AM

Staff Report

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Health has appointed Peter D. Banko president and chief executive officer, succeeding Dr. Mark Keroack.Banko was most recently president and CEO of Centura Health in Colorado.“Among a slate of high-qualified candidates, Peter...


Police operation in Holyoke leads to the arrest of 3 on drug charges
02-28-2024 1:54 PM

Staff Report

HOLYOKE — Three men are facing drug charges after police searched two Newton Street addresses and two vehicles associated with them and seized large quantities of fentanyl and cocaine, an unlicensed firearm, ammunition and over $25,000 in cash,...


Hampshire County home prices up again in January, but so are sales
02-22-2024 12:06 PM

Staff Report

 The number of single-family homes sold in Hampshire County were up by 16% in January over the same month last year, the first time that home sales have gone up year-over-year since the summer of 2021, according to real estate data analysts at The...


Billboards to advertise resources for domestic violence
02-07-2024 8:45 AM

Staff Report

NORTHAMPTON — Two billboards going up in prominent spots in Northampton and Greenfield will call attention to the prevalence of intimate partner violence in the community, offering phone numbers to call for help. Staff with the Northwestern district...


South Hadley man arraigned on cocaine, weapons charges
02-01-2024 5:44 PM

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SOUTH HADLEY — A South Hadley man was ordered held on $3,000 bail following his arraignment Thursday in Eastern Hampshire District Court on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, subsequent offense, possession of a firearm...


State select board handbook dedicated to Worthington’s Stephen Kulik
01-29-2024 1:32 PM

Staff Report

BOSTON — An updated and, for the first time, online edition of the Handbook for Massachusetts Select Board Members has been dedicated to the late Stephen Kulik.A longtime state legislator and town official from Worthington, Kulik was described in a...


Blue Cross pauses controversial anesthesia policy 
01-29-2024 11:10 AM

Staff Report

Less than a month after it began enforcing a longstanding policy restricting the use of anesthesia during colonoscopies and other procedures, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is pausing that action after physicians statewide lobbied the insurer...


Nomination papers to run for office in Hatfield to be available Feb. 5
01-25-2024 8:41 AM

Staff Report

HATFIELD — Nomination forms to run for elective office in Hatfield at the May 21 annual town election will be available at the town clerk’s office at Town Hall starting Feb. 5.Following are the positions and the incumbents in those seats, according to...


Northampton resident sworn in as temporary register of Hampshire County Probate and Family Court
01-25-2024 8:06 AM

Staff Report

NORTHAMPTON — Mark S. Ames has been appointed temporary register of probate for Hampshire County’s Probate and Family Court, following Michael Carey’s retirement from the position.Ames, of Northampton, was sworn in Jan. 16 by First Justice Diana Velez...


Area municipalities receive share of $10M in flood relief money
01-22-2024 5:22 PM

Staff Report

NORTHAMPTON — State grants totaling $10 million for communities hit by last year’s flooding have been announced by the Healey-Driscoll administration. The neighboring Franklin County towns of Deerfield and Conway topped the money list, with awards of...


Land gift provides vital conservation, recreation link in Hilltowns
01-22-2024 11:34 AM

Staff Report

A recent donation of 132 acres to Hilltown Land Trust will link Williamsburg’s Briar Hill Conservation Area to the DAR State Forest in Goshen, extending hiking trails and wildlife corridors, conservation officials announced Friday.Spread across the...


Judge tosses trademark lawsuit in Trader Joe’s dispute
01-17-2024 1:22 PM

Staff Report

HADLEY — A federal judge has dismissed a trademark infringement lawsuit filed by Trader Joe’s against Trader Joe’s United, the independent union of store workers.The national grocery chain filed suit in July 2023, alleging that the union’s line of...


Four western Mass. towns get grants for culvert work
01-10-2024 1:43 PM

Staff Report

NORTHAMPTON — Several area towns have landed grants for culvert repairs from the Department of Fish and Game’s Division of  Ecological Restoration.Towns receiving grants include:■Chester, Abbott Brook , $55,361This award supports efforts to replace...


Mass. lawmakers want Cuba off terror list
01-02-2024 4:09 PM

Staff Report

WASHINGTON — Saying U.S. actions have added to the suffering of the Cuban people, Massachusetts lawmakers, including both senators, Rep. Jim McGovern and four other House members, are pressing President Biden to remove the Caribbean nation from the...


Pop-up printing event in downtown Holyoke for clothes, goods with local art continues Friday
12-12-2023 10:57 AM

Staff Report

HOLYOKE — An ongoing pop-up project in which a screenprinter and local artists make clothing and household items that can be used as holiday gifts continues Dec. 15.Paper City Clothing Co., run by screenprinter Carols Peña, is coordinating the...


Chicopee man gets 7-9 years in Ware shooting
11-22-2023 12:59 PM

Staff Report

NORTHAMPTON — A Chicopee man was sentenced to seven to nine years in state prison Tuesday for several crimes in connection with a 2021 shooting in Ware, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.Hampshire Superior Court Judge James...


Regional Drug Take Back Day nets more than a ton of drugs
11-05-2023 1:00 PM

Staff Report

NORTHAMPTON — Last week’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events in Hampshire and Franklin counties collected 2,568 pounds of drugs, the Northwestern district attorney’s office reported.That means the district has safely disposed of 71,584...

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