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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

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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

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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

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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...


Suspect in Holyoke shooting surrenders
11-03-2023 10:23 AM

Staff Report

HOLYOKE — A third suspect sought for weeks by police for his alleged involvement in the Oct. 4 shooting in which an unborn child was killed has turned himself in to authorities, the Hampden District Attorney’s office reported.Kermith Alvarez, 28, of...


Drug Takeback Day is Saturday at 14 Hampshire, Franklin county locations
10-25-2023 12:11 PM

Staff Report

NORTHAMPTON — Local residents are encouraged to clean out medicine chests and dispose of unneeded medication for humans and pets at 14 Hampshire and Franklin county locations participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday from 10...


Girls Inc. gets a $2M federal boost for new headquarters in Holyoke
10-17-2023 11:42 AM

Staff Report

HOLYOKE — A $2 million federal earmark is supporting the renovation of the 480 Hampden St. headquarters and program center for Girls Inc. of the Valley, a nonprofit organization that serves to empower more than 1,000 girls from underserved...


2 suspects charged with accessory to murder in fatal Holyoke shooting
10-17-2023 9:53 AM

Staff Report

HOLYOKE — Two Holyoke residents who allegedly helped one of three suspects wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of an infant on Oct. 4 are facing charges, according to the Hampden district attorney’s office.Jose Galarza, 31, and Jay Marie...


Gov. Healey to discuss public service during Nov. 1 talk at Amherst College
10-16-2023 12:50 PM

Staff Report

AMHERST — An initiative for members of the Amherst College community to serve the greater good in both their professional and personal endeavors is a strategic priority for Amherst College President Michael A. Elliott.On the evening of Nov. 1, almost...


Two accused of organized retail crime spree
09-25-2023 11:43 AM

Staff Report

HOLYOKE — Holyoke police arrested two New York City men Thursday on numerous fugitive-from-justice warrants and a slate of charges after Stop & Shop loss prevention staff reported two individuals in the Northampton Street store actively stealing...


Former Holyoke Community College chief Royal named to state higher ed board
09-22-2023 2:00 PM

Staff Report

HOLYOKE — Recently retired Holyoke Community College president Christina Royal has been named to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education by Gov. Maura T. Healey.Royal, who lives in Northampton, was one of three new board appointments announced...


Belchertown man convicted of Social Security fraud
08-25-2023 12:31 PM

Staff Report

BOSTON — A Belchertown man was convicted Thursday by a jury in U.S. District Court of fraudulently receiving Social Security disability benefits, the Massachusetts U.S. attorney’s office reported.Kenneth Pontz, 59, was convicted following a three-day...

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