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From left: Steve Nelson of WiredWest speaks while Eric Nakajima, director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, listens, during a meeting earlier this year at the John Olver Transit Center in Greenfield.

MBI ‘Last Mile’ overseer Nakajima quits

Friday, February 12, 2016

Eric Nakajima, the man who was to have shepherded the build-out of “Last Mile” broadband to most of Western Massachusetts, has stepped down from his job. Nakajima, who visited most of the unserved and underserved hilltowns this fall and winter to talk about their broadband needs, announced Friday he is leaving his post as director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) effective immediately. However, he will be a temporary adviser on broadband issues for the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, which oversees MBI, during the transition period. In the first week of February, when Nakajima met in Greenfield with Shelburne and Conway town officials, Nakajima said MBI … 0

Lt. Gov. signs ‘compact’ with county towns

Thursday, February 11, 2016

HEATH — Although Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito wasn’t in Heath Thursday to specifically talk about broadband or the canceled $2 million grant to Heath for a new public safety complex, she did touch on those subjects during the signing of three Community Compacts — one with Rowe, one with Shelburne and one with Heath.  Polito also … 0

Towns to sign ‘Community Compact’ with Lt. Gov. in Heath Thursday

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

HEATH — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito is coming to Heath on Thursday to sign a “Community Compact” with town officials from Heath, Rowe and Shelburne in the Heath Community Hall at 1:45 p.m. Polito will also be signing a Community Compact with Deerfield later Thursday. After his inauguration, Gov. Charlie Baker’s first executive … 0

Rowe hears on costs to rejoin Mohawk

Monday, February 1, 2016

ROWE — Town boards and School Committee members met Monday morning with Superintendent of Schools Michael Buoniconti and School Business Manager Michael Kociela to go over preliminary financial estimates on what it might cost for Rowe to join … 0

Burn Awareness Week provides prevention tips for young and old

Monday, February 1, 2016

The first week of February in Massachusetts is known for its frigid temperatures and blustery conditions. What you may not know is that it is also Burn Awareness Week in the state. The state fire marshal has released … 0

Addressing physical and emotional overstress; surgical guidelines for the elderly

Monday, February 1, 2016

Q: I hear that too much stress can change your cells so you develop serious health problems. How does that work, and how do I avoid it? -- Chris V., Manchester, New Hampshire A: That’s true, and here’s … 0

Baystate Noble officials continue investigating disinfectant lapse that put 293 colonoscopy patients at small risk for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C

Saturday, January 30, 2016

WESTFIELD — In the wake of a disinfection lapse that left 293 colonoscopy patients at a small risk for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, Baystate Health officials continue to piece together the puzzle of what went wrong … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Mohawk sets policy for school collaborations BUCKLAND — To encourage Mohawk Trail Regional School District schools to work together on educational programs, the School Committee has adopted a policy for how communities and educators will proceed: First, they must have open meetings that allow input from all affected … 0

MBI to meet with cable towns on broadband expansion options

Friday, January 29, 2016

Over the next few weeks, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute will meet with officials in towns with partial broadband access to talk about “last mile” broadband options through Comcast Cable. The Franklin County towns with partial cable access through Comcast include Buckland, Conway, Northfield and Shelburne. MBI has set … 0

Mohawk towns struggle with school costs

Friday, January 29, 2016

BUCKLAND — Faced with rising school costs and the urging of town officials to hold the school budget to a 2½ percent increase, the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee unanimously agreed to form a Strategic Planning Steering Committee to come up with a three- to five-year strategic plan … 0

Neighbors: Stone Soup Cafe celebrates four years; attracts people from all walks

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hello neighbor. Stone Soup Cafe is celebrating its fourth year this year. The unique, pay-as-you-can community meal, which is served at All Souls Church in Greenfield every Saturday at noon. On Monday, Stone Soup Cafe will be the … 0

Pittsfield Rep. won’t seek Downing’s state Senate seat

Thursday, January 28, 2016

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvoir of Pittsfield said Thursday she plans to forgo a bid to replace Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, who announced he won’t be seeking re-election in November, running instead for re-election to her House seat. That leaves Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, the Lenox Democrat who’s considering … 0

Downing’s exit piques pair’s interest

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Two Berkshire County Democrats say they’re looking at state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing’s announcement that he won’t seek a sixth term in this fall’s elections not only as a tremendous loss for his Western Massachusetts constituents but also … 0