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For the Recorder/Carol Lollis
The letter sent to patients who may have been affected by the disinfection lapse

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 and why it took so long for the error to come to light. The hospital acquired new colonoscopes in June 2012 but … 0

Opioid drug fraud lands mom, daughter on probation

Thursday, January 14, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton mother and daughter pleaded guilty Thursday in Hampshire Superior Court to more than 200 drug-related charges resulting from the daughter’s opioid addiction. Each woman was placed on probation. Theresa Coe, 49, was accused in April 2015 of writing phony prescriptions — more than 100 in a two-year period — … 0

Crash victim previously arrested after car chase

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — The Springfield man killed Friday in a head-on crash with Northampton musician Jeff Martell was arrested last month after a car chase, West Springfield police confirmed Monday. The fatal collision occurred about 5 p.m. Friday on Route 20 in West Springfield when one vehicle crossed the center line, West Springfield Police Sgt. Hubert Rees said Saturday. Police have not yet said … 0

UPDATED: Jeff Martell, a popular musician with roots in Northampton and Greenfield, dies in West Springfield car crash. Family and friends recall a sweet, soulful man.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Pioneer Valley folk singer Jeff Martell died in a car crash while driving to a gig Friday night. Family and friends remember him for his love of music and the way he used it to bring … 0

Trial set for man accused of UMass rape

Sunday, January 10, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A former University of Massachusetts Amherst student who pleaded not guilty to raping a female student on a campus lawn during the first days of his freshman year in 2013 is scheduled for trial beginning Jan. 19. Patrick Durocher, 20, from Longmeadow, has pleaded not guilty … 0

From commerce to healing: Northampton retailer Mary Lou Heiss of Tea Trekker fights blood cancer

Sunday, January 3, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — After running five storefronts in Northampton over 40 years, retailing has long been an odyssey for merchants Robert and Mary Lou Heiss. They put that sense of adventure into the very name of their latest shop, … 0

Your new squeeze: Nourish Juice Bar at Thornes Marketplace puts the fresh in refreshment

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nourish Juice Bar, which opened in September in the lower level of Thornes Marketplace at 150 Main St., has been three years in the making. Ashley Niles Vandermark, of Colrain, and Ethan Vandermark of Portsmouth, N.H., … 0

Womack pleads guilty in UMass rape

Monday, November 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The fourth defendant charged with raping a University of Massachusetts-Amherst student in her dorm room has pleaded guilty just as jury selection in his trial was about to start. Caleb Womack had been charged with aggravated rape but on Monday pleaded guilty to reduced charges of … 0

Final UMass 2012 rape defendant competent for trial

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The last of four men accused of raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room has been found competent to stand trial following a mental health evaluation. Jury selection in the trial of … 0

Smith College clarifies stance on media coverage of sit-ins

Monday, November 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College has issued a statement clarifying the college’s stance toward the media, claiming that some press coverage incorrectly stated that Smith supported banning the media at Wednesday’s sit-in. Some 300 Smith students gathered at the Campus Center Wednesday to support students of color on campuses … 0

GCC might move nursing program back to Smith

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Greenfield Community College’s Licensed Practical Nurse program may return to its roots at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School as early as next summer. The program has been housed at several locations across the Pioneer Valley in recent years, including the Veterans Administration Hospital in Leeds, … 0

Greenfield Savings Bank branch robbed

Thursday, November 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are investigating a Thursday afternoon robbery at a King Street bank. Officers responded to the Greenfield Savings Bank branch at 325 King St. around 2:06 p.m., Northampton Police Capt. John Cartledge said in a statement. … 0

Smith College protest over racism on campus supports actions at University of Missouri

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — About 200 Smith College students, Dean of the College Donna Lisker, and faculty and staff members joined in front of the Campus Center in the rain at noon Wednesday, calling attention to racism on campus and supporting similar actions at Ithaca College and University of Missouri. … 0