Northampton

CAROL LOLLIS
State Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg  held a brief press conference after he was elected Senate president Wednesday.

Rosenberg vows work on welfare overhaul

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The welfare system in Massachusetts was once a model for the nation after reforms in the 1990s, but now ranks among the worst in the country at putting people back to work. State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg of Amherst and Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco, D-Taunton, are seeking to reverse that trend with this week’s … 1

Testimony begins in trial of former Mass. teacher accused of child rape

Thursday, February 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former middle school science teacher from Southampton admitted to his wife and police that he sexually molested a girl for approximately five years, but his lawyer contends that James L. Parks is not guilty of other accusations for which he is on trial in Hampshire Superior Court. Jurors on Thursday … 0

Friday, February 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A small, framed motto sits on John P. Collins’ desk in Building 12 at the VA Medical Center in Leeds. It reads, “If you’re not serving the patient, you’re job is to serve someone who is.” It’s a slogan that Collins, a retired Army colonel who took over as director of … 0

Audit of Hampshire Sheriff’s office: sound accounting

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A state audit of the Hampshire Sheriff’s Office released this month recommended areas for improvements in its financial record-keeping, but largely found accurate records and no evidence of malfeasance. The audit also found areas in which the sheriff’s office has improved its financial operations. The department … 0

BID trial

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly two months after the Northampton Business Improvement District re-upped through 2019, a long-anticipated civil lawsuit in Hampshire Superior Court began Monday that could have major implications for the BID’s immediate future. The lawsuit was filed more than five years ago by Alan Scheinman and several … 0

Colleges leery of medical pot

Monday, August 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When it comes to medical marijuana, Massachusetts colleges are left to choose between the right of the patient and compliance with federal law. Educational institutions are fearful that sanctioning medical marijuana use on campus could jeopardize federal funding — which includes financial aid for students. “Although … 0

Tapestry’s grant nixed before it was ‘relinquished’

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In June, officials at Tapestry Health Inc. said they had “voluntarily relinquished” a $714,000 federal grant for providing family planning services to low-income residents. But documents obtained by the Gazette show that the nonprofit agency was pressured to give up the grant after it failed to … 0

Mayor says ‘si’ to order protecting immigrants

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Shortly after three city immigrants shared tales of interactions with police that shook their trust in the community, Mayor David J. Narkewicz promised Thursday at a public forum to sign an executive order prohibiting the Police Department from turning over illegal immigrants to the federal U.S. … 0

Housing director Hite to retire in February

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Jon Hite, executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority, announced he will retire next year after serving for more than 22 years. Hite, who last week notified the authority’s board of commissioners of his decision, said he plans to step down in February 2015. “I’ve been … 0

World Eye's Florence satellite store set to close Saturday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After two years selling books on North Main Street in Florence, the World Eye Bookshop is closing Saturday, though its Greenfield store remains alive and well. Jessica Mullins, owner of Greenfield’s World Eye Bookshop, in operation … 0

Police, health officials monitor fake marijuana product

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While New Hampshire officials deal with a rash of overdoses caused by a potent type of synthetic marijuana called “Smacked,” a merchant who helps run two downtown head shops said the product is unfamiliar to him. “Today is the first time I heard of ‘Smacked’,” said … 0

Friendly’s closes on King Street

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What was for many people a nostalgic downtown fixture has closed its doors. The Friendly’s restaurant at 63 King St. closed Monday, according to a statement by the chain’s corporate headquarters in Wilbraham. GLG Corporation owned by Gary L. Glenn of Granby operated the restaurant which … 0

Head of medical marijuana shop resigns over resume

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The executive director of the company planning to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Northampton and Brookline resigned over the weekend after misrepresenting his academic credentials in an application to the state. In a letter of resignation to the board of New England Treatment Access Inc. dated … 0