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 across the nation and to address racism at Smith. According to the statement issued by the Office of College Relations, “Several media … 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, the GCC’s downtown center on Main Street in Greenfield and currently, in Florence in a … 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. The suspect handed a note demanding money to a bank teller, Cartledge said. No weapon … 0

Faces gets new lease

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Beloved downtown merchant Faces will remain open. Colebrook Realty Services Inc. has announced the store was sold to Chris Andrew Inc., which plans to keep the landmark retailer open for business. Chris Andrew Inc. is controlled by Camile and Tiffany Hannoush and Chris and Amy Pariseau. … 0

Healey says she’s committed to battling opioid crisis

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says her office is committed to turning the state’s opioid crisis around. “I think it’s important that we call this what it is. It is a disease. This is a public health crisis,” said Healey at a fundraiser for Tapestry Health, … 0

Rep. McGovern wants debate on policy in Iraq

Thursday, April 2, 2015

When Congress returns from its break April 13, U.S. Rep. James McGovern aims to force a discussion about U.S. military escalation in Iraq in the fight against ISIS. In fact, he believes members of Congress are shirking their … 0

Human services workers rally in Northampton after soured negotiations

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A breakdown in contract negotiations sent more than 100 human service workers from Clinical & Support Options into the street to protest outside the agency’s headquarters Wednesday morning. The agency provides services to thousands of people … 0

Patrick Donnelly appointed seventh poet laureate in Northampton

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Patrick Donnelly once studied classical singing and acting, with an eye to becoming an opera singer. Although those plans did not work out, he also had a deep interest in writing that he subsequently developed — … 0

State officials get earful about Open Meeting Law

Sunday, March 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Open Meeting Law presentation at an annual conference for local civic leaders Saturday turned into a venting session about how many of them felt the law gets in the way of their work. John A. Payne, chairman of the Shelburne Select Board, said he believed … 0

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 … 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 … 0

A new frontline for veteran's care

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.” … 0

Storm closes methadone clinics, though patients still treated

Monday, February 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — Several methadone clinics closed throughout the region because of Monday’s snowstorm, although clinic operators were required to provide patients with medication in advance for their daily treatments as required by the state. Community Substance Abuse Centers closed clinics in Greenfield, Northampton and Chicopee, according to the … 0