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Neighbors: Help a former neighbor by voting for her new business

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m hoping you can help one of our former neighbors expand her business in Gloucester. Heather Ahearn, who is the daughter of David and Sally Ahearn and is co-owner of Atlantic Saltworks, is currently competing in the Entrepreneur and Sam Adams Brewing American Dream Wild Card Pitch Room contest. If she and her business partner Alison Darnell win, they will receive a $10,000 business grant. Now, let me … 0

Whately strip club owner acquitted of sexual harassment, assault claims

Friday, November 14, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — After an eight-day civil trial, the owner of a Whately strip club prevailed against sexual harassment and assault claims brought by a former employee in U.S. District Court Friday morning. The suit, filed in 2012 by Cara Lyn Crncic, a bartender who worked at Club Castaway for about six months in 2011, accused owner Demetrious Konstantopoulos of sexually harassing her and … 0

Tea Guys: Blended brews

Friday, November 14, 2014

During a visit to Piccadilly Circus in London, Tea Guys co-founder Oliver Rich came across an open-air market, where he found vendors busy at work selling fresh lemons, spices and other foods. The crisp aromas swirled in the air, coalescing beneath the tea lover’s nose. That’s when inspiration struck. The experience gave him … 0

Selectmen address opioid problem

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Small town governments are another avenue through which the Opioid Task Force is looking to get traction on the heroin and painkiller problem. Thursday night Opioid Task Force member John Merrigan and coordinator Marisa Hebble presented data on the problem and information on efforts underway to … 0

Neighbors: TFHS to hold its fourth all-class reunion

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hey, it’s that time of year again — my alma mater, Turners Falls High School (Class of 1976 and proud of it) is holding its Alumni Association’s fourth annual All-Class Reunion the day after Thanksgiving. It will be held on the nightclub side of Between the … 0

Whately voters OK money for facilitator

Thursday, November 13, 2014

WHATELY — The town’s discussion of how to resolve its municipal space needs is back on the menu. Voters have approved spending $10,000 to bring in a professional community facilitator from Boston to hold a series of public … 0

Hearing for man who threatened Frontier continued until December

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — A dangerousness hearing for Nicholas R. Schauer, the 19-year-old Sunderland man who is charged with threatening to “re-enact Columbine” at Frontier Regional School, has been continued until Dec. 1. According to the Greenfield District Court, the decision was made to allow Bridgewater State Hospital, where he … 0

Two Frontier students to serve on Governor’s Youth Council

Monday, November 10, 2014

DEERFIELD — Massachusetts will have a new governor on Jan. 5, and two students from Frontier Regional School will soon be able to tell him exactly what’s on their minds. The two students, junior Caitlin Burnett and sophomore … 0

Neighbors: It doesn’t take much to help feed our hungry

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was visiting with 2-year-old twin grandsons Owen and Travis the other night while daughter Christina went running — she didn’t get her passion for strenuous exercise from me — and as I watched them eat their chicken, rice, squash, yogurt and applesauce with reckless abandon, … 0

Letter: Plan for Whately

Monday, November 10, 2014

The issue of consolidating town offices has been debated for long enough. The best solution available NOW is for the town of Whately to purchase the Massachusetts Library Building in OUR industrial park. Using the asking price and adding funds for interior renovations would cost the average taxpayer … 0

Neighbors: Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour this weekend

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not head to Colrain for its annual Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour? Colrain is one of the county’s gems. Tucked in the hills, the town … 0

Kulik keeps seat in 1st Franklin District

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Although results from the 1st Franklin District’s largest town and several others were not in by press time, it appeared that Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, had won easy re-election to a 12th term, defeating Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, … 0

Trial begins for Whately strip club owner

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

WHATELY — The sexual harassment trial in a civil suit against a Whately strip club owner is underway in federal court. The lawsuit was filed by a female bartender in 2012 against Demetrios Konstantopoulos, owner of the Castaway Lounge on Routes 5 and 10. The jury trial began … 0