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Tea Guys of Whately owes $2M for breach of contract, judge rules
04-15-2024 9:41 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

WHATELY — Tea Guys LLC must pay more than $2 million to a Baltimore tea company due to a breach of contract, a Franklin County Superior Court judge has ruled.The small business in Whately was sued last summer by Zest Tea LLC and had two bank accounts...

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Turners Falls man charged after crashing into Deerfield house
07-03-2024 12:22 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

DEERFIELD — A Turners Falls man faces various charges, including his third OUI offense, after allegedly driving a vehicle into a River Road house last weekend.Jason E. Tyler, 50, pleaded not guilty in Greenfield District Court on Monday to charges of...


United Way diaper drive returns
06-21-2024 2:30 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

United Way of the Franklin & Hampshire Region continues to effect “change” as it holds another diaper drive through June 30.The nonprofit is partnering with Greenfield Savings Bank, the Northampton Radio Group, the Daily Hampshire Gazette and the...


Wendell group gives Comerford petition seeking pause on large-scale battery storage systems
06-16-2024 2:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Moments before state Sen. Jo Comerford’s Town Hall event at Greenfield Community College on Monday, members of a citizens group that was formed last year in opposition to a proposed battery storage facility in Wendell handed the state...


Panel discusses local efforts to combat sexual exploitation of minors
05-31-2024 2:35 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Authorities in Hampshire and Franklin counties spelled out how they are combating sexual exploitation of minors as part of a community education initiative Wednesday, with experts saying that a special emphasis is placed on fighting...


1989 homicide victim found in Warwick ID’d through genetic testing, but some mysteries remain
05-03-2024 11:38 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — It took nearly 35 years, but the human remains found just off Route 78 in Warwick in 1989 have been identified as belonging to Constance (Holminski) Bassignani, who was 65 years old at the time of her murder.The Northwestern District...


Ashfield considers seeking ‘Climate Leader’ designation
04-25-2024 2:35 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ASHFIELD — The town is seeking a “Climate Leader” designation from the state that would help it reduce emissions by increasing its use of equipment run on electricity rather than those requiring fossil fuels, and maximizing the efficiency of...


Sen. Markey informs Deerfield Elementary students about online privacy law
04-11-2024 5:11 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Fifty-two students coming of age during a time enveloped by social media and online influence spoke with U.S. Sen. Ed Markey on Monday to discuss proposed legislation that would update a law enacted 26 years ago to better protect...


DCR sees booking surge at state campgrounds
03-28-2024 4:42 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

It seems people from all over are anxious for warmer weather to arrive as bookings at the three state camping locations in Hampshire and Franklin counties are filling up fast, mirroring a trend at state-run campsites throughout Massachusetts.The state...


Deerfield woman gets probation in stabbing case
03-28-2024 11:56 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield woman was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation after admitting in Franklin County Superior Court to stabbing the 82-year-old husband of a woman she was caring for as a personal care attendant last year.Kady J....


Public comment sought on responsible clean energy development
03-14-2024 10:17 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

Residents have until Friday to submit their input regarding the process by which clean energy projects are permitted in Massachusetts.An online survey is soliciting public comment on how the state should protect health, safety and community livability...


GCC nursing students talk single-payer health care, workplace safety concerns with WMass legislators
02-13-2024 8:04 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Some two dozen aspiring nurses spent Monday morning rubbing elbows with four of the region’s top politicians, where they were able to ask what they could do to drum up support for single-payer health care to how to better protect medical...


Play it again, Sam: Shea Theater to show ‘Lovejoy’s Nuclear War’ to mark 50th anniversary of Montague tower toppling
02-09-2024 12:21 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

In the fall of 1973, Wendell resident Dan Keller drove to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut to pick up friend Sam Lovejoy and mentioned to his pal that he wouldn’t believe what had been built back home on the Montague Plains.The two drove...


Global coffee nonprofit appoints Dean’s Beans CEO to board
02-07-2024 4:09 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Women’s empowerment has long been one of the missions of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co. So having its CEO serve on the board of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance is likely a natural fit.Beth Spong was recently appointed to the board...


McGovern legislation would ease access to medically necessary foods
01-27-2024 8:29 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

The Democrat representing the 2nd Congressional District of Massachusetts has teamed up with a Republican colleague from Florida to sponsor a bill aimed at making it easier for Americans to get medically necessary foods.Jim McGovern and John...


Baystate Franklin’s first baby of 2024 born to Belchertown couple
01-03-2024 5:35 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Ever sat in a vehicle during a trip from New Jersey to western Massachusetts? How about while in labor?Well, Belchertown resident Christy O’Donnell has, and the result was Brooke Lynn Huyler, the first baby born at Baystate Franklin...


Local residents recall JFK assassination 60 years on
11-22-2023 1:35 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

Riding the commuter rail home to Haverhill from Boston in the early afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963, David Lewis couldn’t help but notice all the American flags he passed had been lowered to half-staff. This was peculiar, he recalled, “because they weren’t...


Scammers using AI for phone fraud
10-22-2023 3:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Artificial intelligence is changing the phone scam game. But, experts say, the rules are the same.“I think we would always be wary when we pick up the phone when we don’t know who is calling,” said Anita Wilson, director of the Consumer Protection...


Rebecca Todd named Connecticut River Conservancy’s new executive director
10-19-2023 7:59 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Years ago, Rebecca Todd and her roommate decided to cap off their first year at Dartmouth College by paddling home on the Connecticut River — from Hanover, New Hampshire to Walpole, New Hampshire.“I wouldn’t say that was the start of my...


State research project aims to study bear population size, distribution
09-24-2023 3:44 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Experts say that if you encounter a bear it is important to immediately make yourself look big, talk very calmly and slowly back away.But after that, if you saw the carnivoran mammal in Massachusetts, you can go to bit.ly/3raabc8 to report the...


Remains found on Rawson Island ID’d as missing Greenfield man
09-06-2023 11:51 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Authorities have identified the human remains discovered on a Connecticut River island last month by children as those of Greenfield resident Brian Cornwell, who was reported missing in December 2020, the Northwestern district attorney’s...

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