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‘You need to need to speak up’: With Northampton VA hospital closure called off, vets say they took a stand and leaders listened

John Paradis trusted that the recommendation to close the Veterans Affairs hospital in Northampton was faulty, and could be successfully contested. But he did not think discussions to shutter the facility would unravel so quickly. A retired Air Force Lt. Col. living in Northampton, Paradis was a leading local voice...

Public Comment: Proposal For Trash Hauler Reform Gains Public Support, Deserves Thorough Consideration By Town Council

The following public comment was made at the Meeting of the Amherst Town Council on June 27, 2022. I am commenting in support of the Zero Waste Amherst proposal to provide universal compost pick up in Amherst. According to the Zero Waste Amherst website, the proposal has a lot of support in town. I would hope that the Town Council provides a thorough airing of all of the issues involved and ultimately supports the proposal.

Veterans medical center in Northampton will stay open after U.S. senators disband commission

Western Massachusetts lawmakers are praising a decision by a group of U.S. senators that will allow the VA medical center in Northampton to stay open. In March, the federal Asset and Infrastructure Commission, tasked with streamlining facilities at the Department of Veterans Affairs, had recommended closing the medical center in the Leeds section of Northampton. The commission said veterans could be served elsewhere.

New trial motion filed in Greenfield Police discrimination case

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - The attorney for a former Greenfield Police officer who won a racial discrimination case against the city told Western Mass News that a motion has been filed asking for a new trial. Attorney Timothy Ryan said the motion was filed on behalf of the city and...

A Second Trader Joe's Just Voted To Unionize

Earlier this month, The New York Times reported that Trader Joe's workers in Hadley, Massachusetts had become the first employees of the grocery chain to file for a union election. Workers alleged a host of management-related complaints, from inadequate health and safety protections to scheduling transgressions to free speech violations. Talk of unionization started spreading around the store, backed by the independent nonprofit Trader Joe's United, and before long, a Trader Joe's worker was told to go home for refusing to remove a pro-union pin from their hat (via HuffPost).

Letter: It’s Time To Step Up And Save Democracy

Even though we knew it was coming, how outraged were we, when the word came down that SCOTUS took our reproductive rights away? Last week I wrote a letter to the Amherst Indy, full of steam and self-importance. Of course, writing an angry letter has limited satisfaction: it’s like hitting a wall, hoping the wall will be deeply hurt.

Town by Town: June 29

(WGGB/WSHM) - Western Mass News is taking you town by town to Springfield, West Springfield, and Granby. The city of Springfield is spreading the word about taking care of your mental health. Springfield hosted its first Mental Health Check-In Day in Court Square Wednesday morning. State Representative Orlando Ramos was...
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Doctor talks the science of sleeping

(Mass Appeal) – There is a science behind sleeping as to why it’s so important or why it may be easier or more difficult for you to fall asleep at night. Dr. Rebecca Spencer, a Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences at UMass Amherst, is here to talk all about it.

Bernardston’s Falltown Grill damaged by fire just weeks after opening

BERNARDSTON, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - The Falltown Grill, the restaurant now located at the former Four Leaf Clover in Bernardston, caught on fire early Wednesday morning. At least 14 fire departments responded just before 2 a.m. to the Falltown Grill on South Street. The Bernardston Fire Department said the fire had...

Frank A. Cowdrey Sr., 89, formerly of Marlborough

– Frank A. Cowdrey Sr., 89, of South Hadley, MA passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Son of the late Edward C. Cowdrey and late Rose M. Price, he was born in Westminster, VT on December 7, 1932. After graduating high school, Frank went on to...