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Past articles by Joshua:

Castaways in Whately to have new owners by summer

WHATELY — By summer, the Castaways Lounge will operate under new ownership.The prospective buyers of the strip club, Nicholas Spagnola and Julius Sokol, plan on closing on the sale in the next couple of months, Spagnola confirmed Thursday. He hopes to... → Read More

Couple found in tent in Greenfield died of carbon monoxide poisoning

GREENFIELD — The brutal winter night back in January led in part to the death of a couple found in a tent behind the McDonald’s on the Mohawk Trail, according to their death certificates, which were completed last week.Kathleen Grady, 50, died of... → Read More

Judge: Baystate Franklin hospital engaged in union busting

GREENFIELD — High-ranking Baystate Health officials were found guilty of attempting to union bust at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in a case regarding the recently formed security and trades unions at the Greenfield hospital, according to an... → Read More

Shelburne Falls Coffee takes over shops in Northampton, Greenfield

GREENFIELD – Fifteen years ago Mukunda Feldman, already a decade deep in a career in coffee, opened Northampton Coffee. A couple years later he opened Amherst Coffee. Then, in 2010 Greenfield Coffee opened in the center of downtown.With a 2½-year-old... → Read More

At Opioid Task Force meeting, Northampton police present one approach to combating addiction

GREENFIELD — If the early data pans out, Franklin County and the North Quabbin region, the catchall of the Opioid Task Force, will have seen the most deaths attributed to the opioid crisis in any year. While communities continue to struggle with the... → Read More

Greenfield set for first retail pot shop

GREENFIELD — Franklin County should finally have its own recreational marijuana store by the end of February.Patriot Care received its final license from the state Cannabis Control Commission Thursday in Boston. Patriot Care currently operates its... → Read More

Why did a homeless couple die in Greenfield?

GREENFIELD — Zach Wheeler, 24, was in jail while some of the city’s homeless lived on the Greenfield Common this summer. He remembered a sense of anger about the whole thing.The person who would visit and give him a sense of comfort while he was at... → Read More

Man, woman found dead in tent in Greenfield

GREENFIELD — An adult man and a woman were discovered dead in a tent behind the McDonald’s on Route 2, the Northwestern district attorney’s office said.Foul play is not suspected, according to the DA’s office. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner... → Read More

Opioid experts call for more sober housing locally

GREENFIELD — People recovering from addiction, especially those coming out of jail, find it doubly difficult to rent affordable apartments in Franklin County, according to local experts who Friday discussed the need for more sober housing in today’s... → Read More

Hinds named to East-West Rail Study committee

State Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will join the Project Advisory Committee for the East-West Passenger Rail Study, after an appointment by Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack. The Buckland native will serve as the... → Read More

Tackling homelessness ‘one bite at a time’

GREENFIELD — Shortly after a Friday discussion over how to end homelessness in western Massachusetts, two of the most influential policymakers in the room succinctly put how that goal can be achieved — by “one bite at a time.” Natalie Blais, the state... → Read More

Rep. Neal talks bi-partisan federal response to opioid addiction

GREENFIELD — While President Donald Trump was signing an opioid bill that has been widely regarded as a bipartisan accomplishment, one of its cosponsors spent time at the John Zon Community Center Wednesday talking about the political collaboration.... → Read More

1 dies in Orange house fire, another injured

ORANGE — One person is dead from a fire at a West Main Street home Friday morning, according to Orange Fire Chief James Young. Another person was sent to Athol Hospital, conscious and alert, with injuries from the fire. Officials declined to identify... → Read More

Longtime South Deerfield Water Supply District superintendent not ready to retire

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A new superintendent has been hired, but it remains to be seen when, if at all, longtime leader of the water district Roger Sadowski will walk away. Tensions arose between Sadoski and the South Deerfield Water Supply District Board... → Read More

$1M to fight youth opioid addiction

GREENFIELD — Six communities across the country received word this week from the Department of Justice that they will receive money to further study the causes and effects of the opioid crisis among young adults.One of the six: a western Mass.... → Read More

Marijuana business owners share secrets to success

GREENFIELD — It is “virtually impossible” to get a marijuana business approved in a community without knowing it deeply, a spokesman for Patriot Care, which runs pot facilities across the country, told an audience Thursday in Greenfield, its newest... → Read More

A growing family adds a new business

Jessye Deane has a full-time job. Dan Deane has a full-time job. Jessye and Dan have three kids, including a newborn. What they also have now is the first Function 45 franchise gym in Massachusetts.The Bernardston natives have always wanted to open up... → Read More

Blais: I’m ready to ‘show up’ for district

SUNDERLAND — About the time the clock struck midnight, the narrative began to change on primary night: final results were coming that would cement the outcome of the race for the 1st Franklin House seat on Beacon Hill.At that point Natalie Blais had... → Read More

Blais pulls away, wins 1st Franklin primary

Sunderland’s Natalie Blais pulled away late at night to win the 1st Franklin House seat for state representative in Tuesday’s primary election.The results of the highly anticipated seven-way race that drew relatively big crowds for a state primary... → Read More

South Deerfield water district grapples with violations, turbidity

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The South Deerfield Water Supply District has violated several drinking water requirements, forcing it to issue to a public notice about water quality. Although there is no significant immediate danger to people’s health, the warning... → Read More