Amherst Canvassing Director Says She Was Fired For Supporting Her Staff
Apr23

Amherst Canvassing Director Says She Was Fired For Supporting Her Staff

The former director of the Amherst office of for-profit organization Grassroots Campaigns Inc., which raises money for progressive nonprofit organizations, says her employment was terminated earlier this month after she instituted policies she believed supported her staff through harsh working conditions as street canvassers. And the majority of those who worked for her followed her out the door, substantially reducing the size of the...

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Bizarro Briefs: Don’t rob cars in jail parking lots
Apr11

Bizarro Briefs: Don’t rob cars in jail parking lots

Don’t rob cars in jail parking lots After spending time in jail on grand theft charges, a Florida man found himself again in lockup only 15 minutes after being released. The 37-year-old man was seen “acting suspicious and checking vehicle doors” in the parking lot of the jail facility. An officer confronted him and retrieved an iPhone 7, four packs of cigarettes, a lighter, a debit card, a Florida driver’s license and $547 in cash...

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Woman accuses Hadley Police of discrimination, mishandling her case
Apr10

Woman accuses Hadley Police of discrimination, mishandling her case

The first time Carmen Allison’s things were taken from a storage unit at Stuff-It Storage in Hadley was in the summer of 2015. She had recently lost her job as a caretaker in Amherst and was away for a few months to look for work in New Jersey. She reported the items missing to the office and the manager gave her a new lock. But a short time later, her unit was robbed again. When she went to the police to report the crime, however,...

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Bizarro Briefs: Little Debbie Getaway
Apr03

Bizarro Briefs: Little Debbie Getaway

For the love of Debbie  A man from Elmira, N.Y., has been charged with a felony crime after stealing a Little Debbie snack cakes delivery truck. Did he do it for the sweet, sweet chocolate cakes? No. He wanted to visit his friends. Twenty-minutes after allegedly stealing the truck, the 38-year-old man was arrested and admitted that he was using the vehicle to visit friends and family. Something tells us that this man’s friends and...

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An Advocate History: The Valley’s alternative voice for over 45 years
Mar20

An Advocate History: The Valley’s alternative voice for over 45 years

The first edition of the Valley Advocate was published on Sept. 19, 1973, with a cover story titled, “Prophet & Profit — ‘Spirit’ Dies,” about a large hippie commune in Leyden called “The Brotherhood of the Spirit,” which became defunct when more than half of them quit. So it’s no wonder why 40-year Advocate journalist Stephanie Kraft says that during the alternative weekly’s early years “a lot of people saw us as this little...

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