Karen Brown

2:59pm

Tue April 28, 2015
Shots - Health News

A Rural Police Chief Asks Citizens To Help Pick Up Used Syringes

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 8:55 pm

Volunteer Patrick Pezzati searches yards in Turners Falls, Mass., for discarded heroin needles.
Karen Brown WFCR

Patrick Pezzati walks briskly through downtown Turners Falls in western Massachusetts with a hard plastic bottle in one pocket of his shorts and a pair of latex gloves in the other.

He stops to peer down steps leading to a basement. Later, he peers under a chunk of carpet lying outside.

The local record store owner is scouring the back alleys of this picturesque former mill town for used needles.

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3:25am

Fri April 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Bears Stuffing Themselves Near Massachusetts Homes

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 7:33 pm

A black bear enjoys the landscaping of a Northampton, Mass., resident's yard. Northampton has been dealing with an unusual number of bears this year.
Courtesy of Alan Seewald

The mild New England winter means that more bears are up and about, looking for food — and not just in the woods. They're also exploring urban backyards and residential streets. The small town of Northampton, Mass., has more than its share of furry visitors.

In Northampton, a call on a neighborhood email list for tales of recent bear encounters netted about about a dozen responses in an hour. Almost everyone, it seems, has a bear story.

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