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‘Community Legal Aid became a savior for my family’

Friday, April 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — At their Ashfield home, Karla Clarke was splitting wood with her then-husband, James, when he smacked her across the face, leaving reddened impressions on her skin, to get her to shut up. It was the last straw. For 11 years, she had endured her husband belittling her and calling her stupid. What was worse, she said, was how … 0

Greenfield accessory apartment ordinance withdrawn temporarily

Friday, April 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s Planning Board has decided to temporarily withdraw a proposed ordinance that would allow homeowners in all residential districts to add small … 0

Parking garage part of Greenfield capital request

Friday, April 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — The mayor has included enough money in next year’s $7.4 million capital budget for a municipal parking garage, to implement a municipal light … 0

New cop, old beat: Downtown officer returns in Greenfield

Thursday, April 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local police have resumed the time-honored tradition of a cop walking the downtown beat. Officer Cody Guilbault is the new face of the reinstated position. Since April 1, he’s been walking the Main Street area from … 0

Baystate Franklin receives $105,390 for 4 mental health posts

Thursday, April 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center is one of four western Massachusetts hospitals serving low-income residents to receive a slice of $12 million in special state funds. The Greenfield hospital received $105,390 to enhance MassHealth payments for poor young people needing behavioral health services. Baystate Franklin will use … 0

Big Brothers Big Sisters join 24th annual gala to benefit Pioneer Valley children

Friday, April 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — For the first time, The Future Begins Here, an annual gala, will feature Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin and Hampshire counties to benefit Pioneer Valley children. The event is set for May 3. The event marks a new collaboration between the two nonprofits. “This is … 0

Advocates ask state to end ‘SNAP crisis’

Thursday, April 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — Problems due to changes in how the Department of Transitional Assistance processes food stamp applications continues to grow, anti-hunger and elder advocates say. The problem is compounded as many families have lost their food stamps, known … 0

Best-selling writer Dava Sobel finds her niche in history and science

Thursday, April 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — Dava Sobel studied five majors at three schools in college before settling on theater history. “I had no idea I’d wind up doing what I do,” Sobel said. “I was a completely lost soul in college.” … 0

Greenfield gets grant for downtown planning

Thursday, April 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town has received a slice of a special $100,000 grant intended to support local downtown revitalization efforts. The money is to be divided among nine communities statewide, also including Amherst. State officials announced the award late Thursday, but it was not immediately clear how much … 0

An archaeological afternoon in South Deerfield

Thursday, April 16, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Over 12,000 years ago, the land at the base of Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield is believed to have been the site of one of the largest Paleolithic encampments in North America. According to Dr. … 0

Ashfield man charged in VA assault

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Ashfield man who worked as a nurse assistant in the psychiatric ward at the Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds is facing charges of assaulting a 61-year-old patient there in January. The delay in filing charges was due partly to the fact … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents provide crucial link

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Our friends and neighbors at Village Pizza were talking with me the other day when I stopped into the Bank Row restaurant to get a spaghetti dinner, and it got me thinking about something I’d like to share with you. My conversation with them started with … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle … 0