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‘We just don’t have it’: Social services strain under weight of additional homeless

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Local social service agencies found it difficult to keep up with the demands for food, clothing and school supplies after the Great Recession hit several years ago, but some say that over the past two years, with the increase in the number of homeless families living in Greenfield hotels, they are feeling more taxed than ever. Dino Schnelle, … 0

Lamson seeks to drop union contract

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — After reaching an impasse on new contract negotiations with its union, Lamson & Goodnow is now asking U.S. Bankruptcy Court for permission … 0

Newly homeless mom and newborn make best of bad situation far from family

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — We’ve all heard it said that America is the “land of opportunity,” but try to convince a young woman with a 9-week-old daughter … 0

Discovery School maintains high attendance, MCAS scores

Monday, December 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since becoming an Innovation School in 2011, the Discovery School at Four Corners has steadily increased in enrollment and in scores on standardized tests, according to a status report by Principal Suzanne Sullivan. Sullivan presented the findings to the School Committee last week. The Level 1 … 0

Mohawk Briefs

Monday, December 15, 2014

School Board receives military award BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee has received a U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Employer Support Freedom Award — the highest recognition given by the federal government to employers for “outstanding support of employees serving in the (National) Guard and Reserve.” The … 0

Far from any home they know

Sunday, December 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — A large gray and white stuffed elephant sits conspicuously on a chair in the principal’s office at Newton School — “the elephant in the room,” Principal Melodie Goodwin calls it. “It represents all of the homeless … 0

Deerfield may seek pipeline royalties

Sunday, December 14, 2014

DEERFIELD — With many local residents, businesses and activist groups raising concerns about whether the natural gas that would travel along Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed pipeline would be destined for domestic consumption or export, Deerfield’s Board of Selectmen may attempt to ensure that people whose property the … 0

Enjoying that special day in Northfield

Sunday, December 14, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Northfield’s Main Street was the center of attention Saturday afternoon with the town’s annual “A Special Day in Northfield” holiday festival in full swing. The event, which ran from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., gave visitors … 0

Northfield Notebook

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tax bills mailed NORTHFIELD — Fiscal year 2015 tax bills have been mailed. Second installment payments must be received by the tax collector by April 1. Late payments are subject to 14 percent interest. Abatement applications are also due by April 1. If you did not receive a … 0

Deadline nears for insurance open enrollment

Monday, December 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — The deadline is looming for people wishing to pick a health care plan through the state. People who have state Health Connector coverage or who were placed in temporary plans over the last year need to submit a new application if they want insurance coverage through … 0

A mother dreams of an apartment for her family and dinner on the table

Sunday, December 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Twenty-five-year-old “Jennifer” was living in Pittsfield when she quit her job as a certified nursing assistant to go back to school to become a massage therapist. It wasn’t long afterward that her daughter was diagnosed with lead poisoning. Jennifer (who asked that her real name not … 0

Vigil marks Sandy Hook, mourns gun violence

Sunday, December 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Thirty-six candles burned in the dimness of the St. James Episcopal Church pews Sunday evening as a small gathering held candles for the 20 children and six staff members killed in Newtown, Conn., two years ago … 0

Santa delivers gifts to homeless families living in area hotels

Sunday, December 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Children of the homeless families living at the Days Inn and Quality Inn in Greenfield received a surprise visit from Saint Nick himself Saturday afternoon, during which they were each given a wrapped present and a … 0