Fuel assistance up as program begins today

Friday, October 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — The autumn leaves are falling and the clock is being wound back this weekend, which inevitably means one thing — winter is coming. But despite the unpredictable New England winter, this year is already looking to be less frigid than last year — at least when it comes to paying for heat. Fuel assistance is up an average … 0

Ballot Question 4: Should nearly all workers earn sick time?

Friday, October 31, 2014

Proponents of a ballot question that would guarantee sick time for nearly all workers in the state say the measure would benefit as many as … 0

Erving STM to consider recall law; gas station vote delayed

Friday, October 31, 2014

ERVING — Monday’s special town meeting will address a single question, the creation of a recall process for elected town officials. The meeting is scheduled … 0

Franklin County Resource List

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Here is a list of resources available locally: ■ Clinical and Support Options: Greenfield; 413-774-1000. Individual, group and family counseling. ■ Community Crisis Response Team, Community Action: Franklin County and North Quabbin Area; 413-773-5090. Free support to individuals and groups affected by crime related trauma. ■ Community Resources … 0

Nurturing men — The pro-feminist man

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The key to stopping domestic violence, social workers say, is preventing it in the first place by changing cultures and attitudes and how society sees men in particular. While some local groups are trying to change men’s view … 0

Breast health: What you need to know

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — Approximately 40,000 women and 430 men in the United States will die from breast cancer in 2014. Another estimated 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among U.S. women this year, according to … 0

Smashing pumpkins for a good cause

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SHELBURNE — What do you do with your jack-o’-lanterns once Halloween is over? On Saturday, you can take them up to Hager’s Farm Stand, where they’ll go out in a blaze of glory — smashed to bits from the heights of a scissor-lift truck by local disc jockeys … 0

Deerfield Police issue summons for man who accidentally shot wife

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Deerfield Police Department has requested a court summons for a Deerfield man who accidentally shot his wife on Oct. 17. According to a press release issued by the department on Wednesday, officers from the Deerfield Police Department responded to reports of a gunshot wound at … 0

Drain fumes prompt evacuation of Sanderson Academy

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ASHFIELD — A chemical reaction of cleaning fluid in a plugged-up classroom drain resulted in the temporary evacuation of about 125 schoolchildren at the Sanderson Academy Wednesday morning. The children were bused to the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School, … 0

I-91 ramp closures and Route 2 closures today; delays on Friday

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — Various lanes and ramps will be closed today near the interchange of Interstate 91 and Route 2 due to paving of about a three-mile stretch to the Gill town line. The closures and detours will be between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., so motorists should take … 0

Judge refuses to halt medical marijuana selection process

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The state high court has denied the request of preliminary injunction by a locally based nonprofit to halt the state medical marijuana selection process. The Suffolk Superior Court denied the motion filed in August against the state Department of Public Health by J.M. Farm’s Patient … 0

Regional Notebook

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Falls business breakfast Friday SHELBURNE FALLS — The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association holds its Fall Breakfast and Annual Meeting on Friday, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Trinity Church, 17 Severance St. The agenda will include annual elections, outlining our goals for 2015, highlighting business accomplishments … 0

Green River Park to get face lift ... and dog park

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town has received a $400,000 state PARC grant to renovate Green River Park. Renovations will include a new playground, new pavilion, a basketball court, a pickleball (a tennis-like game played with a Wiffle Ball and … 0