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Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener (back row, center) poses with other members of the Compassionate Listening Project on a trip through several West Bank cities and camps.

Greenfield rabbi helps Israelis, Palestinians to hear one another

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is, in fact, indicative of more than one set of issues. And there are no simple answers, beyond the need for intensive, compassionate listening. Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener, who became spiritual leader of Greenfield’s Temple Israel this summer, knows that deeply, from leading tours of groups of Jews and non-Jews to hear each other out, try to understand … 0

When the birds aren’t for the birds: Keeping our eagle eye peeled for returning raptors

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The eye is drawn to aberration, and on a recent morning my eye fixed on an opaque oval perched on a maple tree branch extending … 0

Business picks up in downtown Greenfield on Small Business Saturday

Sunday, November 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Vanessa Cerillo searched Magical Child with her 3-year-old daughter, Josephine Hayman, for the perfect birthday gift on Saturday morning, while Lynn Scott, Samantha … 0

Gill trash schedule

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GILL — Trash and recycling collection will be shifted from Friday to Saturday this week, because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Because Christmas and New Years both fall on Fridays this year, trash and recycling will be moved to Saturday, Dec. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 2, as well. All … 0

A ‘Spotlight’ on pain, a voice for healing: Greenfield lawyer John Stobierski reflects on clergy abuse

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — If anyone doesn’t need to see “Spotlight” — a movie about the Boston Globe’s 2002 investigation of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests — it’s probably John Stobierski, a Greenfield-based lawyer who has more or less … 0

SJC to hear oral arguments on where big box project appeal should be heard, if anywhere

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It looks like Greenfield will know by early next year which court, if any, will hear an appeal by seven abutters of the big box project the town approved for French King Highway more than four … 0

Expanded Monte’s March doubles last year’s haul

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — When Northampton radio personality Christopher “Monte” Belmonte met with residents of the Mason Square neighborhood in Springfield about food insecurity they were facing, he found that many of them did not live within walking distance of … 0

Warwick joins Municipal Coalition Against Pipeline

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

WARWICK — Warwick is the most recent town to join the Municipal Coalition Against the Pipeline. The coalition consists of 10 towns including Wendell, New Salem and Orange, which aren’t included in the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed … 0

Actress Susan Sarandon supports work of local land conservation and energy organizations

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Earlier this week, activist and actress Susan Sarandon released a statement opposing the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Co.’s Northeast Energy Direct project to transport gas through eight Franklin County towns on its way from Pennsylvania to … 0

Pitbull deemed ‘dangerous’ by Montague officials

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A pitbull that allegedly attacked and injured two dogs and their owners last month has been classified by the town as a “dangerous” dog, and its owner has been ordered to follow a number of conditions to keep the dog. The Montague Board of Selectmen … 0

Changes afoot at Hampshire Mall as Best Buy, GlowGolf exit

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall management hopes to name a new tenant for the former Best Buy space within the next 30 to 60 days — but the replacement of the former anchor store won’t come in time for … 0

Baystate Franklin Medical Center seeks to intercept addicts, steer them to treatment; some say they’re falling short

Monday, November 23, 2015

Doctors and the public now widely recognize addiction as a disease, but has the medical institution caught up? “Frankly, I don’t ever consider the hospitals as a resource for help for me, or any of the people that … 0

A look at how some regional hospitals are responding to the opioid epidemic

Monday, November 23, 2015

Outside of Greenfield, Athol Hospital in the North Quabbin region is contending with the same problems of intercepting addicts and steering them to help. And in Boston, Mass. General Hospital is seen by some as a model for providing this service. North Quabbin In the North Quabbin, Athol … 0