Greenfield

Using their 'back yard' , a sunny section of the Days Inn parking lot in Greenfield, "Kate"  hangs out with her daughters and Brandie Reynolds and her son Cameron, 3.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Like a ‘vacation from Hell’

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD – Thirty-four-year-old “Kate” was working in a doggie day care to support her two young daughters after fleeing an abusive relationship when she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. “I had a breakdown and couldn’t work,” said Kate, who asked that her real name not be used for this story. “I was in a medical facility … 0

Local legislators vow to look into hotel homeless

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The state’s likely next Senate president, Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst, said he has had numerous meetings and discussions over the past few weeks about homeless, especially those living in hotels. “It’s a persistent and stubborn problem and one that doesn’t have an easy answer,” said Rosenberg. “We need to figure out how to prevent homelessness and how to prevent having to … 0

Help raise up the poor: simple to say, but apparently too hard to do

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The one word you’ll hear time and again when talking about homelessness with state legislators and other policy makers in Massachusetts is “complicated.” Robyn Frost, executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, said the coalition is working hard to make policies that end homelessness, but it isn’t easy and it isn’t going to happen overnight. “These are people and … 0

Berkshire Gas invokes moratorium

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Saying the natural gas pipeline that provides gas to much of the Pioneer Valley is nearing capacity, Berkshire Gas Co. has imposed a moratorium on new customers in Greenfield, Deerfield, Montague and Whately. The decision has the potential to stifle economic development in the affected towns … 0

High school causes sharp increase in Greenfield tax bills

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The average homeowner will pay $352 more this year in property taxes than they did last year, because the first payment of the $22 million the town borrowed for the new $66 million high school is included in this year’s tax levy, according to Assessor Audrey … 0

Greenfield has vacant property ordinance

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town now has an ordinance that will require owners to maintain their properties, at least to the point that they don’t abandoned them and let them slip into disrepair. The Vacant and Foreclosing Properties Ordinance was adopted by Town Council after more than an hour … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. … 0

Pair charged in summer break-ins

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — A stolen debit card used to buy gas led to burglary charges against two area men, according to police. Matthew Fowler, 20, of 36 Millers Falls Road, Turners Falls, and Tyler Lussier, 19, of 135 Conway St., are charged with 11 counts of breaking into a … 0

Letter: Toyota comes through

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A recent experience in Greenfield on a very busy afternoon — a doctor appointment scheduled for my wife, a very unexpected discovery that my directional signals were not operational. A change of plans, a detour to my Toyota dealership, a long-forgotten use of an open window to signal … 0

Letter: Save the camp!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This is a letter I have waited many years to write. As a Brownie/Junior Girl Scout in Greenfield (1960 something) I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Camp Stonehenge. It was here I first learned about constellations, beyond the Big & Little Dippers, about real campfire cooking and … 0

Letter: It was worth the effort

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I wish to thank all the wonderful people who signed the petition to regulate point-of-sale additions to plastic trash, also those who labored diligently to certify the signatures. The petition came up 37 signatures short, 175 signatures were deemed illegible; for this I wish to apologize. I have … 0

Mayor: ‘it’s overwhelming’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — While Mayor William Martin said he has nothing but empathy for the homeless families living in two of Greenfield’s hotels, he has to worry about how their presence might be affecting the people around them, especially … 0

Hotels-turned-shelters reap millions from state

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Taxpayer-funded payments to two Greenfield hotels housing some of the state’s homeless families have totaled more than $3 million since 2009. The Days Inn at 21 Colrain Road has received $2,136,826, while the Quality Inn on … 0