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GCC to host new CEO of Women’s Fund of Western Mass.

Monday, September 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — After advocating for issues related to women’s rights and immigrants on the national level, Elizabeth Barajas-Román has switched to promoting change and creating partnerships locally as the new CEO of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. An experienced leader in policy and advocacy, Barajas-Román will now lead one of the top social change philanthropic organizations dedicated to women’s rights and equality in western Massachusetts. On Sept. 3, Greenfield Community College will have a reception with Barajas-Román and President Bob Pura from noon to 1 p.m. at the GCC Downtown Center as they announce the Franklin County Women’s GARDEN Project. The GARDEN Project is … 0

‘Brookie’ park to get name

Monday, September 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — The new town park where “Brookie,” the 10-foot-long fish sculpture made of spoons, forks, knives and other stainless-steel cutlery sits atop a 12-foot-tall pole on Deerfield Street, may soon have a name. Mayor William Martin and the Greening Gateway Sculpture Committee plan to go before Town Council in September with a … 0

Green Fields, McCusker’s markets have new leader

Monday, September 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — A former Wal-Mart employee will head up operations at Green Fields and McCusker’s markets, beginning Sept. 20. The owners of the two stores, Franklin Community Cooperative, recently hired John Williams, 40, of Colrain as its new general manager — and co-op board Chairman David Paysnick said hiring him wasn’t something any board member would have believed they’d consider, because Williams had … 0

Paint the Town Green

Monday, September 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — The 40-foot-wide mural that will eventually hang on the eastern exterior wall of Green Fields Market on Main Street should be mounted sometime in early fall. Paint the Town Green Committee Chairwoman Sandra Boston said all … 0

Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County … 0

Pedaling cycling safety

Sunday, August 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — One group of local bicycling enthusiasts left their wheels behind this weekend, opting instead for a pile of brooms and shovels. Members of the newly formed Greenfield Area Bicycle Coalition spent most of Saturday afternoon cleaning … 0

Letter: Bolster these volunteers

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The New York Times, Sunday Review, Aug. 17, highlighted a national concern titled “The Disappearing Volunteer Firefighter.” There have been many articles written nationally about this problem. This article, to me, a retired volunteer firefighter of 55 years service, seems to be accurate, well written and researched. In … 0

Demo derby going to the dogs?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — If you’re up to the challenge, you could help homeless dogs and get a chance to drive a demolition derby car at the Franklin County Fair. Rambutt Racing has teamed up with the Franklin County Sheriff’s … 0

Free lunch at Greenfield elementary schools

Sunday, August 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — All students at Newton, Federal Street and the Academy of Early Learning schools will be provided a free daily lunch this school year regardless of their family income. The free lunch program is an addition to the free breakfast program already offered at all schools. The … 0

The Literacy Project teaches 15,000 adult students in 30 years

Sunday, August 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — In a classroom at the top floor of the E.A Hall Building on Bank Row, Joe Panzica of Greenfield tirelessly teaches adult students how to read, write and do math at the same time he is trying to build their confidence and motivation. For 16 years, … 0

GCC traffic to be rerouted for rotary work

Sunday, August 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — As Greenfield Community College students, staff and visitors start the fall semester on Tuesday, they will have to use another route to exit the campus. Starting on Tuesday, the state Department of Transportation is reclaiming and paving the road at the school’s entrance onto Colrain Road, … 0

Facing foreclosure: Pushkin, Arts Block on auction block

Friday, August 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Pushkin and Arts Block buildings — popular entertainment venues seen as key components of the town’s downtown rejuvenation — are in foreclosure, with the properties set to be auctioned Sept. 22. The Pushkin, at Main … 0

County gets 1 applicant for marijuana dispensary

Friday, August 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — Patriot Care Corp. is one step closer to opening Franklin County’s first medical marijuana dispensary. On Friday, four nonprofits submitted applications to run dispensaries in the seven counties without a dispensary applicant. Patriot Care is the … 0