Miel Snir, 6, of Greenfield lights a menorah during the Temple Israel Hanukkah celebration on Sunday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Children at center of this Hanukkah celebration

Sunday, December 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — With the sun down and the electric lights dimmed, a laughing group celebrated the sixth night of Hanukkah with candles and song Sunday, lighting seven candles on each of six menorahs and adding the smells of burning wax to those of fried potato pancakes, doughnuts and cookies in the Temple Israel basement on Pierce Street. Songs in Hebrew … 0

What are costs to town?

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Town Council Vice President Karen “Rudy” Renaud has asked the council president to consider creating a special subcommittee to investigate how much homeless families living in local hotels are costing the town. And then she wants to consider sending the state a bill. “I am requesting that President (Hillary) Hoffman create an ad hoc committee whose sole purpose would be to … 0

Next stop: Commuter rail

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Now that the decades-long dream of a high-speed train zooming along the Connecticut River valley is a lock, the region’s leaders expect to turn their attention to the next significant game-changer — a commuter rail system shuttling passengers up and down the region many times a day. From the region’s northern … 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. … 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, … 0

Vermonter could be first spike in path of new rail future — or not

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is the first of four stories about planned expansion of passenger rail in the Pioneer Valley and the return of Amtrak service to Greenfield. The Dec. 29 return of Vermonter service to Greenfield and Northampton … 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