Norma Lovett stands in her office at the Franklin County Jail. Lovett organizes the sheriff’s office golf tournament, which is Warm the Children’s biggest fundraiser.
Recorder file photo/Paul Franz

Golfers bring in the green to keep kids warm

Friday, November 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Since 2005, Norma Lovett has spent about three months each year making phone calls, collecting raffle items and signing participants up for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office golf tournament to benefit Warm the Children. The tournament, held the Monday after Mother’s Day at the Country Club of Greenfield, raises money for The Recorder’s annual charity, which provides 1,000 … 0

Isaac Mass offers Economic Development Express to Boston in January

Friday, November 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — The at-large town councilor and local lawyer who founded a group called Citizens for Growth years ago has rented a bus and is inviting residents to travel on it with him to Boston in early January to listen to high court arguments about a planned discount department store on French King … 1

Business slow on Main Street on Black Friday; hoping for push today on Small Business Saturday

Friday, November 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — It appeared the majority of shoppers had headed out of town to larger stores on Black Friday in search of holiday deals. Downtown Greenfield merchants conceded to that reality, but held out hope that business would pick up for them today on “Small Business Saturday.” Many stores along Main Street offered … 0

Conway Street fire cause still unclear as case closes

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Fire investigators have cleared the cook in a fire Aug. 6 at 49 Conway St. Jim DeSimone of the Department of Fire Services said investigators have closed the case. The investigation brought an air conditioner into question, but investigators were unable to definitively pin it down … 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

Letter: ‘Outstanding’ tribute to vets

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

“Outstanding” is the word to all those that paid tribute to our veterans on their day. Some but not all, were: Newton St. School, Applebee’s, Friendly’s, Vassar’s, Clarkdale, Golden Nozzle, F. L. Roberts, etc. A thank you salute is in order for your thoughtfulness from all veterans. TOM … 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

Overdoses in Greenfield up over weekend

Monday, November 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The last few days have seen a number of heroin overdoses in Greenfield, at least two known to police since Friday. A man overdosed Sunday night and another Friday morning. Police logs suggest both were alive when they were taken from the scene. Reports of a … 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

Franklin County Technical Rescue Team members awarded at state “Firefighter of the Year Awards” ceremony

Monday, November 23, 2015

Last summer, on a hot, humid July day, members of the Turners Falls and Greenfield fire departments were called to the Farley Ledges in Erving to rescue a rock climber who had fallen 30 feet from a cliff … 0

Regional accreditation team visits GHS

Monday, November 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School is about to take the next step in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation process with a site visit Dec. 6-9. The visit occurs once every 10 years. The area of greatest concern in the last visit was the physical … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary … 0