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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

Leyden Woods update set to break ground

Sunday, November 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The $70 million project to make over one of the town’s larger low-to-moderate income housing developments has received the financing it needs to move ahead. There will be a ground breaking in Leyden Woods off Leyden Road in early December, according to Thomas J. Farmer, spokesman for Massachusetts Housing Financing Agency, … 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 Lydiard and Sarah Shearer shopped World Eye Bookshop for gifts for friends and family. “I come here all the time,” said Cerillo, who lives in Greenfield with her … 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

Greenfield merchants join Small Business Saturday

Monday, November 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The mayor and head of Greenfield Business Association are hoping to get people out to shop in downtown Greenfield on Saturday by proclaiming it, as will others elsewhere across the country, “Small Business Saturday.” Mayor William … 0

Thanksgiving holiday trash pickup

Monday, November 23, 2015

Trash will not be collected in Greenfield and Montague on Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. In Greenfield, trash and recycling for Thursday and Friday will be collected on Friday. In Montague, Thursday’s pickup will take place Friday, and Friday’s refuse will be picked up Saturday. There is … 0

Area troopers, prosecutor earn awards for interstate fraud case

Monday, November 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Two state police investigators and a prosecutor attached to the Northwestern District Attorney’s office have been named insurance investigators of the year for their work pursuing an insurance fraud ring. The International Association of Auto Theft Investigators has awarded this year’s “Insurance Investigator of the Year” … 0

Police: Thief stole security camera but left behind footage of his face

Monday, November 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man has been arrested in connection to an early October burglary at Auto Trim on Place Terrace after being identified in screen shots from the security camera he stole during the break-in that were … 0

Working back into working out

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Persistence hunting is the practice of chasing animals until they collapse from exhaustion. Then, if you have a rock or a sharp stick, you have dinner. It’s an ancient technique, and one pointed to by proponents who hold … 0

Letter: Prescription management

Monday, November 23, 2015

Several years ago after back surgery I was sent home with a large bottle of OxyContin. I had no idea how addictive they were until the day I decided to stop taking them; what followed was a frightening and uncomfortable 24 hours of nausea, chills, sweating and agitation … 0