Dreaming of Vinyl

Monday, December 22, 2014

Scott Seward spent a lot of time during the 1980s and ’90s rooting around the basements of perfect strangers, looking for something valuable to feed his addiction. Seward didn’t have a drug or alcohol habit — he was hooked on vinyl records and he’d go anywhere for a good score, be it a stranger’s basement, a hot stinky Dumpster or … 0

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 … 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

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

Season of giving close to heart of Franklin County

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Across Franklin County, food pantry shelves have been going bare, families are burning through their fuel aid already and the homeless are filling shelters. But despite the increasing need, Franklin County residents are working hard to … 0

Council OKs request for liquor license for new restaurant

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Town Council voted Wednesday to request another all-alcohol license from the state to make way for a new chicken wings restaurant. If the state grants that request, the owner of the Hangar Pub and Grill on University Drive in Amherst said he will be opening a … 0

Town Council OKs demolition of Hapco building

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The 95-year-old former Hapco auto parts building on Olive Street is coming down. Town Council voted Wednesday night to approve the $150,000 it will cost to raze the building, remove asbestos, roof caulking and debris and grade the site to make way for a three- to … 0

Town takes next step in Green River Park renovations

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — It’s going to cost $690,000 for the town to make improvements to Green River Park off Deerfield Street and build a dog park there and Town Council voted Wednesday night to approve $50,000 to get the ball rolling. The improvements, which the town expects to begin … 0

Greenfield marijuana dispensary still on track

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Plans to switch its proposed marijuana cultivation site from South Hadley to Lowell should have no impact on Patriot Care Corp.’s plans to open a medical pot dispensary here, company executives said. Patriot Care, which received … 0

The Birthplace filled with elves

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Every December, the halls at the Birthplace at Baystate Franklin Medical Center teem with Christmas elves. The little elves are hard to miss. While they don’t build toys for Santa, they smile and giggle, yawn and … 0