Statewide arts funding increases

Friday, July 31, 2015

GREENFIELD — For the past six months, state Gov. Charlie Baker has tried cutting statewide arts funding. On Wednesday, the House and Senate overrode his veto and actually increased the 2016 fiscal year arts budget by about 20 percent, or $2.3 million. In total, $14.16 million will be allotted to various statewide arts councils, via grants, to support local community art projects — visual and performance, to name a few. … 0

Belly Bus Food Drive underway

Friday, July 31, 2015

School buses won’t be bringing children back to school and school lunch programs for a few weeks yet, but the annual Belly Bus food drive is rolling out on Friday to fight the summer gap. Anti-hunger workers say summer vacation is a tight time for families and food pantries, with a relatively small … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Master Plan Steering Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Conservation Commission: Monday 6:15 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 4:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Colrain Conservation Commission: Tuesday 7 p.m. in Town Office. Board of Health: Wednesday 6:30 p.m. … 0

Police: Greenfield man arrested after aiming toy gun at child in park

Monday, July 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Reports of a gun pointed at a child brought Greenfield Police to the area of the Energy Park Monday, where they found a man with a toy pistol. Greenfield Police received reports at 12:55 p.m. that a man had shown a gun and pointed it at … 0

Vigil remembers those lost to addiction

Saturday, July 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — “Being sober is the only way to show others how to be.” This is what Pavline Boyer-Jensen, a Greenfield resident and fully recovered substance addict, said as she stood under the pavilion at the Energy Park … 0

Letter: Detox center at Lunt

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I recently returned to Greenfield from traveling to learn of the controversy surrounding the possible location of a detox on the Lunt property. As an abutter, I believe it is important for everyone who lives close by to be able to express an opinion on this issue. I … 1

‘We don’t spend enough time getting our hands dirty’

Sunday, July 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — In a matter of three hours Saturday morning, community volunteers planted a rain garden at the Girls Club of Greenfield. The rain garden, or bioswale, absorbs stormwater and filters it through groundwater tables instead of storm drains, which can lead to pollution. John Lepore, an ecologically … 0

CSO ends three-day strike

Friday, July 24, 2015

Striking workers took to the street outside the Atwood Drive headquarters of Clinical & Support Options in Northampton Friday for a third and final day of demonstrations after months of failed contract negotiations with management. About 100 unionized … 0

Ford-Toyota dealership wants tax break

Friday, July 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It looks like the owner of the Ford and Toyota dealership on Main Street is going to have to wait one more month before he learns whether the town is going to give his company a … 0

Fire marshal: Check carbon monoxide alarms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pointing to the deaths of four young Massachusetts residents in a Maine cabin over the weekend, the state Fire Marshal’s Office told residents their carbon monoxide alarms may be running out of time. “A similar tragedy led to a law here in Massachusetts that requires CO alarms in … 0

From lead to latex: Library gets a facelift

Friday, July 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Painters from the Northeast Painting Association of Northampton were busy scraping lead paint off the back of the Greenfield Public Library this week, preparing the two-story walls for fresh coats of lead-free latex paint, according to … 0

Town Meetings, Week of July 27

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ashfield Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Website Policy Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board … 0

Utilities: Electric rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — After a winter that saw major increases in electric bills across the region, rates have dropped back to more normal warm-weather levels. While those big fluctuations showed up in monthly electric bills, retailers like Eversource Energy … 0