Tackling mass incarceration from behind bars

Sunday, November 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Presenting on the topic of restorative justice in October, Mel Motel of Brattleboro had a relatively engaged audience, some with questions about mechanics, some with a skeptical bent and all with the relatively uncommon perspective of people who aren’t going home after the presentation. Not all that uncommon though. The seven men in Franklin County House of Correction uniforms were among the more than 2 million Americans behind … 0

Letter: Pumpkinfest suit

Sunday, November 23, 2014

When I read “Pumpkinfest faces $1.2M smoke, noise lawsuit,” I assumed it was related to the Keene Pumpkin Festival as a result of the issues that unfortunately arose during their event this year. As I read on, I saw that it was in fact referring to the Franklin County Pumpkinfest and I chuckled to myself that a million-dollar lawsuit could come out of … 0

Alleged stabber chased down by Greenfield police

Sunday, November 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — An early morning stabbing Saturday on Main Street has led to the arrest of one Greenfield man and the hospitalization of another. Brandon Sax, 31, of Greenfield was arrested Saturday morning and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, attempting to commit murder, mayhem, and possession of Class A, … 0

Baystate expresses commitment to local hospitals

Monday, November 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — As the Baystate Health System moves forward, one of its main goals under its new leadership is to offer quality care and services closer to home at the community hospitals at a lower cost. “The more … 0

Greenfield to evaluate all teachers by end of school year

Monday, November 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Department is planning to evaluate 100 percent of its teachers and administrators by the end of the school year in an effort to catch up with the rest of the state on the new educator evaluation system. The state Department of Elementary and … 0

Neighbors: Help a former neighbor by voting for her new business

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m hoping you can help one of our former neighbors expand her business in Gloucester. Heather Ahearn, who is the daughter of David and Sally Ahearn and is co-owner of Atlantic Saltworks, is currently competing in the Entrepreneur and Sam Adams Brewing American Dream Wild Card … 0

Letter: Sobering state

Monday, November 17, 2014

Holy Gas Pipeline Batman! Here’s a sobering statistic that should make any gas pipeline proponent shutter. For opponents, I suggest that this be forwarded to your respective political faction. By the way, pen my name in the opposition column. According to Popular Science Magazine, 800 is the number … 0

Letter: Fun First Friday

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thanks to the organizers and merchants involved in Nov. 7’s First Friday event. Although I have been to several, “Mystery on Main” is my favorite theme so far. Dark, brisk, windy — a perfect evening for a mystery! What a treat it was to meet my partner and … 0

Energizing a new economic future

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — “Together, we can do what doesn’t seem possible.” That phrase, spoken by Marjorie Kelly, author of “Owning Our Future,” during her keynote address at the Creating a Bold New Economy forum held at Greenfield Community College Saturday afternoon, summed up the basic theme of the conference. … 0

Rain gardens are for everyone: Greenfield woman sees greener future with this rainwater runoff solution

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — A local woman said she is hoping rain gardens soon become as popular as the energy-saving light bulb in Greenfield, Franklin County and beyond. Rain Gardens for You grew out of a conversation Barbara Francis and … 0

$1.8M grant allows for greater drug abuse screening

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the next two years, health care providers will increase screening for substance abuse, support greater access to appropriate care and better identify patients at highest risk for readmission to the hospital with the help of a state grant awarded to Baystate Franklin Medical Center. The … 0

50,000 insured may have to find new docs

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — About 50,000 people insured under the state’s MassHealth plan in western Massachusetts will have to find a new Medicaid insurance provider if they want to continue using Baystate Health Systems providers. That’s due to the Springfield hospital system’s failure to reach a contract with MassHealth managed … 0

Breaking boards, striking chords to help Warm the Children

Friday, November 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — With the frigid days of winter drawing closer, nearly a thousand children from local families will be breaking out the winter coats they were given by The Recorder’s Warm The Children campaign, and a number of … 0