Greenfield

Greenfield firefighters have been called out to answer more than a dozen emergency medical calls at the Days Inn and Quality Inn since they have taken in homeless families. 
(Recorder/Micky Bedell)

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 town taxpayers. “I feel their pain,” said Martin. “It must be awful. It is awful to be a family living in one … 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 the Mohawk Trail has received $1,012,628. The state began using hotels to house homeless families … 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 make sure their neighbors don’t go wanting this holiday season. Over the past few weeks, … 0

Greenfield woman receives Marshall Scholarship for UK study

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tess Grogan of Greenfield, who graduated earlier this year from Smith College in Northampton, has received a Marshall Scholarship. Grogan works in Hadley on teacher license exams with Pearson Education, a publishing and assessment service. Now she has the opportunity to work on her master’s degree in the … 0

Spreading the joy

Monday, December 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the past week, Federal Street School students have been walking throughout the community, carrying wreaths, to bring some holiday cheer and a “thank you” to community organizations that serve them and other Greenfield residents. “I … 0

Neighbors: Remember the true meaning of the holiday season

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are — Hanukkah begins today at sundown, there’s only eight days until Christmas Eve and it’s 10 days until the beginning of Kwanzaa. Each holiday means something different to each person or family who celebrates it. We all have our own traditions, as it … 0

Discovery School maintains high attendance, MCAS scores

Monday, December 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since becoming an Innovation School in 2011, the Discovery School at Four Corners has steadily increased in enrollment and in scores on standardized tests, according to a status report by Principal Suzanne Sullivan. Sullivan presented the findings to the School Committee last week. The Level 1 … 0

Deadline nears for insurance open enrollment

Monday, December 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — The deadline is looming for people wishing to pick a health care plan through the state. People who have state Health Connector coverage or who were placed in temporary plans over the last year need to submit a new application if they want insurance coverage through … 0

Vigil marks Sandy Hook, mourns gun violence

Sunday, December 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Thirty-six candles burned in the dimness of the St. James Episcopal Church pews Sunday evening as a small gathering held candles for the 20 children and six staff members killed in Newtown, Conn., two years ago … 0

Far from any home they know

Sunday, December 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — A large gray and white stuffed elephant sits conspicuously on a chair in the principal’s office at Newton School — “the elephant in the room,” Principal Melodie Goodwin calls it. “It represents all of the homeless … 0

A mother dreams of an apartment for her family and dinner on the table

Sunday, December 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Twenty-five-year-old “Jennifer” was living in Pittsfield when she quit her job as a certified nursing assistant to go back to school to become a massage therapist. It wasn’t long afterward that her daughter was diagnosed with lead poisoning. Jennifer (who asked that her real name not … 0

Community organizations to be included in emergency planning

Sunday, December 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — In times of emergencies, community organizations often have the tools and expertise to help respond to their neighbors’ needs whether it is food for victims and first responders, transportation, volunteers, animal care, clothing or debris removal. … 0

Santa delivers gifts to homeless families living in area hotels

Sunday, December 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Children of the homeless families living at the Days Inn and Quality Inn in Greenfield received a surprise visit from Saint Nick himself Saturday afternoon, during which they were each given a wrapped present and a … 0