A Sept. 22 foreclosure auction for the Arts Block in downtown Greenfield was announced Friday. The building houses a performance space, bar and restaurant, as well as office and studio spaces for rent. 
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Facing foreclosure: Pushkin, Arts Block on auction block

Friday, August 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Pushkin and Arts Block buildings — popular entertainment venues seen as key components of the town’s downtown rejuvenation — are in foreclosure, with the properties set to be auctioned Sept. 22. The Pushkin, at Main and Federal streets, was bought by Edward Wierzbowski in 2008 after he bought the Arts Block at Main Street and Court Square … 0

County gets 1 applicant for marijuana dispensary

Friday, August 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — Patriot Care Corp. is one step closer to opening Franklin County’s first medical marijuana dispensary. On Friday, four nonprofits submitted applications to run dispensaries in the seven counties without a dispensary applicant. Patriot Care is the only group to submit an application for Franklin County. The nonprofit has proposed turning the … 0

Back to School: Greenfield schools open their doors

Friday, August 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — With the last few days of vacation slipping away, students throughout town shook off their summer haze this week and returned — if briefly — to hallways they will be filling daily for the next nine months. Throughout Greenfield, school hallways were filled with parents and students as they picked up schedules and class assignments and met with teachers for annual … 0

Gov. Patrick rolls into Greenfield on train to announce track buy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Gov. Deval Patrick rolled into Greenfield Wednesday aboard a passenger train to announce the state is spending $17 million to advance the Amtrak Vermonter passenger service, scheduled to begin Dec. 29. That money will buy 49 … 1

Domestic dispute and smashed windows lead to charges for Orange man and his brother

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — An Orange man and his brother from Springfield were arrested Tuesday after the two smashed the windows of a home on Riverside Drive during a domestic dispute. At 11:48 p.m., Greenfield police responded to 39 Riverside Drive, where there was a fight involving several people. At … 0

DA: Large car insurance fraud ring disrupted

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Dozens of New York City area residents have been charged locally with defrauding car insurance companies of hundreds of thousands of dollars, by claiming to live in the Pioneer Valley to get cheaper premiums. Hampshire and Franklin county grand juries have returned indictments against 38 individuals, … 0

Letter: Lost-and-found story

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This past Saturday, I realized that my makeshift money clip with just enough money to miss, was no longer in my pocket. I retraced my recent travels, and inquired at one earlier stop without luck. Monday, I had given up hope on recovery, as I had expected the … 0

Yankee features Franklin County

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — If you’ve been thinking about picking up a copy of Yankee Magazine, the September-October issue is the one you want, because it’s chock-full of scenes and stories of Franklin County and Greenfield. The fall foliage issue … 0

Youth Works: Help preparing to meet the world

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — When Joann Ault of Turners Falls first walked into the long hallway of Community Action Youth Programs offices on Federal Street, she expected a no-frills, no-laughs meeting with case manager Barry Scott. The 18-year-old felt focused … 0

GCC to decide medical marijuana use policy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a medical marijuana dispensary proposed for the downtown, Greenfield Community College is working to develop a policy on whether to allow marijuana for medicinal purposes on campus by the spring. Currently, the school does not have a policy since the state legalized the drug for … 0

River cleanup eyes volunteers

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Each year, John David Boles heads up the Green River Cleanup, and this year is no different. Boles said the cleanup will be held a week earlier this year on Sept. 27, and he hopes to have 300 or more volunteers show up. “We’ve got a … 0

Summer learning

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — As students and teachers cross the second-floor landing at the Federal Street School this year, they will see a new 22-foot-by-4-foot mural depicting pond life. The painting, located beside the main office, is a collaboration of … 0

Greenfield’s power company to go to voters

Monday, August 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Town Council will decide later this month whether to ask the Legislature to allow townspeople to buy electricity in bulk. Voters would be asked to create a municipal aggregation that presumably would save users money. Mayor William Martin said the special election would be the last … 0