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No-go for Greenfield sick-leave hearing

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Human Right’s Commission was unable to hold Monday’s scheduled hearing on the state’s universal sick leave ballot question, Question 4, in the absence of members and the speaker. With only three of nine members present, the commission did not have the quorum necessary to hold a meeting or take a vote and the scheduled speaker — Ben Wright, regional field director of Yes on 4 campaign … 0

Portrait sessions to raise money for United Way

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Local hospital employees are sponsoring a family portrait opportunity at Hallmark Institute of Photography to raise money for the United Way of Franklin County. The portrait sessions are Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hallmark Institute of Photography, Industrial Boulevard, off Millers Falls Road in Turners Falls. Sittings will be scheduled in 15-minute intervals, with students from Hallmark … 0

‘Brookie’ abode renamed River Works Park

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — The new Deerfield Street mini-park where “Brookie,” the 10-foot-long fish sculpture made of stainless-steel cutlery, stands will now be called River Works Park. Mayor William Martin, the Greening Gateway Sculpture Committee and Town Council have agreed that it’s the best name for the former Food and Fuel site. The small park … 0

Greenfield Farmers Market goes to dogs

Thursday, October 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — This week’s Farmers Market has a dog theme. The morning activities will include a Best Dog Tricks Contest. Dog trick entrants should arrive at market at 10:30 a.m. to participate. There will be prizes. Greenfield Veterinary Clinic will be present as will a certified small animal … 0

Neighbors: Double Take Fringe Festival a week away

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Double Take Fringe Festival will take over eight venues, all within walking distance, in downtown Greenfield again this year. On Oct. 17 and 18, eight shows will be presented and you can attend all of them throughout the weekend with a weekend pass that will … 0

GED program awards 40 diplomas

Thursday, October 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — In her black graduation robe, Shoshone Sadoski stood before her fellow 40 students receiving their diplomas after passing the GED or High School Equivalency Test at Greenfield Community College. She was in tears. She had achieved … 0

Letter: Comic strip criticism

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Years ago, there were complainers to this newspaper who said stuff about “Beetle Bailey,” such as it being “offensive” and “dehumanizing many” and “sexist.” You dropped it because you thought it wasn’t funny anymore, saying it was too dependent on its “sexist” humor. I would agree that it … 0

‘The Judge’ hits home with audience

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County went to the movies Wednesday night to see what so many people had only seen in bits and pieces last summer — “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, and, of course, Shelburne … 0

Looking forward to college after fighting tumor

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Next spring, James “Jimmy” Hill of Greenfield hopes to start his computer sciences degree at Greenfield Community College. That might not seem so unusual. But then, Jimmy Hill has had to overcome some serious setbacks. Last year, Hill … 0

First phase of renovations to Oak Courts complete

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — The first phase of the $13.2 million Oak Courts renovation project is complete and 16 families are now moved into the new apartments some have been waiting up to a decade to live in. The much-needed … 0

220 middle school students find their voice in substance abuse workshops

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — By the end of the six-hour youth conference for preventing substance abuse, middle school students across Franklin, Hampshire and the North Quabbin region believed they would say “no” if offered drugs or alcohol by a peer. “A lot of people our age have already been offered … 0

Solar Challenge to save residents money, but it requires an investment

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town and its green volunteers are working with a local solar company to encourage as many home and business owners as possible to install solar electrical panels on their roofs over the next few months, … 0

FRCOG hopes to build online disaster map

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — When Tropical Storm Irene pounded Franklin County, emergency responders and isolated residents cut off by storm damage suddenly found a new use for Twitter and Facebook on their cellphones: asking others about, and reporting on local washouts, flooding and downed trees. Now, the Franklin Regional Council … 0