Wednesday morning crash sends one to hospital, closes I-91 lane

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — An accident on Interstate 91 put one person in the hospital and closed one lane of traffic for about an hour Wednesday morning. The accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. near exit 27. Trooper Chris Lipiec of the Massachusetts State Police Shelburne Falls barracks said a southbound car’s driver lost control and struck a guardrail. He said the vehicle spun back into the lane, where it was dragged under … 0

New charges for alleged insurance fraud ringleader

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — The alleged leader of an auto insurance fraud ring has been indicted on nearly 30 new charges. Lefen “Helen” Chen, 55, of Flushing, N.Y., is scheduled to be arraigned on 29 new charges of insurance fraud, perjury and conspiracy Wednesday. Chen is accused of being the ringleader of a New York-based insurance scam. “The indictments stem from the largest car insurance … 0

State puts virtual school on probation for 20 months

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since a state review this summer, the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School has implemented programs for Title 1 and English language learning and hired a school psychologist and three family engagement coordinators. But the new changes appear too little, too late. The Greenfield-based cyber school has been placed on probation for 20 months until June 30, 2016, when its state certificate expires. … 0

Letter: Dog poop problem

Sunday, October 12, 2014

In response to the letter on Oct. 5, “Dog Lovers”: We agree that there is a problem with people not picking up after their dogs. We are dog owners and for the three years that we have had our dog, we have been walking him along the field … 0

Greenfield holiday trash collection schedule

Sunday, October 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Due to the Columbus Day holiday on Monday, the following will be the rubbish and recycling schedule: Monday’s collection will be on Tuesday. Tuesday’s collection will be on Wednesday. Wednesday’s collection will be on Thursday. Thursday’s and Friday’s collection will be on Friday. Have your rubbish … 0

Keeping watch: Security cameras aim to deter vandals from damaging Greenfield-owned property downtown

Friday, October 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — More than a dozen surveillance cameras now keep a quiet watch over town property downtown. “We wanted to hook up a triangle of cameras from the bottom of Bank Row to Town Hall to Energy Park,” … 2

Between GCC classes, child care, Warm the Children bridges the gap

Friday, October 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Being a young, single mother is difficult enough without having to juggle schoolwork and child care while being unemployed, but for Bianca Huerta that scenario is a reality. In September, however, Huerta was able to get … 0

YMCA plans clothes giveaway

Friday, October 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Each year YMCA in Greenfield members and friends clean out their closets and donate good used clothing to the Y’s Free Store. This year the Y will be holding its sixth annual Free Clothing Store next Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Organizers said they can … 0

Greenfield officials brainstorm how to solve traffic problem with Munson Street residents

Friday, October 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Residents on Munson Street say they are not only afraid for the safety of those who walk along their street to get to the courthouse or social service agencies there, but for themselves, their families and … 0

Greenfield Notebook

Friday, October 10, 2014

Absentee ballots available GREENFIELD — Absentee ballots for the state election on Nov. 4 are now available in the town clerk’s office. The last day to apply for one is Nov. 3 at noon. Voters may vote at the town clerk’s office in Town Hall on Court Square … 0

Review lays out goals for Greenfield schools

Thursday, October 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — Schools in Greenfield lack communication, a consistent K-12 curriculum and a uniform analysis of test data, but they do have good student support, increasing attendance and better financial management, according to a district review by the state education department. The report, presented to the Greenfield School … 0

Bridge back in place

Thursday, October 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — Like two giddy teenagers just asked to the prom, Maria Herkner and Pat Webb grabbed each other, hugged tightly, jumped up and down and yelled, “Hallelujah!” under a cloudless blue sky, as the pumping station covered … 0

Help the Greenthumbers ready the Energy Park for final event, winter

Thursday, October 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — Do you enjoy summer concerts at the Greenfield Energy Park? Or do your children enjoy playing on one of the trains? Or do you come to fiddle there or just sit in the sun or toss a Frisbee? If the answer is “yes,” a volunteer group … 0