Artists ask: What’s going to happen to Arts Block?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — Artists throughout the county and beyond are waiting to hear whether the Arts Block will survive and continue as is so that they have a place in the heart of Greenfield in which to perform. Edward Wierzbowski, owner of the Arts Block on the corner of Main Street and Court Square and Pushkin Gallery on the corner of Main and Federal streets, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy … 0

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 … 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

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

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