Neighbors: New Year’s Eve in Orange a good time

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. Not a lot going on this week, at least in terms of public events. I’m sure you will all be plenty busy celebrating the holidays with family and friends, so please everyone have a safe and happy holiday. Now that we’re here, it means New Year’s Eve is right around the corner and that means a few celebrations throughout the county, including the big one in Orange — … 0

Olver helped engineer passenger rail’s return

Sunday, December 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — The name John W. Olver is at the front of the intermodal transit center that will serve as the station for the first passenger train service in this town in decades. And that’s fitting, given the former congressman’s pivotal role in bringing service back to the Connecticut River line after a … 0

Dreaming of Vinyl

Monday, December 22, 2014

Scott Seward spent a lot of time during the 1980s and ’90s rooting around the basements of perfect strangers, looking for something valuable to feed his addiction. Seward didn’t have a drug or alcohol habit — he was hooked on vinyl records and he’d go anywhere for a good score, be it a … 0

Masked man robs Call’s Corner store

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — A masked man robbed Call’s Corner convenience store Tuesday evening. At about 7:03 p.m., a man wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and masked with pantyhose walked into the Conway Street store, brandished a black plastic bag … 0

Former Hapco building may be coming down soon

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — The 95-year-old former Hapco auto parts building on Olive Street will most likely be coming down soon. Town Council will vote tonight on whether to approve $150,000 to raze the building to make way for a … 0

Library’s future

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — It will be at least January before the town’s library staff knows what its patrons and other Greenfield residents want from the town library in years to come, but preliminary reports seem to point toward more … 0

Police: Loud exhaust leads to heroin discovery

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Three men face heroin charges after a traffic stop for loud exhaust early Tuesday morning. Frankie Carrion, 39, of New Bedford, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Tuesday to charges of possession of heroin, using a … 0

Machine training program gets big boost

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a $276,705 state grant, Greenfield Community College and Franklin County Technical School will be able to continue to offer its precision-machinist training over the next two years as well expand offerings to include blueprint reading, … 0

Taking its toll: Teachers, taxpayers pick up tab for homeless students, but kids pay price, too

Monday, December 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — It used to be that “ homeless person” conjured an image of an older man, perhaps a down-and-out struggling veteran. Not so anymore, according to state statistics. The reality is, some of the country’s youngest have … 0

State: Swell of homeless swamps safety net

Monday, December 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Too few jobs, lack of affordable housing, a sluggish economy, a high poverty rate, racial disparities, lingering impacts of the Great Recession, challenges of single parenting and domestic violence are just some of the factors that … 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