Using their 'back yard' , a sunny section of the Days Inn parking lot in Greenfield, "Kate"  hangs out with her daughters and Brandie Reynolds and her son Cameron, 3.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Like a ‘vacation from Hell’

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD – Thirty-four-year-old “Kate” was working in a doggie day care to support her two young daughters after fleeing an abusive relationship when she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. “I had a breakdown and couldn’t work,” said Kate, who asked that her real name not be used for this story. “I was in a medical facility … 0

Local legislators vow to look into hotel homeless

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The state’s likely next Senate president, Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst, said he has had numerous meetings and discussions over the past few weeks about homeless, especially those living in hotels. “It’s a persistent and stubborn problem and one that doesn’t have an easy answer,” said Rosenberg. “We need to figure out how to prevent homelessness and how to prevent having to … 0

Help raise up the poor: simple to say, but apparently too hard to do

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The one word you’ll hear time and again when talking about homelessness with state legislators and other policy makers in Massachusetts is “complicated.” Robyn Frost, executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, said the coalition is working hard to make policies that end homelessness, but it isn’t easy and it isn’t going to happen overnight. “These are people and … 0

Santa delivers gifts to homeless families living in area hotels

Sunday, December 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Children of the homeless families living at the Days Inn and Quality Inn in Greenfield received a surprise visit from Saint Nick himself Saturday afternoon, during which they were each given a wrapped present and a … 0

Lunt factory building in town hands

Friday, December 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — It has been about six months since the town took ownership of the ball fields on the former Lunt Silversmith property and this week it did the same with the old factory. The ball fields cost … 0

Greenfield close to settlement with man who claims to have been Tasered by police in 2010

Friday, December 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Acting Mayor Marjorie Lane Kelly said Friday that the town is close to reaching a settlement with a Hatfield man who said he was unfairly shot with a Taser by police in 2010. Kelly, who is serving as mayor while Mayor William Martin is away for … 0

Protesters: #BlackLivesMatter

Friday, December 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — “It’s not their problem. It’s our problem. We have to do something,” said Reverend Georgeann Greene of the All Souls Church, Unitarian Universalist, of Greenfield, as she stood among about a few hundred people that turned … 0

What does Greenfield want from its library? Community forums to find out

Friday, December 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — The library will hold community forums on Monday and Tuesday to collect input from residents and patrons about what they want from their library in the future. Greenfield Public Library received a $50,000 planning and design … 0

Police: Homeless man arrested after break-in attempt

Friday, December 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police have arrested a homeless man they say tried to break into a vacant house to steal copper pipes Friday morning. Eric Flanders, 33, of Athol pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Friday to charges of … 0

Franklin County families burn through fuel aid

Thursday, December 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — After the frigid temperatures that froze Franklin County over the past couple of months, many families have already used up their fuel assistance — faster than in the average year. It doesn’t look like it’ll get any easier as the holidays approach. The increased fuel consumption … 0

Neighbors: Kind acts don’t go unnoticed

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hello, neighbor. I thought I’d share a story about another one of our neighbors putting a smile on someone’s face. Julie, who lives on Wildwood Avenue in Greenfield, said she woke up the other morning to a box … 0

Greenfield man arrested in connection with Deerfield burglaries

Thursday, December 11, 2014

DEERFIELD — A Greenfield man is facing a slew of burglary and drug charges after pawn shop records, GPS technology and a set of silver spoons led to his arrest Wednesday night. Adam C. Yukl, 20, of 7 … 0

Valley Gives raises $2.7 million for Western Mass. nonprofits

Thursday, December 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — A few more Franklin County residents will likely receive some emergency heating aid, textbooks for college, a big brother or big sister or some elder home care thanks to the region’s Valley Gives online mega-fundraiser that brought in $2.7 million in donations for western Massachusetts nonprofits. … 0