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Planning for the future of living in Montague

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MONTAGUE — As residents unearthed snow shovels and battened down the hatches for Wednesday’s snow storm, planners looked to the future of housing as those residents age and their housing needs change. An update to the town’s housing plan looks to a future in which almost a third of town residents are over 65, and it begins to identify areas in which affordable and accessible housing might be encouraged. The … 0

Montague parking ban begins now

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MONTAGUE — Wednesday’s snow triggered the town-wide overnight street parking ban five days early. Montague Police used the town’s Code Red emergency alert system to notify residents Wednesday afternoon, and urged residents to stay off the roads. Parking is not allowed from 1 to 5 a.m. on any town road, subject to $20 tickets or towing. Town parking lots have posted snow removal … 0

FRTA bus fares free for Black Friday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — You can hitch a free ride with the FRTA Friday. Rides on the Franklin Regional Transit Authority’s fixed route buses will be free all day. “It’s our way of kicking off the holiday season,” said FRTA Director Tina Cote. Whether you want to check out Black Friday deals at downtown shops … 2

Driver flips car

Monday, November 17, 2014

MONTAGUE CENTER — The Ford Focus fared poorly but the woman at the wheel was unhurt after the car rolled onto its roof on Turners Falls Road Monday night. “She slid on the wet road and kind of went up onto the embankment and the car kind of … 0

Neighbors: Help a former neighbor by voting for her new business

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m hoping you can help one of our former neighbors expand her business in Gloucester. Heather Ahearn, who is the daughter of David and Sally Ahearn and is co-owner of Atlantic Saltworks, is currently competing in the Entrepreneur and Sam Adams Brewing American Dream Wild Card … 0

Turners man faces firearms, assault charges

Friday, November 14, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — A local man faces firearms charges and a slew of others after allegedly damaging his girlfriend’s eye socket. Dion Cadiz, 24, of 88 2nd St., apartment 1, pleaded innocent Friday in Greenfield District Court to … 0

Selectmen address opioid problem

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Small town governments are another avenue through which the Opioid Task Force is looking to get traction on the heroin and painkiller problem. Thursday night Opioid Task Force member John Merrigan and coordinator Marisa Hebble presented data on the problem and information on efforts underway to … 0

Neighbors: TFHS to hold its fourth all-class reunion

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hey, it’s that time of year again — my alma mater, Turners Falls High School (Class of 1976 and proud of it) is holding its Alumni Association’s fourth annual All-Class Reunion the day after Thanksgiving. It will be held on the nightclub side of Between the … 0

Letter: Not quite ready

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I hope that in one of his future columns, Chris Collins provides a fuller explanation for why he thinks that Dylan Korpita “made the case that he could play at that level” during his recent campaign. My impression, from the coverage and his campaign literature, is that Korpita … 0

Pumpkinfest faces $1.2M smoke, noise lawsuit

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Pumpkinfest organizer Michael Nelson is fighting a lawsuit by a former Avenue A resident seeking more than a million dollars in damages for medical bills and disability he attributes to smoke and noise from the … 3

Scrutiny on the Avenue

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Rodney Madison’s storefront sidewalk and planter displays are back before the Board of Selectmen, rekindling the old argument over the legality or desirability of the displays. New are allegations from the police chief that the … 0

Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ episode draws mixed reviews

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Featuring the words of locals and with shots of Turners Falls’ crumbling factory buildings and Greenfield in the rain, Sunday’s episode of the CNN travel show “Parts Unknown” held up Greenfield in particular as an archetype of the … 1

Police: Turners burglar caught in the act, again

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — A local man was caught red-handed at the scene of an early morning downtown break-in, according to police. Terrence Carter, 26, was arrested on charges of breaking and entering in the night for a felony, … 0