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Sunderland to buy lot with affordable housing in mind

Friday, September 19, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland will purchase a 2.82-acre lot on North Main Street for $265,000, which it plans to use to shore up the town’s proportion of affordable housing units for seniors. The purchase was approved by voters at a special town meeting Friday night and passed by the skin of its teeth — just one percent over the required two-thirds majority. The selectmen made the case for making the purchase … 0

Two local dance teachers want spot on ‘Amazing Race’

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two local dance teachers are eagerly awaiting a call back from producers of the Amazing Race reality television game show to find out if they’ll have a chance at being chosen as one of the teams to compete later this fall. Tammy Thompson, owner of Mountain View Dance Studio in Sunderland, and Dawn … 0

Neighbors: Lots of fun and festivals this fall

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. What a great couple of months we have ahead of us here in the county. It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season, not only because of the brilliant color, cool temperatures and crisp apples from our local orchards, but because the county is alive with activity. Who doesn’t enjoy a day at the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival? … 1

Neighbors: Fireworks fun, but lots more to summer ahead

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Greenfield’s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display did not disappoint on Saturday. I went to Beacon Field with grandson Justin around 7 p.m. The first thing we did was take a “choo-choo” train ride around the grounds. Just before that, I ran into Greenfield Recreation … 0

Second storm knocks out power, downs trees in Sunderland

Friday, July 4, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Two days after severe thunderstorms hit the area and left thousands throughout the county without power for several hours, more thunderstorms moved in Thursday and left Sunderland with downed trees and some power outages. Sunderland Police Chief Jeffrey Gilbert said there were no reports of funnel … 0

Sunderland fire captain named assistant chief

Friday, July 4, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland firefighter Steve Benjamin has been sworn in as the Fire Department’s new assistant chief. Benjamin, who has been with the department for nearly two decades, was raised to the position from the rank of captain. … 0

Neighbors: Happy Fourth of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Happy Fourth of July! I am working today, but hope you are all having a great time. It may be that as you read this the rain is falling hard — that was the forecast of the National Weather Service in Taunton — but that’s fine, … 0

Bus fare

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature will give the county’s sprawling regional school districts a huge savings for school bus expenses by reimbursing 90 percent of the cost — the highest in decades. “It would … 0

Greenfield woman ID’d as body found in Connecticut River

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The body pulled from the Connecticut River last week has been identified as a missing Greenfield woman. The state medical examiner confirmed that the body recovered June 25 was that of Rebecca Streeter, 35, of Camp Avenue, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District … 0

Neighbors: Introduce yourself to your neighbors

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here I go again, thinking about what it means to be a neighbor. I remember a time when people knew their neighbors. They spoke with them, sat next to them in church, ran into them in the grocery store, talked over the hedges about their days … 0

Teacher from Sunderland wins national kudos

Sunday, June 29, 2014

SUNDERLAND — When Anne Marie Osheyack was growing up in New Bedford, school was her “safe haven.” At home, recalls the ninth-grade English teacher at Northampton High School, her father was emotionally abusive and became violent when he lost his temper. “My father was frequently doing two things … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 0

Missing woman’s family fears she was the body found in Connecticut River Wednesday

Thursday, June 26, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Officials have not yet released the identification of the body pulled from the Connecticut River Wednesday, but a missing Greenfield woman’s family is fairly certain it was her. The body, that of a white female, was … 0