Whately

Former employee sues Frontier for discrimination

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A trial date has been set for a discrimination suit filed against Frontier Regional School by a former information technology professional who was fired after he says he was treated unfairly by his past co-workers. Sandy Moya of 10 Wolcott St., Holyoke, has sued the school for racial discrimination, national origin discrimination and retaliation after he claims his former co-workers treated him unfairly due to his Hispanic … 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 should be. I guess I’d just like to remind people that this time of year, … 0

Whately completes facilitated meetings for town office consolidation, survey next

Friday, December 12, 2014

WHATELY — To overcome the shortcomings of current town office space, the people of Whately have been talking this week about possibly using elementary school space and a former regional library building as well as a previously proposed major renovation-expansion of town hall. The ideas and concerns were raised in a series of … 0

Think before you wrap and unwrap: Recycling tips for the holidays

Friday, November 28, 2014

During the holidays, the average American family throws away up to 10 additional bags of trash. In towns that require “Pay-As-You-Throw” town trash bags, those 10 additional trash bags would cost $15 to $30, depending on the town. A large portion of this trash is generated from wrapping … 0

Whately library hosts Handmade Fair Dec. 7

Friday, November 28, 2014

WHATELY — On Dec. 7, honey and beeswax candles, quilted home goods and hand carved wooden toys will sit alongside books as the Whately Public Library holds its fifth annual Handmade Holiday Fair. The fair will feature handcrafted items, gifts for all ages, raffles, and used books for … 0

Neighbors: Looks like a harsh winter ahead; take care of each other

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. First, I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy your friends and family — that’s what great memories are made of. I’m waiting to hear from our local precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy … 0

Letter: All options

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Town officials are trying very hard to provide our community with fair and accurate information and we feel your staff has done the town of Whately a disservice with the article about the vote on facilitation at last Wednesday’s special town meeting. The second headline reads “Will hold … 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

Whately strip club owner acquitted of sexual harassment, assault claims

Friday, November 14, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — After an eight-day civil trial, the owner of a Whately strip club prevailed against sexual harassment and assault claims brought by a former employee in U.S. District Court Friday morning. The suit, filed in 2012 by Cara Lyn Crncic, a bartender who worked at Club Castaway … 0

Tea Guys: Blended brews

Friday, November 14, 2014

During a visit to Piccadilly Circus in London, Tea Guys co-founder Oliver Rich came across an open-air market, where he found vendors busy at work selling fresh lemons, spices and other foods. The crisp aromas swirled in the … 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

Whately voters OK money for facilitator

Thursday, November 13, 2014

WHATELY — The town’s discussion of how to resolve its municipal space needs is back on the menu. Voters have approved spending $10,000 to bring in a professional community facilitator from Boston to hold a series of public … 0