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I am part of the group which is hoping to see established by the town a ban on plastic bags which are non-bio-degradable. What occurred over the petition is unfortunate. We hope to have a petition approved so that a ban on plastic bags will be enforced in a timely fashion. ...(full comment)

Plastic ban proposal causes tension between petitioners, Greenfield officials

I thought Park Villa and Redbrook were "owned" by the Montague Housing Authority---and managed by Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Were Martin and Pyers in the Affordable Housing industry as well as regional development? If someone wanted to review the funding for those two housing developments, i.e., public records...where might they be, with the Department of Housing and Community Development now? Or was Federal funding involved (HUD)? ...(full comment)

Economic development director on paid administrative leave

This letter from Berkshire Gas doesn't seem credible. And in the Boston Globe this morning, there is further substantiation of the leak issue: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/01/22/natural-gas-leaks-boston-area-are-far-more-extensive-than-thought/5BykQrnaGRr2XLtxpHqLIM/story.html ...(full comment)

Berkshire Gas: Necessary information

Steve, Kathy, and the kids, shared in many different aspects of my family over the years. Steve and my brother doing a radio show, Kathy and her son at Bucky Ball, and whenever I needed flowers in the area I would give them a call. I will miss Fairview Gardens, such a staple of the small town New England feel of Northfield, but wish Steve and Kathy great success in their new endeavors! Colleen McGuane ...(full comment)

Northfield loses flower shop as Fairview Gardens shuts down

Fine people and a fine business! Many of our happiest moments were decorated with your beautiful arrangements. Thank you for everything and best of luck Steve and Kathy. Fairview will be missed. ...(full comment)

Northfield loses flower shop as Fairview Gardens shuts down

I am really surprised there was a working garden hose in this weather. You got lucky this time. WOW Good luck to you. ...(full comment)

Wendell barn fire stopped, structure saved

Are you kidding me?!?!? Greenfield is the seat of the County. We need a first class Track&Field facility. ...(full comment)

Greenfield High School nears final phase of construction

A real shame. I think it also had to do with the fact that the adjacent tea room/restaurant holds really strange hours and never seems to be open (even before the bankruptcy), so people just began to write off the whole building and lump the two together in their minds. No one likes to go into empty restaurants; you need nearby people and foot traffic to attract other people, that's why when you're the first ones in for dinner restaurants will usually seat you in the window! That block/building is really key; I hope something new takes hold there. ...(full comment)

No more soup for you: Smithsonian Cafe closes

Have you noticed the businesses in TF that are still not handicap accessible? (Wheelchair). Apartment buildings? ...(full comment)

Turners woman aims for an accessible new year

Would this system use the existing Comcast cable or require each house to be separately wired? ...(full comment)

Greenfield hopes to add Internet service to municipal utility

What are the restrictions on development of this parcel, if any? ...(full comment)

Hadley farmland set for auction after bistro fails

At times, the activist community suffers from a sense of self-righteous entitlement in which consideration for others is less important that their message. In this regard, those who disrupted the honoring ceremony differ little in attitude from the Westboro Baptist Church's anti-gay protests at funerals. Not only is it inappropriate, but such tactics are self-defeating. Instead of raising consciousness about a necessary issue, such activists come off as rude, selfish and self-centered. ...(full comment)

Alpert/My Turn: Protest appropriate

This is a well researched article on the costs of the pipeline. Why should we, the electricity customers of New England, pay for a privately owned company's infrastructure? After all they are not going to divide the profits evenly between us all! We have to keep our legislators up to date on this and let them know not to approve the use of private and public land for this use. There's also got to be a better way to provide jobs. This is a time of innovation in electricity generation - lets spend the time and money developing better earth-and people friendly sources. ...(full comment)

Keith/My Turn: For private gain