Jaywalking

Jaywalking: Sod is the decision, much to the dismay of vocal critics

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It appeared to be a done deal from the start. Despite more than 50 supporters of artificial turf fields showing up, the Greenfield School Building Committee voted to go ahead with installing sod fields with irrigation behind the high school during a meeting Tuesday night in the GHS library. The proposal received a 6-0 vote (two abstentions) and also approved adding two lanes to the track (up to eight lanes from six), constructing a full-sized outdoor basketball court (a half-court was already planned), as well as paying for concrete to be poured for what will eventually be the floor of a storage shed. In the end the decision came down to money. According to the … 0

Jaywalking: Decision time

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tonight is a big night for future Greenfield High School’s athletic fields. I say that as though the fate has not already been decided, even if I have a feeling that it already has. While the GHS building committee has not officially decided what to do with the fields behind the school, it … 0

Jaywalking: Spelling bee

Monday, April 6, 2015

Ask anyone from the Frontier Regional School District what the name of their school mascot is, and let the fun begin. Did they answer correctly? Probably. But then take it a step further and inquire as to the spelling. That might be more difficult, since we now know that there’s no consistency. Proof … 0

Jaywalking: Novak

Monday, December 8, 2014

It was a packed house at St. Kazimierz Society in Turners Falls on Sunday afternoon. With the Patriots scheduled to play that night at 8, folks had no reason to skip the 56th annual Anthony “Cannon” Novak Awards banquet, the yearly end-of-season gathering that has drawn large crowds … 0

Jaywalking: Opening Day

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ask a hunter where he shot a deer and he’ll probably tell you one thing: “In the woods.” That, or, “In the neck.” Monday was the first day of the 2014 Massachusetts shotgun deer hunting season. I’ve been covering the shotgun hunting season since the fall of 2007, … 0

Jaywalking: Holiday blowouts

Monday, November 24, 2014

It was 77 degrees and sunny back on Aug. 18. That was a little more than three months ago, marking the first day of practice for high school football teams. Now, after countless snaps, runs, passes, turnovers and touchdowns, we have arrived at the final few days of … 0

Jaywalking: A cut above

Monday, November 17, 2014

One day before I spoke with Mohawk Trail Regional High School cross-country coach Joe Chadwick about his girls’ team, I got a surprise visit from another Hall of Fame coach, Pete Conway, who dropped by the office last week. He brought with him an old scrapbook full of … 0

Jaywalking: Sideline chatter

Monday, November 10, 2014

There are lots of reasons to love tournament season. It’s the time of year when every game counts. It makes for great drama every night, and when games live up to their billing, it’s even better. Tournament season also gives me the opportunity to hit the road and … 0

Jaywalking: Hoop junkie

Monday, November 3, 2014

It was a phone call Tim Caplice did not want to miss, but as he lounged around on his couch watching football one recent Sunday, he did exactly that. Caplice was late getting to his phone when he heard it ringing and saw the missed call/voice-mail from Greenfield … 0

Jaywalking: Hall calls Doton

Monday, October 13, 2014

When she was in grade school, Kelly Doton had dreams of playing sports later in life just like any other young athlete. The Greenfield native excelled in the sport of ice hockey as a youngster and thought that if she worked hard and continued with it, she might … 0

Jaywalking: Top notch

Monday, October 6, 2014

Reigning western Massachusetts girls’ volleyball champs will square off tonight at Goodnow Gym in South Deerfield when defending Division II champion Longmeadow High School heads north to take on 2013 Division III champ Frontier Regional School. The match pits the top two girls’ volleyball teams in WMass for … 0

Jaywalking: Reaching out

Monday, September 29, 2014

When the Ray Rice domestic-violence video was released by TMZ a little less than a month ago, there was an outpouring of anger that shot across social media. Many people were disgusted not only by the video, but also by the NFL’s handling of the whole fiasco, first … 0

Jaywalking: Eye-opener

Monday, September 22, 2014

An estimated 550 people packed the dining common (and an overflow room) at Greenfield Community College Monday afternoon to hear the story of former NBA basketball player Chris Herren. High school students from Greenfield and Mahar were bused in and joined a large contingent of adults and other … 0

Jaywalking: Bye Scott

Monday, September 15, 2014

For the first time since 1997, Greenfield High School boys’ basketball is searching for a coach. Scott Thayer officially stepped down last week after 16 years at the helm of Green Wave hoops. It was a decision Thayer said came to him rather suddenly, and he decided it … 0

Jaywalking: Welcome to the real world

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hello Patriots’ fans. Oh, have we been waiting for you. Welcome back to the club of “fans who actually worry about their NFL team.” I know it’s been a good long time since you were part of this popular club. You left for about 15 years to move … 0