Jaywalking
Sveta Vdovichenko takes a selfie with girls' soccer coach Jenna Carme during a duct-tape fundraiser to benefit pediatric cancer during lunch period at Franklin County Technical School on Wednesday.
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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 by doling out a far-too-short two-game suspension to Rice, then by the … 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 students to hear the story of Herren, a Fall River native who became a first-round … 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 was time step down. “It’s just time for a change,” he said. “I think the … 0

Jaywalking: Sheff’s Field

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Just before Joe Sheff left Turners Falls in the fall of 1943 to head across the Atlantic and fight during World War II, he met with George Bush, the senior boy who would captain the high school’s varsity basketball team that winter. Sheff handed Bush a number of … 0

Jaywalking: Kiss of death

Monday, November 25, 2013

A promise is a promise. Former Turners Falls High School running back Ryan Wilder held a fundraiser back in the spring to raise money for a trip he was taking to Australia to play in the “Down Under Games.” That night, a number of prizes were raffled off, … 0

Jaywalking: Back to the future

Monday, November 18, 2013

The year 2009 seems distant to the Frontier Regional School football team. That fall, the Red Hawks went 9-1 in the regular season and advanced to the WMass Division III Super Bowl, where they put up a valiant effort against what had looked to be an unstoppable force … 0

Jaywalking: Homegrown

Monday, November 11, 2013

Clarisse Hutchinson’s cross country career came to an end Saturday with her 43rd-place finish in 23 minutes, 9 seconds at the WMass Division II Cross Country Championships at Northfield Mountain. Her Franklin County Technical School legacy, however, will last much longer. This fall marked the first time that … 0

Jaywalking: Nothing’s perfect

Monday, November 4, 2013

We have finally reached the first-ever Massachusetts Statewide Football Playoffs, ushered in with mixed feelings. I’ve received phone calls, e-mails and talked with people at games and around town about the new playoff system, which includes a Division VI tournament that features McCann Tech, Mohawk, Franklin Tech and … 0

Jaywalking: Pelc's chance

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

When Andy Pelc’s baseball team in the Greenfield Minor League needed a catcher three years ago, he was the only player to raise his hand and take a chance. It proved to be the right decision. On Friday, the 10-year old from Whately will be among 288 players … 0

Jaywalking: In memory

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ask someone that knew Don Maynard what he was like, and you will get the same response nearly every single time. “Don always had a smile on his face,” is what they will tell you. This weekend marks the 19th running of the Don Maynard Memorial Five Miler … 0

Jaywalking: Boomer memory

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Watching George Scott play first base for the Boston Red Sox was for many years a thing of beauty. The man known as “Boomer” was everything a true baseball fan wanted. He could hit for power, leading the American League in home runs in 1975 with 36, and … 0

Jaywalking: Local battler has no quit

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Joe Leonard won his first career mixed-martial-arts match one month ago, but it was far from the first fight he’s won. It won’t be his last, either. The South Deerfield resident has spent the past six years living with Crohn’s Disease, and during that time he’s not only … 0

Turf war

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I’ve spent the past week thinking about a letter published in last Monday’s paper from James C. Adams of Greenfield. He wrote. I can’t help but wonder how much insulation we could buy for the price of an Astro-turf football field. Seriously?! It got me thinking about the … 0

Ring return

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Sonya Lamonakis is getting back in the ring for her first boxing match since suffering her first professional loss in April. It’s not exactly the bout the Turners Falls native was hoping to prepare for, however, as she will still have to wait to get her illusive first … 0

Riding high

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

It was a crowded diamond at Lunt Field in Greenfield earlier this spring during tryouts for the 10 & Under Greenfield tournament team. Twenty-five kids showed up to try out for a travel team that would compete in various postseason summer tournaments, including the Cal Ripken Districts. That … 0