Greenfield Notebook: June 10, 2021

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  • Jason Phillips of the Greenfield Department of Public Works and Jake Krain, a member of Franklin County Pride, raise the Pride flag on the Greenfield Common in June 2020. The flag will be raised again on Friday in honor of Pride Month. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 6/9/2021 3:34:32 PM
Greenfield native earns bachelor’s degree in Worcester

GREENFIELD — Benjamin Coan-Nixon, a Greenfield native, graduated summa cum laude from Becker College in Worcester with a bachelor’s degree in interactive media design, with a concentration in game development and programming.

Mayor, Franklin County Pride raising flag on Friday

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Pride and Mayor Roxann Wedegartner will raise the Pride flag to commemorate Pride Month and to celebrate the LGBTQ community’s contributions to the city. The ceremony will take place on Friday at 11 a.m. on the Greenfield Common.

Library announces new hours

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Public Library is changing its hours.

The last day for doorside pickup is Saturday, June 12. According to a library press release, anyone with remaining to-go holds will have until Saturday, June 19, to pick them up during the following browsing hours:

■Tuesday, June 15, from 2 to 6 p.m.

■Thursday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

■Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Starting Monday, June 21, the Greenfield Public Library will be open Monday through Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

No appointment is needed, but only 20 people will be allowed in the building at a time, the release states. Face masks are required, and limited computer usage is available. There are no bathrooms or water fountains available, and both the elevator and basement are closed to the public.

For more information, email librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 413-772-1544.

Four Rivers welcomes community for pandemic reflections

GREENFIELD — Juniors at Four Rivers Charter Public School have reflected on life during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will share those reflections with the community on Thursday as part of their Oral History Immersive Gallery Walk.

Exhibits will be spread out outside throughout the Four Rivers campus at 248 Colrain Road as a self-guided tour, a press release from the school explains. Monologues will be presented via QR codes, accessible by participants using a smartphone and headphones.

Each podcast-style monologue will see students respond to the following questions: “Where have I been?” “Where are we now?” and “Where am I headed?” The project, a culminating product in the modern world history class, honors students’ unique experiences over the last school year and allows them to contribute their voices to the evolving historical narrative of life during the pandemic, the release explains.

Thursday’s event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., rain or shine. Attendees are recommended to bring an umbrella in case of inclement weather.

The release adds that, at around 6 p.m., after attendees have listened to some of the monologues, they will “gather as a community for appreciation, connection and reflection.”

To borrow a device or headphones for the evening, or with questions, email social studies teacher Alex Wilson at awilson@fourriverscharter.org.

GCET participating in Emergency Broadband Benefit program

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community Energy and Technology (GCET), the city’s municipal internet and cable company, is participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit program funded by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The program provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households.

GCET’s service offering for the Emergency Broadband Benefit program is for 75 megabits per second download and upload speeds. According to a GCET press release, the value of this internet service is $49.90 per month, which would be fully covered during the life of the federal program.

“This is a great program offered by the FCC,” GCET General Manager John Lunt said in the release. “It will help people in need and GCET is pleased to be a part of it. We already have people signed up and are ready to assist anyone else who qualifies for the program.”

Greenfield residents can apply for the program online at getemergencybroadband.org or call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application. Another option is to call GCET at 413-775-6400, option 1, for a printed application. Printed applications, along with copies of documents showing proof of eligibility, must be mailed to: Emergency Broadband Support Center, P.O. Box 7081, London, KY 40742.

After receiving an eligibility determination from the government, the release explains, residents can then call GCET at 413-775-6400, option 2, to have their eligibility verified and to be enrolled in GCET’s Emergency Broadband Benefit program package.

GCET’s website states that members of its Equity Program are likely to qualify, as well as households that have experienced loss of income due to furlough or unemployment or who are enrolled in other eligible government assistance programs.

For more information, visit gcet.net/emergency-broadband-benefit-program.

Virtual program to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion

GREENFIELD — Racial Justice Rising’s next free program as part of its “Cultivating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” community outreach series will be held virtually on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

During the program, career educators Varinda Robinson and Letha King Brooks will engage the audience in a dialogue about moving diversity, equity and inclusion from words to actions, benefiting the experiences and outcomes of both students and staff, according a press release from organizer Emily Greene.

“This thought-provoking session will likely ask more questions than it answers as participants consider the experiences that have shaped their lives,” Greene states. “Those present will gain greater cultural awareness while addressing implicit bias, resulting in greater understanding, productivity and inclusiveness.”

Participants must register for the Zoom program at bit.ly/2RB2bil. It is free to attend, thanks to grant funding from numerous local cultural councils.

Moose Lodge serving sweet and sour chicken

GREENFIELD — The Moose Lodge at 20 School St. will serve sweet and sour chicken over rice, with salad, a roll and dessert, on Monday. Meals can be picked up from 5 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $10.




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