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Community Legal Aid expands Disability Benefits Project to Franklin County
05-04-2024 4:01 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Community Legal Aid, a nonprofit that offers free civil legal support to elderly and low-income residents in western and central Massachusetts, has expanded its Disability Benefits Project into Franklin County, a change that coincides...

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GCC grads mark start of ‘a lifelong pursuit of knowledge’
05-26-2024 11:25 AM

By SAM FERLAND

GREENFIELD — Cheers and cowbells rang aloud on Saturday as members of Greenfield Community College’s Class of 2024 marched between rows of flowers to the stage, collected their diplomas, and celebrated their success with their families and friends.GCC...


Registration open for sixth annual Brick House 5K in Turners Falls
05-15-2024 10:45 AM

TURNERS FALLS — The Brick House Community Resource Center’s sixth annual 5K fundraiser will take place on Saturday, May 18, starting at 10 a.m. on the Canalside Rail Trail in Unity Park.Everyone is invited to participate in this community-spirited...


Ja’Duke eyes expansion to Greenfield
05-14-2024 5:19 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The former Greenfield Community College building at 270 Main St. might soon be converted into Ja’Duke Inc.’s newest location for performance art, driver’s education and a preschool center.Ja’Duke owners Kimberly Williams and Nicholas...


Comerford: Free community college plan will lift up students, offer immediate return on investment
05-08-2024 5:26 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

A plan unveiled by Senate Democrats on Monday to make community college free for all in Massachusetts starting this fall has the potential to have a big impact for prospective students across the state.The “MassEducate” plan would invest $75.5 million...


Bringing forth ‘the world as it ought to be’: Community Action celebrating 60 years
05-03-2024 7:14 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — For the first time since the start of the pandemic, Community Action Pioneer Valley welcomed volunteers, legislators and community partners for its annual meeting — and celebrated an important milestone, too.The regional supportive...


United Arc event highlights need for continued advocacy for staffing, housing and funding
04-12-2024 12:52 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

TURNERS FALLS — While staffing, housing and funding were all discussed at The United Arc’s annual Coffee and Conversation on Friday morning, continued advocacy for these issues was the thread tying them all together.In the first-ever co-hosted Coffee...


Artspace Market looks to raise $7K to increase access to art education
04-03-2024 9:53 AM

By ABNER ROJAS

GREENFIELD — The Artspace Market is back for its 45th year, supporting local artisans while raising money to increase access to art education in Franklin County.The event, to be held Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Greenfield High School,...


GCC uses $119K grant to expand nurse training program for English language learners
03-31-2024 11:56 AM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is revamping its free certified nurse aide (CNA) training program, expanding training an extra six weeks to support an English language learners cohort program after receiving $119,129 in grant funding.Funding...


$125K grant to Franklin County CDC funding biz assistance partnership
03-29-2024 2:11 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With a $125,000 grant, the Franklin County Community Development Corporation is partnering with Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services over the next two years to introduce technical assistance and mini grants to early-stage businesses...


GCC seeks contractors for $3M courtyard upgrade
03-26-2024 1:13 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College’s south courtyard will be closed for roughly a year as contractors break ground on a roughly $3 million renovation project.GCC issued a request for proposals on March 12 seeking contractors to make structural...


Sowing the seeds of recovery: Greenfield-based Recover Project supports sobriety through community gardening program, Garden Path
03-25-2024 3:00 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

The benefits of gardening are widely known, but there’s one aspect readers may not have considered: gardening can offer a path to sobriety, especially when undertaken with friends. Some members of the Greenfield-based Recover Project are spending time...


First-ever event in Warwick to bolster kids’ business skills
03-23-2024 2:05 PM

By ABNER ROJAS

WARWICK — Young entrepreneurs will get some real-world, hands-on experience when they set up shop as part of the first-ever Warwick Children’s Business Fair.The event, to be held Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Warwick Community...


$17K fundraiser seeks to restore Heath Community Hall windows
03-12-2024 12:34 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

HEATH — Members of the Community Hall Windows Fundraising Committee are urging residents from Heath and beyond to join in their effort to restore the windows of the cherished building.Having recently commemorated the building’s 150th anniversary since...


GCC hosting Smith College professor for talk on democracy, women’s rights
03-11-2024 7:02 AM

GREENFIELD — In celebration of Women’s History Month, Greenfield Community College is welcoming Smith College Professor Carrie Baker for a discussion on the intersection of democracy and women’s rights.The event, titled “Democracy and Women’s Rights:...


‘Remarkable’ enrollment increase continues for second semester at GCC
03-05-2024 4:50 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College saw a 13% increase in enrollment this semester, marking the college’s second consecutive semester of enrollment growth after a more than 10-year decline.By the end of 2023, 150 more students enrolled in the...


Greenfield expands hybrid meetings, access to online recordings
03-03-2024 4:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With additional hybrid functionality and more consistent uploading of recordings, the city is hoping to expand residents’ accessibility to local government meetings of numerous boards and commissions.In an effort to improve government...


At state budget hearing at GCC, school officials share unique challenges faced by rural districts
03-01-2024 5:05 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — At the Joint Committee on Ways and Means’ fiscal year 2025 state budget hearing on Friday, the focus was on statewide education and local aid. At the regional level, though, legislators, school officials and community members from up and...


Greenfield Head Start location likely to remain closed as advocates call for more funding
02-29-2024 4:34 PM

By TANISHA BHAT

GREENFIELD — Head Start centers like the one on Washington Street are expected to remain closed, despite a commitment from Gov. Maura Healey and state lawmakers to prioritize funding for this and other early child education programs in the state’s...


Artspace celebrates 50th annual Teen Art Show, grant award
02-23-2024 1:50 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

Not only has Greenfield’s Artspace Community Arts Center begun its 50th annual Teen Art Show, but it has also received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) that will help support its overall mission. Artspace was one of a...


‘Building Bridges’ dinner to raise money for GCC Foundation
02-16-2024 3:57 PM

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Community College Foundation invites residents to its fundraising dinner, “Building Bridges and Belonging: GCC’s Celebration of Community,” on Thursday, Feb. 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.The evening will include a catered...

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