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Sounds Local: Women take center stage: Four female singer-songwriters to perform at July 26 Off the Common event in Greenfield
07-17-2024 2:21 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Despite the oppressive heat, July has been a good month for music fans, and it only gets better in the weeks ahead. As the month is ending, it’s almost time for the second event in the Off the Common summer music series. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts...

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In wake of damage from 62 mph winds, hundreds still without power
07-16-2024 7:59 PM

By MAX BOWEN

Powerful storms hit western Massachusetts Tuesday evening, leaving hundreds of residents without electricity into Wednesday, according to a National Grid outage map.Torry Dooley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Boston office, said...


Talks reveal disconnect in helping Greenfield’s immigrants
07-16-2024 5:53 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Community Relations Committee members met with the mayor, the mayoral-appointed liaison to the city’s Haitian immigrants and a Haitian immigrant living in Greenfield on Monday to discuss ways to best serve the needs of those living at the...


Pushback: ADUs — Throwing mama from the train
07-16-2024 5:40 PM

By AL NORMAN

In October 2023, Gov. Maura Healey introduced a “$4 billion plan to jump-start the production of homes and make housing more affordable.” Her bill, H. 4138, titled the Affordable Homes Act, was touted as “the largest proposed investment in housing in...


Debbie Kates: Horrified by letter on the Bible
07-16-2024 5:37 PM

The recent letter to the editor [“The Bible Matters,” July 12], about the primacy of the Bible is truly horrifying. The writer states: “The Bible is the very word of God. It is the final authority on all matters of faith and life. The Bible is both...


My Turn: Pining for a return to kindness
07-16-2024 5:30 PM

By CATHERINE KING

 An adage I’ve heard since childhood reads, “Don’t discuss religion or politics in polite company.” We all know we threw that baby out with the bathwater a dog’s age ago. The abyss of social and mainstream media makes it clear that this will happen...


“As a little kid I looked up to these guys. Now, that’s us”: Valley Blue Sox host clinic for youth baseball players in Greenfield
07-16-2024 5:00 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

GREENFIELD — Area youth baseball players had the chance to learn the game from some of the top collegiate players in the country this week. The Valley Blue Sox of Holyoke held a Greenfield Youth Baseball Clinic on Monday and Tuesday at Lunt Field,...


Greenfield Notebook: July 17, 2024
07-16-2024 2:32 PM

City seeks feedback on uses for CPA money GREENFIELD — Ahead of the next Community Preservation Act funding round, the Community Preservation Committee will host a public hearing to gather feedback on community priorities on Thursday, July 25, at 5:30...


Greenfield dog park damaged in alleged DUI crash
07-15-2024 6:36 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Repairs are on tap for Paws Park, the dog park within Green River Park on Petty Plain Road, after police say a New York man crashed into the fence on Friday while allegedly driving intoxicated in a 1978 Chevrolet van. Michael Rockwell,...


Local golf: Andy Lesenski, Terry Boyce repeat as Country Club of Greenfield club champions
07-15-2024 5:27 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Make it five in a row for Andy Lesenski.Country Club of Greenfield held its club championship over the weekend, and Lesenski capturing his fifth straight title on the men’s side. Lesenski carded rounds of 67, 68 and 67 to finish with a three-round...


Lew LaChance: Our national anthem
07-15-2024 5:17 PM

In 1814, a Fleet of British warships with sails attacked Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland. Six bombarded the fort. This fort was built in the shape of a star with many opportunities for the U.S. defenders to fight off the invaders. That is what they...


Karen Wessinger: Public health issues on our trails
07-15-2024 5:17 PM

I have been using Greenfield’s beautiful trails and bike path for over 15 years. Never have I seen them in such deplorable conditions as the past year. There are not any trail areas that I bring my child and dog to where I have not recently come...


Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity starts work on 58th affordable home and sixth in Greenfield
07-15-2024 4:47 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — What was once the site of an old farmhouse is now being transformed into an affordable, all-electric one-bedroom home at 184 Petty Plain Road with help from Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity.The idea for the project, funded using...


Step into this ‘outdoor living room’: Greenfield couple’s garden is their place to unwind and get creative
07-15-2024 2:33 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

A Franklin Street neighborhood in Greenfield has become even more welcoming for passersby of many species, thanks to the efforts of Dawn Kennedy and Margo Townley, who’ve transformed their property into a bountiful haven on less than one-fifth of an...


Greenfield seeks feedback on uses for opioid settlement funds
07-14-2024 10:01 AM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Having already received roughly $400,000 out of its $1.7 million in national opioid settlement funds, the city will soon hold a public hearing so residents can offer suggestions on how the money can best be used to combat the impacts of...


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My Turn: We will decide
07-14-2024 8:01 AM

By DAVID GRAVES

We the people will decide who will govern us. The next election will not be decided by the intelligence agencies, the news media, the politicians or the elites. We will recognize the difference between the truth and the narratives that we have been...


Opening doors for immigrants: UMass Dining’s Pam Adams finds work for Haitian community
07-12-2024 7:34 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

AMHERST — On the 10th floor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center, Samuel Noel, a welder by trade, works as a dishwasher — his first job in the United States.Noel, a Haitian immigrant who moved to Greenfield’s Days Inn shelter on...


Connecting the Dots: A choice between rational and unhinged
07-12-2024 7:01 PM

By JOHN BOS

Joe Biden is living in the wrong culture. Maybe we who are his supporters are also. Western cultures, especially America, are fevered youth and death-denying cultures with little or no respect for the wisdom that many elders gain over time. Unlike...


Greenfield Notebook: July 13, 2024
07-12-2024 5:54 PM

The Reptile Nook visiting library GREENFIELD — Agawam-based outreach program The Reptile Nook is bringing reptiles to the Greenfield Public Library on Wednesday, July 24, at 6 p.m.The program is open to families with children ages 3 to 12. Attendees...


Greenfield Tennis Association enjoying another busy summer
07-12-2024 4:27 PM

By LUCY POSTERA

The Greenfield Tennis Association is the heart of tennis culture in Greenfield. Spectators in lawn chairs line the hills of Highland Park to watch singles matches and middle schoolers join the doubles leagues as fierce competitors. Players of all ages...

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