The other controversial topic at this week’s City Council meeting? Why, the library, of course.

Somewhat lost amongst all of Wednesday night’s City Council meeting discussions of the Safe City Ordinance was a rather surprising item that came up during the “Communications from Mayor, City Officers and Employees” portion of the agenda. During his remarks, Mayor Martin stated that he had initiated a safety and accessibility evaluation of the current…

What happened with the Safe City ordinance at last night’s City Council meeting

As the Greenfield City Council headed into last night’s regular monthly meeting at the Greenfield High School auditorium, the Safe City Ordinance had been passed the previous month. Since then, two different things had happened: 1. Council Vern Sund (Precinct 1) had filed a motion to reconsider the Council’s July vote to pass the ordinance.…

CommonWealth Magazine has a pretty decent write-up of the Baystate mental health unit consolidation.

CommonWealth Magazine has a pretty decent write-up of the Baystate mental health unit consolidation.

CommonWealth Magazine: But as it opens the new facility, Baystate plans to close smaller mental health units at three of its community hospitals in Westfield, Palmer, and Greenfield. According to mental health patients, providers, and advocates in these smaller communities, that’s not a fair trade. Each of the smaller hospital-based units slated to close are…