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Wednesday, December 31 1969


Center for New Americans Offers Free ESOL Classes

From a Center for New Americans press release:

Center for New Americans has free ESOL classes for adult immigrants.  Register now for FREE classes in September.  Beginning, intermediate, and high-intermediate English classes for adult immigrants.  Morning classes in Northampton, Greenfield, and Amherst. Evening class in Turners Falls. No previous education is necessary. We also offer help applying for US citizenship.  Volunteers are welcome.  Our new Greenfield office at 90 Federal Street and our Amherst office at the Bangs Community Center in Amherst will be open in September.

Franklin County "Walk Now For Autism Speaks" Kickoff Party

From a Western New England Walk Now For Autism Speaks press release:

Every 11 minutes, another family will receive the devastating news that their child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. In fact, Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the US with 1 in every 88 children being diagnosed. It's time to get involved and change this statistic.

On Tuesday, August 7th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, you can learn firsthand how you can make a difference in the fight against Autism at the 2012 Franklin County Walk Now For Autism Speaks Kickoff Party to be held at Hallmark Institute of Photography's Educational Center located at 27 Industrial Boulevard in Turners Falls.

CHCFC Wins Crucial Catch Grant

From a Community Health Center of Franklin County (CHCFC) press release:

The Community Health Center of Franklin County (CHCFC) has been selected as a recipient of a 2012 “A Crucial Catch” grant from the National Football League, the National Football League Players Association and the New England Patriots.  A Crucial Catch, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, is focused on the importance of annual breast cancer screenings.  CHCFC was selected, in part, because Franklin County qualifies as a deprived demographic location in need of services.

Free Food & Fun for Youths All Summer Long

From a Project Bread press release:

In Greenfield, the Summer Food Service Program (funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) is gearing up to provide free, nutritious meals to area children. These programs are often held at schools, parks, swimming pools, playgrounds, and other community organizations.  Greenfield will host nine sites across the city. Sites are open to kids 18 and under and meals are free, no registration is required.

First Energy Smart Homes Party to be Held Wednesday

From a Greenfield Department of Planning & Development press release:

Precinct 8 Town Councilor Iris Vicencio-Rasku is hosting the first Greenfield Energy Smart Homes house party for Precinct 8 residents on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, from 6:00-8:00 PM at 86 Elm Street. The Energy Smart Homes team is delivering invitational flyers to all households in Precinct 8. In addition to finding out more about the excellent incentives available through Mass Save and Community Action, attendees will be able to sign up for their free home energy assessment, tour a home that has been weatherized by Mass Save, take Greenfield’s 10% Challenge and receive a $5 gift card for registering with Western Mass Saves, a free online energy efficiency tool for WMECo customers. If you are a Precinct 8 resident who can’t make the party or live in another precinct, please contact Energy Smart Homes at 772-1389 to find out how you can get your free home energy assessment.

Greenfield Wins $900,000 in Federal Grants

This just in from a Greenfield Mayor's Office press release:

Mayor William F. Martin received notice from Governor Deval Patrick’s office this morning that Greenfield will be the recipient of $900,000 in federal grants. Greenfield was among 24 communities in Western Massachusetts tapped to receive Community Development Block Grants for towns and cities with populations of 50,000 or less. “These grants are critical investments to help communities fix up homes and roadways and provide much needed local services for residents while putting people to work,” Gov. Patrick said in a statement announcing the grants.

United Arc Offers Autism Workshop in Greenfield

On Monday, June 11, from 6 - 8 PM, a workshop will be held at The Arc Common, 20 Chapman Street, Greenfield on “The Hidden Curriculum” - the unwritten social rules and expectations of behavior that most people know but were never taught –and how a lack of these skills impacts individuals with an autism spectrum disorder.  This workshop will include strategies and techniques to help children and adults understand social cues and unstated expectations, and guidelines for what to do (or what not to do) in specific social situations.

United Arc Offers Autism Workshops

The United Arc will offer two workshops addressing issues related to autism spectrum disorders at the Arc Family Support Centers in Athol and Greenfield.  Jason Litto, Family Support Manager from Community Resources for People with Autism will be the guest presenter for both workshops.  Litto has worked with individuals with autism for the past 17 years, has taught in special education and consulted in both public and private school settings.  He has provided supports to families of children with autism in a variety of ways and is an informative and dynamic speaker.

Mayor & HRC Seek Support for Social Security Accountability

From a Greenfield Mayor's Office press release:

Mayor William Martin and Greenfield Human Rights Commission Chairman Lewis Metaxas have called upon Senators John Kerry, Scott Brown and Congressman Richard Neal, on behalf of the Greenfield Human Rights Commission, to co-sponsor H.R. 4082, the Social Security Administration Accountability Act. H.R. 4082 has already been co-sponsored by Congressmen John Olver and James McGovern, Greenfield's present and future congressional representatives, respectively. The Commission has held two community forums in March and April, with the active support of Mayor Martin, to protest the closure of the Greenfield Social Security office and seek a return of a Social Security office presence in Franklin County. H.R. 4082 would prohibit the Social Security Administration from closing or limiting office hours at field offices without providing an in-depth analysis and justification for doing so and without holding public hearings before a change may occur.

Volunteers Needed to Help Prevent Falls

From a Franklin County Home Care Corporation press release:

Many seniors experience fear of falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a Healthy Aging curriculum that teaches practical strategies to reduce this fear and increase activity levels. Franklin County Home Care’s Healthy Aging program needs volunteers to learn about falls prevention and then teach community workshops.