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Wednesday, December 31 1969


First Valley Gun Buy Back to be Held Oct. 5

This just in from a Northwestern District Attorney’s Office press release:

The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office is pleased to offer the citizens of Hampshire and Franklin counties a safe way to dispose of guns from their homes at the first Valley Gun Buy Back on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Northampton and Greenfield police stations.

Next HHC Volunteer Training 9/17 & 9/18/13

Adapted from a Horizons for Homeless Children (HHC) press release:

Horizons for Homeless Children ( creates and installs Playspaces (kid-friendly spaces) inside of over 20 family homeless shelters in Western, MA, including Greenfield. We then recruit, train and place volunteers from the community in these Playspaces to provide healthy and fun play for the children living in the shelters.

BBBS Putting $20K Grant to Good Use

Adapted from a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County (BBBSFC) press release:

Back in July, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County was awarded a $20,000 Mentoring Matching Grant by Mass Mentoring Partnership of Boston, to be used towards operating costs for this fiscal year.  The grant funding came from Governor Patrick's FY'14 budget, through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Statewide, the Mentoring Matching Grants will create and support 1,000 high-quality matches.

Girls Can in Western Massachusetts

Adapted from an FC Massachusetts press release:

FC Massachusetts, a regional premier soccer club based out of western Massachusetts, yesterday announced open registration for a year-long mentoring and training program provided by a partnership with the University of Massachusetts and the Girls Can Club. Girls aged seven through twelve are eligible to register for the Girls Can Club that includes workshops, skills training, and the unique opportunity to be mentored by a current UMass women's soccer player. Additionally, all registered participants will receive a season pass to the University of Massachusetts regular season home games and a club t-shirt. The UMass Girls Can Club registration is limited to 100 girls with a schedule of events beginning in September 2013 and concluding in April 2014.

Greenfield Recognizes National Health Center Week

From a Greenfield Mayor's Office press release:

Mayor William F. Martin announced the Town of Greenfield would join in the nationwide acknowledgement of National Health Center Week, August 11-18, 2013, celebrating the role of urban and rural healthcare centers across the nation. Local health centers reduce emergency room visits while at the same time providing community-based, accessible treatment for all, as well as essential preventative care that helps citizens lead healthier lives.

Pioneer Valley Ballet Offers Free Classes for Young Children

Adapted from a Pioneer Valley Ballet press release:

Pioneer Valley Ballet (PVB) is hosting its Fall Open House on August 24, 2013.  This free event will take place from 11am-1pm at their ballet studio in Easthampton, at the Eastworks Building, 116 Pleasant St., Suite 155.  Attendees will have opportunities to meet staff, tour the studio, register for school-year training programs, register to audition for The Nutcracker, and observe PVB’s advanced dancers in rehearsal.

Be Safe on the Water This Weekend

Adapted from a Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) press release:

Officials from the Department of Conservation and Recreation are urging the public to act safely this summer as the warm weather and open water brings bathers, boaters, and waders onto DCR's lakes, ponds, and ocean beaches. While air temperatures may feel like summer, water temperatures can still be very cold. DCR encourages parents and visitors to be vigilant, especially with children, when visiting designated swimming areas. Parents should be near their children when they are in the water. To further help prevent water-related tragedies, DCR is releasing the following facts and safety tips for anyone venturing near the water:

School's Out, Food's In

Adapted from a Project Bread press release:

Project Bread is awarding more than $160,000 to 425 summer meal locations in 37 communities, including Greenfield, to boost, strengthen, and expand the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a federally supported child nutrition program, which was specifically designed to bridge the summer gap in school meals.

Children’s Advocacy Center Giving Tree Recipient

This just in from a Northwestern District Attorney’s Office press release:

Children suspected of having been abused will have new toys to play with while receiving services at the Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), thanks to the generosity of the employees at the Braintree office of New England Office Supply (NEOS), a minority- and woman-owned company.

BBBS Welcomes Danielle Letourneau-Therrien

From a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County press release:

In January, Danielle Letourneau-Therrien became Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County.

Danielle has a background serving children and her community. For the last 12 years, she worked for the Northeast Foundation for Children / Responsive Classroom where she worked to bring products and services which support social-emotional learning and incorporate knowledge of child development to elementary school educators nationwide. In addition, she co-founded which raised funds for and supports the local playground at Beacon Field in Greenfield, MA. She has served on the boards of the Greenfield Business Association and of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County. In 2011, she ended four years of elected service on the Greenfield Town Council where she chaired the Community Relations and Education Committee.