September News from the GBA
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Greenfield Business AssociationSeptember 2011
In This Issue
Businesses Help After Irene
Unemployment Help Available
Animal Magnetism
Beacon Field Fun
CopyCat Gives Back



Greenfield's own international video art festival, Brick+Mortar, will be here October 14 and 15. Hope & Olive will host a Soup and Games night September 12 to benefit the festival. Terrific raffle items will be available, so come on down to this free event!

See You at the Fair this Weekend!

Heading to the Franklin County Fair this weekend? Stop by the GBA booth Saturday and Sunday. We'll be  behind the grandstand next to the cotton candy (location, location, location!). Buy a few green eggs. You could win a coupon from a local business or even $50!

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GBA Businesses Benefiting Our Community After Irene Floods Region

Hope & Olive at its Soup and Games night September 5 raised more than $3,500 for the West County relief fund for victims of Tropical Storm Irene.


The Sullivan family of Colrain lost their home and all of its contents in the flood. This family of six is living in a pop-up camper and using a pup tent to store the few possessions they were able to salvage from their home, according to an article in The Recorder. On Monday, September 12,  Greenfield Grille will host a benefit dinner for the Sullivans from 5 to 9 pm. The Grille will donate $5 to the family for each meal served and for each bottle of wine purchased that evening. All tips generated will also be given to the family. Kringle Candle has donated candles to give to the first 100 diners as a special thank you.  


Watch for celebrity guests during this event! If you can't attend but would like to help, donations for the family can also be made at any office of Greenfield Savings Bank.


Thanks to local businesses for helping neighbors in need!

Fed Disaster Help May Be Available for Unemployed

The Patrick-Murray Administration announced this week that Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits are available to help those left jobless as a result of damage and flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene. On September 3, President Obama declared Massachusetts a federal disaster area, making the state eligible for federal disaster aid to supplement recovery efforts in the areas struck by the tropical storm.


The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) declared Berkshire and Franklin Counties as official disaster areas and under that declaration, individuals living, working, or scheduled to work in those counties may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance benefits.


An individual must be continuously unemployed as a direct result of the tropical storm in order to continue receiving Disaster Unemployment Assistance and, if eligible, he or she can collect benefits for the weeks during which they fulfilled the necessary criteria. Workers who experienced temporary job loss as a direct result of the disaster and who do not qualify for state Unemployment Insurance Benefits, such as self-employed individuals, may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. See this link for more information.


Talk to the Animals  

The folks who brought you the Honey Festival in May are at it again! On October 1 from 10 am to noon, there will be an animal festival at the Second Congregational Church. Costumed children will parade through the farmers market at 11:30. Businesses who would like to participate in what ever way they choose are welcome to. Contact Sandy Thomas.



Swing on Over

To Beacon Field Events  

August's Kids Rock event raised nearly $3,000 for a new playground at Greenfield's Beacon Field.


Fundraising continues this fall when local businesses are pitching in to help. Beacon Playground is the Charity of the Month this September at 2nd Street Baking Company in Turners Falls. All tips go to the playground. Also, the group is hosting a Wine Dinner at Gill Tavern on November 7. The price is $70 per person, inclusive, meaning the cost includes the fabulous wine they serve! E-mail Danielle LeTourneau for tickets. And the playground organizers are the beneficiary for Soup & Games night at Hope & Olive for January. Come on down!


CopyCat Giving Back

Each year, for at least the last eight years, CopyCat Print Shop in Greenfield has raised money for local nonprofits through the sale of posters and calendars they print through their offset printing division. The theme is usually local and art. This year CopyCat collected $460 and donated it to The Green River Center, Free Harvest Supper, Franklin County Community Meals Program, The Literacy Project, Franklin County Home Care Corporation, and The New England Learning Center for Women in Transition. They have a few posters left and are giving them away. Stop by and ask if you're interested.


Also, the store will be offering 2012 calendars and posters in December, and encourage patrons to give back to the community. The calendars and posters are only available at the shop at 180 Main Street and people pay what they can or want for them.


GBA Social
Planning for our October Third Thursday GBA Social is beginning now. If you're interested in hosting, let Kate know. 
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