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Town, union in standoff over laid-off teachers’ canceled insurance

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — The lines of the original dispute between the union and town and school administration remain drawn essentially as they were at the start. A teacher’s union representative threatened legal action earlier this week, saying recently laid-off teachers unexpectedly lost health insurance they were entitled to through the summer. The town human resources department holds policy was followed and the union has its facts wrong. The superintendent says the … 0

Greenfield teachers union threatens lawsuit

Monday, June 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield teachers union threatens legal action, saying members laid off this year have lost health insurance they were entitled to through the summer break. “The Greenfield Education Association has learned the Greenfield Schools are, with less than a week’s notice, canceling the health insurance policies of teachers and staff who were recently laid off. Even though they’ve already paid the … 0

Mahar 2006 record disposal

Friday, June 26, 2015

ORANGE — Anyone who withdrew from Mahar Regional School in 2006 (not a graduate of the Class of 2006) may pick up their student information folders in the Student Services Office at the school until July 10. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any records remaining will be destroyed on July 16, according to the Mahar Student Services Office. … 0

Pioneer supt. suspends nine seniors found with pot and alcohol on school trip, which will keep them from graduation ceremonies

Thursday, June 4, 2015

NORTHFIELD — After an effort to change the disciplinary action for the events of last weekend’s senior trip to Ocean City, Md., during which nine students were found in possession of marijuana and alcoholic beverage containers, Pioneer Valley … 5

GCC graduates 40 newest nurses

Thursday, June 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College graduated 40 from the registered nurse program Thursday, the 50th graduation since the program’s start, and took the opportunity to announce an expansion of the school’s partnership with Elms College to include nursing. … 0

Aiming for inclusion, Center School begins transgender scholarship, all-gender bathrooms

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Center School, which teaches kindergarten through Grade 8, is in the process of initiating a tuition scholarship for transgender students at the behest of an anonymous donor. “We’re just beginning to (raise money) for … 0

UMass food scientist wins award for rapid pathogen detection

Sunday, May 31, 2015

A University of Massachusetts food science researcher has won an award for developing a method of rapid pathogen detection in food. The researcher, Sam Nugen, engineered viruses to identify and separate microbial contaminants from food. His methods may help food manufacturers skip the wait time for safety test … 0

UMass Amherst Hadley Farm, and its Bay State Morgans, reach out with public riding instruction

Sunday, May 31, 2015

AMHERST — A summer-long program of adult riding instruction for everyone from novices to advanced equestrians begins today at the University of Massachusetts Hadley Farm Equine Center. It is a first-of-a-kind effort for the UMass Amherst riding program, according to director and instructor Anne Wiktor. She said horses … 0

Bike rodeo, no bull, set for Sunday

Sunday, May 31, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Public Schools are pushing bicycle safety Sunday , although they promise it will be fun, too. A bike rodeo, behind the Greenfield Middle School on Federal Street, is intended to encourage bike riding for … 0

Stoneleigh-Burnham School celebrates class of 2015’s diversity at graduation Friday

Friday, May 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — In her student address at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School graduation Friday, Grace Powers shared a vision she had of her fellow classmates someday running the United Nations. Powers, of Northfield, was one of 28 students from eight … 0

GCC/Elms partnership yields first class of bachelor’s candidates in social work

Friday, May 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Six of the graduates receiving bachelor of science in social work degrees at Elms College’s commencement this year weren’t typical Elms students. They were the first cohort of students to complete the Elms bachelor’s degree program at Greenfield Community College. The students entered the program in … 0

Greenfield offers Northfield resident assistant supt. job

Thursday, May 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee Thursday night voted to offer the newly created job of assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and professional development to Jen McKusick of Northfield. McKusick is principal of Oak Grove Elementary School in … 0

UMass Amherst epidemiologist leads study looking for link between phthalates and breast cancer

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMHERST — Reliable data are lacking on whether phthalates, the plasticizing and solvent chemicals found in such products as cosmetics, shampoo, flooring and medical tubing, affect human breast cancer risk. Now epidemiologist Katherine Reeves at the University of … 0