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From left: Steve Nelson of WiredWest speaks while Eric Nakajima, director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, listens, during a meeting earlier this year at the John Olver Transit Center in Greenfield.

MBI ‘Last Mile’ overseer Nakajima quits

Friday, February 12, 2016

Eric Nakajima, the man who was to have shepherded the build-out of “Last Mile” broadband to most of Western Massachusetts, has stepped down from his job. Nakajima, who visited most of the unserved and underserved hilltowns this fall and winter to talk about their broadband needs, announced Friday he is leaving his post as director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) effective immediately. However, he will be a temporary adviser on broadband issues for the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, which oversees MBI, during the transition period. In the first week of February, when Nakajima met in Greenfield with Shelburne and Conway town officials, Nakajima said MBI … 0

Details still slim on body found in Colrain

Thursday, February 11, 2016

COLRAIN — There was still no additional information Thursday regarding the body found by the bank of a river on Jacksonville Road the previous night. Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, said information was being withheld until next of kin was notified. She could not give the victim’s name or gender. Police say no foul play is suspected. The cause … 0

No foul play suspected as body found near river in Colrain

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

COLRAIN — Police say no foul play is suspected in the case of a body that was found by the bank of a river on Jacksonville Road Wednesday night. On a residential, wooded area behind a single-family house, firefighters and crime scene investigators walked into the brush down a steep slope to the … 0

WiredWest to form group to negotiate with MBI over broadband

Monday, December 21, 2015

The cooperative trying to bring broadband to dial-up towns, will form a special group to negotiate with the state over differences with how to build the “last-mile” Internet service to rural western Massachusetts towns. The Board of Directors of WiredWest has voted unanimously to appoint representatives from its … 0

Greenfield police seek suspect in stabbing

Monday, December 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — A caller from Green River Road Friday night told Greenfield police Friday night that a man had shown up at her home bloody, half clothed, possibly intoxicated and asking for help. Police found the man with a stab wound in his right thigh and cuts to … 0

Neighbors: GPD officer Marcus Paulin saves another life

Monday, December 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, this will be my only column this week because The Recorder doesn’t publish on Christmas Day — the only holiday we don’t. So, have a wonderful holiday and I’ll see you back here in … 0

Eversource brings carbon awareness to classrooms

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Eversource Energy has invited numerous Franklin County schools to participate in a few of the company’s educational programs to promote awareness about the impacts of carbon in the atmosphere, which contributes to global climate change. Eversource has integrated its programs into eastern Massachusetts schools for the past three … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe during the holidays

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are starting to slow down and speed up all at the same time. While there aren’t as many public events between now and New Year’s Eve, everyone is getting ready for their own family celebrations. … 0

MBI, WiredWest work to settle differences over broadband plan

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Two days after a volatile informational meeting in Greenfield, Massachusetts Broadband Institute officials met with WiredWest executives to resolve their differences over how to build a broadband network throughout unserved, sparsely populated western Massachusetts towns. The MBI is … 0

Mohawk district facing $600K budget gap

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — To close a $600,000 gap between the budget the Mohawk Trail Regional School District needs and its commitment not to increase town assessments by more than 2.5 percent, the School Committee gave its member town officials … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield Cop Cards return after 15 years

Monday, December 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. Greenfield Police Department has announced the long-awaited return of Cop Cards. It’s been 15 years since the last baseball-card-style set came out, and there have been a lot of changes since then. I bet there may … 0

State releases school scores trapped in time

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Wednesday released accountability data for schools and districts. Partly thanks to an alternative standardized test muddying the waters, no area districts advanced or fell. DESE rates schools on a 1-4 … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Office hours shift for Hawley officials HAWLEY — This week, Police Chief Stephen Deane didn’t hold office hours on Tuesday night; instead, he will hold them Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Town Office. Also, after Dec. 17, the tax collector’s office hours will change from … 0