State puts virtual school on probation for 20 months

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since a state review this summer, the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School has implemented programs for Title 1 and English language learning and hired a school psychologist and three family engagement coordinators. But the new changes appear too little, too late. The Greenfield-based cyber school has been placed on probation for 20 months until June 30, 2016, when its state certificate expires. The 11-member state Board of Elementary and … 0

Mayor to give each precinct money for projects

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Each of the town’s nine precincts will soon get a boost if Town Council accepts an offer by the mayor of $130,000 from the town’s “free cash” surplus. Mayor William Martin has asked the Council to approve the $130,000, of which $10,000 would go into an account for each of the 13 councilors to decide with their constituents where it would … 0

Anthropologist looks at life in Deerfield River Valley

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Imagine walking through the woods and coming face to face with a beaver the size of a black bear. For most of us, our first thought would be “run!” But for New England’s ancient Paleoindian period residents, that thought was “dinner.” The lives of those people, who lived over 8,000 years ago, along with their ancestors, were the subject of a … 0

Burglars net scratch tickets, two arrested

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two men face felony charges after one allegedly broke into Shaw’s Mart on Main Street early Monday morning, breaking a $500 door and making off with $350 worth of scratch tickets and two packs of cigarettes. Tyrell E. Rankin, 27, listed as homeless and Patrick Rooney, … 0

Letter: Give Korpita a chance

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It’s always a tough call for voters when two good candidates face-off for the same seat and after attending last Tuesday’s debate between Kulik and Korpita, it became apparent that the 1st Franklin District has a tough decision to make. And what a wonderful problem to have! It’s … 0

Virtual School faces probation

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — After 15 months as an independent school, Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is facing probation due to poor academic performance and governance issues. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is scheduled today to vote whether to accept state Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester’s recommended 20-month … 0

How are local EMTs preparing for Ebola?

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — While hospitals and emergency rooms have been preparing for potential Ebola cases where they are likely first to appear, emergency medical technicians are also prepping as the frontline healthcare workers out in the field. The Western Massachusetts Emergency Medical Services Inc. has advised local EMS services … 0

No-go for Greenfield sick-leave hearing

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Human Right’s Commission was unable to hold Monday’s scheduled hearing on the state’s universal sick leave ballot question, Question 4, in the absence of members and the speaker. With only three of nine members present, the commission did not have the quorum necessary to … 0

Greenfield Local Cultural Council seeks proposals by Wednesday

Sunday, October 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Cultural Council is looking for applications. Wednesday is the postmark deadline for grant applications for a share of the council’s $9,000 available this year. The council supports all forms of culture, including heritage and natural history, performing and visual arts, participatory and experimental events. … 0

Portrait sessions to raise money for United Way

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Local hospital employees are sponsoring a family portrait opportunity at Hallmark Institute of Photography to raise money for the United Way of Franklin County. The portrait sessions are Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hallmark Institute of Photography, Industrial Boulevard, off Millers Falls … 0

‘Brookie’ abode renamed River Works Park

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — The new Deerfield Street mini-park where “Brookie,” the 10-foot-long fish sculpture made of stainless-steel cutlery, stands will now be called River Works Park. Mayor William Martin, the Greening Gateway Sculpture Committee and Town Council have agreed … 0

Greenfield re-establishes its Youth Commission

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin said he would like to see the town’s newly re-established Youth Commission work with agencies in the area to determine what the town should be offering its youth and what others are doing for them so services are not duplicated. “I’ll be working … 0

Letter: What’s the deal?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Michael Egan’s letter to the editor of Oct. 9 states, if I’m reading it correctly, that the present legislation for casinos allows them to serve free or reduced price alcoholic beverages! This should be looked into. If it is true, who wrote the legislation that facilitates drunk driving, … 0