Greenfield

GHS building committee to decide on composition of athletic fields

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — As they study for their final classes this spring, students can see the beginnings of a new track and ball fields taking shape — the final touches of the new $66 million Greenfield High School. While the school building is expected to be completed in the summer, the athletic fields behind the building are expected to be finished in the fall. Questions of what kind of grass fields … 0

Town spends $100,000 more than it budgeted for snow and ice; DPW crews begin spring cleanup

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town spent about $100,000 more than it budgeted for snow and ice this year. For the past four years, the town has budgeted $200,000 for snow and ice. This year, it spent between $297,000 and $299,000, according to Department of Public Works Director Donald Ouellette. He said considering the rough … 0

Neighbors: Area wildlife needs our help

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Medicine Mammals in Wendell needs our help. The local Native American nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center is hoping to raise money to help care for the orphaned and injured wild animals that made their way to the center this winter. Loril Moondream, wildlife rehabilitator and owner of Medicine Mammals, said she is currently caring for raccoons, possums, a flying squirrel and her … 0

Abutters of French King Highway project file appeal

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — The lawyer representing seven abutters of the big box department store planned for French King Highway has filed another appeal, and said he is willing to keep filing until all avenues have been explored. Thomas Lesser of Lesser, Newman and Nasser in Northampton said he filed … 0

Committee OKs moving Greenfield 4th grades to elementary schools

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local third-graders will get to stay in their elementary schools next year instead of moving to Greenfield Middle School. The School Committee approved the change in a 4-3 vote Wednesday. The vote eked by because of problems that may make it impossible for one elementary school … 0

Mayor hires part-time economic development director

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town has a new economic development director who will work part time for the next three months. Mayor William Martin said Larry Jutras, owner of Lake Hitchcock Development in Sunderland, has taken the position and will work on six projects, including the former Bendix-Repal property … 0

Greenfield Ford and Toyota moves into new parts and service dept.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Ford and Toyota has moved into its new parts and service department. Owner Robert Cartelli said the $7.4 million project, which began late in 2013, should be completed by summer. Cartelli said he added eight … 0

Greenfield town clerk and energy manager moving offices

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town clerk and her staff are moving into a larger office a few feet from where they are now in Town Hall. Mayor William Martin said he decided to move the town clerk’s office next to the collector’s and assessor’s offices to create a “service … 0

Letter: Staying informed

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Thanks much to The Recorder for reminding me that Sunshine Week has arrived. I am usually aware this First Amendment celebration is in the offing to remind and re-educate all of us about how critical it is that we have access to information about our government. Without independently … 0

Newton School faces $300K roof repair cost

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It started with a single bucket, then a few more pails, and it then became a waterfall. Now the failing roof at Newton School, where ice dams caused water damage this winter, is expected to require … 0

Mayor Martin asks state legislators for more money next year

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin told the state’s budget-writing Joint Ways and Means Committee Tuesday that they should support the governor’s proposed spending plan for next year and maybe even add more local aid. Martin attended the unusual … 0

Supporting local mothers with substance abuse issues

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — In the first half of 2014, some 7 percent of patients at The Birthplace at Baystate Franklin Medical Center were affected by substance abuse during their pregnancies — a 2 percent increase from 2013, according to … 0

Frosty windshield lands teen cyclist in hospital after car accident

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — An area teenager was hospitalized after he was hit by a car while biking to school. Police, firefighters and ambulance personnel were dispatched to the corner of Chapman and Silver streets for the 7:25 a.m. accident Tuesday. The 14-year-old boy riding the bike was taken to … 0