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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

Rep. Mark awarded for championing the poor

Friday, February 12, 2016

GREENFIELD — When Community Action Executive Director Clare Higgins needs a problem solved, she knows just who to call: Paul. State Rep. Paul Mark, that is. Because of his ability to bring together groups of people for a common cause, Mark (D-Peru) was this year’s recipient of the Sargent Shriver Public Service Award … 0

Letter: No help with bank

Friday, February 12, 2016

I am compelled to keep the public informed about the subject of my letter, which I had in The Recorder, “Financial theft.” I am complaining about the Bank of America charging a $6 fee to cash a check, which was written on itself, when I do not have an account with them. I believe this $6 fee is illegal. I filed an email … 0

Local vets sound off to VA in Greenfield

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GREENFIELD — Local veterans got the chance to sound off before top brass from the Veteran Affairs of Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System during a meeting designed to draw feedback from those the hospital serves. The meeting, … 0

‘Renewable Redoable’: Four Rivers students’ film about energy in Burlington, Vt., to play at Garden Cinemas Thursday

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GREENFIELD — Four River Charter Public School seniors studying the energy issue this year had little trouble figuring out what the focus of their final project should be for their “learning expedition,” dubbed “How Do We Keep the … 0

Letter: Make it multi-use

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

By all accounts, the current senior center is mostly unusable. A senior center is certainly a nice thing for a town to provide. BUT as was noted when the teen center was closed and the teen director fired, a teen center or senior center is NOT a mandated … 1

Baystate Franklin Medical Center previews new surgical wing

Monday, February 8, 2016

GREENFIELD — A flick of a switch, and the members of the Baystate Franklin Medical Center Auxiliary let out a shout of surprise and squinted against the glare as they were bathed in clean fluorescent light, as bright … 0

Neighbors: 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest seeks entries

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello neighbor. Well folks, it’s that time again. The 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest has begun, and Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are looking for poems from you. The event is open to all Franklin County … 0

Gas pipeline opponents to walk, picket on Presidents Day

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — Walkers who oppose the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline will walk on Presidents Day, Feb. 15, from Greenfield Community College to the First Congregational Church at 43 Silver St. between 10 a.m. and noon, according … 0

About Town: All the region's a stage

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mid-life crises manifest themselves in all kinds of ways. Mine involves wearing elaborate hats, attempting to speak with Southern and Eastern European accents, and learning insiders’ jargon such as “ghost light,” “spike tape” and “merde.” I am late to the theater world, having only started in 2009. By … 0

Lean, green learning machine: Winter farmers market hosts sustainability workshops

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — The annual Greenfield Winter Fare event at the indoor Farmers Market offered much more than fresh, local foods Saturday. Visitors from all over the Pioneer Valley flocked to the newly renovated Greenfield High School for the … 0

Winter carnival: Hot chili, cool contests & some last-minute snow

Sunday, February 7, 2016

“Bacon!” said Amber Ortiz of Greenfield. “Man, that’s delicious,” she said after taking a bite of chili at the annual chili cook-off at Beacon Field during Greenfield’s Winter Carnival on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Ortiz is one of … 0

United Way to hold Supper For Six event Tuesday

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — Kids eat — a lot. And for many poor families, the lunch they have at school may be the biggest meal they have each day. But during winter break in February, those students don’t have access to that daily meal. That’s where the United Way’s Supper … 0