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Town Council sides with workers

Thursday, November 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Town Council has resoundingly rejected Mayor William Martin’s proposal to invoke a state law that would have allowed the town to curtail negotiations with its workers over health insurance benefits. The mayor saw adopting the Municipal Health Reform Act as a way to control rising health care costs, but unions saw it as subverting their existing collective bargaining rights. The council sided with workers, 11-1. Precinct 3 … 0

Conn. man charged with August bank robbery

Thursday, November 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — A 50-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with armed robbery for allegedly holding up a Greenfield bank in August. John J. Coughlin of Enfield pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Thursday to charges of armed robbery, larceny over $250 and assault with a firearm. He was ordered held on $100,000 bail, … 0

Neighbors: Think about your pets this Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hello neighbor. We’re less than a week away from that feast of all feasts — Thanksgiving dinner. I’m not going to lecture you about consuming too much at one time, because I’m sure most of you have learned from experience. But what I would like to mention today is how to take care of your four-legged buddies on that day. If you are … 0

Greenfield to evaluate all teachers by end of school year

Monday, November 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Department is planning to evaluate 100 percent of its teachers and administrators by the end of the school year in an effort to catch up with the rest of the state on the new educator evaluation system. The state Department of Elementary and … 0

Neighbors: Help a former neighbor by voting for her new business

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m hoping you can help one of our former neighbors expand her business in Gloucester. Heather Ahearn, who is the daughter of David and Sally Ahearn and is co-owner of Atlantic Saltworks, is currently competing in the Entrepreneur and Sam Adams Brewing American Dream Wild Card … 0

Letter: Sobering state

Monday, November 17, 2014

Holy Gas Pipeline Batman! Here’s a sobering statistic that should make any gas pipeline proponent shutter. For opponents, I suggest that this be forwarded to your respective political faction. By the way, pen my name in the opposition column. According to Popular Science Magazine, 800 is the number … 0

Letter: Fun First Friday

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thanks to the organizers and merchants involved in Nov. 7’s First Friday event. Although I have been to several, “Mystery on Main” is my favorite theme so far. Dark, brisk, windy — a perfect evening for a mystery! What a treat it was to meet my partner and … 0

Energizing a new economic future

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — “Together, we can do what doesn’t seem possible.” That phrase, spoken by Marjorie Kelly, author of “Owning Our Future,” during her keynote address at the Creating a Bold New Economy forum held at Greenfield Community College Saturday afternoon, summed up the basic theme of the conference. … 0

Rain gardens are for everyone: Greenfield woman sees greener future with this rainwater runoff solution

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — A local woman said she is hoping rain gardens soon become as popular as the energy-saving light bulb in Greenfield, Franklin County and beyond. Rain Gardens for You grew out of a conversation Barbara Francis and … 0

$1.8M grant allows for greater drug abuse screening

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the next two years, health care providers will increase screening for substance abuse, support greater access to appropriate care and better identify patients at highest risk for readmission to the hospital with the help of a state grant awarded to Baystate Franklin Medical Center. The … 0

50,000 insured may have to find new docs

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — About 50,000 people insured under the state’s MassHealth plan in western Massachusetts will have to find a new Medicaid insurance provider if they want to continue using Baystate Health Systems providers. That’s due to the Springfield hospital system’s failure to reach a contract with MassHealth managed … 0

Breaking boards, striking chords to help Warm the Children

Friday, November 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — With the frigid days of winter drawing closer, nearly a thousand children from local families will be breaking out the winter coats they were given by The Recorder’s Warm The Children campaign, and a number of … 0

Greenfield Library planning for new building

Friday, November 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Public Library is hoping the third time is the charm. The library received a $50,000 planning and design grant from the state this June with a $25,000 match from the town to look at … 0