Attorney Wendy Berg outside the Franklin County Courthouse on Monday. Recorder/Paul Franz

‘Community Legal Aid became a savior for my family’

Friday, April 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — At their Ashfield home, Karla Clarke was splitting wood with her then-husband, James, when he smacked her across the face, leaving reddened impressions on her skin, to get her to shut up. It was the last straw. For 11 years, she had endured her husband belittling her and calling her stupid. What was worse, she said, was how … 0

Parking garage part of Greenfield capital request

Friday, April 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — The mayor has included enough money in next year’s $7.4 million capital budget for a municipal parking garage, to implement a municipal light plant, if voters approve it in November, a new marked cruiser, generators for Town Hall and the middle school, new fire equipment and $1.8 million for public works projects. Mayor William Martin has asked Town Council to approve … 0

Greenfield accessory apartment ordinance withdrawn temporarily

Friday, April 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s Planning Board has decided to temporarily withdraw a proposed ordinance that would allow homeowners in all residential districts to add small apartments to their single-family homes. Board Chairwoman Roxann Wedegartner said withdrawing the Accessory Dwelling Units ordinance will give the board more time to research and review its proposal, while considering recent public comment on the issue, and will … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents provide crucial link

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Our friends and neighbors at Village Pizza were talking with me the other day when I stopped into the Bank Row restaurant to get a spaghetti dinner, and it got me thinking about something I’d like to share with you. My conversation with them started with … 0

Greenfield gets grant for downtown planning

Thursday, April 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town has received a slice of a special $100,000 grant intended to support local downtown revitalization efforts. The money is to be divided among nine communities statewide, also including Amherst. State officials announced the award late Thursday, but it was not immediately clear how much … 0

Letter: Our valuable volunteers

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Even when you’re dying, there can be a lot of living to do. Hospice Volunteers make more special moments possible for the patients and families they serve every day. Across the U.S., more than 355,000 hospice volunteers give 16 million hours of service every year. Right here in … 0

Letter: School volunteers

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Greenfield Public Schools are fortunate to have both parents and community volunteers who share their time, skills and interests throughout the school year. Our volunteers provide students and teachers support as reading mentors, library assistants, pen pals, sports assistants, math tutors and much more. We have dedicated … 0

Giving back the support she got from Youth Programs

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of six stories that shows how United Way helps the people of Franklin County. GREENFIELD — Tyanna Normandin attended 16 different schools between Franklin County and Tennessee while growing … 0

Conway farmer saved by double lung transplant

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CONWAY — John Wholey relied on a oxygen concentrator to breathe and a walker to move. His lungs were destroyed after years on his dairy farm, Wholey Cow Farm in Conway, and from chronic bronchitis. His daughter, Emily, … 0

Where there’s smoke: Battle over new Greenfield tobacco regs continues

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — While the town’s health board questions the legality of an ordinance written by a town councilor that would countermand the new tobacco regulations it recently passed, At-large Town Councilor Isaac Mass said he will not withdraw his proposal, but will consider making a few minor changes. … 0

Letter: BFMC volunteers

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

When I took a part-time job last year at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in the Volunteer Services Office, I had no idea how much it would open my eyes. I am a lifelong volunteer, since childhood when my mom pulled us into community service to help on projects … 0

Letter: HTS nuns

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Larry Jubb suggested a story on the nuns of Holy Trinity School. My fourth-grade nun, Sr. Patricia Thomas (O’Connor) is alive and well at the Mont Marie Health Care Center in Holyoke. She is 92 or 93 years old. She broke her hip last year but is alert … 0

Greenfield councilor dismayed by ‘classism’ he heard in residents’ comments on accessory apartment proposal

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — At-large Town Councilor Mark Maloni voiced dismay at what he interpreted to be expressions of classism after listening for almost two hours to the concerns of residents about a proposed ordinance that would allow homeowners in … 6