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Greenfield Mayor William Martin in his office in the town hall

Mayor to talk municipal broadband at Harvard

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — The mayor will speak on a panel today at Harvard University about municipal light plants — he’s hoping Greenfield votes to create one in November. The panel will discuss municipal fiber-optic networks across Massachusetts, as well as Greenfield’s plan for a light plant. Mayor William Martin said the day-long program, “The Telecom Opportunity Today,” will be host to more than 80 municipal and state officials. “They’d like to hear about Greenfield’s plans,” said Martin, who will talk about the town becoming a “gigabit city” by offering ubiquitous broadband throughout Greenfield. “It’s gratifying to see Greenfield’s broadband vision receive recognition and interest from the … 0

Business for World Eye still steady

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — It has been more than a month since the owner of the downtown landmark, World Eye Bookshop on Main Street, said she was considering closing if business didn’t pick up, and Tuesday she said business has been “OK” and steady. Jessica Mullins said people continue to stop her while shopping at … 0

FRTA asks for public review on draft plan

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Franklin Regional Transportation Authority plans to increase ridership by extending the hours of operation and offering service every day for the riders on fixed routes, according to the newly released draft of the Comprehensive Service Analysis. The eight-chapter document was compiled with the purpose of improving fixed bus routes in … 0

Greenfield sets Independence Day Celebration for Sunday

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town is gearing up for its annual Fourth of July Celebration on Beacon Field, and this year town officials say it’s going to be the best yet. The celebration will begin at 4 p.m. on … 0

‘It’s like speed dating, but for businesses’ County CDC event matches small biz entrepreneurs, mentors

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — Jane Janovsky of South Hadley likes to jam. To make it, that is — the type you spread on your morning toast. A jamming hobbyist for years, Janovsky found two years ago that the spreads she … 0

Police say hoax prompted big response to Greenfield hotel

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — Threatening phone calls that prompted a heavy police response to the Days Inn on Wednesday morning turned out to be a hoax, a case of what is known as “swatting,” according to Greenfield Police Chief Robert … 0

Town, union in standoff over laid-off teachers’ canceled insurance

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — The lines of the original dispute between the union and town and school administration remain drawn essentially as they were at the start. A teacher’s union representative threatened legal action earlier this week, saying recently laid-off teachers unexpectedly lost health insurance they were entitled to through … 0

Greenfield to hire 36 teens thanks to state grant

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town has received a grant from the state attorney general’s office that the mayor plans to use to hire local youths to work as camp counselors and to help various town departments and on the community farm. Mayor William Martin said the $4,950 grant will … 0

Bigger bang: Fireworks display expected to be longer and better this year

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town is about to get “the best” fireworks display it has ever seen, according to the mayor and the town’s recreation director. Mayor William Martin said the New Hampshire company that short-changed Greenfield for the … 0

Hospital get $450K for surgical wing: 2 donations bring total to $3.5M

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center just got two big donations toward its campaign to raise $5 million locally for its new surgical wing. Greenfield Savings Bank made a commitment of $250,000 and the Baystate Franklin Auxiliary pledged $200,000. These gifts bring the total raised to date to … 0

Greenfield buys stage for events, rentals

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Two years ago, when Greenfield officials discussed ways to make the town’s parks safer, especially Hillside Park, which was having problems with illegal activities, someone suggested that Greenfield have more events in them, like concerts and … 1

No Greenfield trash pickup Friday

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Due to the Fourth of July holiday, trash and recycling will not be collected on Friday. Instead, Friday’s pickup will be done a day early on Thursday. There is no change to next week’s collection schedule. Trash and recycling must be at the curb by 7 … 0

Letter: Movie night

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hats off to Christy Moore and her Rec Department staff for the wonderful Friday evening we had watching an outdoor movie at the Town Pool. This was the first event held using the new portable stage, which was an awesome purchase for the town, that made the event … 0