This file photo shows the owner of the former Box Car Gallery Kim Curtin in the doorway to a space being considered for a downtown Greenfield satellite police station. Recorder file photo/Paul Franz

Greenfield considers small police substation

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — The owner of two small storefronts located in the heart of the downtown has offered to lease one of them to the town so its downtown police officer has a space to operate from throughout the day and night. “We are interested in putting a small police substation downtown,” said Mayor William Martin. “It’s an intriguing space.” Martin … 0

Will part of bank building be new home to school offices?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s public school administrative offices may soon be operating out of the TD Bank building on Main Street. Mayor William Martin is reviewing a proposal to move school offices currently at the former Davis Street school to 324 Main St. temporarily until a permanent location can be determined. The school offices would be located on the second and third floors … 0

Plastic bag documentary to be shown in Greenfield tonight

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greening Greenfield and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice will show “Bag It!” today at 6:30 p.m. in First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. The humorous, award-winning film about plastic follows Jeb Berrier as he navigates the plastic world. He asks questions like, “Are plastic bags really necessary?” and “What happens to plastic bags after they are discarded?” When his journey … 0

Letter: We need a stronger law

Friday, January 23, 2015

Seeing we are the adults and our lawmakers are adults — why do adults have to live by the law? This has to do with talking on your cell phone will driving. Today, a car pulled out of Hope Street (never stopped) went through the stop sign and … 0

Franklin County Fair to restrict smoking to designated areas

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Fair will be “mostly smoke-free” this year. Smokers will have to find one of the four designated areas when they decide to light up at this year’s fall fair. After 167 years, the Franklin County Agricultural Society board of directors has adopted a … 0

Former co-op manager charged with stealing

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative, which runs Green Fields Market and McCusker’s Market in Shelburne Falls, has been charged with embezzling approximately $60,000 from the member-owned food cooperative over nine months. Dwight … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed … 0

Hungry for help: State loses $106 million in federal money from SNAP changes

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The 72,550 drop in the food stamp caseload over the past year has also resulted in a loss of an estimated $106 million in federal dollars coming to the state, a Northampton anti-poverty lawyer said. Between October 2013 and October 2014, the state has lost roughly … 0

State change allows dam work to proceed

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state has downgraded the hazard potential of the Wiley and Russell Dam over the Green River at Meridian Street, allowing the town to move forward with renovation plans. The Office of Dam Safety reclassified the … 0

Billing error shocks Greenfield residents

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — When Davis Street resident Kara Younger opened her electric bill this month, she was shocked. “I was disgusted,” she said. “I couldn’t make sense of why it was so high when nothing had changed.” Younger, a … 1

Winter Carnival gets ‘Frozen’

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Winter Carnival has “Frozen” over. For its 93rd year, the Greenfield festival that runs Feb. 6 to 8 will follow the theme of “Frozen,” the popular 2013 Disney movie. Throughout the weekend, there will … 0

Sending an S.O.S.: Elder advocacy groups urge Baker to not cut budget

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Concerned that they will be targeted again for budget cuts, elder advocacy groups are urging Gov. Charlie Baker not to impose additional cuts to elderly home care. The Legislature and the Republican governor are trying to work out ways to resolve a multi-million-dollar mid-year deficit. “We’re … 0

Volunteers deliver books to those who can’t make it to library

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — On Tuesday morning, Bonnie Beth Pierce of Greenfield headed toward Elm Terrace with a stack of books from the Greenfield Public Library. As she arrived, Mary Blaire, a vivacious 85-year-old waited on her doorstep. With a … 0