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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Greenfield accessory apartment ordinance withdrawn temporarily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

GHS will get sod fields

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — The School Building Committee has decided Greenfield school athletes will play on sod fields — a decision that disappointed the parents, coaches and students who turned out at the Tuesday’s meeting to push for a turf … 0

Of wood frogs and peepers

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

CORRECTION: The wood frogs were misidentified as spring peepers. GREENFIELD — With a name like “spring peeper,” those little frogs have got to be the culprit behind all that constant chirping you’ve been hearing around ponds and swamps … 0

Greenfield to study busing

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — A bus consultation company is visiting Greenfield Public Schools this week to access how the school district can make its transportation more efficient. For $7,500, School Bus Consults, will evaluate Greenfield’s system, determine whether it is using its routes efficiently and how it can cut down … 0

Body found in Connecticut river tentatively identified, says DA

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GILL — The Northwestern District Attorney’s office did not release an identity Tuesday, but described the body recovered Monday from the Connecticut River as that of a white male. District Attorney’s office spokeswoman Mary Carey said Tuesday the deceased has been tentatively identified, awaiting confirmation from the medical … 0

Police, tech upgrades to receive biggest bump in Greenfield budget

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — Next year’s $46.5 million operating budget will include a 12.83 percent increase over this year for police to help station an officer downtown six days a week, as well as put more officers on other Greenfield streets. Mayor William Martin said not every department’s request was … 0

Chances of mayor’s raise getting lower

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — It does not appear the mayor will get a pay raise any time soon. At-large Town Councilor Patrick Devlin’s recent request to raise the mayor’s salary from $73,500 to $80,000 or $85,000 has turned into a … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0

Letter: Endangering nature

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Like most 10-year-olds, I love the outdoors and love exploring nature. It seems that the best part of living in New England is the wildlife and all the people who care about it so much. At the Hitchcock Center in Amherst, my friends and I listen and look … 0

The Literacy Project helps people achieve their goals

Monday, April 13, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the second of six stories that show how United Way helps the people of Franklin County. GREENFIELD — When Bethany Reil’s twin boys asked her for help on their homework, she couldn’t help them. … 0

Law Day highlights state grand jury system

Monday, April 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — It took less than an hour for a grand jury to indict an area man Monday on shooting charges stemming from an alleged drug deal gone bad. Though the members returned a near-unanimous indictment after mere … 0