Greenfield

WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per month, would be enough to meet the costs of the municipal broadband cooperative’s last-mile fiber-optic network for sparsely populated towns. Colrain is … 0

Downtown officer will have own office on Main Street

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s downtown patrolman will soon have an office he can call his own. Greenfield Police Department will move its downtown officer, Cody Guilbault, into a small office in the same building as Greenfield’s Planning Department at 114 Main St. Deputy Police Chief Mark Williams said Guilbault will use the office … 0

FERC gets an earful: Scores turn up the heat on regulators over pipeline

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Federal regulators got an earful Wednesday night from nearly 600 people at an environmental scoping hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. The region’s entire state legislative delegation, Congressman James McGovern and many others of the dozens of people who signed up late in the afternoon to … 0

Utilities: Electric rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — After a winter that saw major increases in electric bills across the region, rates have dropped back to more normal warm-weather levels. While those big fluctuations showed up in monthly electric bills, retailers like Eversource Energy … 0

GCC finds home for practical nursing program

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is moving its LPN practical nursing program to a Cooley Dickinson-rented space in Florence, minutes from the hospital’s Northampton campus. The LPN program has been in something of a transient state, housed in GCC’s downtown Greenfield satellite for a semester since losing space … 0

CSO strikers say nothing has changed

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Striking workers continued to picket Clinical and Support Options in the second day of the three-day strike Thursday. Workers, friends and family in the purple Service Employees International Union Local 509 plan to be in front of the Arch Place and High Street offices again this … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy Famous Bill’s lobster pie recipe

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. Many of you — especially those who grew up in the area like I did — remember Famous Bill’s Restaurant on Federal Street — and you probably also remember its lobster pie. Well, one of our neighbors was going through her mother’s things (her mom was … 0

Greenfield ramping up roadwork

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Motorists will run into delays and detours as they travel through Greenfield over the next two weeks. Chris Stoddard, the town’s engineer, said there are several road projects planned from now through early August, and most … 0

'Take the risk': Young people in Franklin County speak up about getting first jobs and wanting a chance to work

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — When it comes to employment, adults are usually the ones who end up interviewing youngsters about their work experience, aspirations and ethics as they try to land their first job, but the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment … 0

Letter: Right place for clinic

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I attended the hearing re: Lunt detox/rehab center, at the middle school. The sound system was horrid and I missed a lot. But, what I learned was that there were no compelling reasons not to grant permission. The usual “Not In My Backyard” group citing reasons such as … 0

Clinical and Support Options union workers begin strike over pay, productivity requirements

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — Last-minute contract negotiations failed Tuesday night and unionized employees of mental health care provider Clinical and Support Options went on strike Wednesday morning. Negotiations for a new three-year contract began in October and the union and … 0

GCC gets $632,000 for scholarships

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The National Science Foundation has awarded Greenfield Community College $632,000 for five years of scholarships of up to $10,000 for students in four science disciplines. The NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program, S-STEM, seeks to increase the success of low-income academically talented students … 0

Celebration of life, concert, vigil planned Saturday for summer overdose dead

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The recovery community plans a vigil Saturday for lost friends. The RECOVER Project had planned a concert Saturday from 3-5 p.m. in the Energy Park, and the day grew from there to incorporate a vigil and a celebration of life as the community lost friends to … 0