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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Greenfield accessory apartment ordinance withdrawn temporarily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

Heroin, cocaine charges for wanted Chicopee man

Monday, April 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Chicopee man wanted on assault charges in Hampshire County faces drug and weapon charges in Greenfield District Court after Greenfield Police found him on Armory Street with a baseball bat, an active warrant, and heroin … 0

Free workshops planned for Better Living Show

Monday, April 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — This year, you can celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day by learning about ways to protect the environment and how to put “green” into your life. On April 18 and 19, 16 different 45-minute-long workshops on various environmental and sustainability topics and issues will be … 0

Greenfield School Committee seeks assistant superintendent

Monday, April 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — The proposed assistant school superintendent would lead curriculum development, support teachers in implementing Common Core standards and oversee instruction throughout the district. It has been a long-time need for the district, cited in the town’s master plan and by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees last … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 0

No major damage at Leyden Woods fire

Monday, April 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — Careless disposal of smoking materials was the cause of a fire on Aster Court in Leyden Woods on Monday morning, according to the town’s fire chief. Greenfield Fire Chief Robert Strahan said his department received a … 0

Review begins for accessory apartment plan

Sunday, April 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — A proposed ordinance that would allow accessory, or in-law apartments by right if they’re attached to an existing home and by special permit if they’re detached, was thought by town planners to be more of a … 1

Supporting the whole community

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the first of six stories that show how United Way helps the people of Franklin County. Today: how the charity drive works. Beginning tomorrow: a close-up look at five of 26 partner agencies. GREENFIELD … 0

Letter: Vt. Yankee still dangerous

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I encourage everyone to come to the very important informational forum on April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Greenfield Community College’s Downtown Center regarding the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee and the dismantling of the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ). Many Vermont officials, as well as Massachusetts towns in … 0

State to hold public hearings on PARCC

Sunday, April 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — The public will have a chance to weigh in on whether the state should adopt the new PARCC exams as the next generation of high-stakes public school standardized achievement tests. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is holding a series of public forums across … 0

Greenfield Human Rights Commission will hold hearing on heroin crisis tonight

Sunday, April 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s Human Rights Commission will hold a public hearing tonight at 6 p.m. in Town Hall to discuss the heroin crisis in Greenfield and Franklin County. Chairman Lewis Metaxas said the commission will discuss the crisis, the efforts being made to solve it and the … 0