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Mary Walsh-Martel, owner of the now-closed Magical Child toy store on Main Street in Greenfield. 
Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Magical Child closed; Reopening for liquidation sale later this month

Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENFIELD — After 32 years of business, the owner of the Magical Child toy store on Main Street announced the shop was closing for good Friday, reopening only to liquidate its merchandise later this month. Mary Walsh-Martel first opened the store in Shelburne Falls in 1983 and moved to Greenfield 12 years later. She put her business on the market … 0

Planning Board to revisit in-law apartment ordinance

Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENFIELD — The town’s Planning Board will revisit the controversial proposed accessory dwelling unit ordinance and has set a date for two public presentations about the ordinance and what it would mean for residents. During its Thursday night meeting, the board decided it would hold two presentations March 17 — one at 1:30 p.m. at the Senior Center and another at 7 p.m. … 0

Greenfield Winter Carnival starts today

Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENFIELD — Call it a stroke of luck that snowfall on Friday kicked off the Greenfield Winter Carnival, which continues through the weekend. The annual event put on by the town’s recreation department includes fireworks, sleigh rides, ice carvings and a cardboard sled contest. This year’s theme is “Winter is Magic.” Given the … 0

The next chapter: World Eye holds anniversary sale as it adjusts business plans

Thursday, January 28, 2016

GREENFIELD — Eight months after the owner of World Eye Bookshop on Main Street held a week-long campaign to sell $15,000 worth of merchandise to keep her store from going out of business, she says sales are still … 0

Neighbors: Stone Soup Cafe celebrates four years; attracts people from all walks

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hello neighbor. Stone Soup Cafe is celebrating its fourth year this year. The unique, pay-as-you-can community meal, which is served at All Souls Church in Greenfield every Saturday at noon. On Monday, Stone Soup Cafe will be the … 0

Water main break shuts down street

Thursday, January 28, 2016

GREENFIELD — A portion of Davis Street was closed until Thursday afternoon while crews work to repair a water main that broke early Thursday morning, according to Department of Public Works Director Don Ouellette. He said changes in temperature have caused three water main breaks since Wednesday night, … 0

Block Grant to fund roadwork, housing, services

Friday, January 29, 2016

GREENFIELD — The town is in the process of applying for the annual Community Development Block Grant and plans to use the money it will receive to improve drainage, install new sidewalks and repave School Street in preparation for the new Senior Center project, in addition to funding … 0

YMCA to hold Girls Day Out Sunday

Thursday, January 28, 2016

GREENFIELD — The 10th annual YMCA in Greenfield’s Girls Day Out is back and bigger. On Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m., the YMCA is holding a special free event for “girls ages 10 to 100.” Dawn Dorsey, YMCA health and wellness director, said, “Girls, women, mothers and … 0

Newton School lands Wi-Fi grant

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

GREENFIELD — Newton School will take another step along the Greenfield school department’s march into the digital age with help from a federal grant to install building-wide wireless Internet and purchase Google Chromebook laptops for its students. Christine … 0

Letter: Council behavior

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I am writing in regard to Chris Collins’ “Rocky start for leadership: Outcry over Town Council assignments” article (Jan. 8) As Chris points out, “politics is a game of perception,” and I must admit that after reading the earlier article on council appointments, talking to some residents and … 0

Letter: Legalized theft

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I received a check for $25 drawn on the Bank of America from the University of Massachusetts for being a participant in a doctoral study program. I tried to cash this check at the Bank of America in Greenfield and was told they would have to charge me … 0

Passing grades: Most Franklin County educators see “exemplary” or “proficient” evaluations

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

GREENFIELD — Franklin County’s educators got good grades from the state’s annual evaluation. Statewide, 86 percent of educators scored “proficient” on this year’s state Educator Evaluation Framework report, according to statistics released Tuesday. Most of Franklin County’s school districts fell within or above the state total for proficiency. … 0

Greenfield Notebook

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Absentee ballots available GREENFIELD — Absentee ballots are available for the state’s presidential primary, which will be held March 1. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot for this election is noon on Feb. 29. Voters may vote at the town clerk’s office until that date … 0