Greenfield big box headed back to court

Friday, February 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — A discount department store developer is no closer to building on French King Highway, despite a tactical victory Friday in the state Appeals Court. It could be years before there’s a final decision in the case, if further appeals are granted or another court decides to hear the matter. The town’s Planning Board granted a special permit in March 2011 for Ceruzzi Inc., doing business as Greenfield Investors … 0

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County Technical School. Lonergan said she usually brings 1,200 toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss. A … 0

Greenfield man, girlfriend arrested in heroin bust

Thursday, February 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — A local couple faces heroin charges after a raid of an apartment turned up almost 300 bags of heroin, according to police. Joseph Ewig, 22, of 207 Chapman St., apartment 2, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Thursday to charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute as a subsequent … 0

Will students be eating breakfast in class?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Franklin County superintendents and school principals are interested in exploring a new policy recommendation by the state education department to offer breakfast in the classrooms. “It encourages kids to eat breakfast. This would reinforce that you … 0

Food Bank cuts back on Franklin County deliveries

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — In an effort to be more equitable across its four counties, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has cut down on the number of deliveries to Franklin County food pantries and increased service to Hampden County, … 0

Celebrating Washington, opposing pipeline

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — George Washington may be best recalled, as far as legends are concerned, with his chopping of a cherry tree. But his Feb. 22 birthday, at least among those who recall the heyday of the anti-nuclear movement in Franklin County, is remembered for Sam Lovejoy’s 1974 toppling … 0

Underground electrical fire closes Greenfield streets

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — An underground electrical fire closed parts of several downtown streets for nearly five hours Tuesday. Smoke coming from a manhole cover at Main and High streets prompted a passerby to call the Fire Department at about … 0

Letter: Lift up for sea lampreys?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

There has been a suggestion that fish ladders could be placed on the Green River dams. The major problem is what species would use them. Based on Connecticut River counts, the sea lamprey would probably be the heaviest user. For those not familiar with the sea lamprey, they … 0

Proposed law would allow small apartments by right in Greenfield

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town could have a new ordinance by mid March that would allow homeowners to add an in-law apartment to their single-family homes. That is not currently allowed by the town. Eric Twarog, the town’s director of planning and development, said Greenfield is one of the … 0

Greenfield Light & Power not off to a great start

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Community Light & Power program, which allows the town to sell electricity at bulk rates to its residents and businesses, has gotten off to a rocky start. Town officials first realized there was a … 0

Greenfield school use fees under review

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — The amounts the community members, town boards, businesses and nonprofits have to pay to use school facilities may change. The policy subcommittee of the School Committee is reviewing the current fees the school department charges for use of facilities. The subcommittee expects to develop a draft … 0

Clear roofs to prevent collapse

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — Recent snowstorms have left a large amount of snow in Greenfield and Franklin County and the town’s building inspector said he wants home and building owners to be cognizant of the danger posed by heavy snow … 0

Warren to visit GCC Thursday

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be stopping by Greenfield Community College Thursday as part of a regional visit. The state’s senior senator, who has a popular following among liberal Democrats, is expected to be at the campus at 2:30 p.m. The Greenfield visit will follow an … 0