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From left: Steve Nelson of WiredWest speaks while Eric Nakajima, director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, listens, during a meeting earlier this year at the John Olver Transit Center in Greenfield.

MBI ‘Last Mile’ overseer Nakajima quits

Friday, February 12, 2016

Eric Nakajima, the man who was to have shepherded the build-out of “Last Mile” broadband to most of Western Massachusetts, has stepped down from his job. Nakajima, who visited most of the unserved and underserved hilltowns this fall and winter to talk about their broadband needs, announced Friday he is leaving his post as director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) effective immediately. However, he will be a temporary adviser on broadband issues for the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, which oversees MBI, during the transition period. In the first week of February, when Nakajima met in Greenfield with Shelburne and Conway town officials, Nakajima said MBI … 0

Rep. Mark awarded for championing the poor

Friday, February 12, 2016

GREENFIELD — When Community Action Executive Director Clare Higgins needs a problem solved, she knows just who to call: Paul. State Rep. Paul Mark, that is. Because of his ability to bring together groups of people for a common cause, Mark (D-Peru) was this year’s recipient of the Sargent Shriver Public Service Award … 0

Letter: No help with bank

Friday, February 12, 2016

I am compelled to keep the public informed about the subject of my letter, which I had in The Recorder, “Financial theft.” I am complaining about the Bank of America charging a $6 fee to cash a check, which was written on itself, when I do not have an account with them. I believe this $6 fee is illegal. I filed an email … 0

Greenfield man charged with rape, indecent assault

Monday, February 1, 2016

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man is facing rape charges after a police investigation found that he had allegedly been meeting with and sexually assaulting a female from New York between March 2014 and August 2015. Ronald D. Vatalaro, … 0

Baby, it’s not that cold outside: Franklin County experiencing unseasonably warm weather

Monday, February 1, 2016

GREENFIELD — It doesn’t matter what Punxsutawney Phil does today. Franklin County isn’t seeing the type of winter it is accustomed to. Homeowners and business proprietors likely enjoy not having to shovel, but what does a winter without … 0

Letter: Appreciated support

Monday, February 1, 2016

On behalf of Boy Scout Troop 5 of Greenfield, I would like to thank Dolly Gagnon and The Recorder for supporting the troop during its can-and-bottle drive the weekends of Jan. 2 and 9. We appreciate the information you shared in your column about the bottle-and-can drive. The … 0

Letter: Lost and found

Monday, February 1, 2016

My deepest appreciation to the person who found my black purse in the Big Y parking lot and turned it in to the Greenfield Police station. Thankfully, by the time the purse was found everything was still intact. Thanks, also, to Big Y personnel who helped me look … 0

Inmates cook up marketable skills in Franklin County jail’s pizza-making program

Sunday, January 31, 2016

GREENFIELD — James “JR” Kelley said he’s always been interested in food, and once he’s released from the Franklin County House of Correction, where he’s been serving time for a little more than a year, he’ll leave with … 0

Hospital to hold Chocolate Fantasy

Sunday, January 31, 2016

GREENFIELD — It’s Chocolate Fantasy time for 2016 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. The hospital’s volunteers and member of the Baystate Franklin Auxiliary will hold their annual Chocolate Fantasy fundraiser Feb. 12, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the hospital’s main conference rooms. This year, funds raised at … 0

Letter: Restore Highland Pond

Sunday, January 31, 2016

What a glorious day today (Sunday, Jan. 24) on Highland Pond. My son Sam and I skated, played hockey with friends and met several Greenfield residents. We were all in agreement that restoring the warming hut, increasing access to the pond in winter, and encouraging residents and visitors … 1

Letter: I offer a challenge

Sunday, January 31, 2016

I challenge anyone after reading my letter to prove me wrong about the following statements: I firmly believe; more CO2 is created and expelled into the earth’s atmosphere from manufacturing, transportation and installation of solar panels and wind turbines than what is “saved” by their use. This is … 5

Staff requests top Greenfield school budget requests

Friday, January 29, 2016

GREENFIELD — Additional faculty and staff again proved the priority for the rest of Greenfield’s schools, who made their annual budget requests before the Greenfield School Committee’s Budget and Finance Subcommittee this week. The presentations followed the elementary schools’ round of requests last week. At Greenfield Middle School, … 0

Hospital still without permanent president

Friday, January 29, 2016

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center is still without a permanent president six months after Steven F. Bradley of Pelham abruptly resigned last summer, and it’s still not clear what the future of that position looks like for the hospital. Springfield-based Baystate Health spokesperson Benjamin Craft said Dr. … 0