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Greenfield wireless network will need utilities’ OK

Monday, August 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — It may take a little longer than the mayor had expected to turn on Greenfield’s downtown hybrid fiber-wireless broadband network, but he said he believes it will only be a few weeks longer, at most, than originally thought. Mayor William Martin plans for Greenfield to provide the downtown network, which would offer 25 megabits per second (Mbps) upload and download for mobile and fixed devices for free to … 0

On the chopping block: Greenfield trees up for Thursday hearing

Monday, August 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — At least 29 more trees are about to be removed from Greenfield streets, because they are sick, old or have become hazards. Members of the public will have another opportunity to tell government what they think about the removal of trees on Sanderson, Riddell, Federal, Davis, Silver, Shattuck, Allan, Bowles, Cypress, … 0

Neighbors: Dick Henry receives highest Moose honor

Monday, August 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to congratulate Richard “Dick” Henry of Greenfield, a member of Greenfield Lodge No. 997 Loyal Order of Moose, who has received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, which is the highest honor bestowed a member. The degree, currently held by very few throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Bermuda, is the order’s ultimate reward for exceptional devotion to … 0

Town Meetings, Week of July 27

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ashfield Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Website Policy Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board … 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