Greenfield

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Greenfield accessory apartment ordinance withdrawn temporarily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

Mayor cuts proposed schools hike by half

Friday, April 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — To get the million dollar increase it wants next year, the School Committee will have to win over the Town Council. The mayor has proposed giving the public schools only half of the increase it has … 0

Letter: Basement use?

Friday, April 10, 2015

As stated in The Recorder, the Greenfield Room in the Greenfield Library is being dismantled and converted into offices including interlibrary loan, which moves up from a very large basement room. The question now is what will now go into that vacated basement room? ANN MYLES Greenfield … 0

Greenfield school subcommittee considers small hike to facility use fees

Friday, April 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — Outside groups may have to pay slightly more to use Greenfield public schools’ facilities like computer labs, cafeterias and athletic fields. The Policy and Curriculum Subcommittee — made up of School Committee members Francia Wisnewski, Donna Gleason and Jeff Comenitz — are reviewing an update of … 0

Town councilor wants to give mayor a raise

Friday, April 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — At-large Town Councilor Patrick Devlin says he would like to see the mayor’s salary increase from a little more than $73,500 a year to $80,000 or $85,000 a year. “It’s time,” said Devlin, who recently made … 0

Leaders target domestic violence

Friday, April 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — Wearing white ribbons, a couple dozen Greenfield leaders and community members stood outside in the damp cold on the Town Common on Friday to pledge against violence against women and girls as part of the town’s … 0

Sounds of blasting prompt calls, concerns in area

Friday, April 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — The sound of explosions and shaking in the area sent a flood of phone calls to the Greenfield Police Department and set social media abuzz Friday afternoon, but it wasn’t an earthquake or accident. Greenfield dispatch said the department received a call informing them that the … 0

Greenfield school board asking for $1M hike

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee wants an extra million dollars for next school year. It unanimously approved Superintendent Jordana Harper’s first budget proposal, totaling $18,083,988, an increase of $1,068,188 over the current year. Mayor William Martin, a … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

A dozen roses for mom

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GREENFIELD —The United Way has partnered with the United Parcel Service to honor mothers on Mother’s Day. To celebrate Mother’s Day on May 12, UPS and United Way are offering a dozen roses for $18. Fifty percent of the proceeds will benefit the United Way of Franklin County. … 0

GCC to create outdoor learning lab

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — Students studying farm and food systems, sustainability and renewable energy at Greenfield Community College may soon have a new outdoor laboratory to expand their learning. The Greenfield Conservation Commission is holding a public hearing on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. in the Greenfield Planning Department at 114 … 0