Sunderland

Sunderland backs lower budget at town meeting

Friday, April 24, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland has become the first of the Frontier Regional School district towns to approve Superintendent Martha Barrett’s original, no-increase budget for next year. The townspeople’s vote was a stand against the regional School Committee’s decision in March to restore funding for six positions that would have been cut under the original budget. That would have increased the bottom line by 2.05 percent. The difference would have to have … 0

Towns united against Frontier budget hike

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee has a revolt on its hands over its 11th-hour decision to restore about $200,000 for six positions in next year’s school budget. Town officials in all four towns that make up the district have taken a stand against the decision and plan to recommend the administration’s original budget for the regional high school at their town … 0

Sunderland town admin. accepts Rutland job

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland will soon be in the market for a new town administrator. Margaret Z. Nartowicz, the town’s current administrator, has accepted a new job as Rutland’s first town administrator. Nartowicz submitted her letter of resignation to the Board of Selectmen during its meeting Tuesday night, which Selectman Scott Bergeron promptly, though jokingly, tore in half. Nartowicz said she expects to sign … 0

Sunderland Democrats caucusing May 6

Thursday, April 9, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Democrats in town will be holding a caucus at the Sunderland Public Library at 20 School St. on May 6 at 6:30 p.m. Three delegates and three alternates will be elected to the 2015 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, which will be held on September 19 at the … 0

Frontier early release weighed tonight

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional and Union 38 school committees will decide tonight whether students will be released early on Fridays next year under a new plan to provide teachers with more time for professional development. The joint meeting will start at 7 in the Frontier Regional School … 0

Sugarbush hearing continues tonight in Sunderland

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The town’s Zoning Board of Appeals tonight will continue its review of changes to the site plan for a proposed 150-apartment Sugarbush Meaadows complex off Plumtree Road. The review was continued at public hearings on March 4 and April 2, first to compile a list of … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2

Wipers on, lights on

Monday, April 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Today’s forecasted rain showers could put a new law to the test. Starting today, state law requires drivers to turn on their headlights whenever they need to use their windshield wipers, and whenever visibility is less than 500 feet. Previously, headlight use had been required from … 1

Neighbors: Turning pollution into art

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. Several months ago I told you the Connecticut River Watershed was looking for artists who would turn trash found in the watershed into art. Well, CRW found the artists and their art is on display now through May 27 at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue … 0

Parents voice concerns about Frontier early release proposal

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

DEERFIELD — Parents in the Frontier Regional and Union 38 school district would like to see the details of a plan to release students early on Fridays and the use of that time for professional development hashed out a little more before any decision is made to implement … 0

Neighbors: Busy April ahead in Franklin County

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got a lot to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. Enjoy the week. According to the National Weather Service in Taunton, temperatures on Thursday and Friday are supposed to be in the 50s and 60s. Hello spring! ORANGE SENIOR … 0

He found gold on the slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The skiing season is almost over and Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino can look ahead to a summer of his brothers pushing him at the gym, then getting back to the slopes for … 0

Former Tech students shepherd video game app to market

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A small flock of sheep graze in their enclosure, placidly unaware of the lurking danger. The danger is wolves, an endless stream of small, animated wolves appearing at random from all points of the compass and loping rapidly … 0