In The Arena

In the Arena: Mayoral recount politics

Thursday, November 12, 2015

We’ll know by the end of business today whether the Greenfield mayoral election is, in fact, over. That’s the deadline for supporters of candidate Patty Morey Walker to decide whether to formally request a recount of her 169-vote loss to incumbent Mayor Bill Martin. Town Clerk Deb Tuttle said someone from the campaign, not Morey Walker, picked up recount papers, which requires the collection of signatures from 10 registered voters … 0

In the Arena: Quick election takeaways

Thursday, November 5, 2015

After months of talking and triangulation, the voters of Greenfield finally had their say Tuesday, and they spoke volumes. Here are a few initial thoughts. Closer than expected Probably the biggest surprise from Tuesday’s balloting was two-term incumbent Mayor Bill Martin’s slim win over challenger Patty Morey Walker. Out of more than 4,000 votes cast, Martin won by less than 200, a much-narrower … 0

In the Arena: A different feel to this campaign

Thursday, October 29, 2015

There are often a lot of emotions flying around the weekend before a big election. Candidates have often told me that there is a certain release that occurs even as they run around trying to squeeze out every last vote possible. I think reporters, even the most seasoned and skeptical ones, have a similar process. I know I do, and more often than … 0

In the Arena: Hot about heating system

Thursday, October 22, 2015

If the cost of political dysfunction could be translated into a dollar figure in Greenfield, today, that number would be $90,000. That is the price Greenfield taxpayers are being forced to pay to install a new heating system in the Davis Street School administration building, a structure that … 0

In the Arena: Case of special treatment for candidate?

Thursday, October 15, 2015

There is a certain advantage to political incumbency, assuming the candidate in question has a record worth running on. That is clearly the case in this year’s race for Greenfield mayor, where incumbent Bill Martin has gone to great lengths to tout the many economic development project’s his … 1

In the Arena: Clearing the air

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It always amazes me how people can attend the same meeting and come out with a completely different version of what happened. The latest example occurred this week following a Greenfield Town Council subcommittee forum on home wood stoves and chimneys. The Monday night gathering was billed as … 0

In the Arena: Skipping debates

Thursday, September 24, 2015

It looks like 2015 is going to be the year of the “nonpolitician” in Greenfield. Greenfield School Committee candidates Jesse McMillian and Cameron Ward took to Facebook last week — and, Ward’s case, the pages of The Recorder — to announce that they would not be running traditional … 0

In the Arena: On board with schools

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Somewhat lost in the histrionics of last week’s Greenfield School Committee meeting was the appointment of a new board member. Greenfield native Douglas Mayo was the lone applicant to serve out the unexpired term of Jeff Comenitz, who died recently after a brief bout with cancer. It’s the … 0

In the Arena: Not leaving without a fight

Thursday, September 10, 2015

I’ll admit it: I’m going to miss having Maryelen Calderwood on the Greenfield School Committee. I know that may shock some people, because we’ve had our differences, but it’s simply not going to be the same without “Lord Caldermort” holding the gavel on the first Wednesday of every … 0

In the Arena: Rosenberg’s road ahead

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A few quick hitters as we prepare to say adios to the summer of 2015. Senate President Stan Rosenberg appears to have taken to heart the criticism over his perceived silence regarding the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline. After months of trying to ride down the middle … 0

In the Arena: Greenfield's tax-rate reduction

Thursday, August 27, 2015

If I were a Greenfield taxpayer — and there’s many reasons why I’m not — the question I’d be asking in the wake of last week’s Town Council meeting is: What did my government just spend $1.4 million on? The council voted to go along with Mayor Bill … 1

In the Arena: Mitigating political issues

Thursday, August 20, 2015

One of the goals of any incumbent’s political campaign is to try to take away issues that could be exploited by the opposition, a lesson it would appear Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin is well aware. While I don’t get the sense that His Honor is necessarily sweating the … 0

In the Arena: New gauge for plastic bans

Thursday, August 13, 2015

It looks like Greenfield residents won’t be voting on a binding plastic bag ban question this fall, but that doesn’t mean the issue is going away. The Greenfield Town Council Wednesday will consider placing three, nonbinding questions on the November ballot asking voters if they favor a ban … 0

In the Arena: A FERC hearing review

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The feds came to Greenfield last week, ostensibly to find out what the residents of Franklin County think about the potential environmental impact of a natural gas pipeline that seems more inevitable with each passing day. With that reality looming, it’s kind of hard to view that Federal … 2

In the Arena: Keep an eye on this Town Council race

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The stage is set for Greenfield’s fall electoral juggernaut and the number of potential angles to pursue between now and November has your faithful reporter almost giddy with anticipation. Ordinarily, the most interesting race would be for mayor, but with all due respect to incumbent Bill Martin and … 0