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Greenfield Police Department adding downtown substation
06-20-2024 4:58 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — In addition to its 321 High St. base, the Greenfield Police Department will have access to a new Main Street substation on July 1, marking a significant step in Mayor Ginny Desorgher’s efforts to increase the city’s downtown police...

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Monster truck show to proceed at Franklin County Fairgrounds despite noise complaints
06-20-2024 2:30 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Though community members aired their concerns with safety and noise levels, the Overdrive Monster Truck Show is moving forward at the Franklin County Fairgrounds next weekend, following approval from the Board of License Commissioners on...


Greenfield’s Juneteenth celebration speaks to the work needed for racial equality
06-19-2024 5:32 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Some 30 community members gathered on Beacon Field in 90-degree weather Wednesday afternoon for the city’s third annual Juneteenth celebration.In 2021, the Biden administration officially recognized Juneteenth — commemorating the day in...


GCC union votes ‘no confidence’ in president, provost
06-18-2024 7:51 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Seventy-eight eligible members of the Greenfield Community College Professional Association, the college’s faculty and staff union, cast their ballots by Tuesday afternoon, expressing no confidence in President Michelle Schutt and Provost...


Enrollment formula changes voted down in Heath for second year
06-18-2024 3:15 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

HEATH — In a roughly 20-minute continuation of May’s Annual Town Meeting, residents voted down three amendments to the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s regional agreement that would change the enrollment formula used to calculate town...


City to take over Green River School, though future use remains unclear
06-17-2024 6:18 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The School Committee has voted in favor of decommissioning the vacant Green River School, prompting uncertainty as to the site’s future and the status of the more than $1 million in grants and loans issued to the School Department to...


FERC to prepare Environmental Impact Statement for FirstLight operations
06-17-2024 5:48 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

TURNERS FALLS — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s operations along the Connecticut River amid concerns that the dams might have a negative impact...


Celebrating ‘being out and being proud’: Attendees fill Greenfield for Franklin County Pride Parade and Festival
06-16-2024 3:12 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Smiling community members donning rainbow attire lined the sidewalks from Federal Street down Main Street and Miles Street to Energy Park on Saturday afternoon in celebration of the Franklin County Pride Parade and Festival.The level of...


Greenfield’s Juneteenth celebration on Wednesday expected to be largest yet
06-14-2024 5:45 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — In what Human Rights Commission Chair Mpress Bennu said is expected to be the city’s largest Juneteenth celebration yet, the Greenfield community will take to the streets Wednesday for a day of art, food and Black history.Since 2021, when...


Greenfield woman recognized as ‘a driving force’ in supporting refugees
06-14-2024 5:18 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

BOSTON — Director of Bakery Operations and Executive Pastry Chef for UMass Dining Pamela Adams received a Commonwealth Heroine award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women for her role feeding and finding employment for dozens of...


GCC union taking vote of no confidence in president, provost
06-13-2024 6:59 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Community College Professional Association, the college’s faculty and staff union, is currently engaged in a vote of no confidence in President Michelle Schutt and Provost Chet Jordan, claiming that the leaders swept a...


Greenfield city councilors seek more transparency on GCET spending
06-12-2024 7:09 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Before Mayor Ginny Desorgher allocates the remaining $400,000 of the $1,035,000 in American Rescue Plan Act money that the former mayor promised to Greenfield Community Energy and Technology, city councilors met with GCET officials at...


Wendell man killed in SUV, motorcycle crash
06-11-2024 5:28 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

WENDELL — Evan Stoos, a 34-year-old man from Wendell, was killed in a motorcycle crash Monday afternoon.According to Leverett Police Chief Scott Minckler, the Harley-Davidson motorcyclist, later identified as Stoos, and the driver of a Chevrolet...


Greenfield native to debut novel ‘Swift River,’ appear on Today Show
06-11-2024 4:45 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Author and television producer Essie Chambers, from Greenfield, will appear on the Today Show later this month to discuss her debut novel “Swift River,” which Today Show personality Jenna Bush Hager selected as her June 2024 “Read With...


Crash between SUV, motorcycle leads to serious injuries in Wendell
06-10-2024 7:39 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

WENDELL — A man was hospitalized with serious injuries after a collision between a Chevrolet Equinox and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle near the intersection of Wendell Depot Road and Farley Road on Monday afternoon.The Leverett Police Department, the...


After delay, Green River Swimming and Recreation Area sees first open weekend of season
06-10-2024 7:02 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The Green River Swimming and Recreation Area opened its swimming area this weekend, after the original opening date of June 1 was delayed due to a water quality test that showed elevated levels of E. coli.As required by the state...


Greenfield celebrates opening of new Fire Station after multi-million-dollar project
06-10-2024 5:01 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Residents and firefighters gathered with local and state officials Monday morning to celebrate the opening of the new Fire Station at 41 Main St., an approximately $21.7 million project that took more than two years to complete.A crowd of...


Tree vandalism stymies Greenfield committee
06-08-2024 7:28 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — After being disheartened to find two trees completely stripped of their bark at Lunt Field — the second instance of alleged tree vandalism the field has seen in the last five years — the Tree Committee is unsure whether to put the effort...


‘Remember who you are,’ Turners Falls principal advises Class of 2024
06-07-2024 8:25 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

TURNERS FALLS — Proud families smiled and cheered as 53 Turners Falls High School graduates walked across the stage of the gymnasium to receive their diplomas Friday evening.Opening the commencement ceremony, Class President Ricky Pareja teared up...


Central Maintenance established as new Greenfield department
06-07-2024 3:34 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The Central Maintenance Department, formerly a division of the city’s Department of Public Works that handles the maintenance and construction of city-owned properties, will now operate independently as a new department.Facilities...


Over 1,000 marchers expected for Franklin County Pride parade
06-06-2024 5:38 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Pride Parade and Festival is returning to the city for its eighth year on Saturday, June 15, and according to Parade Coordinator Jake Krain, it’s shaping up to be the organization’s most well-attended celebration to...

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