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‘Big shoes to fill’: Montague DPW superintendent to retire after 20 years at the helm
04-12-2024 5:01 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

MONTAGUE — Department of Public Works Superintendent Tom Bergeron will retire on June 27, laying down his tools after more than 20 years at the helm of the DPW. Bergeron announced his retirement at last week’s Selectboard meeting, where he thanked the...

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Greenfield seeks answers for $1M in state funds for Green River School
04-12-2024 5:31 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — As the Greenfield School Department works to decommission the vacant Green River School and transfer ownership to the city, challenges have arisen as the district works to tie up loose financial ends with the Massachusetts School Building...


Greenfield School Committee aligns busing policy with current practice
04-11-2024 6:36 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The School Committee voted Wednesday to expand its busing policy for elementary school students by half a mile, allowing students living at Leyden Woods, Oak Courts and Greenfield Gardens to continue being bused to school as is the...


Retired Newton School principal joins Greenfield School Committee
04-11-2024 3:05 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The School Committee voted 5-1 on Wednesday to appoint its newest member, retired Newton School Principal and former North Adams Curriculum Director Melodie Goodwin. Goodwin, who carries more than four decades of experience in education,...


Greenfield Conservation Commission asks mayor to transfer Stone Ridge Lane parcel
04-10-2024 4:49 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Following up on its requests under the former administration, the Conservation Commission asked Mayor Ginny Desorgher on Tuesday to bring the proposed transfer of the 13-acre Stone Ridge Lane property for use as permanently protected...


Retention of docs, new residents helping curb family medicine workforce shortage in Greenfield
04-07-2024 3:01 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — As it enters its third year, the Baystate Franklin Family Medicine Residency Program is welcoming four new doctors this summer and anticipates retaining three members of the original cohort to work at the hospital after they graduate,...


Greenfield home invasion suspects arraigned
04-05-2024 5:08 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — A dangerousness hearing for the three men and one woman charged with breaking into a man’s house at 36 West St. Thursday morning and taking turns beating him is set for Tuesday, April 9, in Greenfield District Court.Defendants Michael...


Starbucks gets go-ahead from Greenfield Planning Board
04-05-2024 3:40 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — It’s official. Starbucks coffee will be served up in the city this fall.The Planning Board unanimously gave its approval Thursday to the site plan for a Starbucks coffeehouse equipped with a 14-vehicle drive-thru at 200 Mohawk Trail,...


Four arrested in Greenfield home invasion, homeowner injured
04-04-2024 4:29 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Three men and one woman were arrested Thursday morning after they allegedly broke into a home on West Street, two in possession of knives, and took turns beating the homeowner, according to police.Dispatchers received a call from a woman...


Housing plans for former Farren lot range from 40 to 140 residences
04-03-2024 5:07 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

MONTAGUE — In an effort to redevelop the old Farren Care Center site into a residential “Village Center” neighborhood, officials met virtually with residents on Tuesday evening to mull over potential design options and redevelopment strategies.The...


Greenfield mayor presents $64.87M budget proposal for FY25
04-02-2024 6:00 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Mayor Ginny Desorgher has submitted her nearly $64.87 million fiscal year 2025 budget proposal to City Council, marking a 5% increase from the current fiscal year’s spending plan. City Council will vote on the proposed budget, which...


Greenfield’s health leaders mull federal food inspection program
04-02-2024 1:21 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The city’s new public health officials intend to further research an idea floated at a recent Board of Health meeting that would align the city’s inspection system with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Voluntary National Retail...


Local success informs federal guidelines on methadone treatment
04-01-2024 7:11 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

The federal government is marching to the beat of Behavioral Health Network’s drum in its new methadone treatment regulations, effective Tuesday, April 2.BHN, a mental health service provider in western Massachusetts with methadone clinics in...


Greenfield committee supports funding Hillside Park upgrade, 3 affordable housing projects
03-31-2024 12:05 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The Community Preservation Committee struck pickleball and informational kiosks out of its fiscal year 2024 Community Preservation Act grant funding recommendations on Thursday night, instead favoring money for three separate affordable...


GCC uses $119K grant to expand nurse training program for English language learners
03-31-2024 11:56 AM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is revamping its free certified nurse aide (CNA) training program, expanding training an extra six weeks to support an English language learners cohort program after receiving $119,129 in grant funding.Funding...


Short-term rental bylaws heading to Town Meeting in Buckland
03-28-2024 2:46 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

BUCKLAND — Residents will vote whether to approve bylaws regulating short-term rentals, such as Airbnb or Vrbo properties, in the commercial and residential districts at this year’s Annual Town Meeting on May 4.If passed, the bylaws would establish a...


Greenfield health officials eye stricter tobacco regulations
03-27-2024 5:24 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The Board of Health is drafting new tobacco regulations that, if approved, would increase penalties for businesses caught selling tobacco products to underage customers, and would put loopholes used to sell flavored tobacco products up in...


Greenfield Police seek robbery suspect
03-27-2024 4:29 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Police are looking for the individual who allegedly robbed Call’s Corner Store on Conway Street on Tuesday night before fleeing the business with its cash register.According to Deputy Police Chief William Gordon, investigating...


Parking, future city projects dominate listening session with Greenfield businesses
03-27-2024 4:00 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Local entrepreneurs shared their views on an array of topics impacting business during a listening session with the mayor on Tuesday, with a focus on parking downtown, construction and future economic development projects.As attendees...


Greenfield’s energy and sustainability chief returns after Northampton stint
03-26-2024 5:22 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Less than six months after leaving her decade-long role as Department of Energy and Sustainability director to serve at the helm of Northampton’s first-ever Climate Action and Project Administration Department (CAPA), Carole Collins is...


Hearing to consider Erving Elementary’s budget; $4.06M proposal favored by committee
03-26-2024 4:56 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

ERVING — The Erving School Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday to pick one of three potential fiscal year 2025 budgets — two to the tune of nearly $4.06 million and another that totals approximately $4.13 million.The committee voted in...

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