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State Rep. Stephen Kulik cites his emphasis on ‘rural issues’ in bid for re-election from 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eleven-term incumbent state Rep. Stephen Kulik, who is seeking re-election to his 1st Franklin District seat in Tuesday’s election, maintains that even though he has risen to a leadership position on Beacon Hill, “Small town and rural values are at the heart of every decision that I make.” Kulik, 64, served for 11 years as a Select Board member in Worthington and was president of the Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association and the Massachusetts Municipal Association before being elected to the House in 1993 to represent what is a 19-town district including Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Plainfield, Williamsburg, Worthington, Deerfield, Leverett, Shutesbury, Sunderland and Whately. As …

Political newcomer Dylan Korpita challenges veteran legislator Stephen Kulik in 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Political newcomer Dylan E. Korpita of Deerfield in Tuesday’s election is trying to unseat veteran 1st Franklin District state Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington, saying, “It’s time for a change.” Korpita, 35, a Republican and former bond trader for Morgan Stanley in New York, moved back to his hometown in Franklin County last …

Court denies injunction sought by JM Farm’s Patient Group over medical marijuana licensing

Thursday, October 30, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A state court has denied the request for a preliminary injunction by a locally based nonprofit to halt the state medical marijuana selection process. A Suffolk Superior Court judge denied the motion filed in August against the state Department of Public Health by JM Farm’s Patient Group, a nonprofit that wants to sell medical marijuana from a South Deerfield-based dispensary. …

Three candidates seek to succeed Gale Candaras as state senator in the 1st Hampden and Hampshire District

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

There are three candidates vying in Tuesday’s election to succeed Gale D. Candaras as state senator from the 1st Hampden and Hampshire District. They are Republican Debra Boronski, independent Michael Franco and Democrat Eric Lesser. The winner will …

Scott Brown hopes to unseat US Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire by linking her to President Obama

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — If there’s one person in New Hampshire less popular than President Barack Obama, it’s Republican Scott Brown. But that might not matter as the former Massachusetts senator tries to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in …

State Sen. Donald Humason Jr. and challenger Patrick Leahy talk goals, experience in 2nd Hampden & Hampshire District

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The candidates running in the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District for the state Senate on Tuesday’s ballot have very different backgrounds. And if Republican incumbent Donald F. Humason Jr. or Democratic challenger Patrick T. Leahy knock …

Libertarian Kenneth Roberts Jr. of Granby challenges 11-term state Rep. Ellen Story of Amherst

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tax policy and the role of government provide sharp contrasts for voters in the 3rd Hampshire District, who Tuesday will choose between incumbent Democrat Ellen Story of Amherst and challenger Kenneth J. Roberts Jr., a Libertarian from Granby, …

Area court news

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Easthampton ∎ Latisha E. Ealy, 37, of 44 South St., pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Tuesday to four charges, including two related to an alleged attempt to escape from Easthampton Police by removing her hands from handcuffs. Ealy is charged with assault and battery on …

Area police news

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Granby ∎ Juan Lopez Jr., 33, of Springfield, was arrested on West State Street at 7:47 p.m. Thursday on a warrant. ∎ Joanne Provost, 48, of Chicopee, was arrested on New Ludlow Road at 1:35 a.m. Oct. 18 on a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. …

State awards more than $1 million in grants to Northampton and Amherst, including money for Pulaski Park

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city’s long-desired plan to redesign and expand Pulaski Park into a downtown hub of activity for residents of all ages received a huge financial boost this week thanks to a $400,000 grant from the state. …

New schedule calls for repaving of Pine Street in Amherst to begin Friday

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AMHERST — Commuters vexed by the poor condition of Pine Street can take heart in Town Manager John Musante’s announcement Tuesday of an accelerated schedule for its repaving. “We’re very pleased about that,” said Musante, who complimented Department of Public Works Superintendent Guilford Mooring for working with contractor …

Amherst Police seek public’s help as search continues for 15-year-old Richard Hogans Jr.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AMHERST — Police are asking for the public’s help in their continuing search for missing 15-year-old Richard Hogans Jr. of Amherst, which extended north to Mount Sugarloaf and south to New Haven, Connecticut, on Tuesday. A student at …

Coalition plans advertising campaign backing projects such as Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Monday, October 27, 2014

With higher electricity costs scheduled to kick in next week for National Grid customers, a recently created “Coalition to Lower Energy Costs” is planning a media campaign, backed by large industrial electricity users — and organized by lobbyists connected to pipeline proponent Kinder Morgan — pushing for support …