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Rep. Stephen Kulik on conference committee that will negotiate Massachusetts budget

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The stage is set for a six-member conference committee to negotiate a final version of the state’s $38 billion budget. The House on Wednesday officially rejected the Senate version of the spending plan. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brian Dempsey of Haverhill, Democratic Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington and Republican Rep. Todd Smola of Warren were named to serve as House negotiators. The Senate conferees are …

Easthampton Community Center may see half its city funding restored, though future of city funding still murky

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton Community Center may soon see some of its city funding restored after Mayor Karen L. Cadieux announced Wednesday she may be able to award the agency a $10,000 grant. The Community Center had been provided with $20,000 each year in the past two fiscal years. Cadieux said she eliminated that money for the coming fiscal 2016 year after City …

Rain takes down tree and wires in Amherst as storms move through region; scattered power outages reported

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hard rain Wednesday night from thunderstorms that moved through the region took down wires and a tree on two Amherst streets, though police said the roads remained open. Amherst Police Sgt. Gabriel Ting said police received two reports of wires down — one on Bay Road near Muddy Brook Farm and one near …

Armed Forces Family Appreciation Day at Look Park provides camaraderie, information to those who served

Saturday, May 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Sitting at a picnic table at Look Park Saturday as giggling children ran by and dozens of families enjoyed grilled food, William Rakaska said appreciation for veterans has come a long way since his U.S. Army …

Amherst police say man found dead in bathroom at Hess Express gasoline station on West Street

Saturday, May 23, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst man was found dead in a service station bathroom early Saturday morning, police said. The 36-year-old man was discovered in the restroom of the Hess Express at 468 West St. in South Amherst around …

Workshop Tuesday in Greenfield on federal review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, May 23, 2015

To help communities in the region plan for the formal federal review process of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the dining commons at Greenfield Community College. …

Hilltown Voices: Williamsburg Fire Department gets new protective gear

Saturday, May 23, 2015

With the help of a $10,500 grant from the Massachusetts Call/Volunteer Firefighters’ Association, six more Williamsburg volunteer firefighters are now better protected with up-to-date turnout gear. The personal protective equipment consists of a turnout coat, pants, helmet, boots, …

Area legislators join anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in Berkshire Gas pact with Tennesee Gas

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Several area state legislators are joining anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in the request by Berkshire Gas Co. to become a customer of the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, has joined with …

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

Saturday, May 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The …

Congressman James McGovern, attorneys for environmental groups criticize Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, May 22, 2015

Two letters released by federal officials this week — including one by Congressman James McGovern — chide the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. for lack of transparency and misleading statements about its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. In letters …

Easthampton City Council unanimously rejects Board of Health nominee Dennis Lacourse

Friday, May 22, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Mayor Karen L. Cadieux on Friday explained her choice of former city health agent Dennis Lacourse to serve on the Board of Health, two days after his unanimous rejection by the City Council. Cadieux said she …

Former Northampton student teacher’s emails prompt letter from superintendent, police visit

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City police paid a visit to former Northampton High School student teacher Kurt Ostrow this week after a parent complained about him contacting a child by email after he left as a freshman English teacher May …

Economy, cultural climate topics for Congressman James McGovern during walking tour of downtown Amherst

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — Economic development, potential arts programs and the existing cultural environment will be the focus of a two-hour visit by U.S. Congressman James McGovern to Amherst center Tuesday afternoon. McGovern, D-Worcester, will lead a walking tour that begins at the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, 28 Amity …