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Frederick Orloski challenges incumbent Whately Select Board member Joyce Palmer Fortune who is running write-in campaign

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WHATELY — Assessor Frederick P. Orloski seeks to unseat Select Board Chairwoman Joyce Palmer Fortune in the Whately election June 9. Though Fortune is a two-term incumbent, she faces an uphill battle of sorts because her name is not on the ballot. She is running a write-in campaign due to a mix-up that caused her to miss the deadline for filing nomination papers. “I had all the necessary signatures collected …

Sanders may appeal to ‘Warren Democrats’

Monday, May 25, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing. Sanders, who is opening his official presidential campaign Tuesday in Burlington, Vermont, aims to ignite a grassroots fire among left-leaning Democrats wary of Hillary Rodham …

Ireland backs legalizing gay marriage by stunning landslide

Saturday, May 23, 2015

DUBLIN — Irish voters backed legalizing gay marriage by a landslide, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunning result that illustrates the rapid social change taking place in this traditionally Catholic nation. Friday’s referendum saw 62.1 percent of Irish voters saying “yes” to changing the nation’s constitution to allow gay marriage. Outside Dublin …

Cummington voters approve $1.4 million debt exclusion override for broadband Internet

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Voters in Cummington on Monday approved a Proposition 2½ debt exclusion override for $1.4 million to bring broadband Internet service to town. Select Board member Monica Vandoloski said 178 voters went to the polls in the annual election Monday. The override was approved 110-66, she said. …

Hatfield Town Meeting approves continued demolition of Center School, defeats effort to buy former Holy Trinity Church

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

HATFIELD — After spirited debate, voters at Town Meeting on Tuesday authorized an additional $92,000 for demolishing the Center School, while a citizen petition to spare the abandoned building from the wrecking ball failed to get a two-thirds …

Senate Dems block debate on trade bill

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats dealt President Barack Obama a stinging setback on trade Tuesday, blocking efforts to begin a full-blown debate on a top priority of his second term. The president’s supporters said they will try again, and …

NYC mayor touts national liberal vision

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, fashioning himself as one of the left’s loudest voices on economic causes, appeared in Washington on Tuesday to make two stops on his national tour to tout the need …

Belchertown passes rules for motorboats, approves budget at Monday’s Town Meeting

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Boaters will several new regulations designed to improve safety on its waterways following action at the annual Town Meeting Monday night. Voters adopted a new set of bylaws, by a vote of 80 to 38, regulating motorboats on Belchertown’s waterways. The new regulations limit motorboats on …

Belchertown Town Meeting approves CPA money for assisted living development at former State School site

Monday, May 11, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Town Meeting on Monday night approved giving $218,000 in Community Preservation Act money earmarked for affordable housing to the Grantham Group, a Boston-based assisted living developer set to build an 83-unit complex on the grounds of …

Presidential vote a shock in Poland

Monday, May 11, 2015

WARSAW, Poland — President Bronislaw Komorowski lost the first round of the country’s presidential election to a previously unknown 42-year-old member of the European Parliament, in what is being called the biggest shock in Polish politics in years. …

UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy addresses Amherst Town Meeting, promises continued collaboration on economic development

Monday, May 11, 2015

AMHERST — With a joint planning study focused on housing and economic development complete, Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy is promising the University of Massachusetts and the town will continue to work together for their mutual benefit. At his second-ever appearance before Town Meeting, Subbaswamy said Monday that the …

Granby Town Meeting votes on compensation and revolving funds, delays decision on sewer project

Monday, May 11, 2015

GRANBY — Voters at the annual Town Meeting Monday took up articles on matters including town employee compensation and over $235,000 in fee-generated revolving funds, but a vote on an $8.3 million sewer expansion project remains on the horizon for a June session. Scores of citizens attended the …

Chesterfield Town Meeting unanimously approves $3.25 million budget with 2½ percent raises for town workers

Monday, May 11, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — Voters at the annual Town Meeting Monday night unanimously approved a $3.25 million budget that includes 2½ percent raises for town employees. The $3,255,348 budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 is 1.2 percent more than the current year’s spending. Next year’s budget includes $697,845 …