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Amherst Regional School Committee Chair Trevor Baptiste speaks during a committee meeting Tuesday at the high school.

Increasingly ugly environment discourages some candidates from running for Amherst School Committee

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — In one sense, the town of Amherst exemplifies the spirit of local democracy: just about everyone who has an opinion shares it. But by another measure, the town falls short — at least this year. Voters heading to the polls for Tuesday’s elections will find only one actively contested races for a town board. And in the one …

Amherst write-in campaign backs Lawrence O’Brien for school panel, but he says he will not accept seat

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — Supporters of incumbent School Committee member Lawrence E. O’Brien are staging a write-in campaign on his behalf in advance of Tuesday’s town elections. Problem is, he’s not interested. O’Brien, who withdrew from the election despite collecting enough signatures to be on the ballot, said Thursday he will not serve another term …

Southampton voters to decide contested races for Select Board, School Committee and Board of Health

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

southampton — Select Board and School Committee incumbents face challengers and two candidates are vying for an open Board of Health seat in contests that will be decided at the annual town election on May 4. Incumbent David McDougall, Shannon Cutler and Charles J. Kaniecki are seeking the two available three-year seats on the Select Board. One is currently held by Edward J. …

Annual Walk for a New Spring leaves from Peace Pagoda in Leverett

Thursday, March 12, 2015

LEVERETT — Like the first snowdrops emerging after a long winter, a dozen or so Buddhist monks, nuns and friends are expected to begin their 14th annual Walk for a New Spring on Friday morning, on their first leg of a 45-day pilgrimage to New York, Washington, D.C., …

Whately residents have until April 2 to take out nomination papers for town offices

Thursday, March 12, 2015

WHATELY — Residents who want to run for the 11 town positions that are up for election this year have until April 2 to take out nomination papers. There are three-year terms available for the Select Board, held by Joyce Palmer Fortune; Board of Assessors, held by Frederick …

Thursday deadline to file nomination papers for Deerfield town election

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

DEERFIELD — Residents who want to run in this year’s town election have through Thursday to file nomination papers. Select Board Chairwoman Carolyn Shores Ness, a 12-year veteran, will seek re-election to her seat. Barbara Hancock, the town’s treasurer, collector and clerk, said no one has filed papers …

Clinton admits mistake on emails

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

UNITED NATIONS — Confronting a growing political furor, Hillary Rodham Clinton conceded Tuesday it was a mistake to exclusively use private email as secretary of state, but she defiantly rejected accusations that she created a security risk or …

Feinstein urges Clinton to explain email actions

Sunday, March 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton should fully explain her actions involving the use of a private, nongovernment email account when she was the country’s top diplomat, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday, becoming the first major Democrat to urge Clinton to share more …

Sunderland caucus to determine candidates for 12 seats

Friday, March 6, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The annual town caucus will be held Monday to decide who will run for each of the 12 seats that are up for election this year. The caucus will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the town offices, with the following seats available: Select Board member, three …

Charges coming in Menendez case

Friday, March 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bob Menendez, under federal investigation for his relationship with a Florida doctor and political donor, is expected to face criminal charges in the coming weeks, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. The disclosure …

Former Marine Victor Nunez Ortiz runs write-in campaign for seat on Amherst School Committee

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — A former Marine who served in Iraq and now assists veterans who are at risk of losing their benefits and becoming homeless is running a write-in campaign for a seat on the Amherst School Committee at the March 31 town election. Victor A. Nunez Ortiz, of …

Ben Carson enters GOP presidential sweepstakes

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has created an exploratory committee to run for president, becoming the first high-profile Republican candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential contest. Carson, the only African-American expected to enter the race, rose …

Clinton faces criticism in private email flap

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing a new set of questions about ethics and transparency — the sort that have dogged her and husband Bill for decades. The latest disclosure, that Clinton used a personal email account …