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Sunderland Town Meeting adopts lower Frontier Regional budget, backs anti-pipeline resolution

Friday, April 24, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland has become the first of the Frontier Regional School District towns to approve Superintendent Martha Barrett’s original, no-increase budget for next year. The vote at Friday night’s annual Town Meeting was a stand against the regional School Committee’s decision in March to restore funding for six positions that would have been cut under the original budget. That would have increased the budget by 2.05 percent. The difference …

Deerfield Town Meeting to consider revised zoning for industrial park

Friday, April 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Voters will be asked Monday night to approve fundamental changes to the zoning bylaws that govern the town’s industrial park, to spend money to study how town offices and school space could be consolidated, and to enter an agreement with New England Natural Bakers for a new factory on the former Oxford Pickle property. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in …

Whately Town meeting to consider resolution opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, April 24, 2015

WHATELY — Voters will consider joining the western Massachusetts towns standing against the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline by adopting a resolution opposing the project at the annual Town Meeting on Tuesday. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Whately Elementary School. The resolution states that the town formally opposes the project and directs its officials to enact legislation or take other actions …

Tom Baird of Florence announces candidacy for Ward 6 School Committee seat

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Educator Tom Baird, of 37 Drewsen Drive in Florence, has announced his candidacy for the Ward 6 School Committee seat. Baird, 34, is a school curriculum director in Windsor, Connecticut, and has also worked as a teacher. His daughter Eva, 5, is a kindergarten student at …

Rosenberg urges change in way bills are handled

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Beacon Hill’s two most powerful Democrats are locked in an increasingly bitter tug-of-war over how bills live or die at the Statehouse. Senate President Stan Rosenberg has launched a public battle to try to change the system, which he said gives the Massachusetts House too much …

Anne Awad unseats Jeffrey Labrecque in close contest for South Hadley Electric Light Department commission

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Challenger Anne Awad unseated seven-year incumbent Jeffrey Labrecque on Tuesday in the closely contested race for a three-year term on the commission governing the South Hadley Electric Light Department. Awad had 676 votes, or 51.9 …

Rubio announces White House bid

Monday, April 13, 2015

MIAMI — Sen. Marco Rubio entered the presidential race Monday by offering the nation a younger generation of leadership that breaks free of ideas “stuck in the 20th century,” a jab at both Democratic favorite Hillary Rodham Clinton …

Former SC lawmaker to receive JFK Profile in Courage Award

Monday, April 13, 2015

BOSTON — A conservative congressman from South Carolina whose change of heart on climate change drew the wrath of fellow Republicans and helped cost him re-election has been named the 2015 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile …

Rubio expected to enter fray

Sunday, April 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — If Marco Rubio launches his presidential campaign as expected Monday, the first-term Republican senator from Florida may have to answer this simple question. Why now? The 43-year-old Rubio, a rising star on Capitol Hill, could wait …

Clinton's online campaign kickoff focuses on economic justice

Sunday, April 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton jumped back into presidential politics on Sunday, making a much-awaited announcement she will again seek the White House with a promise to serve as the “champion” of everyday Americans. Clinton opened her bid …

Contests for two seats on South Hadley Electric Light Department commission highlight town election Tuesday

Saturday, April 11, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Two separate contests for seats on the South Hadley Electric Light Department commission highlight Tuesday’s election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at South Hadley High School, 153 Newton St. Energy activist Anne Awad of 4 Jewett Lane is challenging incumbent …

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign to focus on economic security, opportunity

Saturday, April 11, 2015

CHICAGO — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign will center on boosting economic security for the middle class and expanding opportunities for working families, while casting the former senator and secretary of state as a “tenacious fighter” able to …

Hilltown Voices: Robert Aeschback challenges incumbent Dennis Mimitz for seat on Plainfield Select Board

Saturday, April 11, 2015

At this year’s annual town election, Plainfield voters will have two choices on the ballot for one, three-year term on the Select Board. Robert Aeschback is challenging incumbent Dennis Mimitz who has served on the Select Board for six years and works as the maintenance supervisor for the …