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JERREY ROBERTS
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. …

Homeland bill without strings goes to Obama

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security without any of the immigration-related concessions they demanded for months. “Sanity is prevailing,” said Rep. …

Longtime Md. senator won’t seek re-election

Monday, March 2, 2015

BALTIMORE — Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a tough and dogged daughter of working class Baltimore who rose to become the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, said she had one question as she weighed seeking a sixth term: …

GOP seeks way out of Homeland Security bind

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripped of immigration provisions backed by conservatives but strongly opposed by President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats. “We …

Hadley election has contests for Select Board, town treasurer

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HADLEY — There will be a three-way race to fill two seats on the Select Board at the annual town election April 14, and two candidates will vie for the treasurer’s job that opened when longtime town employee Connie Mieczkowski retired. There are two other contested races, and …

Amherst Board of Registrars dismisses complaint about signatures for School Committee candidate

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — An objection to the certification of signatures for a School Committee candidate has been dismissed by the Board of Registrars. The board Tuesday voted unanimously to take no action on the Feb. 12 appeal filed by Town Meeting members Mary Wentworth of Precinct 5 and Vincent …

Speak-out at Pulaski Park in Northampton to take stand against anti-Semitic incidents

Monday, February 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Local members of the Jewish community and a network of diverse organizations will gather in Pulaski Park at 6:30 p.m. Saturday to speak out against hate and bigotry in response to recent anti-Semitic acts in the area, according to Jennifer Levi, a Beit Ahavah Reform Synagogue …

Southampton overhauls election procedures after state review

Monday, February 23, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Town election procedures have been overhauled after the Massachusetts secretary of state’s office found “inconsistences” between state law and the town’s previous election practices. Southampton Town Clerk Janine Domina asked the office earlier this year to review the town’s election procedures, according to Michelle Tassinari, director …

Poll finds most back Obama plan to raise investment taxes

Sunday, February 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The rich aren’t taxed enough and the middle class is taxed too much. As for your taxes, you probably think they’re too high as well. Those are the results of an Associated Press-GfK poll that found …

Amherst Board of Registrars delays decision on complaint over School Committee candidate’s nomination signatures

Saturday, February 21, 2015

AMHERST — Ballots for Amherst’s March 31 election need to be printed soon, but how many names for townwide office will appear remains unknown after the Board of Registrars took no action Friday on a complaint that one School Committee candidate did not collect enough valid signatures. Despite …

Warren asks people’s support for more just education policies

Friday, February 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Speaking Thursday at Greenfield Community College, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren asked for people’s support to help make college more affordable, to support early childhood education and to make education a priority and an opportunity for everyone. …