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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 …

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 …

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 …

Amherst Housing Authority candidate Emilie Hamilton drops out of race, citing inability to mediate differences on commission

Monday, March 23, 2015

AMHERST — One of two candidates for a five-year seat on the Amherst Housing Authority has dropped out of the race, saying that the atmosphere at commission meetings is too contentious. Despite collecting more than 50 signatures to get her name on the March 31 election ballot and …

Anne Awad challenges Jeffrey Labrecque for seat on South Hadley Electric Light Department commission

Monday, March 23, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Former Amherst Select Board member Anne Awad is challenging two-term incumbent Jeffrey Labrecque for a three-year seat as a commissioner for the South Hadley Electric Light Department. Awad said she is running to promote green …

Cruz courts Christian conservatives

Monday, March 23, 2015

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Launching his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas asked Christian conservative voters to imagine a United States without the IRS, Obamacare or abortion rights — and to imagine they can …

Ted Cruz to become first major presidential candidate for 2016

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz will become the first major candidate for president when he launches his campaign Monday, kicking off what’s expected to be a rush over the next few weeks of more than a …

Paredes, personal assistant to Jacqueline Kennedy, dies at 90

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The special assistant to former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, believed to be one of the first persons of Latino descent to work in the White House as part of the president’s inner circle, has died. Providencia Paredes’ son, Gustavo, announced her death on his Facebook …

Patrick to forgo paid Boston 2024 job

Friday, March 20, 2015

BOSTON — Former Gov. Deval Patrick has decided to pass on a paid consulting job promoting the city’s Olympic bid overseas. Patrick said Thursday he’s planning to take a full-time position soon and will forgo all outside consulting pay, including the $7,500-per-day fee he was to earn for …

Phoebe Hazzard, Victor Nunez Ortiz, Viraphanh Douangmany make their case for election to School Committee

Friday, March 20, 2015

AMHERST — A former teacher, a former Marine and a refugee immigrant-turned-activist touted their differing life experiences and how those would help them if elected to the School Committee at a League of Women Voters candidates night at …

Netanyahu win further cools relations with US

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration signaled on Wednesday it could take a tougher stance toward Benjamin Netanyahu following his decisive Israeli election victory and campaign tack to the right, saying there will be consequences for his sudden reversal …