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Lenin Barreras of Springfield looks over his certificate of citizenship at the seventh-annual Center for New Americans citizenship ceremony in Northampton, July 4, 2015.

Northampton Fourth of July citizenship ceremony celebrates 48 new Americans

Saturday, July 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Seated beside her five-year-old son outside the Hampshire County Courthouse, Erika Calderon watched as her husband, Jose Serratos, became a naturalized United States citizen on Saturday, July 4. “It’s a good opportunity to show people that we are here and we are legal now and we can vote,” Calderon, 42, of Athol, said of the event. Calderon herself …

Hilltown Voices: Large turnouts in Chesterfield and Goshen approve WiredWest broadband fiber-optic network

Saturday, July 4, 2015

In two of the best-attended special Town Meetings in recent memory, Chesterfield and Goshen this week each overwhelmingly approved spending more than $1 million to help create a regional state-of-the-art broadband fiber-optic network. The project will be built and operated by WiredWest, a cooperative seeking to provide broadband to 32 towns in western Massachusetts. On Monday, Goshen voters unanimously approved $1.4 million as …

Sanders raises $15M to Clinton’s $45M

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign said Thursday the Vermont Democrat has raised $15 million since joining the race in late April, a strong total for his challenge against front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. About 250,000 donors have given money, giving the senator a solid foundation from which to build an insurgent campaign …

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

Saturday, May 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The …

Edward Lesko Jr. unseated from Select Board, Board of Health in Hatfield

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

HATFIELD — Patrick J. Gaughan unseated incumbent Select Board Chairman Edward W. Lesko Jr. who finished last in a three-way race for the seat in Tuesday’s town election. Lesko also lost his seat on the Board of Health. Gaughan received 315 votes to 273 for Jan Joseph Adamski, …

Clinton to State: ‘I want those emails out’

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the State Department on Tuesday to speed the release of 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, as her decision to spurn administration rules and use …

Graham: I’m running

Monday, May 18, 2015

ATLANTA — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham all but confirmed Monday he will run for president in 2016, saying he believes he would be the best choice to serve as commander in chief amid continued unrest in the …

Stephanopoulos won’t moderate GOP debate

Friday, May 15, 2015

NEW YORK — ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos will not moderate a Republican presidential debate next winter, part of the fallout after revelations that the network’s top political anchor contributed $75,000 over a three-year period to the Clinton …

Trade issue deepens rift between Warren, Obama

Thursday, May 14, 2015

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama huffed that Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator and established liberal star, was a “politician like everybody else” he revealed a rift that predates the current hostilities between the two Democrats over trade. …

Forbes Library advocates aim to drum up interest in trustee seats after two members opt not to seek reelection

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two members of the Forbes Library’s board of trustees who have served for more than a decade each are not seeking reelection, which has library supporters trying to drum up interest in serving on the board. Peter Rowe 69 Fox Farms Road, who is vice president …

Hatfield voters to decide seven contests in Tuesday’s election

Thursday, May 14, 2015

HATFIELD — Voters on Tuesday will decide seven contested races in one of the liveliest town elections in years. Three candidates are vying for a Select Board seat and two for a School Committee seat, but it is the town collector’s position that is garnering the heaviest interest …

Goshen Town Meeting to consider $2.5 million budget which is up by 2.5 percent

Thursday, May 14, 2015

GOSHEN — Voters at the annual Town Meeting on Monday will be asked approve a $2.5 million budget that is up by 2.5 percent from this year’s spending. The Town Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the basement auditorium of the John James Memorial Town Hall …

House OKs late-term abortion ban

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republicans finally won House approval Wednesday for a late-term abortion ban after dropping rape provisions that provoked a rebellion by female GOP lawmakers, forcing party leaders into an embarrassing retreat. The near party-line 242-184 vote was …