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David Ewing takes out nomination papers for at-large City Council seat as election season begins in Easthampton

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON —At least one new candidate may run for the four at-large City Council seats in November as former mayoral candidate David G. Ewing took out nomination papers Wednesday. Two incumbents, Mayor Karen L. Cadieux and at-large City Councilor Joseph P. McCoy, also took out papers for their current positions before the city clerk’s office closed Wednesday — the first day nomination forms were available. Ewing, 66, of 5 Treehouse …

Southampton voters to consider less expensive public safety complex at July 9 special election

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — After a proposed $10.8 million public safety complex was voted down at Town Meeting in May, officials are asking voters at a special election July 9 to allow an architect to draw up plans for a combined police and fire station at a lower cost. Voters will also decide whether to give final approval to four overrides of Proposition 2½, including …

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s tax returns show income of nearly $28 million since leaving office as Florida governor

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has earned nearly $28 million since leaving the Florida governor’s mansion and paid an effective federal income tax rate of roughly 36 percent in the past three decades, according to tax returns released by his campaign on Tuesday. In an effort designed to show a commitment …

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 …

Cummington voters approve $1.4 million debt exclusion override for broadband Internet

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Voters in Cummington on Monday approved a Proposition 2½ debt exclusion override for $1.4 million to bring broadband Internet service to town. Select Board member Monica Vandoloski said 178 voters went to the polls in the annual election Monday. The override was approved 110-66, she said. …

Hatfield Town Meeting approves continued demolition of Center School, defeats effort to buy former Holy Trinity Church

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

HATFIELD — After spirited debate, voters at Town Meeting on Tuesday authorized an additional $92,000 for demolishing the Center School, while a citizen petition to spare the abandoned building from the wrecking ball failed to get a two-thirds …

Senate Dems block debate on trade bill

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats dealt President Barack Obama a stinging setback on trade Tuesday, blocking efforts to begin a full-blown debate on a top priority of his second term. The president’s supporters said they will try again, and …

NYC mayor touts national liberal vision

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, fashioning himself as one of the left’s loudest voices on economic causes, appeared in Washington on Tuesday to make two stops on his national tour to tout the need …

Belchertown passes rules for motorboats, approves budget at Monday’s Town Meeting

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Boaters will several new regulations designed to improve safety on its waterways following action at the annual Town Meeting Monday night. Voters adopted a new set of bylaws, by a vote of 80 to 38, regulating motorboats on Belchertown’s waterways. The new regulations limit motorboats on …

Belchertown Town Meeting approves CPA money for assisted living development at former State School site

Monday, May 11, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Town Meeting on Monday night approved giving $218,000 in Community Preservation Act money earmarked for affordable housing to the Grantham Group, a Boston-based assisted living developer set to build an 83-unit complex on the grounds of …