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Hilltown Voices: Hilltown CDC receives $1 million Community Development Block Grant

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Hilltown Community Development Corp. based in Chesterfield, received a Community Development Block Grant last month totaling $1,097,235. “The Department of Health and Community Development awards these grants annually through a competition,” said Dave Christopolis, executive director of the Hilltown CDC. The agency applied for the grant on behalf of the towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Peru, Plainfield, Williamsburg, and Worthington. Christopolis said that a little more than half of the funds will be used for the corporation’s housing rehab program. “We contract to repair 22 homes from all of those towns, so basically each town gets three or four houses done,” Christopolis said. “That is roughly $25,000 to $30,000 per home,” he added. Homeowners …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik files legislation to reform process of determining intervenors in DPU cases

Friday, September 4, 2015

State Rep. Stephen Kulik was among those denied full intervenor status during the state Department of Public Utilities proceedings that allowed Berkshire Gas Co. to become a customer of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline, and he’s not too happy about it. Now, the Democrat from Worthington is working to reform the way that process works. Kulik on Tuesday filed legislation …

Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities approves long-term contracts for Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities on Monday approved long-term contracts for Berkshire Gas, Columbia Gas and National Grid to buy natural gas from the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The three 20-year contracts to buy gas from the nearly 420-mile pipeline planned to cross Plainfield in Hampshire County and eight Franklin County towns are all contingent …

Gazette Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year: South Hadley senior Sam Duda

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year Sam Duda, senior, South Hadley Season highlights: The senior attack was one of five western Massachusetts players to be named an All-American by US Lacrosse. He joined Chris Menard, Evan Marcus and …

UMass: Tuition hike reduction on hold until Baker signs budget

Thursday, July 9, 2015

AMHERST — With the legislature’s conference committee budget approved, the University of Massachusetts system is holding off on deciding whether it will reduce tuition until Gov. Charlie Baker signs his version of the budget in 10 days, according to Robert Connolly, a spokesman for the UMass President’s Office. …

Local baseball: Max Wojcik homers in the 8th to lift Belchertown over Southampton in the District 2 Little League (11-12) Tournament

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Max Wojcik’s walk-off two-run home in the bottom of the eighth inning capped a classic in the final game of pool play in the District 2 Little League (11-12) Tournament as Belchertown edged Southampton, 8-7. After the teams were tied 6-6 after six, neither team scored in the …

Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year: Kate Sarnacki, Granby

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Kate Sarnacki, sophomore, Granby Season highlights: Sarnacki led all of western Massachusetts with 93 goals in helping lead the Rams to their first postseason appearance. She added 28 assists for a total of 121 points, which was tops …

Legislation filed by Stephen Kulik would give communities discretion in seeking payments from smaller nonprofits

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A bill designed to give local governments power to require nonprofits to contribute more money to municipal budgets could see larger institutions such as Deerfield Academy paying much more each year, but it provides for more discretion when it comes to smaller organizations. If the …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik files legislation that would allow communities to require payments from schools, nonprofits

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

DEERFIELD — If a bill filed by state Rep. Stephen Kulik passes legislative muster this session, it could result in private schools and other nonprofits contributing more toward the local budget of their host community. The legislation, House Bill 2584, would allow towns to require nonprofits to pay …

Tuesday’s local baseball: Easthampton pitching staff combines for two-hitter in Mickey Mantle action

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Hunter Brooks drove in four runs to back the Easthampton Mickey Mantle pitching staff’s two-hitter in a 12-1 win over South Hadley at Landers Field on Tuesday. Brooks went 3 for 4 and scored two runs, while Steve …

Monday’s summer baseball: Hamp Post 28 Legion beats South Hadley Pettengill

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Trailing by a pair after the first three innings, Northampton Post 28 scored five times in the fourth and four more runs in the fifth to roll 9-3 over host South Hadley Pettengill Insurance Monday in American Legion action. Ben O’Connor had two hits, scored twice and drove …

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey launches study of region’s electricity needs, natural gas capacity

Monday, July 6, 2015

BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey is launching an evaluation of options for the region’s electricity needs over the next 15 years, including whether more natural gas capacity is necessary. The attorney general’s office announced Monday that the study will be conducted, with support from the Barr Foundation …

Negotiations continue on state budget for new fiscal year that began July 1

Monday, July 6, 2015

BOSTON — Nearly a week into the new fiscal year that began July 1, Democratic leaders in the state House and Senate are confident negotiators for both chambers are getting closer to resolving differences over the $38 billion spending plan. “They are making really good progress, based on …