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Hadley’s Brad Mish, Northampton’s Elianna Shwayder top Hampshire County finishers at 128th Boston Marathon
04-15-2024 8:02 PM


BOSTON — On a clear day, a bit warm but with no headwind to impede any runner’s efforts, Brad Mish of Hadley and Elianna Shwayder of Northampton led three dozen Valley runners from Hopkinton to Copley Square in Monday’s 128th running of the Boston...

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Guest columnist William Lambers: Boston Marathon winner inspires action against hunger
04-14-2024 8:10 PM


 In 1946, running legend Johnny Kelley, upon finishing second to Stylianos Kyriakides in the Boston Marathon, remarked “How can you beat a guy like that? He wasn’t running for himself. He was doing it for his country.”Stylianos Kyriakides was from...

Alayna Van Tassel: Financial literacy is crucial throughout the year, not just in April
04-08-2024 6:05 PM

National Financial Literacy month is recognized in April, but personal financial literacy (PFL) education should have a place in Massachusetts schools throughout the year. When thinking about building a more equitable future for our children,...

Steve Croteau: Investing in our veterans
03-10-2024 12:04 PM

Investing in our veterans is the mission of the State Treasurer’s Veterans’ Bonus Division. During Invest in Veterans Week, we recognize aspiring and established veteran business owners and look to assist all service members in achieving economic...

Lawmakers hear testimony on push to prohibit size discrimination
12-12-2023 12:10 PM


BOSTON — Massachusetts would become the second state in the nation to ban discrimination based on body size under a proposal aired at a recent hearing of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee.During a seven-hour hearing in which over 230 people...

Audit-the-Legislature campaign claims signature success
11-22-2023 12:05 PM


Auditor Diana DiZoglio and her hodgepodge of political allies took a major step toward asking voters for the authority to probe the Legislature, announcing that they gathered enough signatures to remain on track for a 2024 ballot question.The ballot...

Family of cannabis worker sues over 2022 death at Holyoke production plant
11-22-2023 10:49 AM


SPRINGFIELD — The family of a woman who died after suffering an asthma attack from working in a Holyoke cannabis production plant is suing the corporation that employed her, a health and safety manager and a contractor.Lorna McMurrey, 27, died in...

Local group pushes psychedelic legislation as D.C. outfit aims for ballot
09-12-2023 4:14 PM


BOSTON — Advocates for decriminalizing psychedelic drugs are hoping to get traction on Beacon Hill and in Massachusetts cities and towns this year, though they are taking different approaches to changing the law.Grassroots coalition Bay Staters for...

Guest columnist Dan Winslow: Wrongly blocking solar in Shutesbury
07-21-2023 5:00 PM


The good news is that Massachusetts state law prioritizes the development of solar energy facilities by zoning protections that limit undue interference by local governments. The better news is that Massachusetts has more than enough potential solar...

Massachusetts lawmakers hear pleas for location shield law
06-29-2023 1:03 PM


BOSTON — Anyone with a cellphone in their pocket can likely be tracked — to the grocery store or the gym, to work or school, to religious services or health care appointments. With prolific data available on Bay Staters’ day-to-day lives, a bill seeks...

Valley residents, senator advocate for home equity bill
05-10-2023 1:16 PM


BOSTON — At least three Greenfield residents and the state senator representing 25 communities in Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester counties have submitted testimony to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary to express support for a bill that would...

Bill would compensate towns harmed by creation of Quabbin Reservoir
04-27-2023 11:37 AM


BOSTON — Four towns were disincorporated and dismantled, and another eight had land stripped from them, to create the Quabbin Reservoir in the first half of the 20th century.People were forced to find new homes and the valley was flooded with water...

Prosecutors appeal ruling granting ex-UMass football player new trial on rape charges
04-27-2022 5:03 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Prosecutors are appealing a judge’s decision to vacate the 2019 rape conviction of a former University of Massachusetts football player and grant him a new trial.Kareem Patrick Kwegor Amara, 26, was convicted of three counts of rape in...

Meet the big donors behind the Ranked Choice Voting 2020 Committee
10-27-2020 3:00 PM


BOSTON – Wealthy philanthropists from around the country are teaming up to carry the burden of financial support for Question 2, the Massachusetts ranked-choice voting ballot initiative, citing it as an important political reform.Amid growing...

Former Senate president Stanley Rosenberg returning as lobbyist
09-25-2020 12:55 PM


BOSTON – When Stanley Rosenberg left Beacon Hill in the spring of 2018 under less than desirable circumstances, no one could say for sure if or when the Amherst Democrat might resurface after a career spent in public service.But Rosenberg, who once...

AG sues solar array developer over environmental damage in Williamsburg
04-30-2020 6:22 AM


WILLIAMSBURG — Attorney General Maura Healey filed a lawsuit Tuesday against a Pennsylvania developer alleging “irreparable harm” caused by polluting of the West Branch Mill River and damage to more than two acres of protected wetlands.The lawsuit...

Comerford, Domb seek to ban non-consensual pelvic exams under anesthesia
04-29-2019 5:49 PM


BOSTON — Massachusetts could become the first state in New England to ban non-consensual pelvic examinations on women under anesthesia as outlined in bills filed by state Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, and state Rep. Mindy Domb, D-Amherst.Pelvic...

Law says voters decide on pot shop ban in Hampshire, Franklin counties
07-23-2017 9:56 AM


NORTHAMPTON — No community in Hampshire or Franklin counties would be allowed to ban recreational marijuana facilities without an affirmative vote by referendum.A bill approved by the Legislature last week and awaiting Gov. Charlie Baker’s signature...

Opening Red Sox game marks 50-year tradition for Northampton trio
04-03-2017 11:50 AM

By Nicole DeFeudis

For some, opening day at Fenway might mean watching Dustin Pedroia hit one out of the park, or eating peanuts and Cracker Jack. But for three area residents, the game on Monday marks a 50-year tradition of attending home openers as best friends. It...

Confusion surrounds implementation of recreational marijuana law
04-01-2017 12:55 AM

By Mina Corpuz

BOSTON — Conflicting proposals from state lawmakers to implement the recreational marijuana law voters passed last fall has left Massachusetts cities and towns struggling to cope with confusion, and calls into question whether the regulated industry...

Area lawmakers gear up for session, pot legalization
12-08-2016 11:32 PM


BOSTON — Area legislators predict a busy new session beginning in January, with issues including the opioid epidemic, clean energy and educational reform on the priority list.Topping the list is the state’s new law legalizing marijuana, with the Dec....

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