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Steve Croteau: Supporting LGBTQ+ Veterans during Pride Month and all year long
06-21-2024 3:09 PM

The service and sacrifice of all our veterans should be fully recognized, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. The Veterans’ Bonus Division of the Office of the State Treasurer is proud to support all our state’s...

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‘Holding Up the Sky,’ a film about prison education, to screen at LaunchSpace in Orange
06-05-2024 12:12 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — To look at them and hear their origins, it doesn’t appear that ironworkers Ed Jordan and Jimmy Costello have much that would bond them.Jordan was raised by a loving family in the tough, Black neighborhood of Roxbury in Boston. Costello grew...


Western Mass school leaders rally for funding at State House
05-06-2024 4:50 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

BOSTON — Western Massachusetts school committee members and educational leaders took to the State House Monday morning to advocate for policy changes and increased funding for the region’s school districts. At the Massachusetts Association of School...


Guest columnist William Lambers: Boston Marathon winner inspires action against hunger
04-14-2024 7:57 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

 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
04-07-2024 7:01 AM

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,...


Beacon Hill Roll Call: March 25 to March 29, 2024
04-05-2024 11:58 AM

By BOB KATZEN

Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of March 25 to March 29. There were no roll calls in the House last week.Debt collection practices (S 2713) The Senate, 39-0, approved and sent to the House a bill that...


Steve Croteau: Investing in our veterans
03-07-2024 3:51 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...


Franklin County women try in vain to deliver peace petitions to Boston consulates
01-04-2024 7:31 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

BOSTON — Four Franklin County women returned from the state capital on Thursday, disheartened after attempting to deliver petitions and letters to consulates calling for peace in Gaza amid the ongoing war.Sherrill Hogen, of Charlemont, Priscilla...


Lawmakers hear testimony on push to prohibit size discrimination
12-13-2023 10:04 AM

By STELLA TANNENBAUM

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...


Ware author gives talk on ‘The Lost Towns of the Swift River Valley’ at State House
12-06-2023 5:49 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

BOSTON — With hopes of providing important context for proposed legislation, a Ware author and historian was the featured speaker at the State Library Author Talks Series on Wednesday to discuss her book about three of the people who were forced to...


Pro-life group’s request prompts adoption of flag policies across Franklin County
12-05-2023 6:50 PM

By DOMENIC POLI and CHRIS LARABEE

Towns across Franklin County are starting to adopt flag policies after being approached by an anti-abortion group wanting to fly its banner on public grounds.The Pro Life Legal Defense Fund Inc. emailed towns and cities across the state late last...


Local educators push for state honor for armored mud balls
10-25-2023 5:16 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

BOSTON — Experts from Amherst College and Greenfield Community College advocated for Jurassic armored mud balls to become the state’s “official sedimentary structure” during a legislative hearing on Tuesday, with the deadline for written testimony...


My Turn by Dan Winslow: Wrongly blocking solar in Shutesbury
07-20-2023 4:27 PM

By DAN WINSLOW

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
06-30-2023 1:39 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

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...


Beacon Hill Roll Call: May 1 to May 5, 2023
05-15-2023 10:33 AM

By BOB KATZEN

There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on the percentage of times local representatives voted with their party’s leadership during the first four months of the 2023 session. The votes of...


School officials, students advocate for more rural aid during ‘critical’ legislative session
05-10-2023 5:16 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

BOSTON — School committee members, administrators and students with the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts, along with elected officials from member towns, converged on the State House earlier this month to further advocate for...


Greenfield residents, senator advocate for home equity bill
05-09-2023 6:11 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

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...


Orange Innovation Center tenant helping ensure safety of Boston skyscraper workers
05-05-2023 4:54 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Drive past 60 Guest St. in Boston and you might see construction crews working on a nine-story, 350,000-square-foot life science building with a $500 million price tag.And the North Quabbin region will leave its fingerprints on the project,...


Bill would compensate towns harmed by creation of Quabbin Reservoir
04-26-2023 7:46 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

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,...


10 years later, memories remain strong for those at Boston Marathon bombing
04-16-2023 2:32 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Sunderland’s Sara Smiarowski was taking pictures with her 2-month-old daughter and husband, holding her medal with pride at the end of the 117th Boston Marathon. Then, she heard a loud boom. “I just thought it was fireworks for Patriots’ Day,”...

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