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Transfer tax would make small dent in Massachusetts’ housing needs
05-21-2024 4:59 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

A proposed tax on high-value real estate transactions to pay for affordable housing would add an estimated 3,210 affordable homes in Massachusetts over five years, according to the governor’s administration – a drop in the bucket of the state’s...


UMass faculty, librarians vote no confidence in chancellor over protest breakup
05-21-2024 3:28 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Nearly 500 members of the faculty and librarians are expressing no confidence in the leadership of University of Massachusetts Chancellor Javier Reyes stemming from the breakup of a pro-Palestinian encampment on May 7 that led to the arrests...


Gough captures Selectboard seat in Phillipston Town Election
05-21-2024 3:28 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON –In her first foray into local politics, Nicole Gough won Monday’s Town Election to fill a one-year term on the Selectboard, besting Earl Sweat, a member of the Board of AssessorsGough won by only 26 votes, earing 123 votes to Sweat’s 97....


Graduating amid signs of protest: 6,800 UMass students receive diplomas at ceremony briefly interrupted by walk out
05-20-2024 5:02 PM

By Elise Linscott

AMHERST — Several dozen protesters marched out of the 154th UMass Amherst Undergraduate Commencement ceremony this weekend when Chancellor Javier Reyes took the podium, including a few faculty members and people in the stands carrying banners,...


Athol Fire Chief lobbies for increased federal support
05-20-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL –Fire Chief Joseph Guarnera was among the western Massachusetts officials who recently visited the nation’s capital to lobby for restoring funding to federal programs that support fire departments. Those who accompanied Guarnera to Washington,...


A Page from North Quabbin History: Ladies Benevolent Society celebrates 200 years
05-20-2024 2:03 PM

By Carla CharterThe Ladies Benevolent Society of Royalston, the second-oldest benevolent society in the state, will celebrate its 200th anniversary this year.Society President Beth Gospodarek said that according to “The History of the First...


Mount Wachusett Community College graduates join nursing profession
05-20-2024 2:03 PM

GARDNER – Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) held a traditional pinning ceremony for the 94 graduates of its Associate Degree in Nursing program on May 16 with family and friends at the Mount Fitness facility.The Class of 2024 Associate Degree...


Uniquely Quabbin celebrates 25th issue at Athol Library this Tuesday
05-19-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Uniquely Quabbin, a locally-produced magazine started in 2016 which features local artists, photographers and writers, is celebrating the publication of its 25th issue. To mark the milestone, an exhibition of art and photography by the...


Lake Ellis Partnership endorses stormwater management plan
05-19-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Lake Ellis Watershed Management Partnership Wednesday endorsed Planning and Development Director Eric Smith’s proposal to seek a $200,000 grant to address stormwater runoff entering the lake.The competitive Section 319 grants are funded by...


Bike-pedestrian crashes flagged as emerging threat as bike lanes expand
05-19-2024 5:00 PM

By Sam Doran

BOSTON — As bike lanes have expanded across Massachusetts, Transportation Secretary Monica Tibbits-Nutt said safety concerns are cropping up along the new public ways — but, perhaps surprisingly, not just with cars.Cyclists moving quickly are...


Health care gaps create reentry hurdle for incarcerated individuals
05-19-2024 5:00 PM

By JIASHAN ZHENG

Despite ongoing reform efforts, the Massachusetts prison health care system continues to be confronted with significant challenges, deeply affecting the well-being of incarcerated individuals and complicating their reentry into society...


Are Massachusetts politics on immigration changing? Strategists, activists weigh in.
05-17-2024 5:20 PM

By CASSANDRA DUMAY

State activists and party organizers from across the political spectrum are determining how to address Massachusetts residents’ new top concern — immigration — going into the 2024 election cycle.Recent polling by GBH, CommonWealth Beacon and MassINC...


$338K fraud drains town coffers in Orange
05-17-2024 5:20 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Authorities are investigating an estimated $338,000 in fraud against the town, which has left Orange in dire financial straits and could result in the closure of its libraries, town officials discussed Thursday.The fraud involves the town...


Sportsman’s Corner: May, the best month of spring
05-16-2024 4:15 PM

By Mike Roche Here we are in mid-May and there is so much happening! Turkey hunting is in full swing, and gobblers are definitely active. The issue is hens, and it is hard to compete with the “real thing,” believe me. Trout fishing, however, is never...


Assessment of Phillips Free Public Library does not address “problematic” addition
05-16-2024 4:14 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – A structural assessment of the Phillips Free Public Library shows that $263,000 worth of repairs is needed for the building, but it appears the full extent of the work is not yet known.At a meeting of the Selectboard Wednesday evening,...


Five Points Project, trash disposal on Athol Town Meeting warrant
05-16-2024 9:09 AM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Finance and Warrant Advisory Committee met Tuesday evening to review the 34-article warrant which will be decided on by the voters at the June 10 Annual Town Meeting.While the committee voted to recommend passage of 33 articles, it delayed...


Orange Selectboard to review proposal to de-fund town libraries
05-15-2024 4:34 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – Residents are encouraged to attend or tune in to Thursday’s Selectboard meeting to have their voices heard on the possibility of removing all funding from the town’s two libraries.Orange is in dire financial straits and Town Administrator...


Report urges full reexamination of regional transit authorities
05-15-2024 2:36 PM

By MICHAEL P. NORTON

MBTA service problems and fiscal dilemmas have commanded significant public attention, but a new report says the regional transit authorities that provided 19 million bus and shuttle rides in 2021 lack connectivity and a “funding bedrock.”The report,...


UMass chancellor defends protest crackdown, arrests
05-15-2024 2:36 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Chancellor Javier Reyes defended the arrests of 134 people at a campus pro-Palestinian encampment last week, telling a special session of the Faculty Senate on Tuesday afternoon that the decision to break up the...


Phillipston Town Election to decide next Selectboard member
05-14-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – In next Monday’s Annual Town Election, voters will choose the next member of the Selectboard and a Proposition 2 ½ override aimed at handling the town’s expenses.The race for Selectboard between candidates Nicole Gough and Earl Sweat is...

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