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Royalston receives Green Communities Grant for weatherization projects
02-02-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON — The town has received a Green Communities Grant of nearly $169,000 to pay for weatherization projects at five town-owned buildings.The awarding of the competitive grant was announced in a letter to Selectboard Chair Deb D’Amico sent by...

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Massachusetts doctors approve slate of policy priorities
12-18-2023 12:03 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Reining in gun violence, increasing access to housing and health supports for migrant families, and studying the health effects of decommissioning the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station are among the policies the Massachusetts Medical Society...


Over 400 families have left state’s emergency shelter system
11-28-2023 10:04 AM

By Alison Kuznitz

BOSTON — About 450 families have left the state’s emergency assistance shelter system since Sept. 1, and the state’s top housing official says there could be momentum in moving even more families out of the strained system.“We think we can...


House files provision to bring back repealed SNAP policy
11-14-2023 3:07 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — The House has added a provision to a spending bill that would reinstate a state policy repealed two decades ago to offer Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to immigrants in the country legally, but who are not...


Peter Durant wins Special State Election for Worcester/Hampshire Senate seat
11-08-2023 5:34 PM

By MAX BOWEN

A state Senate seat long held by the Democratic party will now be represented by a Republican.State Rep. Peter Durant, R-Spencer, defeated fellow Representative Jon Zlotnik, D-Gardner, in the Special State Election for the Senate seat representing the...


House to review $250M shelter funding in Healey’s spending bill
11-07-2023 5:00 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE and ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON—The House seeks to steer more funds to the state’s strained emergency shelter system as part of a spending bill it plans to consider on Wednesday.Gov. Maura Healey requested $250 million from the Legislature in September to supplement $325...


Republicans, Democrats don’t signal plans to step in on shelter crisis
11-03-2023 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — With Gov. Maura Healey’s emergency shelter capacity limit about to take effect, House and Senate Democrats are not signaling any broader plans to step in and demand a different approach to helping families in need.A day after a Superior Court...


Judge clears way for Healey administration’s cap on family shelters
11-02-2023 3:44 PM

By Sam Drysdale

BOSTON—A Superior Court judge on Wednesday denied a request to put a temporary hold on the Healey administration’s plan to cap the number of families in the state’s strained emergency shelter system.The decision followed an emergency court hearing on...


Athol receives Community One Stop grant to fund new downtown design guidelines
10-31-2023 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – On Oct. 25, Gov. Maura Healey and other administration officials announced the 2024 Community One Stop for Growth Awards, with Athol among the 161 communities sharing $164 million in grant monies.Planning and Development Director Eric Smith...


Athol’s ‘non-sanctuary city’ proposal on hold
10-04-2023 4:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – A proposal to designate Athol a ‘non-sanctuary city’ is on hold – for now.A crowd of people filled the board’s meeting room and spilled out into the hallway at Tuesday night’s meeting, a number of whom wished to speak regarding a proposal put...


Non-sanctuary city proposal in Athol draws criticism
09-28-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – At its meeting next Tuesday, Oct. 3, the Selectboard will consider whether or not to declare Athol a “non-sanctuary city.”This was proposed by board member Brian Dodge at the Sept. 19 meeting in response to the possibility the town might be...


Athol Selectboard to consider non-sanctuary city declaration
09-27-2023 11:13 AM

By Greg Vine

ATHOL – The Selectboard will consider a proposal to declare the community a “non-sanctuary city,” following concerns that there is a lack of housing and resources to handle an influx of migrant families.The proposal came at the board’s Sept. 19...


$2.26M awarded to Indigenous tribe
09-01-2023 3:00 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON—Pressured to leave what was their homeland in Stockbridge as settlers moved west and divvied up land in the late 1700s, the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans was awarded more than $2 million from the state Wednesday to reclaim 351 acres of...


Athol lands $1.3M grant for Canal/Lumber streets
08-27-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Back in February, Planning and Development Director Eric Smith applied for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to fund ongoing improvements to neighborhoods abutting Main Street west of Exchange Street. Last Friday, Town Manager Shaun...

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