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Orange board seeks more financial facts on Leisure Woods Estates
07-17-2024 4:39 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

ORANGE – A decision on whether Leisure Woods Estates can raise its monthly lot fees by 43% will wait until at least August, as the Mobile Rent Control Board requested additional budget information.Leisure Woods Estates Inc. is petitioning the board to...

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State House clears bill to ban video while driving
07-13-2024 9:31 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Massachusetts drivers could be banned from FaceTiming their friends and livestreaming onto social media platforms while they’re on the road under legislation the House quietly passed last week.Lawmakers approved a distracting driving bill (H...


Donald Trump whisked off stage in Pennsylvania after apparent gunshots rang through the crowd
07-13-2024 6:53 PM

By JILL COLVIN and JULIE CARR SMYTH

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — Donald Trump was whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after apparent gunshots rang through the crowd.Trump was showing off a chart of border crossing numbers when bangs started ringing through the crowd. Trump...


Lawmakers wade into CCC ‘trainwreck,’ mull possible action
07-10-2024 4:28 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

Lawmakers from both parties signaled Tuesday they share a government watchdog’s concerns about upheaval at the Cannabis Control Commission, but Democrats who wield decision-making power stopped short of indicating what kind of response they might...


Owners of Leisure Woods Estates mobile home park in Orange propose 43% rent hike, riling residents
07-07-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The owners of Leisure Woods Estates have proposed raising monthly lot fees by 43% and residents of the town’s only rent-controlled mobile home park worry about the financial strain it could put on them.Glenn Gidley, the principal owner of...


FACT FOCUS: Here's a look at some of the false claims made during Biden and Trump's first debate
06-28-2024 8:14 AM

By The Associated Press

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump traded barbs and a variety of false and misleading information as they faced off in their first debate of the 2024 election.Trump falsely represented the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol as a...


‘We’ve never been this close’ on aid in dying bill, Comerford says
06-25-2024 5:00 PM

By Colin A. Young

After years of working to pass legislation that would give certain terminally ill patients the legal option to end their lives with a doctor’s prescription, state Sen. Jo Comerford is as optimistic as she’s ever been about the chances of a bill...


HERO Act ‘monumental’ for veterans, but one expert says it falls short on housing
06-25-2024 2:49 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

A leading veterans agent in the region says an expansive bill soon to become law designed to improve the lives of Massachusetts veterans is “monumental” for its expanded inclusion efforts, benefits, and health care provisions, but the measure fails to...


Legislators discussing ways to curb sale of Illegal hemp-based products
06-18-2024 11:40 AM

By ALEXA LEWIS

A statewide proliferation in recent years of intoxicating, illegal hemp-based products — gummies, energy shot-like drink bottles and seltzers, to name a few — has raised concern among state officials and the cannabis sector alike.While these products...


Mass. Senate backs end to ‘home equity theft’
05-31-2024 1:07 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

The state Senate unanimously passed an amendment to its annual spending plan that would prohibit municipalities and private companies from taking the entire equity of a home in the event of a tax lien foreclosure, a piece of legislation that, if...


Athol Water Division receives Public Water System Award
05-23-2024 4:20 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – For the second consecutive year, the town’s Water Division has been recognized for what the Department of Environmental Protection called “noteworthy performance” in recent years. Athol is one of 45 public water systems to be receive a Public...


New Realtor Association CEO looks to work collaboratively to maximize housing options
04-21-2024 5:00 PM

By ABNER ROJAS

SPRINGFIELD — As the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley’s new CEO arrives to a Massachusetts housing market plagued by high prices and a lack of stock, he aims to work alongside elected officials to maximize the availability of different kinds of...


Blue envelope program offered for Massachusetts drivers on autism spectrum
04-10-2024 5:00 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Massachusetts State Police have begun implementing a program to improve interactions with people on the autism spectrum, building upon legislation that won Senate approval in January and remains before a House committee.Participating drivers...


"Warning signs" seen around police hiring, retention
03-24-2024 5:00 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Public Safety and Security Secretary Terrence Reidy warned lawmakers this week that big cities and small towns face a “major issue” with recruiting new candidates for law enforcement jobs and said he’s worried about the future of public...


Senate gives House more runway for early ed bill
03-17-2024 5:00 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — More Massachusetts families would become eligible for subsidized child care and “transformational” grants that kept the early education system afloat during the pandemic would be made permanent, under a bill the Senate unanimously passed on...


Royalston, state police, form service agreement
03-07-2024 4:53 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The town has reached an agreement for assistance from the Massachusetts State Police, but a new plan will needed soon, according to officials.In the most recent edition of “The Royalston Community Newsletter,” Royalston Police Chief Curtis...


Healey wants $1 billion each for life sciences, climate tech
03-04-2024 5:00 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

Filling in some blanks on her economic development plans, Gov. Maura Healey said Thursday she wants to reauthorize the life sciences initiative at $1 billion for the next decade, and launch a separate $1 billion, 10-year climate tech initiative that...


Decision time nearing on state’s to-go cocktails policy
02-29-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

Gov. Maura Healey’s push to overhaul local procurement procedures, rethink post-employment benefits and make permanent some pandemic-era policies won over many city and town leaders, but points of friction in her bill could create some tricky...


Mass. Republicans dispute Trump’s unity claim
02-27-2024 11:18 AM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

In South Carolina, former President Donald Trump notched another primary victory Saturday as he seeks the GOP presidential nomination, declaring afterwards that he has never seen Republicans “so unified.”But do Republicans here in Massachusetts feel...


Dial ‘A’ for anachronism: Landlines languishing in US
02-26-2024 5:00 PM

By DEEPTI HAJELA

NEW YORK — When her cellphone’s service went down last week because of an AT&T network outage, Bernice Hudson didn’t panic. She just called the people she wanted to talk to the old-fashioned way — on her landline telephone, the kind she grew up with...


Senate plans another sex education reform vote next week
02-23-2024 5:01 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

Senators next week will vote again on a bill to update the state’s sex education guidelines, something the chamber has already approved four times without getting buy-in from the House.The Senate Committee on Ways and Means polled the so-called...

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