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Challenges, shortfalls ahead for state budget

Friday, October 24, 2014

With the state poised to see what’s largely an unprecedented moment of change following the Nov. 4 election, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer paints a picture of serious challenges ahead, not only on Beacon Hill but for the state as a whole. In what was likely his final talk in about 20 years of addresses to a Franklin County … 0

Widmer advises ‘no’ on vote Question 1

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an 82-year-old, nonpartisan public-policy organization that doesn’t endorse candidates, has taken a position on only one of the four questions on … 0

Credit union embezzler jailed, ordered to repay nearly $100,000

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — A former bank teller’s family cried out in disbelief as she was led away in handcuffs to spend the next year in jail. … 0

Iron Bridge to be repaved

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The iconic Iron Bridge is not just the main artery between Shelburne and Buckland, it’s also the only winter walkway connecting both sides of the village. Besides its role in traffic, the Iron Bridge is … 0

Mayor to give each precinct money for projects

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Each of the town’s nine precincts will soon get a boost if Town Council accepts an offer by the mayor of $130,000 from the town’s “free cash” surplus. Mayor William Martin has asked the Council to approve the $130,000, of which $10,000 would go into an … 0

Question 3 asks voters to weigh in on casino decision

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Place your bets: Will casinos in Massachusetts win money for cities and towns, or will they cost local aid through lost lottery revenue, as ballot Question 3 proponents argue? The Nov. 4 ballot question, proposing repeal of a 2011 law to license up to three resort casinos and … 0

Burglars net scratch tickets, two arrested

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two men face felony charges after one allegedly broke into Shaw’s Mart on Main Street early Monday morning, breaking a $500 door and making off with $350 worth of scratch tickets and two packs of cigarettes. Tyrell E. Rankin, 27, listed as homeless and Patrick Rooney, … 0

Montague board orders dog put down

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Board of Selectmen this week ordered a Coolidge Avenue dog put down over paperwork, having two weeks earlier allowed it to live after attacking a mailman. The dog, a female labrador/pit bull mix, jumped a fence this September and attacked a mail carrier on … 0

State puts virtual school on probation for 20 months

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since a state review this summer, the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School has implemented programs for Title 1 and English language learning and hired a school psychologist and three family engagement coordinators. But the new changes appear too little, too late. The Greenfield-based cyber school has been … 0

Cabinet-maker to relocate to Shelburne

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SHELBURNE — A Greenfield-based cabinetmaker may build a new wood shop in Shelburne Falls next year — adding more employees after it’s built. William Green and lawyer Kevin Parsons met with selectmen this week to discuss Green’s building proposal and to tell them he will be seeking a … 0

Gas pipeline company schedules Franklin County meetings

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline has scheduled three “open house” meetings in Franklin County to discuss its proposed Northeast Direct Natural Gas Pipeline project for Dec. 2, 3 and 10. The company on Tuesday submitted its schedule of a dozen meeting dates with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including Dec. … 0

Anthropologist looks at life in Deerfield River Valley

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Imagine walking through the woods and coming face to face with a beaver the size of a black bear. For most of us, our first thought would be “run!” But for New England’s ancient Paleoindian period residents, that thought was “dinner.” The lives of those people, … 0

UMass student arrested, admits to writing racist graffiti in dorm

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student who admitted to police that he wrote racist notes on a dorm room door earlier this month has withdrawn from school and is remorseful, according to his lawyer. The graffiti was found at John Quincy Adams dorm and is different from … 0