Holyoke families and educators are preparing for a new school year, with a state appointed leader, and a lot of new teachers. What will all this change look like in the classroom, and will students in the district improve enough by state standards to gain back local control, as so many want?
Energy analyst and commentator Michael Lynch says since a whole range of pundits and twitwits are going to weigh in on the Clean Power Plan that President Obama announced this week, he might as well join the crowd.
Thousands of grandparents in Massachusetts are having to raise their grandchildren, in many cases because the parents are addicted to opiates. The process is fraught with tension.
Marine Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan served two tours of duty in Iraq before he was killed earlier this month in Chattanooga, Tenn. His friends and family remember him as a popular guy, well known among Springfield’s Irish, and a Marine to the end. Hundreds turned out today for his wake.
The Springfield, Mass., family of a U.S. Marine killed in Chattanooga, Tennessee has asked for privacy as they mourn the loss of their son, 40 year old Thomas Sullivan.
His first week on the job, Holyoke Public Schools’ state appointed receiver says he’s still gathering information before announcing a turnaround plan for the struggling school district.
The appeal process begins now that a federal judge has formally sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for his part in the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings.
University of Massachusetts trustees voted Wednesday to increase tuition and fees, up to five percent depending on the state’s funding level.
No more “kumbaya” says Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, renewing his call to keep repeat violent offenders behind bars by setting higher bails.
The Justices decision says the Senate was not out of line when it approved a budget amendment freezing the state’s income tax rate and increasing the earned income tax credit.
Bay State Health has announced it’s laying off workers and reducing hours because of a budget shortfall of more than $20 million.
The mayor of Easthampton, Massachusetts, is funneling grant money to a local community center after she said she had to cut city funds to comply with a 19th century state law that prohibits cities from directly funding non-profits.
Steve Zrike, a school superintendent from eastern Massachusetts will be the receiver for Holyoke’s under-performing district starting July 6th.
The LAMBDA Literary Awards celebrating the best in LGBT books are next week. Two authors from western Massachusetts are among the nominated. In an age of of political progress one question is: could the LGBT book category be dissolved?
Citing a 19th century law that prohibits direct aid from city budgets to non profits and schools, the city of Easthampton, Massachusetts, has cut $20,000 it funds to a non-profit community center. Among other things it hosts a food pantry. Some city councilors and others say the mayor could contract with the center, and abide by Mass. DOR regulations.