In Heroin Crisis, Grandparents Seek Allies Raising Grandchildren

An increasing number of grandparents in Massachusetts stepping in to parent for a second time around. In many cases, they take custody because their adult children are using heroin. It’s a similar family situation in other parts of New England, and many grandparents are forced to be more resourceful than usual. In doing so, they are also finding friendship in the trenches.

MISS PART 1? During Mass. Heroin Crisis, Number Of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Grows

State Education Officials Take Control Of Holyoke’s Schools

By an 8 to 3 vote, the state board on Tuesday declared the district is chronically under-performing and needs dramatic changes.

MONDAY’S PUBLIC MEETING: An ‘Opportunity’ Or ‘Disrespect?’ Mass. Education Board To Decide Whether To Take Over Holyoke Schools
INTERVIEW: Holyoke Superintendent Changes His Tune On Possible State Takeover
REACTION: Holyoke Teachers’ Union President Responds To Superintendent’s Shift On Receivership
INTERVIEW: With Possible State Takeover Looming For Holyoke Schools, A Look At Lawrence

The Penderwicks Are Back!

Young (and not so young) fans of the fictional Penderwick sisters are counting the days until they can read another chapter in the lives of four remarkable sisters who live in a town that sounds an awful lot like Amherst, Mass. Author Jeanne Birdsall’s “The Penderwicks in Spring” arrives at book stores next week.

Rare Books Meet Common Bags At The Mortimer

Smith College’s Mortimer Rare Book Room is known for housing prestigious collections of literary manuscripts and ancient texts. Now, the library is displaying something a bit more frivolous: a collection of old paper and plastic bags from bookstores around the world.