Captain Video, the only remaining independent movie shop in the Pionner Valley, has rented its last DVD. Customers of this Amherst, Mass, storefront, could travel to Keene, New Hampshire, to get their films, unless they get a Neftflix account first.
Social workers from Massachusetts’ Department of Children and Families, trying to get the attention of the public Beacon Hill lawmakers, rallied Monday in downtown Greenfield, Massachusetts. More funding is needed for DCF, they say, to hire additional social workers and reduce the dangerously high number of caseloads on their plates.
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.
It’s nothing new that family steps in when family needs help. But more and more grandparents are raising grandchildren. At the center of this? Prescription drug and heroin addiction. This is the first of a two-part series looking at how the region’s opioid crisis is affecting generations of families.
Holyoke School Superintendent Sergio Paez promises to keep in place programs that work, and he’s angling to keep control of the district by campaigning for the job of receiver.
By an 8 to 3 vote, the state board on Tuesday declared the district is chronically under-performing and needs dramatic changes.
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Despite wretched weather and infrastructure challenges early in his first term, respondents to two new polls give Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker a solid job approval rating for his first 100 days in office.
Holyoke, Mass. Police Chief James Neiswanger today responded to a vote of “no confidence ” from members of the patrolmen ‘s union, one of three unions at the department.
Senate President Stan Rosenberg points to a successful “justice reinvestment” program in Texas as a model for Massachusetts.
Holyoke’s school superintendent is making the case that everyone work together to keep the district in local hands, and the head of the teacher union, who once filed a state grievance against the district, agrees.
In Orange, Massachusetts, a man originally from England is counting the days before he gets a surgery that is expected to greatly improve his life. But it may or may not happen before he has to leave the country. How he got to western Mass., is a story of abuse, celebrity and Skype.
As Mayor of Springfield, Sal Circosta says he would hold casino operator MGM to its promises, among other things.
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.
Massachusetts doctors say they’re seeing an increase in the number of pregnant women addicted to opiates, with an unclear impact on their newborns.
If you’re ever in Holyoke on a Friday at noon, you might be able to hear the blare of a World War II siren, a signal to remember decades of city history.