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.
After years of funding, Easthampton, Massachusetts’, proposed budget for next year eliminates $20,000 for a community center in the city. The grounds for the cut? A 19th century law known as the Anti-Aid amendment.
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.