Bhuwan Gautam came to the U.S. after spending 16 years in a refugee camp in Nepal. His family had fled there from the small Himalayan country of Bhutan — forced out with thousands of other Nepali Bhutanese.
Heather Neal, a licensed massage therapist currently living in Greenfield, Massachusetts, was born and raised in Ireland to British parents.
Woodlyn Joachim’s journey to the U.S. began after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Now a student at UConn, she considers herself “both an American me and a Haitian me.”
Hind Mari came to UMass Amherst from Palestine in 1986. She’d planned on returning home, but opted to stay in western Mass. She says she now feels like a “nomad.”
Michelle Kosilek was born Robert Kosilek and is serving a life sentence for killing her spouse, Cheryl, in 1990.
Artist Georges Annan-Kingsley left the Ivory Coast for Ghana because of violent political unrest. There, kidney failure threatened his life, and then helped lead to a new – and at times frustrating – beginning in the United States.
Holyoke Community College student Angelica Merino Monge was 10 years old when she, her mother and her older brother fled El Salvador.
Updated at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Meeting in Fitchburg, a majority of the board voted to support a state takeover of Holyoke’s school district. The official vote was eight in support, three opposed.
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It’s kind of like pick-your-own apples or berries, though farm owner Hope Crolius admits that this may be a less appealing to most people.
Casino opponents have argued that this windfall for the state will come at the expense of the residents who can least afford it. They’ve said the economic boost is overblown and that the casino will lead to increased crime and problem gambling.
The museum will be located near the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, Mass.
This year the theme is Claude Monet’s garden. The impressionist artist was also an avid gardener—who diverted a river to create his pond and purchased special varieties of water lilies that he famously painted, over and over.
“Massachusetts has declared economic war on us and we are going to fight back,” said Senate majority leader Bob Duff.
Fifteen months ago, state officials heralded what they said was a landmark agreement with the owners of Vermont Yankee. But new legal battles are already brewing over the decommissioning of the Vernon nuclear reactor.
This comes just a few months after a disastrous 2014 election in which voters were turned away from the polls. But, now, one of the registrars may ask a state court to stop the proceedings.