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For the second time in three years a small town in western Massachusetts is ordering that a monument to a reported UFO sighting be moved. The monument, first placed near the replica of a historic covered bridge in the town of Sheffield in 2015, commemorates the reported sighting on September 1, 1969 of an object with ...

The activists from Environment Massachusetts and MASSPIRG Students announced the launch of the "Sox Go Green" campaign this week. ... Advocates say at least seven cities and towns in Massachusetts and schools like Harvard and Boston University have already committed to achieve 100 ...
SHEFFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- A memorial in a remote corner of Massachusetts that marks a 1969 UFO sighting has been ordered moved, but one man who experienced a close encounter is objecting. The 5,000-pound memorial in Sheffield was installed in 2015, but was moved about 30 feet a few weeks ...
SHEFFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- A memorial in a remote corner of Massachusetts that marks a 1969 UFO sighting has been ordered moved, but one man who experienced a close encounter is objecting. The 5,000-pound memorial in Sheffield was installed in 2015, but was moved about 30 feet a few weeks ...
WEST SPRINGFIELD -- Three Hampden County cities are expected to receive over $5.8 million in Chapter 90 highway money as a result of Senate legislation authorizing $600 million for road and bridge ... "The Chapter 90 funding is critical for towns and cities to maintain their local roads," Welch said.

But what about town halls taking on a new purpose? In Berkshire County, Massachusetts, two former town halls just a few miles from each other may soon see new life. ... The old town hall has been a fixture on the village's main street since 1854. It's a simple-looking, two-story wooden building with white ...
Roland Lehmann lost his class ring at Mount Tom in Massachusetts soon after graduating from Torrington High School in 1961. Above, Lehmann ... Decades later, city resident Jennifer Lucia and her family went swimming at Mount Tom, where they go every year on the Fourth of July. Her little cousin and ...
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Western Massachusetts is, generally speaking, the bucolic chunk of land lying west of Worcester County—an area containing the Berkshires, the Connecticut River Valley, and the city of Springfield. Here we have The Basketball Hall of Fame. We have mountains that would be hills in any other state.
A Massachusetts city is working to reduce pollution exposure in communities where its threats loom large. ... In the neighborhoods straddling Interstate 93 in Somerville, Massachusetts, residents know to keep their windows shut each weekday as commuters travel from Boston's suburbs into the city, their ...
Re “Proposal could charge landlords for vacant storefronts” (Metro, April 4): As a cofounder of the citizens group Support Arlington Center, I wanted your readers to know that Arlington established a vacant property bylaw in 2016 and that it has already made an impact. The goal of the bylaw is to reduce the ...
Massachusetts students and parents inspired by gun violence survivors in Parkland, Florida, are holding town halls across the state to discuss firearm policy with legislators. ... Boston police department data shows there was an increase of victims of fatal shootings in the city from 158 to 186 people in 2017.
Across Massachusetts, small cities and towns held marches and rallies to press for stricter gun control laws and safer school in the wake of the mass shooting ... and cars to the larger protests, but Ipswich is a really tight community,” said Kerrie Bates, who helped to organize a rally in that North Shore town.
Massachusetts began to dig out from the nor'easter Wednesday morning, which dropped more than 2 feet of snow on some areas. Wilmington got the top spot, according to the National Weather Service, recording 31 inches of snow. The following snowfall totals were reported at 9:02 a.m., Wednesday.
BOSTON (CBS) – Students across Massachusetts met with politicians Saturday for a discussion on gun control. Five town hall events were held as part of the “Town Hall for Our Lives” series, inspired by last month's “March for Our Lives” protests across the country. natick2 Students Hold Town Hall For Our ...
Tom Merolli, a Mendon Democrat and the town's assistant treasurer, kicked off his campaign in December. ... The Massachusetts Major City Police Chiefs Association and members of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association Executive Committee and the latter association's Legislative Committee ...

HOLYOKE -- The Republican has filed a request under the Massachusetts public records law to obtain copies of communications that occurred regarding a money scam in the city treasurer's office. City Treasurer Sandra A. Smith has been asked to provide: "Any communications that you or any staff member ...
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The general manager grabbing headlines for opening the city's social club where members can smoke “anything that's legal in Massachusetts” hasn't ruled out opening new chapters in places Fitchburg or Leominster. “Every possible option is on the table,” said Kyle Moon, 27, ...
In this file photo from March 23, 2016, a city employee installs a temporary surveillance camera near Ninth and Massachusetts streets. Temporary cameras are sometimes installed to oversee areas where large crowds are expected, such as Final Four celebrations downtown, though those cameras are ...
Town Pays $180K to Settle Racial Discrimination Complaint. A Boston suburb has reached an $180,000 settlement with a former ... The Boston Globe reports that the town of Brookline will pay the former officer, Estifanos Zerai-Misgun, $135,000. The rest of the money will go toward his attorney's fees.
The Town of Wilbraham is among the Massachusetts communities considering whether to tap the services of the Massachusetts Opioid Litigation Attorneys, ... MOLA litigation is aimed at recovering monetary damages for municipalities from Big Pharma, an industry that's "all but criminally flooded our ...
BOSTON (CBS) – A new report is ranking the safest cities in the country and Massachusetts took three of the top five spots. The report by ... Franklin, Lexington and Shrewsbury, Massachusetts then round out the top five. The Bay State is ... It has 19 cities and towns in the top 100 – more than any other state.
Retail marijuana sales will be legal in Massachusetts this July and cities and towns are scrambling to get ready with local regulations. ... After a prolonged debate earlier this month about a proposed one-year moratorium on marijuana stores, the Springfield City Council voted 7-6 to send it off to committee ...
The state's federal court system is weighing new rules meant to speed up patent cases, a move that lawyers said could lead to lower legal bills for Massachusetts technology, biotech and other companies and more work for local intellectual property attorneys. The rules would require Massachusetts judges ...
DiSalvo, in anticipation of large voter turnout, said the town has implemented some changes to the standard Town Meeting procedure. ... In December, Massachusetts Innovation Works submitted a petition that compelled the town to call a Special Town Meeting before February to meet deadlines with its ...
Massachusetts senator Ed Markey hosted a town hall at the Amherst-Pelham Regional middle school on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. to a full auditorium of Massachusetts residents and activists. After a performance by the Amherst Regional Gospel Choir and the Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School choir and ...
While the nation's biggest companies are celebrating the reduction in the federal corporate tax rate, small business owners and homeowners in Massachusetts have something to look forward to this year as well — lower property tax rates in the majority of cities and towns. Communities across the state ...
In its announcement on Thursday, the online giant put "Boston" on the shortlist of 20 cities or regions for its second headquarters. What they apparently meant was Boston, neighboring city Revere and Somerville, a city of 78,000 people two miles north of Boston. Boston and Somerville both submitted bids.
A Massachusetts city council has voted to uphold a local ordinance that limits the use of municipally-operated surveillance devices in the city's main business district. Jan. ... The Northampton City Council passed the ordinance last month but Mayor David Narkewicz vetoed it and suggested several changes.
WORCESTER — A Massachusetts woman has filed a lawsuit against the city of Worcester alleging she was injured during a violent arrest by a plainclothes police officer seven years ago when she was 14 years old. The Telegram & Gazette reports that Melissa Montanez's federal complaint filed last ...
HOLYOKE -- The City Council voted Tuesday to ask that the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General investigate municipal finances. The Council tabled a similar order that had asked that the city ask Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne M. Bump to do an audit of municipal finances. The Council meeting ...
Governor Charlie Baker has signed a supplemental appropriations bill approved by the legislature that includes money to reimburse cities and towns for early voting expenses in 2016. State Auditor Suzanne Bump determined the unfunded mandate to have an early voting program cost municipalities a total ...
(AP) — A Massachusetts city is among the communities receiving a warning from President Trump's administration as it seeks to crack down on so-called ... The agency warned that it could use subpoena powers to compel the cities and states to prove they're cooperating with immigration authorities.
But not all municipalities in Massachusetts voted to legalize marijuana, and after legalization passed, some of the dissenters opted to become “dry towns.” “Probably a lot of communities in there are looking at Sessions' removal of the [Cole Memo] as a good opportunity to use federal laws to skirt around ...
Bullet Shoots Into Someone's Home. Not usually something you have to worry about in Brookline. Patch PM shares a few of the day's must-read items from our Massachusetts network. Patch serves more than 80 cities, towns, and neighborhoods around the Bay State online. Find Your Patch and sign up for ...
A fresh layer of snow fell across parts of Massachusetts Tuesday, leading to school closures and a reduced speed limit on the Massachusetts ... Seven inches of snow was reported to have fallen Tuesday in this Berkshire County town. ... Just over two inches fell by 12:16 p.m. in the Worcester County city.
Ernie Boch Jr Plays Secret Santa For Toys "R" Us Shoppers. Boch is one of two silent donors helping families at the Dedham store this holiday season. Patch PM shares a few of the day's must-read items from our Massachusetts network. Patch serves more than 80 cities, towns, and neighborhoods around ...
WILMINGTON, MA -- The issue that prompted Wilmington to call a special town meeting -- a proposed detox center at 362 Middlesex Avenue -- may be a ... Backers of legalized recreational marijuana use, sales and possession are pushing for new laws that would penalize towns and cities like Wilmington if ...
Police in one Massachusetts community spent Wednesday playing Santa after officers recovered a pile of stolen packages. Norwood police officers traveled across town returning the stolen items recovered Tuesday after a witness called police and reported seeing someone stealing a package from a home ...
It started with a slide up to an E on a ukulele in Abington and ended with a final F sharp in Yarmouth. In between, Noah Wisch of Stow and his girlfriend, Emmalie Keenan of Bolton, drove a lot of miles, setting up a camera and microphone stand at the town or city line of every municipality in Massachusetts, ...
SANDISFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A blaze has destroyed a Massachusetts town's highway department building, leaving the area without trucks for snow removal. Sandisfield Fire Chief Ralph Morrison said Sunday the building is a “complete loss.” Four highway department trucks were lost in the fire. No injuries ...
BROOKLINE, MA — The Town of Brookline is working with the FBI after the town was the target of a sophisticated cyber scam late last month that was designed to access funds from the ... "Town Treasurer Jeana Franconi was alerted to the scam," said Town Administrator Mel Kleckner in an email to Patch.
Josh Zakim, the city councilor for Boston University's district is running for Secretary of the Commonwealth. PHOTO BY JOHN ... Zakim said Massachusetts' current three-week voter registration term extensively limits and restricts certain residents, like college students, who often move in early September.
Fitchburg City Councilor Dean Tran on Tuesday won the north central Massachusetts Senate seat vacated earlier this year by Jennifer Flanagan, helping ... As a city councilor Dean knows the significance of bringing back more local aid to cities and towns and will fight to ensure the Chair City receive its fair ...
NEWTON (CBS) – Trees came crashing down in several Massachusetts towns as rain and wind moved through the region. On Brentwood Ave. in Newton, a large tree crashed down right on top of a home around 10 p.m. on Tuesday. anna Wind, Rain Bring Down Trees In Massachusetts Towns. Daylight ...
Small-Town Fire Chief Collapses, Dies Battling House Blaze. Chief of small Massachusetts town's fire department dies while battling house fire; woman, adult son alerted by smoke alarms, escape unharmed. Dec. 6, 2017, at 1:45 p.m.. Small-Town Fire Chief Collapses, Dies Battling House Blaze ...
A Massachusetts native and Emerson student put his own spin on the saying when he recorded a creative tribute to his home state, posted to YouTube ... “A couple years ago, my girlfriend and I had this idea to go to a bunch of the towns in Mass. that have unique names and make a video at the town signs ...
“In every town, we stopped at one of the state's distinct white town line signs, set up the camera and a mic, and recorded a single note on the ukulele. Yeah, there were some long days, but it was absolutely worth it. Massachusetts is such an incredible and beautiful state; from the big cities to the small farm ...
Under every city and town sign in Massachusetts, Noah Wisch, a lanky Emerson College senior, filmed himself playing a single note on his ukulele. Just one note, played in 351 towns. But when combined, the notes create a whimsical melody that 21-year-old Wisch calls “Sidewalks.” It's his ode to the state.


 

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