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Carey submits nomination papers for clerk of courts
03-26-2024 6:31 AM

STAFF REPORT

NORTHAMPTON — Daniel Carey has submitted nomination papers for Hampshire County clerk of courts, moving him a step closer to getting his name on the ballot for the Democratic nomination.Carey, a Democratic state representative from Easthampton since...

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In race for 4th Hampden District, Westfield city councilor Matthews-Kane ready to take leadership to next level
07-02-2024 3:07 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

SOUTHAMPTON — A new Democratic candidate for state representative will challenge Republican Rep. Kelly Pease in this year’s election for a seat representing the 4th Hampden District on Beacon Hill. Currently serving in her third term as the Ward 3...


In race for 4th Hampden District, incumbent Pease touts accomplishments as he seeks third term
07-02-2024 3:07 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

SOUTHAMPTON — As election season draws nearer, state Rep. Kelly Pease says he is using his position to advocate for Westfield and Southampton, and says he would be “honored and humbled” to continue doing so for a third term as the 4th Hampden...


Local experts: Biden-Trump showdown a debacle
06-28-2024 5:04 PM

By ALEXA LEWISand Domenic Poli

Lawyer and former college professor Stewart “Buz” Eisenberg had a blunt reaction to Thursday night’s history-making debate between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump: “‘Go find a flask and start drinking’ were my initial...


Incumbent retains Whately Selectboard seat for second term
06-12-2024 4:33 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Selectboard Chair Fred Baron emerged victorious in Tuesday’s election, defeating political newcomer Joshua Harris in the town’s only contested race on the ballot, 205-109.Voter turnout was 30.8%, as 325 of the town’s 1,055 registered voters...


Political newcomer challenging incumbent for Whately Select Board seat
06-10-2024 10:39 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Select Board Chair Fred Baron is facing a challenge from political newcomer but longtime Pioneer Valley resident Joshua Harris in the only contested race on Tuesday’s election ballot.Polls will be open at Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 8...


Westhampton voters pick Milikowsky for Select Board, Hilnbrand for regional school committee
06-03-2024 11:11 AM

By Alexa Lewis

WESTHAMPTON — Voters at Saturday’s town election selected newcomers Jennifer Milikowsky for a three-year term on the Select Board and Andy Hilnbrand for a three-year position on the Regional School Committee.In the Select Board race, Milikowsky easily...


Push to legalize psychedelics in Mass. met with caution
05-27-2024 3:01 PM

By RUIHAN YANG

A ballot initiative and a proposed substitute version are pushing for the legalization of psychedelics in Massachusetts within the next year, but opponents said “it’s too premature.” The ballot initiative promoted by Massachusetts for Mental Health...


Contested races for Select Board, regional school committee up for grabs in Westhampton
05-27-2024 11:29 AM

By Alexa Lewis

WESTHAMPTON — At the town election on Saturday, voters will be asked to decide on candidates for two contested seats. Two candidates will compete for a vacant three-year position on the Select Board, and two will compete for a three-year post on the...


Minor, Kuhnlenz to fill two open spots on Belchertown Select Board
05-21-2024 3:39 PM

By Emilee Klein

BELCHERTOWN — Two new faces will join the five-member Select Board next term following Monday’s town election.Nicole Miner, who ran on a economic platform advocating for a fiscal responsible budget, and Whitney Kuhnlenz, a new resident who focused on...


Labonte wins tight Select Board race in Granby
05-21-2024 3:37 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — David Alan Labonte narrowly edged out three other candidates to win a seat on the Select Board on Monday. Labonte received 307 votes, or 36 more than Micheline Turgeon’s 271 votes. The other two candidates, John Arcouette and Nathaniel Albin...


Two new faces poised to join Belchertown Select Board, election set for Monday
05-17-2024 4:41 PM

By Emilee Klein

BELCHERTOWN — Two new names running for the two open Select Board seats will appear on the ballot in an election with no contested races on Monday.With current members Peg Louraine and Ron Aponte stepping away from the Select Board, Nina Miner and...


No surprises in uncontested Sunderland races
05-13-2024 4:49 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With no contested races, there were no surprises in Sunderland’s annual town election on Saturday, as everyone on the ballot was elected to their positions.Of the 2,493 registered voters, 301, or roughly 12.1% of voters, cast their...


Four-way race shapes up for Granby Select Board
05-10-2024 4:06 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — Candidates in the coming town election — including the seven candidates in contested races for Select Board and Housing Authority — recently outlined their views at a candidate night forum in hopes of swaying residents to vote for them when...


Political newcomer defeats Shores Ness for Deerfield Selectboard seat
05-08-2024 3:52 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — In the town’s highest-turnout race in at least a decade, political newcomer and longtime resident Blake Gilmore defeated Deerfield political fixture Carolyn Shores Ness, 898-857, for a seat on the Select Board.Gilmore claimed victory on...


Around the Hamptons: City Arts to unveil Cottage Street sculpture
05-08-2024 3:49 PM

By Alexa Lewis

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton City Arts (ECA) Public Art Committee will host an unveiling on Saturday of its newest sculpture on the Nashawannuck Pond Promenade. The sculpture has been years in the making, with the initial idea proposed in 2019 by...


Select board race between Gilmore, Shores Ness tops Deerfield ballot on Monday
05-03-2024 1:58 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — Topping Monday’s election ballot is a race for Select Board between longtime incumbent Carolyn Shores Ness and political newcomer but longtime Deerfield resident Blake Gilmore, as the two candidates seek to address residents’ concerns...


Leverett residents back Gaza cease-fire resolution at Saturday’s Town Meeting
04-29-2024 12:29 PM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

LEVERETT — Residents elected town officials, signed off on a $7.56 million budget for fiscal year 2025 and passed a resolution calling for a permanent cease-fire in Gaza during their Annual Town Meeting on Saturday.After uncontested elections, the...


Shutesbury voters back battery storage bylaw at Town Meeting
04-29-2024 12:18 PM

By SHELBY BROCK

SHUTESBURY — Voters gave their blessing to a new bylaw regulating large-scale battery storage and 27 other articles at Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting, with votes on adopting a specialized energy code for buildings and enacting a solicitation bylaw...


Frontier Regional School students appeal to lower voting age
04-27-2024 5:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

When Sunderland residents head to their Annual Town Meeting on Friday, they’ll vote on the town’s budget, some bylaw changes and a citizen’s petition with a unique twist, as the residents who brought the article forward can’t actually vote on...


Voters to decide cannabis bylaw in Chesterfield
03-21-2024 11:07 AM

CHESTERFIELD — The town will hold a special Town Meeting Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at the Community Center to allow votes on paying an unpaid bill from last year and amendments to the cannabis bylaw.Article 1 seeks voter approval for the transfer...

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