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Massachusetts SJC clears tipped wages question for ballot
06-14-2024 1:05 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON – Voters are on track to get the final say over whether Massachusetts businesses should pay a higher minimum wage to tipped employees after the state’s highest court on Thursday concluded that a proposed ballot question is properly drafted.The...

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Push to legalize psychedelics in Mass. met with caution
05-27-2024 11:42 AM

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...


Gough captures Selectboard seat in Phillipston Town Election
05-21-2024 3:28 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON –In her first foray into local politics, Nicole Gough won Monday’s Town Election to fill a one-year term on the Selectboard, besting Earl Sweat, a member of the Board of AssessorsGough won by only 26 votes, earing 123 votes to Sweat’s 97....


Phillipston Town Election to decide next Selectboard member
05-14-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – In next Monday’s Annual Town Election, voters will choose the next member of the Selectboard and a Proposition 2 ½ override aimed at handling the town’s expenses.The race for Selectboard between candidates Nicole Gough and Earl Sweat is...


Erving voters say ‘no’ to $3.7M debt exclusion
05-08-2024 4:40 PM

ERVING — Monday’s election saw incumbents reelected to their roles, including Highway Superintendent Glenn McCrory, who fended off Anthony Cunha for a one-year tree warden position, as well as the rejection of a debt exclusion to pay to demolish the...


Earl Sweat seeks seat on Phillipston Selectboard
05-01-2024 2:15 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – Earl Sweat, a member of the Board of Assessors, has thrown his hat into the ring for a one-year term on the Selectboard.He joins fellow resident Nicole Gough in the contest to serve out the remaining year of former board member Dan...


Nicole Gough seeks seat on Phillipston Selectboard
04-19-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – After living in town for two decades, Nicole Gough has decided it’s time to make her first foray into local politics.Gough is running to fill the one year remaining on the term of former Selectboard member Dan Sanden, who resigned...


Firefighter override passes by narrow margin at Athol Town Election
04-02-2024 2:10 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL– A Proposition 2 ½ override aimed at increasing staff at the Athol Fire Department passed at Monday’s Town Election.By only 96 votes – 639 to 543 – voters said “yes” to a $286,000 override to fund the hiring of three paramedic/EMT/firefighters....


Proposed charter changes on Athol Town Election ballot
03-29-2024 5:09 PM

By Greg Vine

ATHOL – In addition to the race for the Athol Royalston Regional School Committee and a $286,000 Proposition 2 ½ override to decide, voters at Monday’s Annual Town Election are being asked to approve 31 changes to the Town Charter.Instead of voting on...


Savoy seeks Athol Royalston School Committee seat
03-26-2024 4:33 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Jason Savoy, a 1999 graduate of Athol High School, is one of two people running for a one-year term on the Athol-Royalston Regional School Committee in next Monday’s annual Town Election. Savoy is seeking to fill the vacancy created by the...


Chapman seeking seat on Royalston Selectboard
03-26-2024 4:32 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Bill Chapman said it that the help he and his family received from the community following a fire at their home drove him to seek a seat on the Selectboard.Chapman, of Royalston, is one of two candidates running to replace outgoing...


New faces eye Selectboard seats in Petersham Town Election
03-15-2024 3:56 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – While there won’t be any heated contests or controversial ballot questions, Monday’s annual Town Election in Petersham does feature two political newcomers seeking office for the first time. Joshua Cayea is the sole candidate for a...


Former Selectman says residents asked him to run again
03-14-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON—In 2003, Royalston resident Gary Winitzer won a special election to fill an unexpected vacancy on the Selectboard—in 2005, he was defeated in a bid for a three-year term.Since then, he has run for the Selectboard several times without...


Lee Chauvette seeks return to town government in upcoming Town Election
03-13-2024 3:50 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – After a year’s absence, Lee Chauvette wants to re-enter the world of local politics, which he has been a part of for many years.Chauvette, who previously served 20 years on the ARRSD School Committee and nine years on the Selectboard, is...


Franklin County, North Quabbin voters back Trump, Biden in local primary
03-06-2024 4:55 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE and DOMENIC POLI

With Super Tuesday in the rear-view mirror, election results show no surprises in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region, as the two presumptive candidates, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, emerged victorious with wins...


Haley a common vote among Franklin County residents
03-05-2024 5:39 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley appeared to be holding her own in Franklin County on Super Tuesday, garnering votes from Republicans distancing themselves from Donald Trump and from Democrats hoping to soften the blow in the event that...


Athol Fire override request to go before Town Election
02-07-2024 3:46 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – For the second time in less than a year, Athol voters will be asked whether they will support a Proposition 2 ½ override to provide additional personnel for the town’s Fire Department.Supporters of the proposal are hoping voters will find the...


Smith wins re-election in Orange; Davis joins Selectboard
02-06-2024 4:50 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – Newcomer Julie Davis will join the re-elected Andrew Smith on the Orange Selectboard following Monday’s Town Election.Davis was the contest’s top vote-getter, with 384, and Smith accumulated 304. The two competed against Sandra Fawn Weinstein...


Nomination papers available for 2024 annual Phillipston Town Election
01-30-2024 9:43 AM

PHILLIPSTON — Nomination papers are now available for 2024 annual Town Election, which is scheduled for Monday, May 20.Polls will be open at Town Hall from 12-8 p.m. The last day to register to vote for the election will be May 10.The following seats...


Nomination papers available for Athol Town Election
01-08-2024 3:40 PM

ATHOL — The annual Town Election will be held on Monday, April 1. All precincts vote at the Town Hall, 584 Main St. Polls will open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.Nomination papers are available in the Town Clerk’s office. The deadline to return...


House approves paid time off for Election Day voting
12-17-2023 6:00 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Seeking to remove more barriers to voting, the House approved legislation Thursday allowing employees to take paid time off on Election Day to cast their ballots in person.Without discussion, lawmakers passed the bill (H 4217) during an...

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