New England News http://wamc.org en Springfield Unity Festival To Celebrate Diversity Through Song http://wamc.org/post/springfield-unity-festival-celebrate-diversity-through-song <p>Plans were announced today for a unity festival this fall in Springfield, Massachusetts. Organizers hope to bring together people from throughout western Massachusetts to highlight the region’s cultural, religious, racial, and age diversity.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> The theme of the festival, scheduled for mid-October, is the promotion of social integration through song.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:26:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 94464 at http://wamc.org Springfield Unity Festival To Celebrate Diversity Through Song BMC Now Running Imaging Center At Former NARH http://wamc.org/post/bmc-now-running-imaging-center-former-narh <p>Berkshire Medical Center is now running an imaging center at the former North Adams Regional Hospital.</p><p>The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays in the same location where radiology services were provided before <a href="http://wamc.org/post/north-adams-regional-hospital-closing" target="_blank">North Adams Regional Hospital closed March 28<sup>th</sup>.</a> Pittsfield-based Berkshire Medical Center opened a satellite emergency facility at the campus in May.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:08:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 94472 at http://wamc.org BMC Now Running Imaging Center At Former NARH Hours Being Cut At Rural Post Offices http://wamc.org/post/hours-being-cut-rural-post-offices <p>The U.S. Postal Service is cutting hours at thousands of mostly rural post offices, and meeting objections in some places.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Hours are being cut at fifty post offices in Massachusetts including several in Franklin County and the Berkshires. Postal Service spokeswoman Christine Dugas said the changes will be finished by early next year.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 94473 at http://wamc.org Hours Being Cut At Rural Post Offices Mass. Welfare Agency Celebrates Client Success While Trying To Regain Public Trust http://wamc.org/post/mass-welfare-agency-celebrates-client-success-while-trying-regain-public-trust <p>The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance recently recognized client success in western Massachusetts as <a href="http://wamc.org/post/mass-interim-dta-commissioner-provides-update-programs-stop-welfare-fraud" target="_blank">the department looks to regain public trust after coming under scrutiny for handing out fraudulent benefits.</a></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:37:16 +0000 Jim Levulis 94449 at http://wamc.org Mass. Welfare Agency Celebrates Client Success While Trying To Regain Public Trust Former School Employee Convicted Of Theft http://wamc.org/post/former-school-employee-convicted-theft <p>A former teacher at a vocational school in Springfield, Massachusetts has been convicted on larceny charges for stealing cash from a student fundraising activity.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; A district court judge sentenced former Putnam Vocational High School teacher Ann Berry to three years probation with 240 hours of community service. An internal audit in 2011 revealed a number of scams by several school employees.&nbsp; City Councilor Tim Rooke was on the audit committee at the time.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:36:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 94376 at http://wamc.org Former School Employee Convicted Of Theft Suit Challenges NH Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone http://wamc.org/post/suit-challenges-nh-abortion-clinic-buffer-zone <p></p><p></p><p>A conservative Christian law group has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down New Hampshire's 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 02:15:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 94401 at http://wamc.org Suit Challenges NH Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Democratic Candidate For Mass. Lt. Gov. Mike Lake Visits Pittsfield http://wamc.org/post/democratic-candidate-mass-lt-gov-mike-lake-visits-pittsfield <p><a href="http://www.electmikelake.com/" target="_blank">Mike Lake</a>, one of three Democratic candidates running for Massachusetts lieutenant governor, was in Pittsfield Tuesday. The seat has been vacant since May 2013 when Democrat Tim Murray left to head the Worcester Chamber of Commerce.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 02:10:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 94402 at http://wamc.org Democratic Candidate For Mass. Lt. Gov. Mike Lake Visits Pittsfield FairPoint Workers To Take Strike Vote http://wamc.org/post/fairpoint-workers-take-strike-vote <p></p><p></p><p>Unions representing nearly 2,000 employees of telecommunications firm FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are scheduling a strike authorization vote from July 11 to 13. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:45:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 94400 at http://wamc.org FairPoint Workers To Take Strike Vote US EPA Uses Vermont Flood Planning To Help Others http://wamc.org/post/us-epa-uses-vermont-flood-planning-help-others <p></p><p></p><p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a checklist to help communities prepare for floods based on the experiences of communities in Vermont's Mad River Valley. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 94399 at http://wamc.org US EPA Uses Vermont Flood Planning To Help Others Shumlin Celebrates Veterans Laws http://wamc.org/post/shumlin-celebrates-veterans-laws <p></p><p></p><p>Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he's proud of the state's support of veterans and families, including health care at the White River Junction VA Medical Center. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:45:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 94398 at http://wamc.org Shumlin Celebrates Veterans Laws