Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick insists the state's casino gambling law is working exactly as it was intended and that he is not surprised by several recent votes against proposed casinos.
The latest was in Milford, where voters on Tuesday soundly rejected a bid by Foxwoods to develop a $1 billion casino.
Patrick signed the 2011 law that authorized up to three regional resort casinos and one slots parlor. He said Wednesday that he had no second thoughts about the measure and does not want to see it repealed.
Supporters say ballot questions in Massachusetts aimed at hiking the state's minimum wage, creating nurse-patient staffing ratios and instituting a statewide earned sick time policy have cleared a key signature-gathering hurdle.
Backers of other proposed initiatives, including an expansion of the state's bottle deposit law and a repeal of the state's casino law, also say they've collected more than enough signatures, but were waiting for final tallies.
The season starts on June 28th and includes more than 100 performances of live radio shows, orchestras, as well as popular artists like James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma and first-timer Jason Alexander. Mark Volpe is the BSO’s managing director.
Jet Duval, a student at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Northampton, MA is served lunch by Mass.Teachers Assoc. President Paul Toner ( on left) and National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel. USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon is to the left of Toner.
A top official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited a western Massachusetts school today to highlight a growing initiative that is giving more than half-a-million children across the county access to locally grown food.
On the lunch menu Wednesday at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Northampton was chili with brown rice, or a chicken patty on a whole wheat roll. At the end of the cafeteria line children could help themselves to corn, green beans and sliced oranges.
Albany native and Berkshires resident Kim Taylor is the newest member of the committee even though she will miss her first assignment; the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday. She and her husband, singer James Taylor, will be attending an event in Boston marking the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death. Still, she says she is thrilled about the news.
Republican State Senator Don Humason was sworn into office Wednesday by Governor Deval Patrick. Humason, who was in his 6th term as a State Representative from Westfield, won the special election on November 5th to fill the seat vacated by former Republican Senator Mike Knapik.
Humason is just one of four Republicans in the forty-member State Senate. The minority leader has pledged to appoint Humason to the powerful Way and Means Committee.
Long-lasting friendships can be hard to foster, let alone sustain, in a modern world defined by constant movement and change. But, a pair of lifelong companions in Stockbridge couldn’t imagine life without each other.
Milford town residents have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to build a $1 billion dollar casino, further trimming the field of potential candidates for the state's first regional resort casino licenses.
The town clerk's office said Tuesday night the complete unofficial totals were 6,361 votes against it, and 3,480 votes in favor. Turnout, expected to be heavy, was 57 percent.
The group Crossroads Massachusetts had proposed a casino off Interstate 495 that would have been managed by Connecticut casino operator Foxwoods.