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Massachusetts Early Voting Runs Through Oct. 29
Today's Massachusetts mail and early vote update. We have now cleared 1 million early votes (1,001,725) and are at 29.6% of total 2016 turnout. — Steve Koczela (@skoczela) October 20, 2020 A record turnout is expected for the 2020 election as states with early voting say they are surpassing numbers from just four years
East-West Passenger Rail Study Public Meeting
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will host the third public information meeting for the East-West Passenger Rail Study on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.   The meeting is being conducted via Zoom, and is being held to solicit public input and feedback on the analysis of the three final
Great Barrington Women's Rally Attracts 200 Participants
Berkshire Pulse dancers wear 'vote' masks for their performance at the rally.  GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Women's Rally on Saturday drew more than 200 people to protest the attempt to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court prior to the presidential election.  The event
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Community Action Plan   While the responsibility for domestic violence lies with the perpetrators of these crimes, we all play a role in creating a
State Hosts Hearing on Health Care Cost Trends From COVID-19
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) will host the 2020 Annual Health Care Cost Trends Hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. The hearing, a public event at which policymakers and health care stakeholders convene to discuss challenges and oppor­tunities in improving health care in the Commonwealth, will be
Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2020
Halloween this year means extra precautions because of the novel coronavirus and towns are weighing safe ways for trick-or-treaters to celebrate the spooky holiday. This may mean community events, limited trick or treating or cancelations. Check back as the holiday approaches for what your town is doing.  If you are going door to door,
MassDEP Issues Penalty to Cretecrew Concrete Services for Waste Site Cleanup Violations
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced it has assessed a $31,000 penalty to Cretecrew Concrete Services, Inc., a concrete foundation company based in Westfield, for failing to complete cleanup of a hydraulic oil spill that occurred at a construction site in Chicopee.   On Sept.
North Adams Harm Reduction Program to Merge Under Berkshire Health Systems
North Adams, Mass — Tapestry's Syringe Access Program will be merging with Healthy Steps under the Berkshire Health Systems medical umbrella effective Oct. 30.   "The opioid epidemic has had a significant impact on the Northern Berkshire community," Cheryl Zoll, Tapestry's CEO said. "Tapestry is
Donation Matching Challenge to Boost ACLU Voting Rights Work in Massachusetts
BOSTON — The ACLU of Massachusetts announced that Steve Kay and Lisbeth Tarlow have offered a matching challenge of up to $50,000 to fuel the ACLU's fight for democracy.   "November's election is not just critical for civil liberties; it may well determine the future of our democracy," Carol Rose, executive
Local Political Groups Participate in Nationwide 'Big Send' Mailing
Volunteers in North Adams mailed hundreds of letters on Saturday morning.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Thousands of letters are on their way from the Berkshires to election battleground states urging citizens to vote.    "The Big Send" is a national campaign by nonprofit Vote Forward to encourage
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