(Holyoke, MA) – The Holyoke Geriatric Authority seems unwilling to go down without a fight. On Wednesday the Board of Directors discussed ways to keep the financially-insolvent nursing home open. They talked about taking out a loan or becoming a fully-funded city department. Mayor Alex Morse and Council President Kevin Jourdain tell the “Springfield Republican” that’s not going to happen. The Authority runs out of money to meet payroll May 13th. Morse has petitioned the state to appoint a receiver to shut the facility down.
A lawmaker will launch the first national effort in years to tax soda, the latest bid to stem rising obesity and diabetes rates by curbing the consumption of sugary drinks.
Economic growth accelerated more than expected in the second quarter, bolstering views for a stronger performance in the last six months of the year.
Nine Western Massachusetts firefighters have been deployed to Washington State to help battle wildfires there.
If you're thinking about driving through downtown Florence on Route 9 today, you might want to think again.