Linda Enerson

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Stories by Linda Enerson

Homelessness no longer just a big-city issue

Homelessness no longer just a big-city issue

Western Mass. towns struggling just like urban counterparts

MADELYNN MALLOY and Bob Morin, a homeless couple frustrated by the lack of affordable housing in rural Franklin County, rolled out their blankets this summer on Greenfield Town Common and slept under the stars. Word spread quickly and soon other homeless people around the area joined them. By mid-summer, brightly colored nylon tents all but(...)

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Researchers at odds on agency’s nurse staffing report

Researchers at odds on agency’s nurse staffing report

Those cited in HPC document disagree with some of the findings

THE HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION’S REPORT early last month on the potential effects of Question 1 was portrayed as an independent, objective analysis, but many of the researchers whose work was cited in the report disagree with at least some of the findings. The commission, an independent watchdog agency set up to monitor and find ways(...)

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Caccaviello to mount write-in campaign

Caccaviello to mount write-in campaign

Berkshire County DA says Harrington too inexperienced

THE INCUMBENT DISTRICT ATTORNEY in Berkshire County, who came in second in the three-person Democratic primary, says he is not giving up and plans to run for the office as a write-in candidate. Paul Caccaviello said he felt compelled to continue his campaign because of the lack of prosecutorial experience of the Democratic primary winner,(...)

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Berkshire County DA’s race: baggage, experience, politics

Berkshire County DA’s race: baggage, experience, politics

Caccaviello, Harrington, and Knight battle for Dem nomination

BY ALL INDICATIONS, the Democratic primary race for Berkshire County district attorney has been a bruiser. In public forums and interviews, the incumbent and his two challengers have challenged each other repeatedly, forcing the candidates to defend their commitment to reform, relevant experience, and fitness for office. “This is all good for democracy,” said Rahsaan(...)

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Filling the liberal black hole

Filling the liberal black hole

Four candidates – only 1 on ballot – seek to replace Rosenberg

THOUGH IT’S DRAWN LITTLE NOTICE east of I-495, the race to succeed former senator Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst has captured the rapt attention of many voters here, who see their representation on Beacon Hill as an ever-widening black hole. The area, where 160,000 people live in a district that includes Amherst, Hadley, Hatfield, Greenfield, Northampton,(...)

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Course corrections

Course corrections

Dogs, drumming, and beads: Is this really jail?

PHOTOGRAPHS BY MEGHAN MOORE THE HAMPDEN COUNTY SHERIFF’S Pre-release Center in Ludlow looks pretty much like what you’d expect of a minimum security jail—clean but stark. Then, Zadie and Misty, two energetic young hounds bound down the hallway to greet the visitors, ears flapping, tails wagging. As they fill the otherwise institutional space with infectious(...)

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College math doesn’t add up

College math doesn’t add up

For Amy Blanchette, juggling jobs, school, and family is herculean task

AMY BLANCHETTE GRADUATED from community college a few years ago and applied to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth as the next step in her long-term goal of attaining a master’s degree in public policy and ultimately running for public office. Her application was accepted, but when she sat down to do the math, the numbers(...)

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Amherst church is now his home

Amherst church is now his home

Immigrants seek sanctuary in churches to avoid deportation

ON THE VERGE of being deported last summer, Lucio Perez took sanctuary in the First Congregational Church in Amherst. He hasn’t left since. Perez is one of three people in Massachusetts and 20 nationwide who have sought sanctuary in churches to avoid being deported. First Church is one of roughly 1,100 churches across the country(...)

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Puerto Ricans struggle to rebuild lives in Mass.

Puerto Ricans struggle to rebuild lives in Mass.

Evacuees face language, culture, economic barriers

ON A CRISP morning in November, Veronica Perez and Limarie Rivera, both self-evacuees from Puerto Rico, borrow a car from Rivera’s cousin and make their way to the New North Citizens’ Council in Springfield. New North is one of nearly two dozen welcome centers around the state designated as a first stop for people coming(...)

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Economic development, co-op style

Economic development, co-op style

Wellspring gives workers in Springfield opportunity to be owners

WELLSPRING COOPERATIVE IS PREPARING to launch its third business in Springfield, a greenhouse that will grow fresh greens and herbs and sell them to supermarkets and institutions in the area. The greenhouse, built on a brownfield in the eastern part of the city, will use hydroponic gardening (think plants growing in mineral nutrient solutions rather(...)

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