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  1. Baker bill adds $150M for school safety, edRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Sentinel & Enterprise

    With surplus tax revenue on hand, Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday morning rolled out a $583 million supplemental spending plan to close the books on fiscal year 2018, highlighted by a $150 million package of funding for school safety and educational initiatives. Massachusetts collected an estimated $1.2 billion more in tax revenue than it had expected.


  2. Ex-Mount Ida College prez blames Lasell for school's demiseRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jul 10 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    The former president of now-closed Mount Ida College blames the school's shutdown on a last-minute change of terms in the planned merger with Lasell College. Barry Brown, in his first interview since Mount Ida's closure, tells The Boston Globe that school administrators were so sure the merger would happen they accepted a new class of students.


  3. People in BusinessRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Jul 8 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Dr. Jose Gutierrez has joined Wingate at Belvidere as the skilled nursing facility's newest physician. Gutierrez has more than 10 years of experience in emergency medicine, post-operative medicine, post-acute care, hospice care and palliative care.


  4. AG finds "fair value" in Mount Ida deal, recommends deal closingRead the original story w/Photo

    May 15, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Mount Ida College in Newton will receive "fair value" for its assets through its proposed acquisition by UMass Amherst, according to Attorney General Maura Healey's office, which found after a review that the consequences of not closing on the deal by May 16 "will be more devastating than they would be if the transaction occurs." In a letter Tuesday to the college, Healey deputies said they expedited their review of whether Mount Ida will receive fair value due to "deeply regrettable circumstances" and concluded that closing on the deal by Wednesday will enable Mount Ida to avoid bankruptcy, ensure payment of outstanding wages to workers and secure commitments made by UMass to Mount Ida students.


  5. There's a good lessonRead the original story w/Photo

    May 14, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Certainly, UMass Amherst's acquisition of financially struggling Mt. Ida College in Newton could have been handled better from a public relations standpoint.


  6. His job? To make you the toast of the townRead the original story w/Photo

    May 6, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Dave Poles of Fitchburg is vice president of public relations for the Twin City Toastmasters His job is to create a more positive image for the club and to help grow its membership. COURTESY PHOTO Maybe you want to sharpen your speaking skills for your career, become a confident person within yourself, maybe a proficient public speaker, or possibly a leader in the community? If so, there is an organization called Twin City Toastmasters that is just around the corner, waiting to help people build their confidence and speaking skills.


  7. Students take another hitRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 30, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    F or those concerned about the mounting cost of attending our state's institutes of higher learning, you might want to look at the fuzzy math being taught at our community colleges. The MCC's Board of Trustees overseeing the Lowell and Bedford campuses just approved a 9 percent fee hike beginning next semester.


  8. We can learn a lot of things by studying a great AmericanRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 13, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    A historic reproduction of Jean Leon Gerome Ferris oil painting of Benjamin Franklin, left, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, right, meeting at Jefferson s residence on the corner of Seventh and High streets in Philadelphia to review a draft of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. "Students of reading, writing, and common arithmetick ... Graecian, Roman, English, and American history," Thomas Jefferson advised about democratic education, "should be ... able to guard the sacred deposit of the rights and liberties of their fellow citizens."


  9. Senate to probe UMass-Mount Ida dealRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 13, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    The Senate plans to look into UMass Amherst's proposed acquisition of Mount Ida College and one senator said he hopes to learn some answers before the agreement is completed. Last week UMass announced plans to acquire the Newton campus and turn it into an offshoot of UMass Amherst, with Mount Ida students granted admission to UMass Dartmouth.


  10. State demands info from Mt. Ida, seeks meetingRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 12, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Disappointed state education officials want a face-to-face meeting with Mount Ida College executives and are demanding that the Newton college provide critical information by the end of the business day on Thursday. Executive committee members of the Board of Higher Education, which is vetting plans by the University of Massachusetts to acquire Mount Ida, met in Boston on Tuesday and discussed a deal announced Friday that appears to have taken public higher education officials by surprise.


  11. Mt. Ida College to close, assets purchased by UMassRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 7, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    The University of Massachusetts has reached a preliminary agreement to acquire Mount Ida College, enabling the university system to establish a major presence in Newton, about 10 miles from downtown Boston. Under the newly announced deal, UMass Amherst will acquire the 74-acre Newton campus and use it to host Greater-Boston career preparation programs for UMass Amherst students as soon as this fall.


  12. AG Healey blasts Baker for being soft on MSPRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 29, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    As her office investigates whether any members of the Massachusetts State Police broke the law by accepting overtime payments for shifts they did not work, Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday said Gov. Charlie Baker needs to "take a leadership role on this issue." A popular Democrat seen as an eventual candidate for higher office, Healey said the issues plaguing the State Police fall squarely in the lap of Baker, who said this week that "it's important for the State Police to get its act together."


  13. Dark cloud remains amid Rosenberg investigationRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 29, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives' and senators' votes on roll calls from the week of January 22-26. Senate sessions and atmosphere in general have been more toned down in recent weeks and some senators and their staffs say there is still a dark cloud over the Senate because of the resignation of former Senate President Stan Rosenberg.


  14. Senate victory another first for Dean TranRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 7, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Of the people who gathered in the crowded Statehouse auditorium to watch Dean Tran be sworn into the Worcester-Middlesex state Senate seat many were friends, neighbors or fellow politicians. But of the observers, a handful had never met the former Fitchburg City Councilor, or even lived in the district he represents.


  15. Leominster's Zehavi takes journey in faithRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 10, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    At the age of just four, Yehoshua Zehavi was faced with a very serious and existential dilemma: did he want to grow up to be a scientist or a rabbi? "I think I probably, at that age, had already that people felt a tension between science and religion as forms of authority or ways of knowing the world," the now 33-year-old Zehavi recently remarked. "I think I wanted to find what part of the truth each of them spoke to, or where they came together."


  16. Should laws loosen on sex trade to protect those forced into prostitution?Read the original story w/Photo

    Dec 4, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Sex workers in Massachusetts would effectively be safe from arrest and prosecution under a new bill filed this session by a Newton representative, and local lawmakers have mixed feelings on it. The bill, which had a hearing on Tuesday before the Legislature's Judiciary Committee, would get rid of the criminal penalties issued against prostitutes.


  17. Rosenberg suggests effort to keep sales tax cut off ballotRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 29, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    When Senate President Stanley Rosenberg votes in next year's statewide election, he plans to fill in the bubble for the Democratic nominee for governor and see his own name on the ballot again. There's one thing Rosenberg hopes he won't see on the 2018 ballot: a question that would lower the state's sales tax from 6.25 percent to 5 percent.


  18. Fitchburg 7th-graders will play for a state titleRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 17, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    It's a pretty safe bet that the Fitchburg High School football program's resurgence will continue after this year, especially with what's waiting in the wings. And what's that, you ask? Oh, just a rather talented group of seventh-graders who'll look to bring a state championship back to the Paper City this Sunday.


  19. Attack victims honored as city, investigators seek answersRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 3, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    The eight people killed in a truck driver's rampage were honored by friends and strangers Thursday with a nighttime walk down the riverfront esplanade where the victims died as both investigators and terror-weary New Yorkers tried to make sense of the crime. Some of the marchers carried candles as city lights twinkled on the water.


  20. House, Senate approve bump-stock bansRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 16, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    HOUSE VERSION : House 152-3, approved an amendment that supporters say would ban the sale, purchase or ownership of "bump stock" devices for weapons. Opponents of the amendment disagree and say that the wording of the bill is vague and that the words bump stock do not appear anywhere in the bill.


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