Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.


In Connecticut, The Costs And Benefits Of Shared Solar Are Tough To Calculate

March 18, 2019

Renewable energy projects have been growing across New England in recent years. And while offshore wind and grid-scale solar have gotten lots of the attention — a smaller, more community-oriented way of getting power has been steadily taking hold: “shared clean energy.”

Vermont Officials, Businesses Concerned About Decline In Refugees

March 18, 2019

The Burlington area is a hub for refugees and immigrants in Vermont, but area officials and businesses are concerned about this population shrinking. Recent federal restrictions have limited the number of refugees coming to the state and there’s another problem too: some New Americans are choosing to leave Vermont.

Rocky Marciano’s Career Began With A St. Patrick’s Day Bout In Holyoke, Massachusetts

March 15, 2019

Seventy-two years ago this St. Patrick’s Day, Rocky Marciano — one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time — came to fight in Holyoke, Massachusetts. It was a turning point in his life.

Billboard Prompts Survivors Of Child Sexual Abuse To Come Forward, Decades Later

March 14, 2019

The mother of a man who says he was sexually abused as a child in a Berkshire County elementary school paid for two billboards this winter to call attention to the case.

Group Of Civilly Committed Men Sues Massachusetts Alleging Gender Discrimination In ‘Section 35’ Law

March 14, 2019

A group of men is suing the state of Massachusetts over the law, known as “Section 35,” that allowed a judge to involuntarily commit each of them to addiction treatment.

Local College Admissions Advisers Say Scam Is Not That Surprising

March 13, 2019

Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling didn’t mince words when describing the college admissions scam led by consultant William Singer, who pleaded guilty.

Historic Willimantic, Connecticut To Demolish Rough Reputation

March 12, 2019

Two grand hotels on historic Main Street of Willimantic, Connecticut, hosted movers and shakers from New York and Boston during the golden age of train travel. The hotels fell into disrepair when travelers took to the highways. Cheap rooms, cheap heroin and social services drew addicts, sex workers and the unemployed. A plan to demolish the buildings may force the town to reconcile its grand history and troubled past.

Majority Of Fall River Voters Opt For Recall, But Mayor Still Wins Election

March 11, 2019

The embattled mayor of Fall River has survived an attempt to remove him from office, though he now faces a divided city and an indictment by federal prosecutors.

6 Months After Casino Opens In Springfield, Massachusetts, Gambling Addiction Services Roll Out… Slowly

March 11, 2019

Half a year since the opening of the MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, some mental health counselors are seeing an uptick in gambling among clients — though not necessarily an increase in people seeking addiction treatment.

Cities Don’t Always Tell You When There’s Sewage In The River. A New Bill Would Change That

March 6, 2019

Gabby Queenan stands on a small lookout point by the Charles River. Behind her, a few joggers brave the cold and cars whiz by on Memorial Drive. She points out the Harvard University athletic fields across the water and the University Boathouse a few hundred yards downriver.


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