Stories

Hameed Bello, wearing a cowboy hat, holds a bowl of potatoes on his farm, Agric Organics in Wilbraham, Massachusetts.

Western Massachusetts urban, rural farmers feeling effects of severe drought

August 26, 2022

Around New England, several states are experiencing severe drought. That includes almost all of Massachusetts. Wells and reservoirs are at all-time lows, so are streams and rivers. The rain earlier this week helped, but it wasn’t enough. In Granby, Massachusetts, at Red Fire Farm some fields are looking worse than others. “We have one field…

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Boston sees sluggish summer for connecting youth to career pathways

August 23, 2022

Boston boasts a large network of city-run and nonprofit programs dedicated to connecting young people with enriching summer jobs. These positions in government, health care, business and the private sector are seen as a way to foster career skills development and offer mentorship to area teens. But this summer, there’s a problem — those connections…

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E-bikes are getting more Mainers out of their cars — and could help the state meet its climate goals

August 22, 2022

It’s 5:15 a.m., and the sky is just starting to lighten in the east as Becki Morin rolls her electric bicycle out of her garage in Falmouth, Maine. Morin lives about six miles from Maine Medical Center in Portland, where she’s a nurse practitioner. She says she used to ride a conventional bike to work…

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Want to help the planet? Rethink your lawn

August 22, 2022

When Erica Tharp and her husband bought their home in Framingham four years ago, the lawn needed some work. Tharp looked at the scraggly grass with its dying tree, and decided she wanted something that was less work and more eco-friendly. “That was the goal — minimal maintenance and as least harm as possible,” she said.…

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Helping her family get housing, food & healthcare is a part-time job for New Hampshire woman

August 22, 2022

For Josephin Yen of Concord, N.H., gardening is a way to clear her head and get out of the house. “I will go out there,” she said, and “I feel better.” But gardening isn’t an easy hobby for her these days. After resettling in New Hampshire with her family from Sudan, she worked long hours…

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New federal proposal could help thousands of Afghan refugees obtain green cards

August 18, 2022

A couple of hundred Afghan evacuees now call Connecticut home after many were forced to flee last year during the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. In just a couple of months, many secured jobs, housing and education. But one piece of the puzzle remains unclear for many: a permanent immigration status. That could soon change. The Afghan…

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So you’re in the market for an electric vehicle? Here’s how the new federal and Mass. laws will help

August 18, 2022

August has been a big month for the environment. At the national level, President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, which allocates over $360 billion to help fight climate change. And more locally, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a sweeping state climate and clean energy bill into law. Both laws cover a lot of ground. But one notable…

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Miriam Kovacs stands in front of her Franklin, N.H. catering business, wearing a pink T-shirt that reads "PROUD TOWNIE." Kovacs has been a target of online harassment by white supremacists since she made a point of protesting their presence in New England.

How small New England cities are standing up to white supremacists

August 18, 2022

Two dozen local residents crowded into the city hall in Franklin, New Hampshire, last week to demand that their mayor and council representatives take a more aggressive stance against growing white supremacist activity in the region. They denounced neo-Nazi groups that have encroached into local council and school committee meetings across the state. Most residents showed…

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Nashua, N.H., at a crossroads after proposal to build asphalt plant near downtown

August 17, 2022

Catherine Nieves didn’t know that asphalt is used to build roads and highways until she learned about a company that wants to produce it very close to her home. Her neighborhood, which is only a mile from Nashua’s downtown, is a mix of apartments, small businesses, and home to two Latino churches. Many Brazilians, Puerto…

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Cómo un torneo anual de fútbol reúne a la comunidad de granjeros en Vermont

August 17, 2022

Es un sábado soleado de verano en la Tree Farm en Essex Junction. Un cartel que dice “¡Torneo de Fútbol!” recibe a varios conductores que llegan al parque. Los arcos de fútbol se ubican en los extremos de cinco canchas de fútbol de color verde brillante. La gente se empieza a reunir mientras se escucha…

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