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TGIF - FRIDAY OCTOBER 18TH-- HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING

TGIF -  FRIDAY OCTOBER 18TH-- HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING

A bill that would create a statewide registry of individuals convicted of animal abuse is gaining support on Beacon Hill. The Republican-sponsored bill, which would also impose tougher fines and penalties for animal abusers, has won the backing of 75 lawmakers. Sen. Bruce Tarr, a Gloucester Republican, said the support proves animal welfare transcends political party. The bill would increase the maximum penalty for cruelty to animals _ including malicious killing, maiming, disfiguring, or exposing to poison _ from $2,500 to $10,000. The bill would also increase the fine for the hit-and-run of a cat or dog from $50 to $2,000, establish an anonymous animal abuse hotline and fine veterinarians who don't report suspected cruelty.

The Massachusetts Senate has approved a $94 million spending bill that includes additional funds to help low-income families pay their winter heating bills and provide shelter for homeless families in hotels and motels. The measure passed by the Senate on Thursday is similar to one approved a day earlier by the House. Negotiators from the two chambers will now meet to resolve differences. Lawmakers said the $20 million for heating assistance will address delays in funding for the program resulting from the federal government shutdown that ended on Thursday.

The Massachusetts Senate has approved a $94 million spending bill that includes additional funds to help low-income families pay their winter heating bills and provide shelter for homeless families in hotels and motels. The measure passed by the Senate on Thursday is similar to one approved a day earlier by the House. Negotiators from the two chambers will now meet to resolve differences. Lawmakers said the $20 million for heating assistance will address delays in funding for the program resulting from the federal government shutdown that ended on Thursday.

Smith College will be busy this weekend. Saturday afternoon they will install Kathleen McCartney as its 11th president. She was the Harvard Graduate School Dean of Education. Among the more interesting things blond brownies that are based on McCartney’s grandmother’s recipe.

In Pittsfield, a 22 year old man has been arrested for armed robbery…pleading not guilty to charges that he used his pit bull to facilitate a theft of a backpack from two men. Josh Desnoyers is being held in lieu of 10 thousand dollars cash bail.

St Patrick’s Committee in Holyoke has named Roger Donoghue as its 2014 grand marshal for next year’s parade. He is 81 and has been on the Parade Committee since 1965.

In East Longmeadow, the town meeting is set for Monday night at 7. Residents will be asked to approve new fire and police union contracts. In addition there is a 170 thousand dollar warrant for renovations at the Shaker Road Fire Station. There is also a 300 thousand dollar item to construct six new tennis courts at the high school.

Springfield Police finally confirmed what we had reported earlier in the week. An off duty police officer reporting that he lost his service weapon in the south end of Hartford. Spokesman John Delaney says that the officer doesn’t know if the weapon was stolen or misplaced. The gun has not been found. The officer is still working.

Bay Path College is expanding. And, they are coming to downtown Springfield. They will be on the seventh floor of the Sovereign Bank Building. The new facility will feature what they call affordable, online education for women.

 

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