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Delegation asking that heating aid be delivered sooner this year

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Delegation asking that heating aid be delivered sooner this year By: Chris Lisinski BOSTON (SHNS) – Massachusetts is in line to receive nearly $37 million more in heating aid for families in need under a new federal spending bill, and with energy prices forecast to soar this winter, the state’s Congressional delegation wants the Biden administration to get the money out the door…

Mass. residents to receive $37 million in extra heating help in Congress’s short-term spending bill

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Mass. residents to receive $37 million in extra heating help in Congress’s short-term spending bill By: Adam Sennott Low-income Massachusetts residents will receive nearly $37 million in increased heating assistance through the short-term spending bill that passed in Congress this week, officials said Friday, as New Englanders brace for a steep hike in heating costs this…

Lori Trahan, others celebrate infrastructure funding in Lancaster

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Lori Trahan, others celebrate infrastructure funding in Lancaster By: Sara Arnold LANCASTER — By the time you’re eating your Thanksgiving turkey next year, Lancaster will have safer roads. On Sept. 27, Rep. Lori Trahan announced nearly $4.8 million in federal funding for improvements to intersections along Lunenburg Road and Main Street. She was joined by state Sen. John Cronin,…

House approves antitrust bill targeting Big Tech dominance

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House approves antitrust bill targeting Big Tech dominance By: Marcy Gordon WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday approved antitrust legislation targeting the dominance of Big Tech companies by giving states greater power in competition cases and increasing money for federal regulators. The bipartisan measure passed by a 242-184 vote. It was separated from more ambitious…

Lori Trahan, local leaders celebrate Community Project Funding for affordable childcare in Fitchburg

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Lori Trahan, local leaders celebrate Community Project Funding for affordable childcare in Fitchburg By: Shane Rhodes FITCHBURG — In partnership with federal, state and local leadership, Making Opportunity Count is set to construct a new early childhood education and care facility. Joined by U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan and other local leaders, MOC and the city celebrated a $750,000…

Behavioral, mental health center to open in 2023

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Behavioral, mental health center to open in 2023 By: Melanie Gilbert BILLERICA — The Middlesex County Restoration Center, a proposed crisis-diversion facility, is closer to being realized, said members of the commission who have been working since 2018 to develop the innovative mental and behavioral health intervention project. Town Manager John Curran hosted Monday’s roundtable,…

Democrats' pre-midterm messaging focuses on proposed federal law to restrict abortions

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Democrats' pre-midterm messaging focuses on proposed federal law to restrict abortions By: Angi Gonzalez Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade, Democrats have consistently reminded constituents that they can defend abortion rights at the polls in November. This week, they are renewing that push after a prominent Republican proposed a nationwide ban on most abortions after 15…

New England Democrats request extra funding for federal energy assistance program

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New England Democrats request extra funding for federal energy assistance program By: Kim Riley With winter approaching and energy prices remaining high, more federal funds are needed for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Democratic representatives from the New England Congressional Delegation told appropriations leaders in Congress. In their Sept. 14 letter sent…

U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan On Hand for Delivery of $7.6 Million Grant to Replace MBTA’s S. Elm St. Bridge

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U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan On Hand for Delivery of $7.6 Million Grant to Replace MBTA’s S. Elm St. Bridge By: Megan Hemenway Local, state and federal officials were on hand Thursday for the formal delivery of a $7.6 million grant to replace the railroad overpass at South Elm Street. As only WHAV reported Aug. 19, the money comes from a U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal-State…

EforAll Receives a More than $200,000 Federal Grant to Open Haverhill Site This Fall

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EforAll Receives a More than $200,000 Federal Grant to Open Haverhill Site This Fall By: WHAV Staff Lowell-based Entrepreneurship for All, EforAll for short, plans to celebrate next week its receipt of a $242,779 federal grant to open a site in Haverhill. EforAll, a nonprofit whose mission is to accelerate economic and social impact through inclusive entrepreneurship, said the…