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Social media subculture lets youth live double lives

Young men were shooting each other. It baffled the adults, who insisted these were good kids, but men’s Facebook and Twitter profiles told a more complicated story.

Irma’s low water’s explained

Instead of storm surge, Hurricane Irma brought the opposite effect to the Panhandle.

Exodus: St. Joseph, Sacred Heart hold last masses, Annunciation Parish formed 

Gardner Catholics mourn the closing of the four churches that have formed the backbones of different ethnic community in the city. However, they can’t help but feel God is with them. Published in The Gardner News in July 2015.

Haunted mansion to become spooky B&B

The ghostly tenants of the S. K. Pierce Victorian mansion have a new landlord. New Jersey-based company “Dark Carnival” bought the South Gardner landmark, with plans to turn it into a bed and breakfast 11 months of the year and a seasonal haunted house in October. Published in The Gardner News in July 2015.

Gardner to take building by eminent domain

The city is making moves to take one of the neglected buildings in the downtown through eminent domain, although which one has yet to be disclosed. Published in The Gardner News in August 2015.

Families who lost children to overdoses appear in movie

On a bitterly cold, snowy day in January — the type of day when most people would stay home — Gwen Phelps of Westminster and her husband, Michael, braced themselves and made an early morning journey to St. Williams Catholic Church in Tewksbury. They went to be extras in a funereal scene in a movie about addiction, but they didn’t have to ask. Published in The Gardner News in June 2015.

$14 million plant upgrade proposed

Following the completion of one $14 million project, the city considered another one. This time the municipality is looking to upgrade the sewer treatment facility. Published in The Gardner News in May 2015.

Judge dismisses City Councillor’s case against Mayor

Citing a lack of standing, a judge on Thursday dismissed City Councillor Scott Graves’s complaint that Mayor Mark Hawke overstepped his authority during the writing of Gardner’s emergency service zone plan. Published in The Gardner News April 2015.

Principal cracks down on cyber bullying

When Murdock Principal Joshua Romano answered his phone in Barnes & Noble, he didn’t know he was setting in motion a chain of events that would place himself, and Murdock High School, on the national stage. The caller — the father of a student — was asking what Mr. Romano was going to do about two Twitter accounts attacking Murdock students. Hanging up the phone, Mr. Romano was furious. Published in The Gardner News in February 2015.

Principal placed on administrative leave, parents ask why

The principal, a guidance counselor and a teacher at Helen Mae Sauter Elementary School have been placed on paid administrative leave affective Nov. 21. Published in The Gardner News in December 2014.

Councillor partial owner of abandoned building, back taxes owed on property

A private company of which City Councillor Scott Graves is listed as a manager currently owes the city approximately $5,500 in unpaid taxes, according to city records. Published in The Gardner News in October 2014.

Senator Warren talks about substance abuse, mental health at local hospital

Mass. Senator Elizabeth Warren vowed to fight for improved mental health and substance abuse care during a visit to Heywood Hospital on Thursday afternoon. Published in The Gardner News in August 2014.

Family dog found hung from tree

After a 14-week-old beagle was found hung from a tree, the family and local law enforcement searched for answers. Published in The Gardner News April 2014.

Gardner Rare Coin Shop robbed

A worker at Gardner Rare Coin Shop, 25 Pleasant St., was left with a bloodied face after two armed robbers reportedly fled the scene with an undetermined amount of cash. Published in The Gardner News in January 2014.

Frigid temperature added hardship for homeless

Nyoka Norine Blanchard, 27, told officials she was freezing to death when she called Our Father’s House at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday night asking for help. The temperature had dropped to a mere 7 degrees, and the wind made it feel even colder inside of the abandoned factory she and two other homeless individuals — Paul Henry Flagg, 35, and Donald Ketola, 38 — had holed up in on Mill Street. Published in The Gardner News in January 2014.

Jonathan Gray remembered

A freshman kinesiology major Jonathan Gray died of unknown causes in his home. His older brother said he will live the rest of his life trying to live up to the standard Jonathan set. Published in the Daily Collegian on Jan. 22, 2012.

Documents released detailing alleged rape

When Judge John M. Payne Jr. released the criminal complaint  and the probable cause statement in the UMass rape trail, many new details were revealed about the rape. Published in the Daily Collegian on Nov. 2, 2012.

UMass student Sydne Jacoby dies during fall

On her walk back to her dorm, Syndne Jacoby, a psychology major, tripped and hit her head. She died three days later in the hospital. Published in the Daily Collegian on Dec. 3, 2012.

Gore Speaks at Hampshire College Inauguration

Former Vice President Al Gore called for Americans to “occupy democracy” at the inauguration of Jonathan Lash — the sixth president of Hampshire College. Published in the Daily Collegian on April 30, 2012.

Elizabeth Warren favored by crowd

It was clear in the debate between Sen. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren that the crowd, both inside and outside of Symphony Hall, favored Warren. Published in the Daily Collegian on Oct. 11, 2012.

Occupy Amherst movement sweeps through town

Protesters fired up by the national Occupy Wall Street movement united in Amherst yesterday denouncing corporate greed and economic inequality. Published in the Daily Collegian on Oct. 6, 2011.

UMass employee pleads guilty to stealing from former employer

Amy Wing, the executive assistant to the director of Residential Life at the University of Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to stealing approximately $175,000 from former employer Myers Information System Inc. Published in the Daily Collegian on Nov. 20, 2012.

Tyler Molander debates withdrawal

Tyler Molander, the UMass junior who distributed a typed letter to hundreds of students vying for members to join a “friend club” on Jan. 29, speaks with the Massachusetts Daily Collegian about his academic future. Published Feb. 7, 2012.

Study shows warmest spring on record

A new study shows that spring 2012 was the warmest on record for several New England cities, a tend that may indicate climate change. Published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

What’s next after government withdraws funding for salmon restoration in Connecticut River?

The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s decision to withdraw funding from salmon restoration does not necessarily mean the end of the salmon as the states — Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont — could elect to continue with their independent efforts. Published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Local breweries thriving even in tough economic times

Beer might just be the closest thing to a recession proof industry. Published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 2, 2012.

Tri-County School graduates 10

All ten graduates at Tri-County Schools’ commencement shared one thing in common: they all had at least one moment when they thought they might not graduate. Published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

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