Chicopee files suit against drug companies over opioid epidemic


CHICOPEE – City officials will file suit against pharmaceutical companies which manufacture and distribute opioids, saying they have contributed to the drug epidemic that has sapped extensive resources from the community.

Mayor Richard J. Kos announced Monday he has retained the Colchester, Connecticut law firm of Scott+Scott Attorneys at Law LLP. to represent city in opioid epidemic litigation.

Animal Control Officers Association of Massachusetts Academy Class

June 19, 2018


On behalf of the Animal Control Officers Association of Massachusetts, we would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for taking time out of your busy schedules and helping with this year’s Animal Control Officers Association of Massachusetts academy class. With your help, this year’s academy class was successful; with 40 ACO’s from across the state completing the academy. With your individual expertise, the participants learned and gathered a great deal of information and as a result will be better prepared to serve their communities.
Each and every year we do an intake and outgoing exam beyond our regular testing’s. We use this exam as a tool to gauge how well the curriculum matches the need for the animal control officers. In this year’s academy, the students improved their initial intake exam by approximately 90%!
This year ACOAM and Department of Agricultural Resources, Massachusetts Homeless Prevention and Care Fund entered into an agreement. The agreement was that each municipality would be reimbursed, from the Homeless Animal Fund, one hundred dollars towards the tuition upon the municipality’s ACO receiving a passing grade, and as I stated above, thanks to you they all did and will receive the reimbursement.
It’s been a goal of ACOAM, and the academy staff to bring up and promote a new level of professionalism, education, and training for the Animal Control Officer. With professionals like you helping, we are succeeding.
Again thank you.

Joseph M. Chague
Pittsfield Animal Control Officer
ACOAM President
ACOAM Assistant Academy Director
Hilary N. Cohen
Norfolk Animal Control Officer
ACOAM Eastern VP

Joseph Chague
Animal Control Officer / ACOAM President

Police Department
City of Pittsfield
39 Allen Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 448-9750

Judge rejects motions to Dismiss Springfield Fire Department Residency lawsuit

SPRINGFIELD – A Hampden Superior Court judge has rejected motions by the city and two labor unions to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the city of failing to enforce a residency requirement for new and promoted Fire Department employees.

Judge Constance M. Sweeney, in a 20-page ruling issued Tuesday, does not compel the city to enforce residency, but denied motions to dismiss the case. The lawsuit was filed in May by 11 residents including Fire Capt. Marc Savage.

The lawsuit claims that six of the city’s eight district chiefs don’t live in Springfield. Savage, a Springfield resident, took examinations for both district chief and deputy chief but was not promoted. He claims in the lawsuit that he is “harmed” by the lack of enforcement of the city’s residency requirement, as are all members of the Fire Department that live in Springfield.

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