Healey and Driscoll to Hold Inauguration Celebration at TD Garden

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BOSTON — Governor-elect Maura Healey and Lieutenant Governor-elect Kim Driscoll announced the details of their inaugural celebration.
 
Following the swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 5, 2023, they will hold an evening celebration at TD Garden inspired by the theme, "Moving the Ball Forward," a nod to their time as college and professional basketball players and the history made with this election. This event will mark the nation's first all-women executive team to serve a state. 
 
"This inauguration will be a celebration of teamwork, positivity and breaking barriers – and there's no better place to hold the event than at TD Garden," said Governor-elect Healey. "It's about looking forward to the future and engaging directly with people about how we can deliver for them across this Commonwealth." 
 
"We hope that anyone who attends this celebration will feel proud of Massachusetts' history and excited about the bright future ahead," added Lieutenant Governor-elect Driscoll. "We're looking forward to honoring the fearless and groundbreaking women who made this moment possible, and laying the foundation for those who will follow us."
 
The Jan 5 inauguration will mark the first time an all-women ticket is sworn in to lead a state in American history, and make Healey the first lesbian Governor in the country. Through their inaugural events, Healey and Driscoll plan to honor the people and movements that helped pave the way to make this historic moment possible. 
 
The event will be accessible and inclusive for all interested in attending with tickets becoming available in the coming weeks. More details on the timing, location, ticketing, program, and additional events will be available in the coming weeks

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Owner of Abandoned Cats Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A woman accused of abandoning more than a dozen cats during snowstorm a year ago has pleaded guilty. 
 
Kelly Hathaway of Pittsfield pleaded guilty on Friday to two counts of animal cruelty in Central Berkshire District Court as part of a plea agreement. Following the plea agreement, she was ordered to have a mental health evaluation and follow any after care as instructed by the court.
 
She was placed on two years probation and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service. She is not allowed to possess any animals and was ordered to surrender any she has in her care. She is also prohibited from volunteering with any animal groups.
 
Hathaway and another defendant were charged last March with abandoning 15 cats on back roads in Richmond and Lanesborough after an investigation by Lanesborough Police, Lanesborough Animal Control and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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