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Track & field: Holyoke girls 4x100 relay team wins WMass title, eyes historic trip to Nationals
05-18-2024 7:44 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AGAWAM – For the first time in school history, Holyoke has qualified a girls relay for Nike Outdoor Nationals.The girls 4x100-meter relay qualified earlier this season, and on Saturday, they won the Western Mass. Division 1 title at the Outdoor Track...

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Summer on Strong kicks off Wednesday in Northampton
05-19-2024 1:01 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Strong Avenue in downtown will once again be pedestrian traffic-only beginning on Wednesday, marking the return of the “Summer on Strong” season in the city. The closing of the street to vehicle traffic is meant to encourage outdoor...


Amherst Planning Board member pens letter calling for town-UMass housing committee
05-19-2024 11:01 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Continued worries about single-family homes being turned into student rentals in Amherst is prompting a Planning Board member to draft a letter to University of Massachusetts Chancellor Javier Reyes appealing for creation of a committee,...


UMass baseball: Minutemen snag series win over Saint Louis, punch A-10 tourney appearance for first time in 12 years
05-18-2024 7:57 PM

For the first time in over a decade, the UMass baseball team is Atlantic 10 tournament bound.The Minutemen earned a 5-2 victory on Senior Day over Saint Louis on Saturday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. UMass secured the series win and clinched a spot...


Amherst’s Moriah Luetjen, Logan Alfandari each win 2 titles, Northampton girls dominate en route to team title at Western Mass. Division 1 Track & Field Championships (PHOTOS)
05-18-2024 7:39 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AGAWAM – Moriah Luetjen’s best race is the 400 meters. Two years ago as a freshman, she won it at the MIAA Division 4 Outdoor Track & Field Championships and followed it up with a first-place finish in the Freshman 400 at New Balance Outdoor...


Fire at Rainbow Motel in Whately leaves 17 without a home
05-18-2024 4:59 PM

WHATELY – A fire at the Rainbow Motel at 64 State Road shortly after midnight early Saturday morning has left 17 people without a home, though all of the residents in the building evacuated without getting hurt. Whately Police officers were the first...


Hatfield residents give blessing to all warrant articles at Town Meeting
05-18-2024 4:27 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A $14.52 million fiscal year 2025 operating budget for town and school services and an additional $1.4 million to cover the costs of wastewater treatment plant upgrades were approved by voters at this week’s annual Town Meeting, along with...


Chesterfield TM nixes making Cemetery Commission post elected position
05-18-2024 4:26 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

CHESTERFIELD — Town Meeting voters approved budgets and a slate of spending articles Monday, but split over the two petition articles on the ballot, Town Clerk Sandra Wickland reported.By a 42-35 margin, voters decided against making the Cemetery...


Graduating amid signs of protest: 6,800 UMass students receive diplomas at ceremony briefly interrupted by walk out
05-18-2024 4:22 PM

By Elise Linscott

AMHERST — Several dozen protesters marched out of the 154th UMass Amherst Undergraduate Commencement ceremony this weekend when Chancellor Javier Reyes took the podium, including a few faculty members and people in the stands carrying banners,...


A Look Back, May 18
05-17-2024 11:00 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years Ago ■An enumeration of the inhabitants of Northampton has been recently made, under the direction of the selectmen, for the purpose of ascertaining the number of rateable polls, children in the several school districts, persons not...


Hampshire’s Nick Brisson wins 800 meters to pace locals at Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships (PHOTOS)
05-17-2024 10:08 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

BUCKLAND – Nick Brisson stumbled to the infield grass, laid on his back and did a snow angel.After 750 meters stuck in the pack, Brisson had just completed a comeback in the final stretch of the 800 to win a Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field...


High schools: Granby softball rallies back to beat Smith Vocational
05-17-2024 9:55 PM

The Granby softball team scored eight runs in the bottom of the first inning, only to watch visiting Smith Vocational take an 11-10 lead into the bottom of the seventh.The Rams rallied however, plating a pair of runs to walk off with a wild 12-11...


UMass baseball: Amherst’s Justin Masteralexis tosses shutout as Minutemen earn doubleheader split with Saint Louis
05-17-2024 8:26 PM

It’s the biggest series of the season for the UMass baseball team, and the Minutemen opened with a doubleheader split against Atlantic 10-leading Saint Louis on Friday at Earl Lorden Field in Amherst.UMass fell, 8-3, in game one before claiming a 6-0...


Scott Brown: Road to ruin for Northampton schools
05-17-2024 8:01 PM

Many thanks to Lander-Grinspoon Academy for its brutal candor. In a recent recruiting missive, the private day school did a very 2024 thing and said the quiet part out loud: “As the Northampton public school system is introducing inevitable budget...


Mayor’s budget boosts schools 8.5%: Advocates protest coming job cuts as spending falls short of demands
05-17-2024 5:29 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Weeks of debate over the Northampton school budget neared a conclusion Thursday night after Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra unveiled a nearly $137 million fiscal 2025 budget to the City Council that calls for an 8.5% increase in the city’s...


Narcan distribution growing at UMass as campus embraces harm reduction philosophy
05-17-2024 4:50 PM

By GRACE FIORI

AMHERST — At the University of Massachusetts, a passionate team is expanding campus access to Narcan and fentanyl testing strips, and their efforts are being welcomed by students, staff and faculty.At a recent outreach event — one of many initiatives...


Michigan man indicted on alleged $1M construction fraud of Northampton company
05-17-2024 4:48 PM

Staff Report

SPRINGFIELD — A Michigan man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with an alleged scheme to defraud a Northampton construction company of nearly $1 million, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Friday.Jonathan McCormack, 39, of...


A call for housing help: Easthampton meeting explores challenges, potential solutions to acute state shortage
05-17-2024 4:45 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

EASTHAMPTON — Local and state housing advocates, legislators and state agency leaders meeting with seniors earlier this week addressed the acute lack of housing in Massachusetts — especially affordable and accessible housing needed by seniors —...


Leadership change coming at South Hadley middle school as principal, assistant principal set to depart
05-17-2024 4:42 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The principal and assistant principal at Michael E. Smith Middle School will both not return for next school year.According to an email sent to the guardians of Michael E. Smith students on April 30, Assitant Principal Anne...


Two new faces poised to join Belchertown Select Board, election set for Monday
05-17-2024 4:41 PM

By Emilee Klein

BELCHERTOWN — Two new names running for the two open Select Board seats will appear on the ballot in an election with no contested races on Monday.With current members Peg Louraine and Ron Aponte stepping away from the Select Board, Nina Miner and...


Amherst Regional’s track project likely in council’s lap
05-17-2024 4:30 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Town Council is likely to determine the scope of renovations to the Amherst Regional High School track and its interior field after the Regional School Committee this week deferred the final decision on the project to Amherst’s elected...

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