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Medical examiner: Northampton man’s death in Chesterfield a homicide 
01-31-2023 2:01 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

CHESTERFIELD — A 27-year-old Northampton man found dead in Chesterfield more than a month ago died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head and torso, along with multiple blunt force injuries, according to a copy of the death certificate obtained by...


Northampton mayor won’t sign retail pot shop ordinance
01-30-2023 9:14 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra will not sign an ordinance approved by the City Council earlier this month that limits the number of cannabis dispensaries in the city to 12, although the ordinance may still take effect this week as the mayor...


Feeling the fuel pinch: Record number of applicants applying for fuel assistance
01-27-2023 6:27 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

GREENFIELD — When they opened their most recent utility bill, Dianne and Robert Rode couldn’t believe that they were being asked to pay $500 for a month’s worth of heat, the highest they’ve ever had to pay in 35 years of living at their home in...


Building new from old: Settling into new digs on King Street, Sticks and Bricks owner follows her passion of making customized furniture
01-27-2023 6:04 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The facade of Sticks and Bricks new King Street building, lined with long, dark, wooden planks, matches perfectly with the store’s theme of making customized furniture. But owner Liz Karney says the appearance is just a happy...


Bill aims to legalize psychedelic mushrooms, other plants
01-25-2023 8:07 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

Massachusetts could become the third state in the country to decriminalize the use of several psychedelic plant-based substances, such as psilocybin mushrooms, should state lawmakers approve bills recently introduced in the Senate and House.The bills...


UMass awards Ellsberg honorary degree
01-24-2023 7:21 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower who leaked classified information pertaining to the Vietnam War known as the “Pentagon Papers,” was awarded an honorary degree from University of Massachusetts Amherst in a ceremony held in San Francisco...


Foundation hands Northampton schools $25K grants for anti-racism learning, mural, musical performances
01-23-2023 9:37 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

Ten grants for the fall/winter semester have been awarded by the Northampton Education Foundation to city schools, providing an additional $25,000 worth of funding for new projects for the 2022-2023 school year.“The ten grants awarded this fall are...


Florence Bank names new CEO in Matthew Garrity
01-23-2023 8:10 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Despite a decadeslong career in the banking industry in the Midwest, Matthew Garrity has always considered Massachusetts to be his home.“We love the area,” said Garrity, who grew up in Lee in Berkshire County and recently moved back to...


Pro-choice advocates rally against US rollbacks
01-22-2023 9:04 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — On what would have been the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the country before being overturned by the court last year, women from generations old and new rallied Sunday at...


Northampton council votes to cap marijuana dispensaries at 12
01-20-2023 3:36 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council voted late Thursday to limit the number of marijuana retailers within its borders to 12, with proponents successfully arguing that the market is oversaturated and that a limit is needed to protect the city’s youth....


Land trusts ink deal to conserve 20 acres along Mill River in Williamsburg
01-19-2023 8:07 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

WILLIAMSBURG — Twenty acres of forest along the West Branch of the Mill River is officially conserved as “forever wild,” the end result of a lawsuit in which adjacent land suffered environmental damage from a solar development in 2019.The newly...


Northampton City Council expected to decide Thursday on pot shop cap
01-18-2023 7:44 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Capping the number of cannabis retailers citywide is coming before the City Council Thursday night for a final vote, and councilors appear divided on the issue.The proposed ordinance is in its second reading, after receiving a neutral...


Holyoke’s MLK breakfast returns with a message: ‘Don’t be ashamed of who you are’ 
01-15-2023 8:57 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

HOLYOKE — For the Rev. Theresa Temple, a pastor at the First Baptist Church in Holyoke, growing up as an African American in the segregated South meant there was also a segregated view of history.“There were two histories – the history you learned in...


Jan. 6: A protest or insurrection?: Latest UMass poll splits along party lines
01-13-2023 3:52 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — Two years after the events of Jan. 6, 2021, when supporters of former President Donald Trump forced their way into the U.S. Capitol, the views of what happened that day remain firmly entrenched along partisan lines, according to a new...


Plans for Worthington’s 1st senior center get a $2M boost
01-10-2023 8:24 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

WORTHINGTON — Plans to construct the town’s first senior center are much closer to reality thanks to an influx of $2 million in federal money for the project.The money, secured late last year by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, will help the town pay for more...


An ‘awful’ day remembered
01-08-2023 8:43 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The day that the U.S. Department of Justice hands out indictments for the events surrounding the attack on the nation’s Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is the day that will get Jennifer Taub dancing.  “I’m not sure what’s going to happen here,...


State to outline new plans for controversial roundabout at N. King-Hatfield intersection in Northampton
01-08-2023 8:42 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A controversial proposal to build a roundabout on North King and Hatfield streets is once again in the works at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation after a redesign intended to appease property owners and archaeological sites...


Northampton mulls capping number of marijuana dispensaries at 12
01-05-2023 8:31 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A proposal to cap the number of marijuana dispensaries in the city to 12 is working its way through the City Council, with one of its sponsors describing the current cannabis environment as an “unhealthy market.”“I’ve talked to many of...


Sullivan sworn in for fourth term as district attorney
01-04-2023 5:04 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — In the old courtroom at the Hampshire County Superior Court, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan took the oath of office Wednesday for the fourth time after being reelected to the position.As in the previous two elections for...


Grow Food’s reach to expand behind federal money; nonprofit will use $413K to build new barn
01-03-2023 8:21 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Federal funding to the tune of $413,000 will help Grow Food Northampton, the nonprofit that focuses on sustainable farming and food justice, build a barn, add new farms and offer more community garden plots at its 121-acre parcel in...

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