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ValleyBike to roll again by end of May in eight communities throughout Valley
05-02-2024 3:18 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — After nearly a year of inactivity, the ValleyBike Share program is poised to roll again throughout the Pioneer Valley.After Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra teased an announcement regarding ValleyBike on Monday, the city announced Thursday it...


Music key to Northampton’s downtown revival: State’s top economic development leader tours city
04-30-2024 3:26 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — When she was a student at Williams College, Yvonne Hao recalls traveling to Northampton with friends to eat at local restaurants, shop at thrift stores and attend concerts held by the local music scene, although she isn’t quite sure of...


Homeless camp in Northampton ordered to disperse
04-26-2024 5:18 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — People living at a homeless encampment behind the closed Speedway gas station on King Street were told by police that they have until Monday to leave the area and find elsewhere to go.The encampment, situated between the gas station and...


La Veracruzana, PHO-keh Bowl launch returnable container program
04-26-2024 3:02 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Amid the annual commemorations of Earth Day, Pioneer Valley eatery La Veracruzana is launching a new kind of takeout container meant to be given back after it’s used. The restaurant, which is known for its Mexican cuisine and has three...


Northampton City Briefing: Council adjust start time for its meetings; Farmer’s Market to begin 49th year on Saturday; CDH blood drive coming up
04-24-2024 2:04 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

The Northampton City Council is changing its meeting time from 7 p.m. to 6:30 p.m, effective for its next meeting on May 2 and for all council meetings going forward.The council recently approved the change, with councilors agreeing that starting...


Donating hope: Survivors share stories at Northampton event as part of Organ Donation Month
04-23-2024 3:31 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The day before Thanksgiving in 2016, Northampton resident Bob Wood got a life-changing call — literally. A 42-year-old woman in Pennsylvania had recently died, and her liver would be a perfect fit for Wood, now 68 years old, who...


Treehouse, Big Brothers Big Sisters turn race schedule snafu into positive
04-23-2024 1:06 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The second annual Runway 5K to support the Easthampton nonprofit organization Treehouse will occur Sunday, after the group turned a scheduling mishap into a positive partnership opportunity.Treehouse officials originally scheduled the...


Smith College exhibit explores Sylvia Plath’s botanical inspiration
04-21-2024 10:21 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A new exhibition at Smith College shows how one of the school’s most famous and acclaimed alumnae may have drawn much of her creative inspiration from a freshman botany course.Sylvia Plath, whose 1963 novel “The Bell Jar” proved to be a...


New HCC president reflects on journey: Timmons sees his own struggles and arc in students’ paths
04-19-2024 4:43 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

HOLYOKE — George Timmons knows just how much a difference a college president can make in a student’s life.As a senior at Norfolk State University, a historically black university in Virginia, Timmons faced the possibility of not being able to...


Petition to block auto dealership on King Street falters in Northampton
04-17-2024 3:35 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A joint meeting between the Northampton City Council’s Committee on Legislative Matters and the city’s Planning Board heard public comments on a petition to ban further automobile dealerships near the city’s downtown, an issue that...


Northampton seeks bids to redevelop former Registry of Deeds property
04-16-2024 10:48 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The city is accepting bids from developers for the former Hampshire Registry of Deeds building at 33 King St. with a minimum bid of $2.5 million required for the downtown property.The building is located on a 1.46-acre parcel next to the...


‘Not over it yet’: At 87, Northampton Holocaust survivor joins with others to share her story
04-12-2024 6:08 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — For Francisca Kan, the horrors of the Holocaust and the Second World War could be felt even as a young child.Kan was born into a Jewish family in Hilversum, the Netherlands, in the year 1937. Her father ran a successful bicycle factory,...


Northampton School Committee takes stand for budget increase during emotional meeting
04-12-2024 5:12 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — An emotionally intense meeting Thursday over the school budget for the city schools ended with the School Committee bucking the recommendations of the mayor and superintendent and approving at least a 14% increase in spending next year.A...


Grow Food’s Tuesday Market set to return next week
04-12-2024 3:12 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Grow Food Northampton’s Tuesday Market will return to the city’s downtown on Tuesday, running once a week throughout the summer from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. The farmer’s market brings vendors from across western Massachusetts to the plaza...


Police chief search in Northampton gets under way
04-12-2024 11:33 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — After the departure of former police chief Jody Kasper at the start of this year, the city has officially begun the search to find her replacement. Kasper left Northampton after serving the city for 25 years, eight of them as police...


Northampton High students walk out of school, camp in mayor’s office over proposed cuts to theater department
04-10-2024 5:01 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton High School students marched to City Hall and occupied the mayor’s office on Wednesday to protest planned cuts to the school’s theater department, ramping up pressure on the city and the School Committee ahead of what is...


Two finalists for NHS principal position will visit later this month
04-09-2024 11:40 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Two finalists for the position of principal of Northampton High School have been announced, with the community getting an opportunity to meet both of them later this month.Jonathan Bruno, currently a mult-tiered systems of support...


Northampton schools eye pay freeze as ‘dire’ budget vote nears on Thursday
04-08-2024 5:20 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — All public school employees would forego raises next year, in addition to the elimination of more positions on top of those already announced in December, under a plan revealed in recent days by Superintendent Portia Bonner as the...


Community painting mural at JFK school — a collage of places students say they feel happy, safe
04-07-2024 2:01 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Members of the greater Northampton community took part in a painting party on Saturday to help create a 1,500-square-foot mural for JFK Middle School.The project was spearheaded by two local artists, Sharon Leshner and Ryan Murray. The...


Northampton City Briefing: WWII vet turns 99; city hires new IT director, accepts $50K for lighting of underpass
04-05-2024 2:00 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

Northampton resident Sidney Moss celebrated his 99th birthday this week, though that hasn’t seemed to slow him down much.Moss was born on April 1, 1925 in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City before moving to Chicago when he was 2 years...

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