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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...


Spreading their wings: After 14 years in Amherst Hope and Feathers sets up shop in Northampton
04-03-2024 5:03 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — When customers walk into the Hope and Feathers framing shop, owner Michelle Raboin knows that there’s a story behind each request for one of the shop’s custom-built frames.“It could be framing something that they hate, but their...


Holyoke woman files suit against city, 2 officers over forceful arrest a year ago
04-03-2024 3:55 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke woman arrested and pepper-sprayed by two Northampton police officers a year ago has brought a federal lawsuit against the city, claiming she was deprived of her constitutional rights of equal protection under the law and from...


Looming staffing cuts vex Northampton school board, students
04-02-2024 4:46 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Just hours after Northampton High School students staged a walkout Monday to protest the dismal outlook for next year’s school budget, the School Committee and Superintendent Portia Bonner grappled with the prospect of losing at least 20...


Commission rules cupola at former St. John Cantius church must be reinstalled
04-02-2024 2:34 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A guano-ridden cupola on the former St. John Cantius church must be restored, the Northampton Historical Commission recently ruled, denying a request from the building’s owner to have it permanently removed. The church building, built in...


Protesters to UMass: Drop disciplinary action against students in 2023’s Gaza sit-in
03-29-2024 4:10 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — Several UMass professors joined more than 50 demonstrators in front of the Whitmore Administration Building on Thursday, demanding an end to university-imposed probation placed against students and faculty that were arrested for occupying...


Northampton’s climate action chief resigns after 6 months, city names interim leader
03-28-2024 4:44 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A little more than year since the creation of the department and less than six months since appointing its first director, Northampton’s Climate Action and Project Administration (CAPA) has already appointed a new interim director in a...


Champions of change: NHS Student Union advocates for students before administrators, School Committee
03-27-2024 4:42 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — When Giselle Ohm was in middle school, she enjoyed reading stories about the adventures and exploits of high school student councils, and she aspired to be on one someday. But when she began the transition to Northampton High School, Ohm...


A ‘hub’ blueprint begins: City kicks off planning for new Resilience Hub downtown
03-26-2024 4:22 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — On Monday evening, Edwards Church became the site of a more secular sermon on the necessity of a new center to confront the challenges of both climate change and income inequality in Northampton, problems architect Dorrie Brooks said are...


A ‘textbook’ housing solution: State housing chief lauds Northampton’s North Commons
03-25-2024 3:22 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Massachusetts Housing Secretary Ed Augustus toured the North Commons mixed-income development in Northampton’s Village Hill area on Monday, calling it a “textbook example” of how to build affordable housing units to tackle the state’s...


Northampton City Briefing: Plans advance for Resilience Hub, meeting set for Monday
03-22-2024 2:48 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Saying they are at a crucial stage in the planning for the Community Resilience Hub, city officials on Monday will hold the first of three public meetings to provide updates and seek input on the endeavor to create the downtown space in...


No losers in Northampton lottery: After Masa Mexicano wins all-alcohol license, panel hands last one to Gombo
03-21-2024 5:35 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — John Piskor waited on the Zoom call with bated breath. Annie Lesko, the city’s administration, licensing and economic development coordinator, had begun a lottery process to determine whether or not Piskor’s downtown Gombo restaurant...


Northampton residents’ letter seeks changes for remote Planning Board meetings
03-20-2024 8:06 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A group of residents and business owners are calling on the city’s planning department to ditch what they describe as restrictive rules placed on remote meeting participants, saying the policies used for public comment deprive them of a...


Northampton’s school budget gap puts 20-plus positions in jeopardy
03-19-2024 5:14 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Residents, teachers and high school students are raising concerns about looming cuts — including the loss or reduction of hours for 15 teaching positions — to the Northampton Public School district for the coming school year.NPS is...


Cocktails comeback on Center Street: Renovated Green Room in Northampton reopens under new owners
03-18-2024 2:31 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — With the Wednesday reopening of the Green Room on Center Street, Northampton has a reinvigorated cocktail experience worthy of any cosmopolitan city.The bar is under the new ownership of Perrin Hendricks, owner of the Berkshire Farm...


Northampton selects slogan ‘Pardon Our Progress’ to lift up businesses during Main Street redesign
03-15-2024 3:13 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — When construction gets under way on Northampton’s Main Street redesign next year, businesses may find themselves assuaging customers noticing the disruption with a certain three-word phrase: Pardon Our Progress. “Pardon Our Progress” was...


Blarney flies at Northampton’s St. Patrick’s breakfast
03-15-2024 2:29 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — As she prepares to celebrate her birthday on Sunday, Northampton Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra set the tone at Friday morning’s annual Northampton St. Patrick’s Day breakfast by reading a whimsical limerick poem that touched on many of the...


Holyoke prepares to welcome thousands for annual St. Patrick’s Day road race, parade
03-14-2024 5:23 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

HOLYOKE — Paper City is expected to turn into a sea of green this weekend, with Holyoke’s storied St. Patrick’s Day festivities set to draw thousands of attendees.The events begin on Saturday with 47th annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s 10K Road Race, with...


Smith College library workers to vote to unionize
03-13-2024 4:34 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Forty-three library workers at Smith College are planning to hold an election to unionize after the college rejected a voluntary recognition of their union.The Smith College Libraries Workers Union (SCLWU) said in a March 8 letter to the...

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