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Only Human with Joan Axelrod-Contrada: To journal or not to journal: Advice for when journaling feels like it’s holding you back
04-12-2024 8:43 AM

By JOAN AXELROD-CONTRADA

Anyone who’s ever kept a journal can relate to the song “Dear Diary” by the Moody Blues.The tune came out in 1969 at the height of my adolescent angst. I poured my misery into a pocket-sized pink diary with a lock to keep away prying eyes. Like the...

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Only Human with Joan Axelrod-Contrada: ‘Money, it’s a gas’: Exploring both sides of the coin when costly bills surprise us
02-08-2024 1:34 PM

By JOAN AXELROD-CONTRADA

Every time I hear the classic song “Money” by Pink Floyd, I think about my complicated relationship with the almighty dollar.Who hasn’t felt pushed and pulled between the seductive power of our currency and its ability to crush us? Not surprisingly,...


Guest columnist Tara Jacobs: Doing the work of the Governor’s Council
02-04-2024 10:33 AM

By TARA JACOBS

It has been a great honor, privilege and pleasure to serve my district on the Governor’s Council, and I look forward to continuing to do this work for a long time to come. My campaign for reelection is underway, and I hope to earn my seat once again...


2023 Reading Roundup: Staff writer Steve Pfarrer’s favorite reads of the year
12-21-2023 9:45 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It’s that time of year again: time to crank out the “best of” lists. In this case, as I’ve done in the last several years, I’ve listed some of my favorite reads for 2023. I love reading these kinds of lists myself to discover a book, movie, or album I...


Easthampton council OKs CPA money for playgrounds at New City neighborhood, 2nd phase of Old Town Hall renovations
11-20-2023 11:57 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — One new park will be constructed and another rehabbed in the New City neighborhood after the City Council approved spending for several Community Preservation Act projects last week. Another project included in the combined $1 million...


USTA grant helps All Out Adventures offer adaptive tennis, pickleball programs 
07-31-2023 7:38 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

All Out Adventures lives up to the name above its door — the nonprofit provides opportunities for both people with disabilities and their family and friends to participate in a variety of recreational programming, from bicycling to kayaking and...


Guest columnist Tara Jacobs: Getting up to speed with Governor’s Council
06-23-2023 11:11 AM

By TARA J. JACOBS

It has been a busy spring, and I would like to take an opportunity to provide an update on all the work I have been doing across western Massachusetts, as well as in Boston.The Governor’s Council’s official schedule has only recently begun to take...


NECBL: Valley Blue Sox take down North Adams for 8th win in last 10 games
06-21-2023 11:12 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

HOLYOKE – The Valley Blue Sox kept their hot streak alive on Wednesday night, winning for the eighth time in their last 10 games with a 7-2 victory against the North Adams SteepleCats at MacKenzie Stadium.The win moved the club’s record to 8-4 on the...


ValleyBike likely grounded until next spring
05-25-2023 5:30 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

NORTHAMPTON — It looks like the popular ValleyBike share program will remain grounded until next spring.Northampton officials announced Thursday that they are on the hunt for a new vendor to run the regional bike share program after the main service...


Northampton contingent shines at Nike Indoor Track and Field Nationals
03-14-2023 2:19 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

Eight of Northampton’s top track and field athletes went to race against the best of the best at the Nike Indoor Track and Field Nationals at The Armory in New York City over the weekend. The Blue Devils qualified two relay teams in the 4x800 meter...


Women’s basketball: Ally Yamada’s outside shooting powering Smith College in Final Four run
03-12-2023 12:33 AM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

NORTHAMPTON – Ally Yamada squared herself up with the basket, coolly executing a three-point shot that she’d taken thousands of times before. Down in the post, forward Morgan Morrison felt herself relax, if only slightly. It’s hard to be certain of...


Singular jazz duo comes to Amherst College: PVJS concert will showcase renowned improvisational trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith
03-10-2023 11:17 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Over the years, Glenn Siegel has worked with a huge number of jazz musicians and composers, both as the founder of the former Magic Triangle concert series at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and with his Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares program.But...


Tara Jacobs: Proud to serve in District 8 on Governor’s Council 
02-16-2023 8:25 PM

I am proud to serve western Massachusetts on the Governor’s Council and hope to continue to provide updates on the work I am doing in this role. I was sworn in on Jan. 5 during the governor’s inaugural ceremony at the State House. With a new...


Greenfield hockey avenges earlier loss with Belchertown beat down
01-21-2023 12:08 AM

By HANNAH BEVIS

AMHERST — After a tight 2-1 contest the first time Belchertown and Greenfield met this season, most fans expected a similar low-scoring contest when they met again. Instead, Greenfield’s offense found its scoring touch and Green Wave goalie Joshua...


A very good run: Last concert of the Magic Triangle series at UMass Amherst, begun in 1990, to take place
04-20-2022 9:30 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — Over 30 years ago, Glenn Siegel, then working as a jazz DJ at WMUA-FM at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, went to talk to Frederick Tillis, the director of the university’s Fine Arts Center. Siegel and some other jazz DJs at the...


Vexed Easthampton Housing Authority residents look to organize
03-06-2022 7:56 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — Residents who live in six Easthampton Housing Authority properties will soon decide whether to form a tenants organization to represent them — a move that, if successful, would be the first such organization formed since the housing...


Jesse Adams graduates from first-ever Mass. Bar Association Leadership Academy
07-05-2017 2:28 PM

By AMANDA DRANE

NORTHAMPTON — A city attorney is among the first graduates of a leadership program offered by the Massachusetts Bar Association.Jesse Adams, who served for seven years on the Northampton City Council, stands among the new program’s 21 fellows who...


Canning supports lower taxes, aims to improve schools, public safety
11-02-2016 12:08 AM

By RICHIE DAVIS

Republican state Senate candidate Christine Canning has described herself as “a pit bull with lipstick” and the political byproduct of “a father who’s a left-wing Democrat and a mother who’s a right-wing Republican.” The Lanesborough educational...


Adam Hinds opposes legalizing marijuana; supports A.G. on copycat assault weapons ban
11-02-2016 12:08 AM

By RICHIE DAVIS

After beating back two challengers in the Democratic primary in September, Adam Hinds of Pittsfield is involved in a two-party race for a state Senate seat.The 40-year-old Buckland native and Mohawk Trail Regional High School graduate has repeatedly...

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