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Columnist Sara Weinberger: Christian Zionism no friend
06-16-2024 8:59 PM

By SARA WEINBERGER

Nearly 300,000 people attended the March for Israel rally last Nov. 14. Although no Jewish clergy spoke at the largest pro-Israel event in U.S. history, Televangelical Pastor John Hagee, was an invited speaker. Hagee is the senior pastor of a 22,000...

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Guest columnist Harriet Diamond: How Cottage St. lost its vibe
06-13-2024 7:19 PM

By HARRIET DIAMOND

 I am writing as a member of the Cottage Street Tenants’ Association of Eastampton. We formed this group in response to sudden unreasonable rent increases of 25-125% for studio spaces. Riverside Industries owns the building at One Cottage Street and...


Columnist Tolley M. Jones: Will there be time?
06-12-2024 5:44 PM

By TOLLEY M. JONES

A year ago, my dearest friend Kirsten’s life abruptly and shockingly ended. A year ago she came into my car as I drove in terror to her house, to say goodbye to me when I was not ready, nor prepared, to say goodbye to her. A year ago this week, we...


Kiwanis Club renews chapter in Southampton, Easthampton
06-09-2024 11:51 AM

By Alexa Lewis

EASTHAMPTON/SOUTHAMPTON — After four years out of operation, the Kiwanis Club of Easthampton and Southampton is back, and celebrated the presentation of its new charter on Friday.The club was brought back to life by George Delisle, who in addition to...


A house guest with a dangerous bite: Easthampton Theater Company revives vintage screwball comedy, ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’
06-07-2024 12:42 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

At some point in our lives, most of us have the misfortune to have someone come to our home who quickly wears out their welcome, for dinner or a party or maybe a weekend visit: an obnoxious uncle, your daughter’s new boyfriend, a neighbor’s work...


Arts Briefs: A Sojourner Truth biographer comes to the Valley, a new take on a noted play, and more
06-06-2024 3:36 PM

Truth biographer comes to townFLORENCE — Historian Nell Irvin Painter, the author of an acclaimed biography of Sojourner Truth, will visit the town where the famed abolitionist once lived to talk about her newest book and about some of the ideas that...


Walter Krzeminski: Scheffler untouchable?
06-03-2024 4:08 PM

The dismissal of charges against golfer Scottie Scheffler raises questions and concerns. Had he not been a PGA Tour golfer, this case would not have been reported on nationally and internationally, thus, in all likelihood, this case would have been...


Joe Gannon: What to call ourselves?
05-31-2024 2:27 PM

The discussion over whether to call ourselves American or not seems partly our recent addiction to purity, and partly a misunderstanding of language, and a wee bit of history.Prior to the Civil War Americans referred to themselves by their state, a...


Guest columnist John Pepi: Not Quabbin-ize, but eyes on the prize
05-28-2024 4:22 PM

By JOHN PEPI

 The story of the “lost” towns of the Quabbin Reservoir [“Don’t Quabbin-ize push for clean energy,” Gazette, May 16] is a sad one, but it does raise the question of when an individual or collective should be asked to sacrifice for the greater...


Communities to mark Memorial Day with parades, ceremonies
05-23-2024 4:09 PM

The last Monday in May is Memorial Day, a federal holiday originally called Decoration Day that was formalized in 1868 and serves as the nation’s foremost annual day to honor its deceased service men and women.A bevy of parades and commemorative...


Arts Briefs: The Paradise City Arts Festival returns to Northampton, the MIFA Victory Players perform in Holyoke, and more
05-23-2024 2:41 PM

Paradise by the fairground lightsNORTHAMPTON — One of the area’s largest artistic celebrations returns this weekend, as some 220 artists and craftspeople gather at the Three County Fairgrounds for the Paradise City Arts Festival.The biannual festival,...


Merriam Ansara: Who are we?
05-22-2024 4:38 PM

Thanks, Razvan Sibii, for that column [“Should America be a synonym for USA?” Gazette,May 21]. I similarly had for many years been called to account for use of the term America and American by friends outside the U.S. who consider themselves proudly...


Steve Mccafferty: Kudos to National Grid
05-21-2024 5:54 PM

I would like to thank National Grid and their contractor, Neville Management for their quick and effective clean-up of the homeless encampment on the bike trail near Walgreens in Northampton. I realize that a group of people were displaced in this...


Columnist Sara Weinberger: Republicans calling antisemitism over protests is bad-faith politics
05-19-2024 1:35 PM

By SARA WEINBERGER

When pro-Palestinian student protests in the U.S., prompted by the war in Gaza, began last fall, Republicans in Congress saw an opportunity to score points ahead of the November elections. Under the guise of protecting Jewish students from...


Joan Kurtz: Easthampton Dog Park fundraiser
05-17-2024 2:11 PM

On behalf of my board, I would like to thank Jesse’s Ride for hosting a fundraiser this past Saturday to benefit the Friends of Easthampton Dog Park. This event was held to honor the memory of Jesse Johansmeyer and to support a cause which undoubtedly...


Multiverse of style: Volante Design in Easthampton has a mission to make jackets that anyone can wear anytime
05-15-2024 3:30 PM

By Alexa Lewis

EASTHAMPTON — When David Volante posted a photo to his blog of a custom jacket he was working on in 2012, he wasn’t expecting it to go viral.The interest in his design made him realize that people wanted what he was selling, and he could sell even...


A rocky ride on Easthampton’s Union Street: Businesses struggling with overhaul look forward to end result
05-10-2024 8:59 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

EASTHAMPTON — Outside of Small Oven bakery on Union Street, customers walk carefully around puddles, leaving footprints in the muddy strip where the sidewalk had been just days before. Inside, a line still forms at the register, but according to owner...


Around the Hamptons: City Arts to unveil Cottage Street sculpture
05-08-2024 3:49 PM

By Alexa Lewis

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton City Arts (ECA) Public Art Committee will host an unveiling on Saturday of its newest sculpture on the Nashawannuck Pond Promenade. The sculpture has been years in the making, with the initial idea proposed in 2019 by...


Easthampton to use built-up reserves to help cover $57.1M budget next year
05-07-2024 6:08 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

EASTHAMPTON — As several other Hampshire County communities have spent the spring budget season grappling with how to overcome significant funding gaps brought on the expiration of support from pandemic funding, the city of Easthampton is sitting on...


Guest columnist Terrence McCarthy: Yard sale blues
05-06-2024 1:36 PM

By TERRENCE MCCARTHY

 As my wife, Donna, and I were hauling assorted items out of our house and garage in North Carolina the other day, I couldn’t help but try to recollect if anyone I knew growing up in Easthampton ever did what we were doing: preparing for a yard sale.I...


Easthampton author Emily Nagoski has done the research: It’s OK to love your body
05-03-2024 3:44 PM

By MELISSA KAREN SANCES

‘Emily’s mission in life is to teach women to live with confidence and joy inside their bodies.”This sentence mesmerized me.It’s an assured statement about a complicated topic: body image and sexuality, and it is the crux of sex educator Emily...

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