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Former Northampton man pleads not guilty in Greenfield slaying
07-09-2024 12:34 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Taaniel Herberger-Brown, the Greenfield man accused of murdering Christopher Hairston, of Pittsfield, and leaving his body at his Chapman Street apartment, was held without the right to bail after he pleaded not guilty at his arraignment...

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Suspect in Greenfield slaying to be arraigned
07-08-2024 5:47 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — More than two months since police found the body of Christopher Hairston, 35, of Pittsfield, decomposing inside a Rubbermaid-style trash bin in 42-year-old Taaniel Herberger-Brown’s Chapman Street apartment, the suspect will be arraigned...


Guest columnist Allen Woods: Should we question authority? Or everything?
07-08-2024 4:17 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

Americans spent a lot of time and emotion fighting among ourselves in 1969. We fought over the Vietnam War, the compulsory military draft, and the “counterculture” springing from it. As a youngish man (or oldish boy) nearing 20, I was happy to march...


Study finds homeless numbers on the rise in valley
07-04-2024 9:16 AM

By CHRIS LARABEEand JAMES PENTLAND

A count of homeless people in the region this year shows the number of homeless families in Hampshire County doubling over 2023, and overall homeless numbers at their highest in at least five years.The annual Point-in-Time count, a national initiative...


Feds eye flood mitigation measures in Pioneer Valley
07-01-2024 4:49 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE and ALEXA LEWIS

With Massachusetts experiencing its seventh-wettest year on record in 2023 as torrential rainstorms ravaged roads, farms and homes, the federal government, the state and those here in the Pioneer Valley are turning their eyes toward future flood...


Guest columnist Jon Huer: We bid farewell to democracy on our last Independence Day
06-30-2024 10:42 AM

By JON HUER

As a lifetime observer of American society and history, just now I am witnessing an astonishing historical event no human being has ever seen before: a nation voluntarily abandoning its democracy to welcome autocracy (very possibly fascism). On our...


GCC union seeks dismissal of provost, though call for president’s resignation fails
06-30-2024 8:40 AM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Fifty-three out of 62 voting members of the Greenfield Community College Professional Association, the college’s faculty and staff union, voted in favor of Provost Chet Jordan’s dismissal last week after GCC allegedly suppressed a...


UMass dining chef recognized with heroine award for work supporting refugees
06-27-2024 2:15 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

An executive pastry chef who directs bakery operations for UMass Dining is one of 125 women recognized as a Commonwealth Heroine earlier this month in Boston. Pamela Adams of Greenfield received the award from the Massachusetts Commission on the...


Green River Festival perseveres amid harsh weather
06-23-2024 7:23 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

The 38th annual Green River Festival persevered through two days of severe weather this weekend as rain and thunderstorms brought delays and schedule changes for performers and festival-goers.Friday’s programming began when the gates to the Franklin...


Stairway to heaven in your own backyard: Summer concerts in the Valley for classic rock enthusiasts
06-21-2024 10:30 AM

By PAIGE HANSON

Last week in Northampton, Lez Zeppelin, an all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band, rocked the stage at Iron Horse Music Hall, bringing an electric and mesmerizing performance to the packed audience.“We are just true to the spirit of the band, which is...


GCC union votes ‘no confidence’ in president, provost
06-20-2024 9:31 AM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Seventy-eight eligible members of the Greenfield Community College Professional Association, the college’s faculty and staff union, cast their ballots by Tuesday afternoon, expressing no confidence in President Michelle Schutt and Provost...


Wendell group gives Comerford petition seeking pause on large-scale battery storage systems
06-16-2024 2:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Moments before state Sen. Jo Comerford’s Town Hall event at Greenfield Community College on Monday, members of a citizens group that was formed last year in opposition to a proposed battery storage facility in Wendell handed the state...


More music, bigger stages: In new hands, Green River Festival returns next weekend with headliners CAKE, Fleet Foxes and Gregory Alan Isakov
06-14-2024 2:11 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

We are days away from the Green River Festival, one of the most anticipated and most popular summer events in Franklin County. Now in its 38th year, the festival will run from June 21 to 23, Friday through Sunday, at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in...


Volunteering is in his blood: Four Rivers Charter grad Sam Whitney recognized as Gazette’s Young Community Leader
06-13-2024 3:15 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — To say that Sam Whitney likes to play sports might be something of an understatement.At the Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, where Whitney graduated this spring, he played soccer, basketball, and the school’s signature...


The Beat Goes On: Jazz manouche and choro in Northampton, Pride music celebrations in Greenfield, and jazz in Amherst
06-13-2024 2:03 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It was 20 years ago today … Well, maybe not exactly to the day, but Django in June, the annual Northampton celebration of the music created by the legendary Belgian-French guitarist Django Reinhardt, is marking its 20th anniversary this year.That’s no...


Guest columnist Al Norman: Fighting for care everyone deserves
06-09-2024 11:40 AM

By AL NORMAN

I met attorney Steven Schwartz in 1972. We were working in Greenfield as VISTA volunteers for Franklin Community Action Corp. The following year Steven created the Greenfield office of Western Mass Legal Services, and a second office in Hampshire...


Judy Schiavone: The poor, low-income workers and allies to march on Washington
06-09-2024 11:39 AM

Over 800 people die a day from poverty making poverty the fourth leading cause of death, the federal minimum wage is a sinful $7.25 hourly making it impossible for many working people to escape the crush of poverty, the war economy is in high gear,...


Stepping onto summer stage: Silverthorne Theater Company debuting three plays in its first full summer season
05-31-2024 3:56 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Time was when summer theater in the Valley was typically produced by a number of mainstays, including Chester Theatre Company, New Century Theatre, and the Ko Festival at Amherst College.But New Century Theatre shut down a few years ago, as did the Ko...


Panel discusses local efforts to combat sexual exploitation of minors
05-31-2024 2:35 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Authorities in Hampshire and Franklin counties spelled out how they are combating sexual exploitation of minors as part of a community education initiative Wednesday, with experts saying that a special emphasis is placed on fighting...


Mass. Senate backs end to ‘home equity theft’
05-29-2024 5:09 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

The state Senate unanimously passed an amendment to its annual spending plan that would prohibit municipalities and private companies from taking the entire equity of a home in the event of a tax lien foreclosure, a piece of legislation that, if...


GCC grads mark start of ‘a lifelong pursuit of knowledge’
05-29-2024 3:25 PM

By SAM FERLAND

GREENFIELD — Cheers and cowbells rang aloud on Saturday as members of Greenfield Community College’s Class of 2024 marched between rows of flowers to the stage, collected their diplomas, and celebrated their success with their families and friends.GCC...

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