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Columnist Susan Wozniak: Enlightenment might have passed Louisiana by
06-24-2024 4:45 PM

By SUSAN WOZNIAK

The 19th day of June saw Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry sign into a law a requirement that the Ten Commandments be displayed in all public schools. The ceremony was held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School. Landry is a practicing Catholic.I was...

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Baseball roundup: James Lavallee helps Northampton Post 28 blank Aldenville
06-24-2024 9:23 PM

James Lavallee gave up just three hits and struck out eight as Northampton Post 28 walked away with a 3-0 victory over Aldenville in an American Legion Senior Division game at Szot Park in Chicopee on Monday. Andrew Gagne, Henry LaFlamme, Elijah...


Holyoke volunteer’s award from Patriots Foundation brings $10K windfall to Cancer Connection
06-24-2024 4:20 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A former Holyoke teacher who’s been volunteering at The Cancer Connection in Northampton since 2015 was recognized early this month by the New England Patriots Foundation as a “Community MVP Award Winner,” bringing a $10,000 windfall to...


HERO Act ‘monumental’ for veterans, but one expert says it falls short on housing
06-24-2024 4:18 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

A leading veterans agent in the region says an expansive bill soon to become law designed to improve the lives of Massachusetts veterans is “monumental” for its expanded inclusion efforts, benefits, and health care provisions, but the measure fails to...


Work earns local a trip to White House: City attorney attends ceremony where Biden announces major change to immigration policy
06-23-2024 7:00 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — When President Biden stepped to the podium in the East Room of the White House last Tuesday to announce a major change in immigration policy, a Northampton attorney was there to witness the moment.Dan Berger said he was invited to the...


A doctor’s boarders: Dr. Jessica Bossie’s mission to help the homeless find the right house
06-21-2024 6:01 PM

By BOB FLAHERTY

NORTHAMPTON — An address. Something so basic you’d rattle it off like the date of your birth. But try putting “tent by the river” or “under the overhang” on your next job application and see how many calls you get.But a local physician, known for...


Julia Riseman: Your small change makes a big difference at CET
06-21-2024 2:42 PM

All of us at CET (formerly the Center for EcoTechnology) wish to thank the thousands of generous River Valley Co-op shoppers who collectively donated $10,000 in small change in the month of April. CET is putting these funds to work to mitigate over 80...


Divided over school funding, Northampton council fails to pass mayor’s budget
06-21-2024 11:52 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A divided City Council late Thursday night failed to reach a two-thirds majority required to approve the mayor’s $137 million budget for fiscal 2025, with funding for the school district continuing to generate controversy and split the...


Staying busy in summer: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares stages new concert series in July
06-21-2024 10:33 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Fresh on the heels of Django in June, Northampton’s annual celebration of jazz manouche and Django Reinhardt, Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares has organized its own summer jazz series for July, both to say “thank you” to supporters and to give local...


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...


Northampton considers $1.4M in CPA projects, including for a new inclusive playground at RK Finn school
06-20-2024 5:20 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A new inclusive playground may soon be coming to RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School.The playground is just one of nine projects in line to receive a combined total of $1.4 million during the latest round of CPA funding. Other project...


Arts Briefs: Lots of theater in Northampton, Indian poetry and music in South Hadley, and more
06-20-2024 2:47 PM

Pulling at the roots: Plays cover 3 centuries of city history — againNORTHAMPTON — Last August, Historic Northampton presented a new way of examining some chapters of city history by staging three short plays at the museum, including two that took...


Local baseball: Northampton Post 28 falls to Pittsfield in Senior Legion action
06-19-2024 8:45 PM

It looked promising for the Northampton Post 28 Senior Division American Legion team through two and a half innings, as Liam Flynn belted a two-out, three-run home run to put them ahead 4-2 against Pittsfield Post 68.But the game’s next 12 runs...


Dennis Bidwell: It's time to approve the mayor's budget
06-19-2024 5:15 PM

I watched the special meeting of the City Council on June 17, eager to hear Councilor Quaverly Rothenberg’s promised plan for addressing the city’s looming budget deficit without cutting positions in the School Department and without requiring a...


Johanna Radding: Northampton schools chronically underfunded
06-19-2024 5:15 PM

I recently did a deep dive into 30 years of Gazette archives and article after article revealed a continual underfunding of Northampton public schools by our city leaders. For decades, mayors have balanced the budget on the backs of the schools while...


Child porn case against former state police captain from Amherst inches ahead
06-19-2024 3:12 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Legal proceedings in the case of a retired State Police detective captain accused of eight counts of possessing and distributing child sexual abuse material have moved slowly since charges were first brought.Francis Hart, 64, was...


Northampton City Briefing: New JFK mural invokes an ‘Imagined World’
06-19-2024 12:50 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

JFK Middle School has completed a new mural located on the front of its building, made under the theme of “Imagined Worlds.” The mural is part of a broader therapeutic art initiative lead by local artists Sharon Leshner of The Color Collaborative and...


Briefs: Belchertown scores 9 unearned runs to take American Legion victory over Northampton
06-19-2024 12:00 AM

Belchertown Post 239 used a six-run second inning and a six-run third inning to get past Northampton Post 28 13-11 on Tuesday night.Northampton starter Griffin Smiarowski only allowed four earned runs on six hits and three walks over five innings of...


Northampton school spending advocates eye ‘mountain of cash’ in reserves; city officials warn of slippery slope
06-18-2024 8:29 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — With more than 50 supporters of a larger budget for Northampton Public Schools sitting behind her, Ward 3 City Councilor Quaverly Rothenberg attempted to explain to her fellow councilors Monday night how the city can fully fund the...


Guest columnist Portia S. Bonner: Common purpose can bridge divide
06-18-2024 7:59 PM

By PORTIA S. BONNER

 I am writing to the public in response to the teacher union’s vote of no confidence. This action is widespread across the commonwealth over the past several years, and is a common device designed to divide the district and the community. Fewer than...


Legion baseball: Aiden Keeling-Lococo’s walk-off hit lifts Northampton Post 28 past Easthampton
06-17-2024 9:09 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — He may have just wrapped up his freshman year of high school, but Aiden Keeling-Lococo showed maturity beyond his years on Monday evening.The Northampton Post 28 center fielder stepped to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning...

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