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Columnist Bill Newman: The fireflies of July
07-13-2024 7:01 AM

By BILL NEWMAN

From my Gazette column of August 1996 I miss the fireflies of July. A secret galaxy born from the still, overflowed waters of the Connecticut, they dance up the hillsides that surround the Meadows of Northampton into the night sky. For years we have...

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Knitters’ paradise: Webs, ‘America’s Yarn Store’ and a mainstay for Valley crafters for generations, turns 50
07-12-2024 3:03 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

When Webs opened their doors on May 16, the first day of the store’s annual tent sale, store manager Angela Cheek watched as a rush of people flowed through the doors for three whole continuous minutes on a Thursday morning. Within an hour, the...


Olin Rose-Bardawil: Control of the river highlights risks in harnessing green power
07-12-2024 9:01 AM

By OLIN ROSE-BARDAWIL

For many, the natural beauty of western Massachusetts is a cornerstone of what makes this region so special. For me, the area’s wild places help to shape its distinct regional identity.Yet as Raymond DiDonato clearly conveyed in a recent guest column,...


Former Southampton man’s rape trial on hold after attorney’s suspension
07-11-2024 8:55 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A former Southampton mortgage loan officer’s rape case is on hold while the state’s high court determines whether his attorney can continue to represent him.Mathieu J. Tebo was preparing to go to trial in Hampshire Superior Court on 30...


Photo: Gotta go around
07-11-2024 8:35 PM


Tom Riddell: Community support for Northampton schools
07-11-2024 8:05 PM

On July 4, Gazette reporter Alexander MacDougall wrote about the final approval of the Northampton Public Schools budget, which he described as “putting an end to a long debate over the city’s schools — for now anyway.” He’s got that right. The fiscal...


Iyko Day: Zionism in 3D
07-11-2024 8:05 PM

I would like to respond to J.M. Sorrell’s column “Zionism for Real” [July 3], which accuses anti-Zionists of antisemitism. Underlying her conflation of Zionism with antisemitism is a commitment to seeing Zionism in only one dimension: as a morally...


High-speed police chase in Hadley ends in crash, arrest on Hampton Inn lawn
07-11-2024 1:05 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

HADLEY — A high-speed chase in Hadley on Wednesday night ended with a car crash that closed part of Bay Road after an unmarked police vehicle collided with the pursued vehicle just outside the Hampton Inn.The incident occurred shortly after 7 p.m....


Vicki Elson: What's even more important than the next president?
07-10-2024 6:00 PM

As I write, my NuclearBan.US colleagues are sweltering in Washington, D.C., urging members of Congress to remember that no matter who is president, we must do much more, right now, to address the twin existential threats of climate and nuclear...


Northampton Education Foundation doles out grants across public school district
07-10-2024 5:54 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Education Foundation has announced more than $60,000 in annual grants for various programs in the Northampton public schools, as well as announcing a new plan for distribution of its endowment grants. Rather than give an...


Downed utility pole shuts down King Street in Northampton
07-10-2024 11:25 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

A section of King Street in Northampton was shut down to fix a downed telephone pole, the second time such an incident has occurred on the busy thoroughfare this year.The pole, located in front of the Lia Toyota dealership, was leaning towards the...


Northampton man charged with shooting at neighbors completes hospital stay
07-10-2024 11:12 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A city man facing 13 charges after allegedly firing an assault rifle into his neighbors’ apartment in December was moved Tuesday from a hospital to jail following a hearing in Hampshire Superior Court.Joshua Martinelli, 29, appeared...


Amber Clooney: Short-term cuts have long-term consequences
07-08-2024 4:15 PM

After reading the June 27 letter to the editor “Don’t mortgage Northampton’s future with short-term thinking”,” I felt compelled to respond. While I understand her concerns about structural issues in the budget, it is disingenuous to say that cutting...


Sarah M. Bachrach: What about money not just words?
07-08-2024 4:15 PM

I appreciate it when entertainment venues recognize the Native American tribe/s that lived on the land. What bothers me is whether it’s a mass shooting or tribal recognition — it’s just words. Words do not correct atrocities and injustices.I believe...


Janet Q. Nelson: Honoring independence, freedom
07-08-2024 4:15 PM

The Fourth of July is celebrated across the country with flags and parades. Here in Northampton, Historic Northampton has provided us with another, deeply thoughtful way to gather. Each year we are invited to come together to read “What To the Slave...


A healing approach: Cutchins Programs CEO Tina Champagne earns top honor in occupational therapy field for mental health focus
07-08-2024 2:05 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

NORTHAMPTON — For over 25 years, Tina Champagne has been a pioneer of change and research in the occupational therapy sphere. Now, she has been awarded the highest honor the profession has to offer.“It’s my passion,” she said. “If it takes even more...


CDH, Highland Valley Elder Services launch Hospital to Home program
07-08-2024 12:01 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Highland Valley Elder Services will expand the state’s Hospital to Home Partnership Program thanks to a nearly $200,000 grant announced by the governor’s office last month. The program will involve providing...


ICE officials arrest Ecuadorian fugitive in Northampton
07-08-2024 11:21 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON – An Ecuadorian man wanted for rape of a child in his home country was recently arrested in Northampton by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.The arrest occurred on June 12 and was carried out by members of...


Columnist John Sheirer: Defeating a compulsive liar
07-06-2024 8:19 PM

By JOHN SHEIRER

Dear Mr. President: Here are some thoughts about the recent debate based on my decades of teaching public speaking and persuasion. This will be tough love because I know you’re strong enough to handle it.With all due respect, we thought you’d do...


Mark Foelster: Just say ‘no,’ to everything
07-06-2024 8:18 PM

I moved here seven years ago and was excited to plant roots in a progressive city with a great reputation among residents and visitors. As time goes on I can’t help but think we’re becoming a bunch of folks stuck in our ways and unwilling to take a...


Sabadosa seeks new headlight technology to reduce glare
07-06-2024 2:01 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

A bill moving through the Legislature will require all new vehicles sold in the state after Jan. 1, 2026 to include adaptive headlights that illuminate the road without shining into the windshields of oncoming drivers.According to the U.S. Department...

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