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Columnist Olin Rose-Bardawil: Americans want more than two choices
06-13-2024 7:18 PM

By OLIN ROSE-BARDAWIL

As the 2024 election has heated up, I have noticed increased discussion of the role of independent and third-party candidates in American politics.As many know, these conversations have emerged in light of Robert F. Kennedy’s independent campaign for...


Former Gazette publisher Peter DeRose, who died Monday at 85, helped usher in contemporary era of journalism in Valley
06-13-2024 4:59 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — Former Daily Hampshire Gazette publisher Peter L. DeRose, who alongside brother Charles W. DeRose brought the family-owned company into a contemporary era of journalism and modernized the technology used to get information to readers,...


Humble superstar: Lee Anderson is the Gazette’s Person of the Year
06-13-2024 3:37 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — When Lee Anderson first had the opportunity to cook for and serve the guests at the Manna Community Kitchen, an idea took form in his mind.“I realized we had something we weren’t optimizing,” he said.It was 2016 and he had begun...


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 Pamela Schwartz: Northampton must pull together to fix fiscal foundation
06-12-2024 5:43 PM

By PAMELA SCHWARTZ

 My two terms serving as Northampton’s Ward 4 city councilor that began 15 years ago left me with a lasting impression: Local governing is hard work and never harder when times are tough.My life as a proud parent of now three grown children who went...


Eric Derman: Multi-use pickleball courts?
06-12-2024 5:41 PM

Given that the public tennis courts at the JFK Middle School are in deplorable condition, is there any reason why the proposed six pickleball courts at Ellerbrook Field cannot be designed as tennis/pickleball courts?While $350,000 is publicly...


Shelly Berkowitz: See the light on school budget before it’s too late
06-12-2024 5:41 PM

Many excellent letters and columns recently published in the Gazette “crunch the numbers” and show existing, plausible solutions to fully funding our Northampton public schools. What I feel compelled to add here are the human costs of not doing so.I...


Phyllis Muldoon: Yet another injustice
06-11-2024 6:38 PM

I had to put the paper down when I read about Aidan being told not to come back to sing his heart out [“True inclusion is still a dream for people with disabilities,” Gazette, June 8]. What cruelty. You couldn’t drag me to this concert of Queen songs...


Letter: Your Voice Is Needed Now
06-11-2024 6:38 PM

My dear, fellow Americans! The time is now. You must speak. Russia has moved war ships to Cuba. Call your representatives. Call the White House. Demand that we stop the escalations in the war with Ukraine (proxy for war with Russia). Is it OK with you...


Horticultural rebirth: Two years after fire, Smith Vocational breaks ground on new $7M building
06-11-2024 3:15 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School broke ground on its new planned horticulture building on Tuesday, with plans to cut the ribbon on the finished building by next summer.The previous horticulture building, which housed the...


Civil lawsuit against Northampton, officers stemming from 2017 arrest in front of City Hall set for fall trial
06-10-2024 3:48 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A civil lawsuit brought against the city by a former Northampton man who claims he was illegally arrested and defamed when he was detained while protesting in 2017 is set for trial in October.Eric Matlock filed suit in 2020, claiming two...


Columnist John Sheirer: Trafficking in the rule of law
06-10-2024 6:01 AM

By JOHN SHEIRER

About 20 years ago, I was driving the speed limit on Route 9, staying in my lane, keeping a watchful eye, and thinking about the errands I needed to complete that day.Then I saw a black SUV speeding toward me from a side street on my right. I assumed...


Columnist Bill Newman: Dismiss the charges against UMass protesters
06-07-2024 6:42 PM

By BILL NEWMAN

UMass Chancellor Javier Reyes’ decision in early May to call in the cops, resulted in the arrest of 130 protesters, including 85 UMass students, six faculty and other members of the five-college community. That decision was wrong — morally, ethically...


Tamar Fields and Nancy Flam: Standing together for peace, equality and social justice
06-07-2024 6:37 PM

The local chapter of Friends of Standing Together invites supporters to the weekly vigils on the corner of Pleasant and Main streets in Northampton. We stand for an immediate cease-fire and hostage deal in order to save the lives of innocent...


Northampton budget stalls over school funding after 2 councilors force a delay in vote
06-07-2024 5:01 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council’s effort to vote on a budget for next fiscal year will have to wait two weeks after two councilors who support giving more money to the school system raised multiple charter objections at Thursday’s meeting.“I think the...


Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: ‘This is my playground’: Saturday’s Northampton Garden Tour grants access to six beautiful home gardens
06-07-2024 12:38 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

I recently heard about a practice called Forest Bathing, which involves spending a few hours in a forest, or at least a sheltered patch of trees, and allowing one’s awareness to settle on all the immediate sensory surroundings. Forest Bathing is...


Joan Berzoff: Northampton — We can do better!
06-06-2024 8:11 PM

Thirty-nine years ago, my husband and I left Boston for Northampton. We chose this small town known for its tolerance of diverse points of view, its generosity, and its progressive values.I was thrilled to join Smith College’s faculty in the School...


Scott Norris: Go big and bold
06-06-2024 8:11 PM

In its online coverage of Donald Trump’s speech following his recent criminal conviction, The New York Times included a photo of a banner unfurled near the site of the speech. The banner was emblazoned with Trump’s scowling face, and the words “Trump...


Lesbian bookstore revival: Bookends transforms in Florence
06-06-2024 5:19 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

NORTHAMPTON — From 1978 to 1989, Northampton’s lesbian bookstore Womonfyre did more than sell books.Like many lesbian bookstores in the 1970s and ’80s, the store on Masonic Street offered newspapers and periodicals associated with the second-wave...

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