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A half-century of photography: Forbes Library exhibit showcases the vintage work and world views of photographer and digital printmaker Stan Sherer
06-06-2024 3:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When Stan Sherer was growing up in the Bronx in New York City in the 1950s, an uncle paid a visit to his family one day and brought along some World War II-era darkroom equipment.Sherer didn’t know it just then, but he was about to find his life’s...


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...


Mayor boosts Northampton school spending after public outcry
06-05-2024 8:34 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A day before an expected final vote Thursday on the city’s budget for the coming fiscal year, Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra has submitted a new budget that increases school funding by twice her originally planned 4% hike, after more than a...


Yvette Bernecker and Meri Hoverman: Public schools should be a unifying cause
06-05-2024 4:39 PM

The contrast between the Health Department’s presentation and the School Department’s at last Wednesday’s City Council budget hearing was quite stunning. The Health Department’s presentation was inspiring and hopeful. The school budget presentation...


Al Simon: What does a community that prioritizes public education look like?
06-05-2024 4:39 PM

It has about 29,000 residents. It has four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. It has about 3,300 students in public schools. The municipality has a total budget of about $139 million. Of that, $80 million is spent on public...


Haley Pearl: Where’s your courage to do what’s right for students?
06-05-2024 4:39 PM

To our esteemed city councilors, level services funding is necessary to provide our district’s students with the quality education that is their right. As an Northampton public school teacher and parent, I cannot fathom how cuts to our schools make...


Walking for water: JFK students raising funds to help drill wells in South Sudan
06-05-2024 2:31 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Over the span of a few days between the end of May and the start of June, members of the sixth grade class at JFK leave their classroom and head outdoors to walk together in laps around the school building. But these kids are doing more...


Holyoke man facing rape, assault charges remains in jail
06-05-2024 11:30 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man remained jailed on $25,000 bail after pleading not guilty last week in Hampshire Superior Court to an eight-count indictment charging him with aggravated rape, kidnapping and indecent assault and battery, among other...


Guest columnist Rev. Julie G. Olmsted: Hard-won wisdom is gold for graduates
06-04-2024 6:54 PM

By REV. JULIE G. OLMSTED

 Somehow, I am filled with longing this time of year to pass on anything I can think of that might make smoother the often daunting and treacherous road that follows high school or college graduation. Many others did the same for me long ago;...


Columnist J.M. Sorrell: Antisemitism accelerant
06-04-2024 6:54 PM

By J.M. SORRELL

Antisemitism joins racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and misogyny as features of the far right. It is easy to spot when white supremacists claim that Jews are working with people of color to destroy the white race. Most people find their jokes about...


Guest columnist Ruth Leuenberger: Should we continue to accept the unacceptable?
06-04-2024 6:53 PM

By RUTH LEUENBERGER

 I have been interested in the Northampton budget discussions for fiscal year 2025. I have no practical knowledge of how the finances of our city work, but I have felt the impact of the financial decisions made.Over the years, I have had the parental...


Sustainability on menu: High school academy in Northampton recognized for garden, other ‘green’ efforts
06-04-2024 1:53 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — In a small outdoor corridor wrapping around the school building of HEC Academy lies a garden, with various patches of land and small pots sprouting vegetation such as squash, pumpkins and zucchini. Around half a dozen students help...


Columnist Joanna Buoniconti: Regaining my sense of childlike confidence
06-03-2024 4:11 PM

By JOANNA BUONICONTI

Those who know me, personally, know that I have a very good memory. I always have. I can recall what I wore and what the weather was on this exact day any number of years ago, like a forlorn party trick that people find kind of cool, yet slightly...


Art as healing: Safe Passage launches new anthology project to give domestic abuse survivors space to tell their stories
06-02-2024 9:01 AM

By Alexa Lewis

NORTHAMPTON — For victims of domestic abuse, speaking out about one’s experiences can be both terrifying and liberating at the same time.With the launch of its new anthology project this week, Safe Passage — the longtime Northampton nonprofit whose...


State ditches bike trail plans connecting Hatfield, Northampton
06-01-2024 1:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — A 1¼-mile-long shared-use path to bring a bicycle and pedestrian connection from Damon Road in Northampton to Elm Court in Hatfield is on indefinite hold because of safety concerns and prohibitive costs.Representatives from the...


Kelsey Flynn and Jaime Olander: Supports Northampton mayor’s budget and leadership
05-31-2024 2:27 PM

We are writing to express our support for Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra’s budget and overall leadership for Northampton. As Northampton public school parents in ward 3 of a fourth and sixth grader, we have experienced up close the positive and moving...


Man gets 2½ years on drug charges
05-31-2024 11:13 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — After weighing recommendations from defense and prosecuting attorneys, a Hampshire Superior Court judge sentenced a longtime Northampton man to 2½ years in jail on numerous drug distribution charges at a change-of-plea hearing...


Photos: End of an era: Pizza Factory in Florence to close
05-30-2024 4:55 PM

FLORENCE — The Pizza Factory in downtown Florence, which nearly closed two years ago to make way for a marijuana dispensary, will open its doors for the final time on Friday.The longtime pizza business at 143 Main St., at the corner of Main and North...


Guest columnists Kai Anderson-Flynn and Noah Leaf: Living more closely makes more sense
05-30-2024 4:10 PM

By KAI ANDERSON-FLYNN and NOAH LEAF

When one imagines the environmental impact of dense housing, the images conjured are ones of smog and cities devoid of greenery. This is in stark contrast to the traditional image of suburban single-family homes, with yards, trees, and open...


Jon Schluenz: A more collective Main Street
05-30-2024 4:08 PM

I have heard and read arguments regarding the Main Street redesign. These include parking concerns, traffic congestion, pedestrian and bicycle safety, accessibility, and plain old not liking change. Ideally, a new Main Street redesign will...

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