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Arts Briefs: The Paradise City Arts Festival returns to Northampton, the MIFA Victory Players perform in Holyoke, and more
05-23-2024 2:41 PM

Paradise by the fairground lightsNORTHAMPTON — One of the area’s largest artistic celebrations returns this weekend, as some 220 artists and craftspeople gather at the Three County Fairgrounds for the Paradise City Arts Festival.The biannual festival,...


Guest columnist Sen. Jo Comerford: Quabbin bill a bid for ‘more just future for our region’
05-22-2024 4:57 PM

By STATE SEN. JO COMERFORD

 I read Mike Magee’s My Turn column with concern [“Quabbin region will never see any benefits from reservoir,” Recorder, May 13]. Since it was published, I have received messages from constituents asking why I support giving more Quabbin water to...


Columnist Carrie N. Baker: Presidents matter — Title IX, sex-based violence and LGBTQ discrimination
05-22-2024 4:49 PM

By CARRIE N. BAKER

U.S. presidents have a tremendous influence on our rights. As head of the executive branch, presidents are responsible for enforcing civil rights laws. Democratic presidents reliably strengthen reproductive rights, enhance protections against sexual...


Guest columnist Rev. Peter Kakos: The saving grace of college protests
05-21-2024 5:55 PM

By THE REV. PETER KAKOS

 What, after all, is the purpose of higher education, if not to debunk hateful myths, that continue, like Furies, to haunt us with debasing beliefs of our fellow human beings?Racism, alive and as ugly as ever, leads the ruthless madness, conjuring up...


Tyler Barnett: School budget debate reveals power structure
05-20-2024 5:20 PM

Many recent letters debating the school budget advocate for “fiscal responsibility.” This obfuscates the power structure underlying all political decisions, even local ones — the power to inflict harm on some groups to the benefit of others. All...


Summer on Strong kicks off Wednesday in Northampton
05-19-2024 1:01 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Strong Avenue in downtown will once again be pedestrian traffic-only beginning on Wednesday, marking the return of the “Summer on Strong” season in the city. The closing of the street to vehicle traffic is meant to encourage outdoor...


Mayor’s budget boosts schools 8.5%: Advocates protest coming job cuts as spending falls short of demands
05-17-2024 5:29 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Weeks of debate over the Northampton school budget neared a conclusion Thursday night after Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra unveiled a nearly $137 million fiscal 2025 budget to the City Council that calls for an 8.5% increase in the city’s...


Columnist Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Divided city? Pride brought us together
05-17-2024 2:14 PM

By THE REV. ANDREA AYVAZIAN

The Northampton Pride March, held on May 4, could not have come at a better time. I have marched with my family since my son was little, and he is now 36 years old. It is a part of our spring tradition. But this year, the march felt especially...


05-17-2024 2:11 PM

I thoroughly enjoyed Bill Newman’s column “Laurels and the laureate” Gazette, May 11. The lyrical writing allowed me to be in Wyoming, watching the horses, the different styles of riding, the multi-generational love of horses and riding. It was simply...


Rutherford Platt and Barbara Kirchner: ‘Magical thinking’ in downtown Northampton
05-16-2024 8:11 PM

Regarding the article, “Music key to downtown revival,” [Gazette, May 1], returning from a few days away recently we left I-91 at the Route 5 exit, passing piles of highway construction material and heavy machinery which welcome the traveler at the...


Dale Melcher and Martin Wohl: NEF funds NHS homesteading course
05-16-2024 8:11 PM

The Gazette article about Bob Melnik’s homesteading class (“Modern homesteading at NHS,” March 14) was a great example of the creative, engaging and challenging projects our NPS educators are doing in all our schools. Bob’s course, like a number of...


M/other’s time to shine: MICAfest runs in three Northampton venues through May
05-16-2024 1:32 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The challenges mothers face can be legion, especially for those who work and have families and, according to any number of studies, still end up doing most of the chores at home, from raising kids to cooking, compared to their husbands and...


Iron Horse gets its liquor license just in time for Wednesday opening
05-15-2024 5:51 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Ticket holders for the Iron Horse Music Hall’s grand opening Wednesday night will be able to order a drink from the venue’s newly-designed bar after the nonprofit worked through state bureaucracy to obtain a liquor license just hours...


Sarah Buttenwieser: Our kids need well-staffed schools
05-15-2024 5:21 PM

My understanding is that increased staffing in the schools was deemed necessary as schools dealt with the impact —emotional and otherwise — of the pandemic upon our children. Now, we are post-federal emergency. However, our kids are not post-pandemic...


Cheryl Muzio: Smith College owes more to the city
05-15-2024 5:21 PM

I am writing to address the guest column penned by Smith College President Sarah Willie-LeBreton [“Smith College and the city: Neighborliness and much more,” Gazette, April 12].I read the article with great hopes that she, along with the Smith...


Guest columnist Laura Briggs: Why send police to halt a peaceful protest at UMass?
05-14-2024 4:58 PM

By LAURA BRIGGS

 Let’s just say the obvious: The University of Massachusetts Amherst — indeed the overwhelming majority of universities — have never before sent phalanxes of police in riot gear to respond to peaceful protests by students within minutes or hours of...


Jennifer Ablard: Improve the existing bike routes
05-14-2024 4:55 PM

Instead of adding more bike paths that will need to be maintained, how about maintaining the roads for the existing designated routes? The South Street route is more treacherous than ever. Giant potholes and debris make riding (and driving ) more like...


Hannah Shira Huynh: Public money for public schools
05-14-2024 4:55 PM

We’re not only students, we’re the future of Northampton. As an 8th grade student at JFK Middle School, I can confidently say a large public school budget is essential for maintaining a thriving educational environment. These teachers not only...


Kevin Lake: Demonstrating the world as we wish it to be
05-14-2024 4:55 PM

When former City Council president Bill Dwight wrote a column recently to explain the present school funding situation Northampton, I was grateful that someone had put in the time to find and present the facts, the numbers and the history. It’s not a...


Guest Columnist Jonathan A. Wright: School spending hike a tough budget lift
05-13-2024 6:33 PM

By JONATHAN WRIGHT

 We live in a hot time with many pressures on resources at every level. That said, the current budget circumstance in Northampton was completely visible to the naked eye last year and carried warnings for the fiscal 2025 budget.This is due to a...

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