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Northampton police attempt to track down owner of dog found wandering the city
04-21-2017 5:02 PM

By GAZETTE STAFF

NORTHAMPTON — City police successfully located the owner of what likely is a mixed-breed dog found wandering the area Thursday afternoon.Officials said the dog, probably a partial Pomeranian, was picked up on Prospect Street. Though it had no...


Area teen organizes Northampton hike to raise money for clean water efforts in impoverished countries
04-20-2017 11:59 PM

By MORGAN HUGHES

NORTHAMPTON — A 14-year-old budding activist is at it again, planning on hoofing it for clean water this weekend.Saraphina Forman, a student at The Academy at Charlemont, organized her third annual Hike For What’s Right event at Mineral Hills...


Group pedaling from Northampton to Washington for People’s Climate March
04-20-2017 10:43 PM

By JACK SUNTRUP

NORTHAMPTON — When scientists talk dire impacts of climate change in say 2050, or 2100, the far-away dates can be hard to put into perspective. For Peter Ives, the problem does not seem so distant. He thinks of his 2-year-old granddaughter Ila. “I...


Northampton petitioners target stormwater fee for repeal
04-20-2017 10:34 AM

By AMANDA DRANE

NORTHAMPTON — Mansour Ghalibaf says city pipes couldn’t handle what the Fairfield Inn & Suites had to offer, so he spent $500,000 building an underground drainage system for the building. Still, he pays more than $2,000 a year to the city in...


“Champ,” an injured squirrel, fought until the last, says Northampton woman who tried to save him
04-20-2017 9:42 AM

By DERRICK PERKINS

NORTHAMPTON — “Champ” the squirrel didn’t go down without a fight.Estimated at several weeks old, Champ was found Sunday by a friend of Jordana Starr, 32, who co-owns Beerology on Pleasant Street with her husband. The critter was in the mouth of the...


Contracts ratified for school employees
04-19-2017 11:49 PM

By AMANDA DRANE

NORTHAMPTON — The School Committee ratified several contracts last week, including an unusual contract extension for Superintendent John Provost.Superintendents typically sign on for three years at a time, but the committee approved a five-year...


Northampton fire caused by improper disposal of smoking materials displaces six
04-18-2017 6:12 PM

By DERRICK PERKINS

NORTHAMPTON — Flames billowed from the third-floor porch of a wooden, multi-unit building near the heart of downtown as neighbors watched firefighters from across the region battle a three-alarm blaze Tuesday morning.Crews from Northampton,...


Actress, trans activist Laverne Cox recounts journey to womanhood in talk at Smith
04-17-2017 11:15 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — Emmy-nominated for her role as Sophia Burset on the Netflix original television series “Orange is the New Black,” Laverne Cox exudes a confidence that allows her to shout out “trans is beautiful.” “I’m really happy to be here tonight as...


Northampton protesters oppose war, military spending
04-17-2017 9:56 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

NORTHAMPTON — When friends asked legendary Northampton activist Frances Crowe what she wanted for her 98th birthday on March 15, her answer surprised no one.“She kind of said, ‘We need to march and rally, we have to take to the streets,’” her friend...


McGovern, Neal talk Washington, Trump and the Democratic Party in wide-ranging interviews with Gazette
04-16-2017 4:32 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — With various appointments by President Donald Trump still not made and continued reversals and flip flops in the administration’s objectives, a sense of chaos and drama exists in the nation’s capital that Massachusetts congressmen...


Northampton police still seeking tips about suspicious Arcanum Field playground fire
04-13-2017 12:27 PM

By EMILY CUTTSStaff WriterNORTHAMPTON – Police are still asking for the public’s help  in gathering information about a fire that destroyed the playground at Arcanum field earlier this week. Northampton Police and Fire officials are calling the fire...


Columbia Gas plans new pipeline, end to moratorium in Easthampton, Northampton
04-12-2017 11:00 PM

By CAITLIN ASHWORTH

For Easthampton and Northampton, a conclusion is in the works to lift the natural gas moratorium that has restricted new service to residents and business owners in the two cities for two years.Columbia Gas of Massachusetts is negotiating an agreement...


Going mainstream: Parents share mixed views as Northampton prepares to launch a new special education model next school year
04-12-2017 12:54 AM

By AMANDA DRANE @amandadrane

City mom Erica McMahon said classroom “inclusion” looks good on paper, but there are children for whom mainstream education simply won’t work. She says her son, who attends R.K. Finn Ryan Road Elementary School, is one of them.That’s not the case for...


Montessori School of Northampton unveils new, 7400-square-foot Upper School
04-11-2017 11:07 PM

By JACK SUNTRUP

NORTHAMPTON — Parents, staff and students gathered outside the Upper School building at the Montessori School of Northampton for its official ribbon-cutting Tuesday — and, in line with the sunny day, ice cream sandwiches.The 7,400-square-foot...


Pouch with suspected cremated remains turned in to Northampton police
04-11-2017 7:07 PM

By EMILY CUTTS

NORTHAMPTON — Police said a woman dropped off a “pink pouch” she believed contained cremated ashes just before 7 p.m. on Monday.The woman found the pouch near the intersection of West and Green streets, according to authorities.Capt. John Cartledge...


Last deer returns to Look Park after escaping enclosure
04-11-2017 10:30 AM

By EMILY CUTTS

FLORENCE — The last of three missing Look Park deer returned home Monday, exhausted but otherwise OK after three-pl days outside the park, a park official said.“Our last deer that was running around was Fannie,” said Sebastian Ross, operations...


Fire burns playground at Arcanum Field
04-10-2017 9:26 PM

By EMILY CUTTS

NORTHAMPTON — Police are investigating an early morning fire that burned the playground at Arcanum Field in Florence. “It’s a significant loss to the city,” Northampton Assistant Fire Chief Jon Davine said. “It’s unfortunate. It finally gets warm out...


Jeanne Hoose: Thanks community for supporting Adult Spelling Bee
04-09-2017 10:06 PM

Thanks community support for Adult Spelling Bee On behalf of the Northampton Education Foundation, I would like to thank our community for supporting Northampton Public Schools by attending and participating in the 17th annual Adult Spelling Bee on...


One lane on I-91 south, north through Northampton to be closed this week
04-09-2017 8:24 PM

By GAZETTE STAFF

NORTHAMPTON — Traffic on Interstate 91 through Northampton will be constricted this week as Massachusetts Department of Transportation crews work on road and bridge repairs.One northbound lane and one southbound lane will be closed between 8 a.m. and...


Oh, deer: Northampton police employ use of drone for first-ever field operation
04-09-2017 3:19 PM

By MICHAEL MAJCHROWICZ

NORTHAMPTON — As the city slept, the deer ran free.At some point Thursday evening, police said, a tree at Look Park fell and left an escape route open in one of the enclosures that hold two deer. On Friday morning, when park staff realized the deer...

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