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Dakin reopening Kitten Intensive Care Unit
07-09-2024 12:18 PM

By ABNER ROJAS

SPRINGFIELD — As Dakin Humane Society reopens its Kitten Intensive Care Unit at 171 Union St. this month, Pioneer Valley residents are ready to continue their mission of nursing critically ill kittens back to health.The volunteer program was put on...

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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...


Overlooked no more: Leverett artist’s woodcut prints celebrate remarkable women of the past
05-09-2024 4:05 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It started in early 2018 with a special New York Times series of articles, “Overlooked,” obituaries about notable people whose deaths had gone unreported in the newspaper, which first began publishing obits in 1851.Leverett printmaker and collage...


Columnist Andrea Ayvazian: Standing as witness to Armenian martyrs
04-19-2024 4:47 PM

By THE REV. ANDREA AYVAZIAN

My sister Gina had the proclamation framed and she displays it prominently on her wall. It means so much to our family. The Proclamation of the City of Northampton marking Armenian Martyrs’ Day, dated April 24, 2018, is signed by then-Mayor David...


Christine Tetreault: South Hadley school budget cuts
04-12-2024 2:28 PM

Superintendent Mark McLaughlin has said the quiet part out loud: The proposed school budget and restructuring of the district’s delivery of services will be accomplished at the expense of students with disabilities and the paraprofessionals who serve...


Columnist Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Texting with prophets feels artificial
03-15-2024 2:36 PM

By THE REV. ANDREA AYVAZIAN

Because my husband is currently writing a book about robots at war — how the military is combining artificial intelligence with robotic devices to create “unmanned” weapons systems — our house is infused with articles, reports, and dinner...


Yankee Candle settles $1.2M class action lawsuit over time clock rounding
03-06-2024 12:07 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SPRINGFIELD — More than 2,400 current and former Yankee Candle employees are eligible to split $1.2 million from a class action lawsuit brought forward by an employee alleging the company failed to pay workers for “thousands of hours of work” due to...


Around and About with Richard McCarthy: Turn on, tune in, drop out: Exploring Timothy Leary’s Pioneer Valley roots
02-29-2024 2:18 PM

By RICHARD MCCARTHY

I suspect a fair number of readers are aware who Timothy Leary was, and more still have heard his name as part of the lexicon of popular culture. For those who do not know, he was one of the more famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective)...


Judge wants diocese, Northampton to resolve St. Mary stained-glass removal before a possible Thursday ruling
02-27-2024 3:42 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

SPRINGFIELD — A federal judge scolded both the Diocese of Springfield and the city of Northampton for needing to resort to a lawsuit to settle a dispute over the removal of five stained-glass windows at the St. Mary of the Assumption Church on Elm...


Columnist Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Celebration will mark church’s rise from ashes
02-16-2024 2:57 PM

By THE REV. ANDREA AYVAZIAN

Good news is hard to come by these days. All our news media outlets are filled with troubling stories, disturbing images, and frightening predictions. It can be very difficult to read the newspaper or watch the evening news.And so I am delighted to...


Report: Tourism brings $1.3B to three-county region
02-12-2024 4:55 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

Tourism contributes more than $1 billion in annual economic impact across Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties, according to a recent study released by the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.The study was the first of its kind...


Guest columnist Pema Latshang : School leaders need to further invest in their teachers
02-05-2024 4:42 PM

By PEMA LATSHANG

Over the past three years, it’s become clear just how essential teachers are to the everyday lives of the western Massachusetts community. In remote and hybrid settings they were there for us throughout the pandemic, with many stepping up to do this...


Neal, McGovern: House passage of $78B tax bill a win for families
02-02-2024 7:56 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALLand CHRIS LARABEE

SPRINGFIELD — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal touted a new tax relief bill passed by the House of Representatives this week, and shared his views on U.S. foreign policy during a gathering with the press on Friday morning.Speaking in the atrium inside the...


Tom Denault: Criticism of high school sports officials
01-26-2024 3:42 PM

On Thursday, I read an amazing article titled “Officials face fan criticism,” [Gazette, Jan. 25]. Very well written and informative.I recently attended a young women’s hockey game at Deerfield Academy where Deerfield hosted Choate. The game was one...


Malcolm Pradia: Importance of diversity of staff in college mental health centers
01-22-2024 5:10 PM

As a former college admissions counselor, I’m mindful that this time is an opportunity to breathe a sigh of relief as final applications to college are submitted to meet a January deadline. Respite may be short lived as questions about housing and...


Columnist Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Invovocations, benedictions: Still striving for the right note
01-19-2024 7:01 PM

By ANDREA AYVAZIAN

Earlier this month, I was asked to offer the benediction at the Northampton inauguration ceremony, when elected officials are sworn in to their positions of leadership in our city — a request that I was honored to fulfill.These inauguration...


25-mile march for Palestinians from Northampton to Springfield set for Sunday
12-06-2023 6:18 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

NORTHAMPTON — Palestinian advocates will march 25 miles — the length of the Gaza Strip — from Northampton to Springfield on Sunday to demand Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey call for a permanent cease-fire.The 12-hour event, expected to draw at...


Guest columnists Bishop William D. Byrne and Catholics for Inclusion: A message of welcome to the LGBTQ+ community
12-05-2023 3:37 PM

By BISHOP WILLIAM D. BYRNE and MEMBERS of CATHOLICS FOR INCLUSION

In 2021, Pope Francis instituted a call to every Catholic congregation, and beyond, to take part in a worldwide synod, an invitation to even non-Catholics who wished to participate, to listen to people and ask how the Holy Spirit was moving them, and...


Columnist Andrea Ayvazian: Many blessings, many thanks
11-19-2023 2:10 PM

By REV. ANDREA AYVAZIAN

I have been writing monthly columns for the Gazette since 2009. Often, in November, I would write how painful I find it that the story of Thanksgiving has been misinterpreted, white-washed, and taught incorrectly in schools nationwide.I also have...


Different name, same mission: Belmonte back with annual march against hunger
11-17-2023 4:17 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Don’t worry, radio personality Christopher “Monte” Belmonte will still push a shopping cart 43 miles from Springfield to Greenfield to raise money to combat food insecurity. The journey will simply have a different name.This year marks the first March...


Diocese adds new credible findings against late, defrocked priest Richard Lavigne 
11-06-2023 4:40 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield this week acknowledged new credible findings against the late Richard Lavigne, a convicted sex offender and former Shelburne Falls priest believed to have killed a 13-year-old altar boy in...

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