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Maureen Groden: Support state representative candidate Bridget Matthews-Kane
07-12-2024 4:06 PM

Thank you for covering the 4th Hampden District state representative race between incumbent Kelly Pease and challenger, City Councilor Bridget Matthews-Kane. Southampton was re-districted after the 2020 census to be represented along with most of...

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Steps to thrive by: Meet the Dancing Queens of Southampton
07-15-2024 10:51 AM

By ALEXA LEWIS

SOUTHAMPTON — Myrna West has been bringing music and movement into the lives of her line dancing students for decades. Now in her 35th year of teaching, she has a loyal group of “Dancing Queens” who attend her classes at the Southampton Senior Center,...


Mike Quinlan Sr.: Trump’s lies embarassing
07-03-2024 2:58 PM

After watching the presidential debate last week, it is very disheartening to hear political pundits and others call for Joe Biden to drop out of the race for president. Donald Trump spent the whole 90 minutes telling lie after lie, and not one pundit...


Betty Ussach-Schwartz: The movement towards a theocracy
06-25-2024 6:44 PM

The pundits, talking heads and historians who see a movement toward a theocracy and who are proclaiming that Trump and his minions want to impose an autocratic regime upon the United States are misinterpreting the signals. Banning books, abortions...


Southampton voters to decide on $2.2M override to buy land for new public safety complex
06-09-2024 1:00 PM

By Alexa Lewis

SOUTHAMPTON — The town will take another significant step toward the construction of a new public safety complex on June 25, when voters will decide at a special election whether to buy land that was already approved at this year’s annual Town...


Kiwanis Club renews chapter in Southampton, Easthampton
06-09-2024 11:51 AM

By Alexa Lewis

EASTHAMPTON/SOUTHAMPTON — After four years out of operation, the Kiwanis Club of Easthampton and Southampton is back, and celebrated the presentation of its new charter on Friday.The club was brought back to life by George Delisle, who in addition to...


Cynthia Loring MacBain: Putin’s nuclear threat
06-01-2024 11:23 PM

Putin has announced that his military will be training in the use of tactical nuclear weapons in his war against Ukraine. There has not been enough education in the news media about what these tactical nuclear weapons are, and our ignorance is...


Communities to mark Memorial Day with parades, ceremonies
05-23-2024 4:09 PM

The last Monday in May is Memorial Day, a federal holiday originally called Decoration Day that was formalized in 1868 and serves as the nation’s foremost annual day to honor its deceased service men and women.A bevy of parades and commemorative...


Betty Ussach-Schwartz: How extremists co-opt protests
05-16-2024 8:11 PM

It is at once encouraging that many college students have familiarized themselves with the barbaric attack upon Israeli citizens by Hamas and the disproportionate and horrendous responsive attack on Palestinians in Gaza, and are motivated to join...


Southampton takes key step toward new public safety complex following TM vote
05-12-2024 3:02 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

SOUTHAMPTON — Stepping over fire hoses and wires, Southampton Fire Chief Richard Fasoli opened the driver’s door to one of the fire engines as far as he could on a recent afternoon during a tour of the aging and cramped public safety complex. The...


Around the Hamptons: City Arts to unveil Cottage Street sculpture
05-08-2024 3:49 PM

By Alexa Lewis

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton City Arts (ECA) Public Art Committee will host an unveiling on Saturday of its newest sculpture on the Nashawannuck Pond Promenade. The sculpture has been years in the making, with the initial idea proposed in 2019 by...


State fines Southampton’s ex-water chief for accepting lodging and meals at ski resort, golf outing from vendor
04-29-2024 4:09 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

SOUTHAMPTON — A former Southampton water chief has admitted he violated the state conflict-of-interest law by accepting gifts of a golf outing and lodging and meals at a ski resort from a water meter vendor, and has agreed to pay a $6,000 fine, the...


Guest columnist Jim Palermo: Beware the zeitgeist! It’s bad for our kids
04-17-2024 6:01 AM

By JIM PALERMO

 I ran into a friend who asked why I had not for a long while submitted columns to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. I responded that I had not written because I was overwhelmed by the myriad issues that threaten out great country; that gnaw at the very...


Valley Bounty: Grass-fed animals that feed the grass: Gwydyr Farm in Southampton focuses on ‘restoring the connection between land, food and people’
04-12-2024 3:39 PM

By JACOB NELSON

Every piece of farmland has its strengths and weaknesses. Often, the most successful farmers are those that learn to see their land’s potential clearly and — with other things in mind like finances and what customers want — build a business around...


Guest columnist John Sheehan: No man is an island
04-01-2024 5:59 PM

By JOHN SHEEHAN

 On Good Friday, I decided to do something different. Instead of going to church, I went to stand in solidarity with people involved in the struggle for peace and justice at Smith College and the Coolidge Bridge in Northampton.John Donne’s poem has...


Photos: Hoops in honor
03-24-2024 11:50 AM


Betty Ussach-Schwartz: Governor Healey’s proposed marijuana pardons are fair and practical
03-21-2024 6:06 PM

Gov. Maura Healey’s proposed executive pardon of incarcerated people and those previously convicted of simple marijuana possession is fair, humane and definitely will save significant taxpayer funds.From all perspectives this is a commendable...


All the right moves: Southampton dance academy CLI Conservatory growing by leaps and bounds
03-12-2024 3:03 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

SOUTHAMPTON — There’s a lot of movement going on these days behind an unremarkable building facade at the Southampton Shopping Center.Inside spacious studios, 160 young dancers are learning jazz, contemporary, theater, ballet and other styles and...


Southampton moves to withhold payment to Hampshire Regional amid problems in school business office
02-04-2024 10:24 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SOUTHAMPTON — The Southampton Select Board agreed last week to withhold paying its quarterly assessment to the Hampshire Regional School District in response to ongoing challenges in the school district’s business office that are putting the town’s...


State Sen. Velis alarmed over pharmacies limiting Narcan access
02-01-2024 11:26 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

WESTFIELD — State law requires the overdose prevention drug naloxone — known by its brand name, Narcan — to be always be available over the counter, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed it to be sold directly to consumers since last...


Southampton Select Board selects a new town administrator
01-23-2024 9:51 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTHAMPTON — Over the years, Scott Szczebak has hung a painting that overlooks Southampton, Easthampton, Northampton and the Oxbow in his office. That painting will soon have a new home in Southampton’s Town Hall, where next month Szczebak will step...

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