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Title run ‘a beautiful thing’ for Northampton native and die-hard Boston Celtics fan Christopher Camposeo
06-21-2024 5:31 PM

By GARRETT COTE

Christopher Camposeo couldn’t muster up the energy to fly back to Boston for Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks. Born and raised in Northampton but now living in Miami, Fla., the 41-year old die-hard Celtics fan...


United Way diaper drive returns
06-21-2024 2:30 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

United Way of the Franklin & Hampshire Region continues to effect “change” as it holds another diaper drive through June 30.The nonprofit is partnering with Greenfield Savings Bank, the Northampton Radio Group, the Daily Hampshire Gazette and the...


It’s official: Vito Perrone inks deal to take over as Hampshire Regional superintendent
06-21-2024 1:27 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

WESTHAMPTON — Vito Perrone has finalized a contract with the Hampshire Regional School District, and will begin his role as superintendent on July 1. After interviews earlier this month, the All-Districts Committee voted to offer Perrone the...


CISA reaches Growing Resilience campaign goal, awards more no-interest loans to farmers
06-21-2024 12:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Fresh off awarding $222,000 in no-interest loans to farmers affected by 2023’s flooding, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) has also reached its $1.8 million goal in its Growing Resilience capacity-building...


Divided over school funding, Northampton council fails to pass mayor’s budget
06-21-2024 11:52 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A divided City Council late Thursday night failed to reach a two-thirds majority required to approve the mayor’s $137 million budget for fiscal 2025, with funding for the school district continuing to generate controversy and split the...


‘Janet Planet’ comes into orbit: Annie Baker’s debut film, about to open in Valley, features performances and input from some area residents
06-21-2024 10:36 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

After generating some local news in 2022 when scenes were filmed in a number of locations around the Valley, “Janet Planet,” the debut film by celebrated playwright Annie Baker, is set to make its debut in Amherst and Greenfield on June 27.The movie,...


Staying busy in summer: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares stages new concert series in July
06-21-2024 10:33 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Fresh on the heels of Django in June, Northampton’s annual celebration of jazz manouche and Django Reinhardt, Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares has organized its own summer jazz series for July, both to say “thank you” to supporters and to give local...


Valley Bounty: From seed to vase: At Passalongs Farm and Florist in Florence, Adrienne Bashista grows and designs custom floral arrangements
06-21-2024 10:32 AM

By JACOB NELSON

“In a different life, I think I would have been an artist from the beginning,” says Adrienne Bashista, owner of Passalongs Farm and Florist. “I wasn’t forbidden from a career in art, it just didn’t occur to me. But now in my 50s, I’ve realized what I...


Stairway to heaven in your own backyard: Summer concerts in the Valley for classic rock enthusiasts
06-21-2024 10:30 AM

By PAIGE HANSON

Last week in Northampton, Lez Zeppelin, an all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band, rocked the stage at Iron Horse Music Hall, bringing an electric and mesmerizing performance to the packed audience.“We are just true to the spirit of the band, which is...


Senate climate bill runs into obstacle
06-21-2024 9:28 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — With the Bay State gripped by a heat wave on the summer solstice, the Massachusetts Senate on Thursday planned to pass legislation to speed up siting and permitting for clean energy projects and also provide more direction for the state’s...


Track and Field: Amherst, Holyoke compete in Nike Outdoor Nationals in Oregon
06-20-2024 7:39 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Six Amherst track and field athletes and the Holyoke girls 4x100 squad made the trip to Eugene, Oregon for Nike Outdoor Nationals held on June 12-15.It was the first trip to Nike Outdoor Nationals for all 10 athletes. Holyoke had never sent a team to...


Belchertown athletic director Jen Gouvin moving on after 5½ years
06-20-2024 7:11 PM

By GARRETT COTE

BELCHERTOWN — Following 5½ years with Belchertown High School, athletic director Jen Gouvin has taken a full-time role in the same position at Clinton Public Schools in eastern Massachusetts.Running the athletics department at Belchertown wasn’t her...


The Real Score: College athletes are going to be paid
06-20-2024 7:09 PM

In mid-May, a development in college athletics was leaked: the NCAA and major athletic conferences were in settlement discussions that could upend college athletics as we know it. This landmark case, House v. NCAA, amalgamates three class-action suits...


Northampton considers $1.4M in CPA projects, including for a new inclusive playground at RK Finn school
06-20-2024 5:20 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A new inclusive playground may soon be coming to RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School.The playground is just one of nine projects in line to receive a combined total of $1.4 million during the latest round of CPA funding. Other project...


Colorful visions from Brazil: Eric Carle Museum hosts first U.S. exhibit of Brazilian artist and children’s author Roger Mello
06-20-2024 4:56 PM

STEVE PFARRER

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has displayed the work of dozens and dozens — or more likely hundreds — of illustrators and writers over the years, in solo exhibits and group shows.Among them have been a fair number of artists from other...


Hampshire Mall sells for fraction of assessed value at $7M
06-20-2024 4:47 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall, a major commercial property on Route 9 since its opening in 1978, was sold at a foreclosure auction Thursday for $7 million.The buyer was Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas and Wells Fargo Commercial Mortgage Securities Inc.,...


Columnist Russ Vernon-Jones: A turning point in human history?
06-20-2024 3:31 PM

By RUSS VERNON-JONES

Will we be able to pass a livable world on to future generations? Given the climate emergency, is there hope for the future?Whether we want to think about climate change or not, most of us care about the answers to these questions. New polling data...


Arts Briefs: Lots of theater in Northampton, Indian poetry and music in South Hadley, and more
06-20-2024 2:47 PM

Pulling at the roots: Plays cover 3 centuries of city history — againNORTHAMPTON — Last August, Historic Northampton presented a new way of examining some chapters of city history by staging three short plays at the museum, including two that took...


Petitions seeking single ZIP code, peace in Gaza passed by Whately voters
06-20-2024 2:09 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Along with the 29 town-submitted articles, citizen’s petitions about having a single ZIP code for the town, a resolution to end the war in Gaza and lowering the municipal voting age were all approved at Whately’s annual Town Meeting.Over two...


UMass men’s basketball coach Frank Martin signs two-year contract extension
06-20-2024 12:34 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

UMass men’s basketball coach Frank Martin signed a two-year extension to keep him in Amherst through the 2028-29 season, UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford announced Thursday.Martin led the Minutemen to a 15-16 mark in his first season in 2022-23...

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