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Northampton schools seek ‘big picture’ plan behind work of new 20-person team
02-14-2024 5:41 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Ahead of what is shaping up to be a contentious budget year, school leaders are taking a step back to develop a longer-term vision for the city’s schools.Superintendent Portia Bonner has formed a new strategic planning team to craft a...


College Church in Northampton reflects on ‘generational trauma’ of racism
02-14-2024 3:56 PM

By Samuel Gelinas

NORTHAMPTON — While millions of Americans were preparing dips for their Super Bowl pregame parties, roughly a hundred people gathered at College Church last Sunday to shine a light on racial inequality.State Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa, D-Northampton, was...


The love behind a perfect match: Pet rescue organization using AI to help rehome pets
02-14-2024 3:49 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — No dog trainers, behaviorists and even an psychic animal communicator could prevent Melissa Bekisz’s two dogs from fighting.The New York resident inherited her ex-partner’s 4-year-old Australian shepherd Marjoram after he moved out. Marjoram...


Consumer Corner with Anita Wilson: Tales from the consumer complaint blotter
02-14-2024 11:40 AM

A local man signed up for cellphone service but, his phone calls kept dropping at home and he missed many incoming calls. He tried canceling the service, but every month he continued to receive a bill.Finally, he filed a consumer complaint with the...


Area property deed transfers, Feb. 15
02-14-2024 9:36 AM

AMHERST Ann S Campney RET and Julia C. Irving to Susan E. Donner and Frances M. Cooper, 7 Burgundy Lane, Lot 7, $445,000 Porter Annick Est and Gregory Porter to John M. Kalas and Margaret S. Kalas, 33 Gaylord St, $760,000 North Pleasant St Partner...


GCC nursing students talk single-payer health care, workplace safety concerns with WMass legislators
02-13-2024 8:04 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Some two dozen aspiring nurses spent Monday morning rubbing elbows with four of the region’s top politicians, where they were able to ask what they could do to drum up support for single-payer health care to how to better protect medical...


Zoning breaks sought for four-story buildings on edge of UMass
02-13-2024 4:23 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An 85-unit mixed-use project is being proposed for the corner of Amity Street and University Drive, but the potential development may depend on variance requests coming before the Zoning Board of Appeals later this month.UDrive Amity LLC,...


Local officials tout governor’s municipal tax plan as ‘very exciting’
02-13-2024 4:16 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey’s proposal to give cities and towns new tax-hike authority would provide “game-changers” at the local level, especially for less populated areas, one mayor said Tuesday.A bill Healey filed last month would offer...


UMass basketball: League-leading, defensive-minded Richmond next for Minutemen
02-13-2024 2:48 PM

By GARRETT COTE

As has been said for the last three games, the next one marks the UMass men’s basketball team’s most important game to date on the calendar.Every game from here on out – given the current state of the Atlantic 10 – is the most important one.UMass...


Hadley town administrator makes final cut in Palmer
02-13-2024 1:18 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Carolyn F. Brennan, Hadley’s town administrator since mid-September 2020, is a finalist to become town manager in Palmer.Brennan and Brad Brothers, assistant town manager in Plymouth, were announced as finalists to the Palmer Town Council...


Councilors have doubts over Amherst College ‘gateway’ sign on public green 
02-13-2024 11:14 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A large gateway sign to greet visitors to the Amherst College campus coming from points west and north, better announcing the college’s presence at the southern edge of downtown, is again being proposed for installation by college officials...


Speaking of Nature: A romantic evening for two birders — To hear the wonderful sounds of the Saw-whet Owl one must go outside at night
02-13-2024 11:06 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

It was a cold winter’s night and my beautiful wife Susan and I were watching movies. There was a fire crackling in the wood stove, we were enjoying good food and drink and we were both all snoodled up and comfy. It was everything you could have wanted...


Five selected from limited pool to interview for Amherst police chief
02-13-2024 11:03 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even with continued concerns over having just a small pool of applicants to be Amherst’s next police chief, a search committee is forging ahead with interviews.Five candidates, culled from 11 who submitted letters of interest in the job,...


A Look Back: Feb. 13
02-13-2024 6:01 AM

50 Years Ago■The Clarke School for the Deaf announced today that it will close one of its dormitories this fall because of declining enrollment. School authorities said that they would close the Yale House, which is now the home of 16 five-year-olds,...


High schools: Zola Higham, Amherst girls take down Hampshire; South Hadley girls capture Suburban League title
02-12-2024 11:20 PM

By BRADYN COTE

AMHERST — The Amherst girls basketball team’s fourth quarter scoring proved to be too much for Hampshire Regional on Monday as the Hurricanes defended its home court on its senior night, 42-34.Both teams were looking to bounce back from losses, but...


Girls basketball: Aubrey Parent goes for 21 points in Granby’s 43-26 win over Smith Academy
02-12-2024 10:20 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

HATFIELD – Smith Academy game-planned for her all week. They tried double-teaming her. They tried triple-teaming her.But it didn’t matter. Granby’s 6-foot-2 sophomore center Aubrey Parent dominated inside for 21 points to lead the Rams (10-7) to a...


Girls basketball: Northampton’s Ava Azzaro scores 1,000th point in victory over Wahconah (PHOTOS)
02-12-2024 9:55 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — Needing just two points to reach the 1,000 point club, Northampton’s Ava Azzaro calmly stepped to the free throw line early in the first quarter of Monday’s game against Wahconah.The senior sank the first free throw, took the ball and...


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...


Tuesday storm could drop a half-foot of snow on region
02-12-2024 12:47 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A significant storm will bring up to 6 inches of snow to the area starting early Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service predicts.The storm arrives in Hampshire County between 1 and 3 a.m., according to meteorologist Alan Dunham in...


Amherst Town Council asked to support cease-fire in Gaza
02-12-2024 10:42 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The Town Council could vote as early as Feb. 26 on adopting a “Resolution for a Cease-fire in Gaza,” a measure that not only calls for a cease-fire, but the release of hostages and detainees on both sides, ensuring humanitarian aid...

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