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Sarena Neyman: Which side are you on? False binary of the Israel-Hamas war
11-10-2023 6:00 PM

By SARENA NEYMAN

As a child of two Holocaust survivors and a product of Jewish day schools and Zionist summer camps, I was brought up to love Israel unconditionally.My great-grandmother moved to Palestine from Poland in the 1930s because she recognized the dangerous...


Linda Hillenbrand: Assault rifles must be banned 
11-10-2023 1:15 PM

A recent letter writer against gun control uses a female walking in a dark garage as an example of having less gun control [“Gun control bill a ‘fool’s errand,’ Gazette, Oct. 23]. If his intention is to make women fearful enough to agree with less gun...


Learning the ropes: Backed by Leverett Education Foundation grant, teacher revives outdoor ropes course at elementary school
11-06-2023 4:45 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — As Leverett Elementary School sixth grader Layla Roderick maneuvers along the multivine traverse, grabbing ropes dangling from above while moving her feet on a taut line extended between trees, Vi Salacuse ensures her classmate stays safe...


Leverett wrestles with what to do with closed section Rattlesnake Gutter Road
10-27-2023 1:51 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — During the pandemic, numerous cars daily parked along Rattlesnake Gutter Road up to the gates that have for more than 20 years kept a more than mile long section of the narrow gravel road closed to through traffic, indicating that people...


Leverett Village Co-op’s first Harvest Festival coming Sunday
10-24-2023 12:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — Live music, horse-drawn wagon rides and a variety of artisan vendors will be set up at the Leverett Co-op Harvest Festival, being held on the grounds of the 180 Rattlesnake Gutter Road store Sunday afternoon.Running from noon to 4 p.m., the...


Amherst interim superintendent promises to release his own report based on Title IX investigation
10-18-2023 6:49 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Interim Superintendent Douglas Slaughter promised Tuesday that he will issue a draft report based on the contents of a recently released Title IX investigation, though he cautioned that he must abide by confidentiality of personnel records...


Behind closed doors: Amherst Regional School Committee mum on investigation into allegations of transphobic actions at middle school
10-16-2023 10:10 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — At least one investigation that began last spring into allegations of transphobic actions by counselors at the Amherst Regional Middle School, and possibly the hiring practices used by the assistant superintendent at the time, appears to be...


School superintendent search begins with subcommittee in Amherst
09-21-2023 11:36 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A search for a new superintendent to lead the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional schools is beginning with the creation of a subcommittee, whose members are drawn from both Regional and Union 26 school committees, to oversee the...


Interim super: Title IX report on anti-LGBTQ actions at Amherst Regional Middle School won’t be public
09-20-2023 6:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — As a Title IX and associated investigations into alleged mistreatment of trans and nonbinary students at the Amherst Regional Middle School draw to a close, the interim superintendent is informing the Regional School Committee that he...


Slaughter again tapped as interim school chief in Amherst
09-01-2023 11:09 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional public schools will be led on a temporary basis by Douglas Slaughter, the school’s finance chief, who for the second time this year has been named the interim superintendent.With Superintendent...


Interim school leader in Amherst may be named Thursday
08-30-2023 4:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An interim superintendent to lead the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional school districts could be in place by Thursday evening.Even though Amherst has only two School Committee representatives, following the resignations of three...


Clock ticking to select Amherst-Pelham’s new school leader
08-24-2023 3:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — With less than a week before they must hire an interim or temporary superintendent to lead the Amherst, Amherst-Pelham Regional and Pelham schools, regional school committee members said at a Wednesday meeting that they aren’t sure who will...


Amherst regional school committees to meet Wednesday, may name temporary superintendent
08-22-2023 6:20 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A temporary or interim superintendent for the Amherst, Amherst-Pelham and Pelham public schools could be named at a joint meeting of the Regional and Union 26 school committees Wednesday.The meeting, in a remote format rather than being held...


Morris out as Amherst superintendent amid anti-trans controversy
08-20-2023 7:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Superintendent Michael Morris will leave his position after seven years in the role, a mutual departure announced by the Amherst-Pelham Regional and Union 26 school committees Friday afternoon.The announcement comes after the committees met...


Guest columnist Gene Stammel: Lucky in love — Observations on marriage
08-18-2023 5:13 PM

By GENE STAMMEL

“Always get married in the morning. That way, if it doesn’t work out, you haven’t wasted a whole day.” — Mickey Rooney“I always say, if you’re married 50 years and 10 of them are horrible, you’re doing pretty good.” — Michelle Obama“Keep your eyes...


‘A really big part of our lives’: State commits $15.5M to early education and care programs 
08-16-2023 11:14 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — Upon moving to Shutesbury in 2017, Samantha Spisiak discovered a weekly story time at M.N. Spear Memorial Library, often bringing her toddler to the get-together with other families.“This has been a really big part of our lives,” Spisiak...


School boards call sudden executive session on Morris
08-16-2023 2:44 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Members of the Amherst Regional School Committee and Union 26 Committee are holding a joint virtual meeting, almost entirely in executive session, on Thursday evening, for the purpose of preparing for unspecified negotiations with...


ARHS grad’s film shot in region to make debut
08-10-2023 5:23 PM

By Scott Merzbach

AMHERST — Playwright Annie Baker’s feature film directorial debut, featuring location shoots in Amherst, Hadley and Leverett in summer 2022, will be shown at the 61st annual New York City Film Festival this fall.The festival, running from Sept. 29 to...


Don Ogden: Solar farms and the environment 
08-08-2023 2:27 PM

The recent guest column “Wrongly blocking solar in Shutesbury,” [Gazette, July 22] by Dan Winslow, president of the New England Legal Foundation “a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for free enterprise, property rights, rule of law,...


Amherst-Pelham school union doubles down on call to investigate superintendent’s ‘failures’
08-03-2023 10:48 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Having already taken a no-confidence vote in Superintendent Michael Morris, the union representing the teachers, paraprofessionals and clerical staff in the Amherst-Pelham public schools is reiterating its appeal for the Regional School...

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