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Hilltown Voices: Haydenville Congregational Church hosts series on Islam, combating anti-Muslim bias

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Haydenville Congregational Church will host a series of workshops and discussions over the next five months exploring Islam and finding ways to address what organizers say is growing anti-Muslim sentiment. “In December, several groups within the church were spontaneously discussing the growing Islamophobia and what can be done about it,” said Rev. Andrea Ayvazian, pastor of the church. “We decided to pull a program together that would be both educational and a call to action.” The series “Understanding Islam and Combating Anti-Muslim Rhetoric and Violence” will begin from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The first event will feature the film, “Muhammed: Legacy of A Prophet” to be followed by a discussion. Ayvazian said …

Eric Nakajima quits as director of Massachusetts Broadband Institute amid dispute over WiredWest

Friday, February 12, 2016

Eric Nakajima, the man who was to have shepherded the build-out of “Last-Mile” broadband to most of western Massachusetts, has stepped down from his job. Nakajima, who visited most of the unserved and underserved Hilltowns this fall and winter to talk about their broadband needs, announced Friday he is leaving his post as director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute effective immediately. However, he …

Deerfield Select Board takes no action against weimaraner which allegedly attacked Beaver Drive woman

Friday, February 12, 2016

DEERFIELD — The Select Board this week opted not to take action against a dog that has allegedly attacked the same woman and her dogs three times in as many years, but warned the owner that precautions must be taken. Nancy Sunflower, of 14 Beaver Drive, has filed three complaints regarding a weimaraner owned by Valerie Telega, of 5 Beaver Drive. Sunflower elaborated …

Valley Views: Winter Texture

Friday, February 12, 2016

Honor Roll: Northampton

Friday, February 12, 2016

Northampton GRADE 12 First Honors Alexis Alicea, Emma Almanzar, Daniel Averill, Devon Barry, David Beebe, Hannah Belanger, Sarah Bloomgarden, Luke Bosco, Henry Brown, Arianna Burch, Krystal Burgos, Jesse Carlino Threlfall, Sheila Carpenter, Alexander Carson, Taylor Cassidy, Cody Cleveland, Shannon Collins, Jose Cordova Sam Daniel, Sachel Davis-Delano, Erica Dean, …

On day of swearing in, UMass Police Chief Tyrone Parham looks ahead

Friday, February 12, 2016

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief Tyrone A. Parham was sworn in Friday during an afternoon ceremony at the Mullins Center. Earlier in the day, Parham spoke to reporters about his impressions of the department, which …

Traffic on Bay Road Bridge in Hadley will be reduced to one lane; PVTA alters bus Route 39

Friday, February 12, 2016

HADLEY — Traffic on Bay Road Bridge will be reduced to one lane starting next week, and state transportation officials are warning drivers that they can expect delays in the area. Several wood pilings supporting the bridge have …

A&B Lawn Care in Sunderland goes above and beyond

Friday, February 12, 2016

SUNDERLAND — A&B Lawn Care started off in jest. Friends Cody Pease and Ryan Jopson met working at Four Seasons Property Maintenance and used to joke about starting their own company. It became a reality last year, when …

Easthampton City Council documents now available online

Friday, February 12, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — City Council meeting minutes and other documents will now be posted online in a move that gives residents more convenient access to public records. A majority of councilors at a meeting last week agreed on the …

Massachusetts Municipal Association gives Innovation Award to Leverett for fiber-optic service

Friday, February 12, 2016

LEVERETT — With its 1-gigabit-per-second, fiber-optic LeverettNet up and running as other towns struggle to build their last-mile connections, Leverett has received recognition from the Massachusetts Municipal Association with its Innovation Award. “In the past, it wouldn’t be an uncommon sight to find a high school student sitting …

Nine area communities eye special projects, state money after signing compact

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Officials from nine area communities met with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito Thursday to sign on to a state and local partnership program that provides assistance and money for transportation, technology and other special projects. Northampton, Easthampton, …

At Smith College, Cornel West urges unity, integrity in the face of racism

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Influential scholar and civil rights activist Cornel West spoke passionately to a crowd at Smith College Thursday night, urging them to come together and seek truth as the nation continues to reckon with police brutality and …

Clinton, Sanders hold low-key, pointed debate

Thursday, February 11, 2016

MILWAUKEE — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night’s Democratic debate and clashed heatedly over their support for Barack Obama as the presidential race shifted toward states …