Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
Sunny
69°
Sunny
Hi 69° | Lo 44°
In this Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 photo, Four-year-old Lily S. plays with wooden blocks at The Green House, an eco-friendly pre-school in Oklahoma City. There are currently about 80 nature-based preschools nationwide, up from 19 in 2009, said Christy Merrick, director of the Natural Start Alliance, which is part of the North American Association for Environmental Education. But she noted that numerous other preschools employ some sort of eco-friendly approach. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Preschools latest to take on environmental movement

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — Three-year-old Clara Centola seems unconcerned by the adults around her as she works at a mini-kitchen, deciding which cloth-toy fruits and vegetables to serve her imaginary guests. There are no plastic fast-food replicas to choose from at her Oklahoma City preschool, where the real food is vegan and gluten-free. All the classroom papers are online here at The Green House. Countertops are wiped clean with natural oils and water. Any leftover food — all local or organic — is recycled or composted. It’s all part of director Dawn Maxwell’s goal of running a preschool focused on living a healthy life, embracing nature …

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tickets are now on sale for the first-ever “A Country Music Concert For A Cause” Oct. 4 at Millside Park, where family-friendly festivities will kick off at 5 p.m., and live music start at 6. Easthampton High School’s chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter has organized the event to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted and drunk driving, and to …

Radical ideas At the Paulo Freire charter school in Holyoke, learning is infused with ideas about social justice

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HOLYOKE — Upon entering the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School, there is a small room to the left with five flat-screen computers. These are for students who do not have computers at home. The room is also open to students who need extra help with their school work. “There’s no stigma to …

Sunderland special Town meeting votes to buy North Main Street property for affordable housing

Saturday, September 20, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The town will purchase a 2.82-acre lot on North Main Street for $265,000, which it plans to use to increase its proportion of affordable housing units for seniors. The purchase was approved by voters at a special Town Meeting Friday night and passed by just 1 …

Massachusets environmental secretary raises concerns about path of proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline

Friday, September 19, 2014

The state’s top environmental official has written to the federal government calling for careful review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Direct Natural Gas Pipeline, arguing the route is a highly sensitive environmental area. A “preliminary, non-exhaustive” state review of the route shows that it would pass through …

Republican Senate candidate Brian Herr campaigns at CRD Metalworks in Williamsburg

Friday, September 19, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Brian J. Herr brought his campaign to Williamsburg on Friday where he visited CRD Metalworks at 17 Hyde Hill Road. Herr, who is challenging Sen. Edward J. Markey, responded to a request …

Chiefs: Retreat wasn't an option from Blarney Blowout scene

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — While two police chiefs in Amherst agree unruly crowds should be handled differently next time, they insisted Friday that retreat was not an option at the Blarney Blowout. Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone and University of …

Easthampton High, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts and Mosier Elementary in South Hadley show improved MCAS rankings

Friday, September 19, 2014

Three area schools moved up in state rankings for meeting achievement gaps in Friday’s release of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test results. Meanwhile, most area school districts, including Amherst and Northampton, remained steady, and many either met or …

Fire in bucket holding cigarette butts quickly extinguished at Northampton home

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Alert passersby helped make quick work of extinguishing a fire Friday morning outside a home on Westhampton Road. Fire officials said cigarettes were the cause of the blaze, which was quickly put out on the deck of the home at 383 Westhampton Road. The fire was …

Hampshire Superior Court judge approves injunctiion preventing William Ryder from selling funeral home business

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A judge Friday granted a request from the state attorney general’s office prohibiting William W. Ryder from selling his embattled funeral home business or any of its assets until victims are compensated. The decision may give some hope to the 63 people who say they gave …

Amherst, UMass officials pledge support for reforms

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts, town and police officials acknowledged their mistakes, described a new set of remedies and expressed optimism that the blueprint former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis delivered in a 65-page report for protecting the …

Forum scheduled in Amherst to discuss priorities for Community Preservation Act money

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — Every year, projects that protect open space, preserve affordable housing and promote historical preservation come before annual Town Meeting. Almost all of these projects financed using Community Preservation Act money since the town adopted the surcharge in 2001 have been approved by the members. Last spring …