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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Jowel Iranzi speaks to students at  Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton on Tuesday. Iranzi is a survivor of genocides and political violence in Africa and now works for the Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts.

Refugee of war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo relates his story to Smith Vocational and Agricultural School students

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Jowel Iranzi was barely 10 years old in 1996 when his life was turned upside down by war in his home country of Zaire — now the Democratic Republic of Congo. His family fled to Rwanda, then to Burundi, before war broke out there too. His father was killed in the violence. When he fled to Tanzania in …

Easthampton school notes: Easthampton High School student Bryan Delaney keynoter at annual conference

Monday, September 29, 2014

Easthampton High School senior Bryan Delaney will be a keynote speaker at “Find Your Voice,” the third annual Youth Conference on Substance Abuse Prevention Oct. 8 at Greenfield Community College. The conference, organized by Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan’s office, aims to steer youth away from substance abuse through peer education. Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said this year’s …

Easthampton says farewell to Tim Luce, retiring Maple School principal, welcomes Judith Averill, whom he mentored

Monday, September 29, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — It could be said that Maple School Principal Thomas “Tim” Luce began his education career as a high school student in Connecticut, when as a member of the “Future Teachers” club, he tutored children at local elementary schools. “Who would have guessed?” he said with a laugh. Luce, 57, of Conway, …

Trash by the bags full: Thousands turn out for Connecticut River cleanup across four states; events held in Hadley, Amherst, Leeds and Greenfield

Saturday, September 27, 2014

HADLEY — On an island off the shore of the Connecticut River Saturday morning, Southampton resident Walt Brown dug up a garbage bag with a spiked pick-up stick. The bag crumbled as he attempted to free it from …

Volunteers help restore garden, build greenhouse at renovated Anne T. Dunphy School in Williamsburg

Saturday, September 27, 2014

An important part of the plans for the recently renovated Anne T. Dunphy School in Williamsburg was to make sure that the school’s garden would not be overlooked or lost due to the additions on the building. The …

Amherst Equity Task Force establishes nine-member voting group

Thursday, September 25, 2014

AMHERST — The Equity Task Force, a group created last spring to advise the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee on issues of race and class, will now have nine voting members, Chairman Amilcar Shabazz announced Thursday during a meeting focused on what he called “creating a framework” for making …

Harvard endowment at $36.4B

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — Harvard University’s largest-in-the-nation endowment grew to $36.4 billion in the fiscal year that ended in June on a 15.4 percent return, the university agency that’s oversees the endowment announced. The endowment is now approaching its record high of $36.9 billion reached in 2008, before the worldwide …

$1M study about future of Wildwood Elementary School in Amherst gets state approval

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AMHERST — A $1 million study to determine whether to renovate the 44-year-old Wildwood Elementary School or construct a new building can begin now that the state has given its approval. School and town officials have been working …

Ebola hits home: PVPA grieves with drum teacher who has lost mother, other relatives to deadly virus

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A beloved Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School drumming and dance teacher is grieving this week after losing his mother and two other relatives in recent days to the Ebola virus in his native …

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 …

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 …

World War II-era grads celebrate 70th high school reunion

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In 1944, Barberton High School graduating senior Frank Woog coined the class motto: “We stick together.” And, boy, did they ever. On a recent weekday afternoon, nearly 40 surviving members of that World War II-era class met for their 70th class reunion. Although they’re 88 years old now, …

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 …