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Barbara Landry an employee at  Williston, checks the pews after cleaning  Stevens Chapel Friday afternoon in preparation for graduation weekend.

Feeling clean

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Former Northampton student teacher’s emails prompt letter from superintendent, police visit

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City police paid a visit to former Northampton High School student teacher Kurt Ostrow this week after a parent complained about him contacting a child by email after he left as a freshman English teacher May 1. The complaint came less than a week after Northampton School Superintendent John A. Provost …

Greenfield Community College eyes Amherst Regional Middle School for courses, programs

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMHERST — School officials, local politicians and the leadership at Greenfield Community College are all eager to hold community college classes at the Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School as part of a proposal that would move middle school classes to the high school. Some Greenfield Community College courses could be taught at the school …

Northampton and Easthampton students get a dose of fresh air and exercise on National Bike to School Day

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A trail of children on bicycles and on foot could be seen moving through city neighborhoods Wednesday morning in celebration of National Bike to School Day. Some parents even joined in. “I like the exercise,” Jackson …

Social worker discusses perils of marijuana use with educators, parents in Northampton

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Boston social worker Rick Cresta will not argue with those who say that marijuana causes less harm than other drugs. “That, however, does not mean it’s harmless,” Cresta told about two dozen parents, educators and others …

Oldest living alum of Bridge Street School in Northampton sought for recognition at 100th anniversary celebration

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A committee is seeking help identifying the oldest living alum of Bridge Street School to be recognized at the school’s 100th anniversary celebration this month. “We have a couple of good leads, but we’d like to have more,” said Gerald S. Budgar of Northampton, who attended …

State: Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School trustees violated Open Meeting law with executive session vote, slow delivery of minutes

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

HADLEY — The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School Board of Trustees violated the state’s Open Meeting Law by failing to promptly provide meeting minutes and taking an improper vote in an executive session, a review by the office of the Massachusetts Assistant Attorney found. In an April …

Board OKs takeover of Holyoke schools

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

FITCHBURG — The state education board moved Tuesday to place the Holyoke public schools into receivership, citing disturbing trends in student achievement and dropout rates. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 8-3 at a meeting held in Fitchburg to accept a recommendation from state Education Commissioner …

Northampton High School takes risk with production of ‘This is Our Youth’

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For its next student production, Northampton High School is taking some risks. Opening Thursday night is “This Is Our Youth,” a play by Kenneth Lonergan about the misadventures of three young adults living in New York …

Thursday events in Northampton aim to help prevent marijuana use by youths

Monday, April 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two events Thursday aim to educate the community on preventing the use of marijuana by youths. The first event is a workshop for parents and professionals on engaging youth in conversations about their use of the drug. Rick Cresta, a licensed social worker and adjunct associate …

Amherst agencies create award recognizing volunteer service by teenagers

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Two teenagers dedicated to volunteer service in the community will be awarded cash prizes through a partnership between the Amherst Club and the Amherst Boys & Girls Club. The first Youth Community Service Awards will be presented later this spring to one high school-age student and …

Former Amherst Regional assistant principal to lead schools in Turners Falls

Thursday, April 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A former assistant principal in Amherst and London, Annie Leonard of Amherst will lead the Great Falls Middle School and Turners Falls High School, with Earl McGraw returning to the district as assistant principal. Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced Tuesday that he …

Frontier Regional towns oppose additions made to school budget for six positions

Thursday, April 23, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee has a revolt over its 11th-hour decision to restore about $200,000 for six positions in next year’s school budget. Officials in all four towns that make up the district have taken a stand against the decision and plan to recommend the …