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Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz presents Helen Krok Backiel, who will turn 100-years-old on June 10, with a certificate as the eldest living alumnus of Bridge Street School on the occasion of the school building's 100-year anniversary Friday in Northampton.

Historic moment

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Stoneleigh-Burnham School student speaker at graduation celebrates diversity of class

Friday, May 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — In her student address at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School graduation Friday, Grace Powers shared a vision she had of her fellow classmates someday running the United Nations. Powers, of Northfield, was one of 28 students from eight countries to receive diplomas in a packed Stoneleigh-Burnham gymnasium. Among the graduates were Francesca Eremeeva …

Special Olympics participants enjoy the spotlight at Northampton High School track

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Bridge Street School student Mason Cruz looked nothing short of heroic as he sprinted down the Northampton High School track Thursday wearing a Superman tank top. Running alongside him was Craig Murdock, Bridge Street School physical education teacher and, on Thursday, a coach for the annual Northampton School Day Games, hosted …

Roman Catholic school in Pittsfield closing

Thursday, May 14, 2015

PITTSFIELD (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has announced that is closing a Pittsfield parochial school because of declining enrollment and associated financial strains. The diocese announced Wednesday that St. Mark School will close at the end of the academic year. The school, with students in …

Amherst School Equity Task Force considers future role

Thursday, May 14, 2015

AMHERST — Originally created to make recommendations to reduce racial tensions in the schools, the School Equity Task Force may ask to have a broader role. At a meeting Wednesday, chairwoman Kathleen Traphagen, also a member of the School Committee, asked about a dozen members how they wanted …

Frontier Regional School Committee approves budget with no increase that cuts six positions

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee bowed to the fiscal will of its member towns Tuesday night. The committee voted to approve the administration’s $10.1 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, which is the same as this year’s spending but cuts six positions …

Visiting artist helps Easthampton students re-create works of Picasso, Klee, Matisse, Van Gogh and Dubuffet

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — An energetic group of second graders became quiet for a moment as they took in their latest creation. “Remarkable,” one student called it. “It looks like a person,” another said. The image they created was indeed …

Deerfield Elementary School students collect donations for victims of earthquake in Nepal

Saturday, May 9, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — If not us, then who? That’s the simple reason Deerfield Elementary School sixth-grader Genesis Locke gave for participating in a stand-out campaign to collect donations for the United Nations Children’s Fund’s efforts to help victims of last month’s massive earthquake in Nepal, which devastated the …

Chicopee school renamed for 1976 graduate Kevin Dupont who died of injuries suffered in Afghanistan

Saturday, May 9, 2015

CHICOPEE (AP) — A Chicopee school is being renamed in honor of a city native who died as a result of injuries suffered in the war in Afghanistan. The school committee on Thursday voted to rename the former Chicopee High School after 1st Sgt. Kevin Dupont, a 1976 …

Northampton Dollars for Scholars to present scholarships Tuesday

Friday, May 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — More than 100 local students will be honored Tuesday at the 41st annual Northampton Dollars for Scholars scholarship presentation. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the Northampton High School auditorium. Northampton Dollars for Scholars scholarships are open to city residents graduating from the high …

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 …