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Elementary school in Granby evacuated after teacher reports smell of smoke

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GRANBY — The East Meadow School was evacuated for about half an hour Thursday afternoon while the Fire Department investigated what one teacher thought was the smell of smoke in a computer lab, according to Jennifer Champagne, the principal. The Fire Depaetment was called to the school at 1:23 p.m. and the 203 students in the school, which serves Grades 4 to 6, walked about 50 yards to the high …

Power failure delays start of school in Amherst

Thursday, January 22, 2015

AMHERST — An overnight power failure delayed the opening of the Amherst Regional Middle and High Schools and the South East Street campus by two hours Thursday morning. Though power was restored to the middle school on Chestnut Street and the high school on Mattoon Street by 5:30 a.m., about four hours after power went out, Ronald Bohonowicz, the director of facilities, said …

Italy unveils record haul of antiquities from Swiss raids

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ROME — Authorities on Wednesday unveiled what they said was a record haul of rare antiquities illegally looted from Italy and discovered during raids on Swiss warehouses belonging to an accused Sicilian art dealer. Police estimated the value of the 5,361 vases, kraters, bronze statues and frescoes at about 50 million euros ($58 …

Student readers help nonprofit raise $4,000 for children’s Christmas gifts

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — This holiday season, Rod Hart found himself glad to be “one of those mean teachers” who requires his students to read a lot of books. Thanks in part to his eighth-graders’ bookish determination, a local nonprofit was able to raise more than $4,000 to buy Christmas …

Cummington students will be bused to Dalton after district votes to close Berkshire Trail Elementary School

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

CUMMINGTON — A decision earlier this month to close the Berkshire Trail Elementary School leaves some students facing a one-way bus trip of 55 minutes next year, and town officials considering other options for educating Cummington children. The …

Hadley student robot team preps for state meet, ponders moving from one FIRST to another

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

HADLEY — Four years ago, five fourth graders from Hadley Elementary School established the first FIRST. Now with nine members and numerous awards, they are ready to move on to the second. In 2010, the youngsters formed a …

Smith Vocational, VA launch new partnership based on community service, shared stories

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Army Sgt. Gerard Peters of Easthampton not only had “the best veal I ever had” last week, but was reminded that younger people continue to appreciate his service. Peters, 52, who was in the Army for …

University president gets heat from police for ‘die in’

Friday, December 12, 2014

University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann has become the second Pennsylvania college president in a week to face criticism for participating in “die-in” protests held by students. Gutmann lay on the floor with student protesters when they took over her holiday party Tuesday — their demonstration symbolizing the …

Amherst Regional students walk out to protest Ferguson grand jury verdict

Thursday, December 4, 2014

AMHERST — On a day when New York City remained in turmoil over a Staten Island grand jury decision in the death of a black suspect at the hands of police, 200 Amherst Regional High School students staged …

Area charter schools accept applications for enrollment

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Area charter schools are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School in South Hadley, Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Easthampton, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley and Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke are …

Amherst Regional High School students plan walkout, discussion about racism to honor Michael Brown

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

AMHERST — At least 13 students at Amherst Regional High School plan to leave campus shortly after noon Thursday to honor Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed in a confrontation with a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in August. The students, who plan to …

Smith School trustees vote 3-2 to end lease with recreation department, freeing space for licensed practical nursing program

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A licensed practical nursing program will return to its roots at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School after a sharply divided board of trustees voted Tuesday to make space by ending its 23-year-old lease with the …

Smith Voke wants to bring GCC nursing program to campus, evicting Recreation Department

Sunday, November 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School trustees will vote Tuesday on whether to end the school’s lease with the city Recreation Department in favor of bringing a Greenfield Community College nursing program to the campus. Smith Voke Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson said GCC has offered the opportunity …