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Statehouse hearing scheduled for special education bills

Monday, July 6, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — State lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing to consider nearly two dozen bills aimed at special education policies in Massachusetts. The bills address funding, transportation, enrollment and reimbursement policies. One of the bills would create a special commission to conduct an investigation into special education as it applies to low-income students. The bill would require the commission to recommend strategies that address potential problems “from over-identifying low-income …

Prison inmates build wooden train play structure at Westhampton Elementary School

Monday, June 29, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — What does it take to build a train? At Westhampton Elementary School, it took the parent-teacher organization, two lumber companies, a grant and about half a dozen inmates. The community collaboration culminated Monday morning as five inmates from the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction in Northampton assembled a wooden …

Recent Northampton High School graduate Jake Bridgman makes directorial debut at the Academy of Music with movie ‘The Cards’

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It’s not uncommon for teenagers to struggle in figuring out who they are. But for the fictional character Ada Welles, the struggle reaches a whole new level: Since her memory was wiped out in a car crash, she’s had to rely on others to tell her who she’s supposed to be. …

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 …

Area briefs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Northampton BLUE DEVIL DIRTY DASH: The second annual Blue Devil Dirty Dash, or “Dirty Devil Dash,” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday on the Northampton High School athletic fields. The event is a non-competitive, obstacle-style 5-kilometer run that starts on the school athletic fields, heads …

Sunday fundraiser in Northampton to help Haydenville family battling illness

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fundraiser is planned Sunday to benefit a Haydenville woman recently diagnosed with a serious illness and her teenage daughter, who is struggling to support her by working a part-time job. The 3 p.m. event at the World War II Club, 50 Conz St., will raise …

Fort River Elementary School students sound off to local, state and federal officials

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

AMHERST — Local legislators heard from a different crowd this month. Last Friday and again on Tuesday, 49 sixth-grade students at Fort River Elementary School had the chance to share with their school, town, state and federal officials …

Amherst teacher, like her mother, to receive Massachusetts Teachers Association Lifetime Civil Rights Award

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMHERST — Alicia Lopez of Amherst went through school knowing that whatever her life path would be, there was one career she would avoid at all costs — teaching. Both her parents were teachers, and even seeing her mother, Sonia Nieto, win the prestigious Massachusetts Teachers Association Lifetime …

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 …

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 …

Area brief

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Northampton STUDENT ART EXHIBIT: Community members have a final chance to see the Northampton High School student art exhibit in the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, which will remain on display until Tuesday. The exhibit features drawings, paintings, ceramics and other art by students of Northampton High School …

Rally face

Thursday, May 21, 2015