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Maya Constantine, 3,  and her mother Jenny Boas at the Cup and Top Cafe in Florence Wednesday morning.

Despite court ruling, Valley parents, experts disagree with spanking as an option for discipline

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Sitting at the child-friendly Cup and Top Café with her 3-year-old twin daughters, Jenny Boas acknowledged that parenting isn’t always easy. But, the Florence resident said, she has never used physical discipline on her girls, Ella and Maya Constantine. “There’s times when I have been frustrated,” Boas said. “But I don’t want them to hit, so I feel …

Gazette offices closed Friday

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The offices of the Daily Hampshire Gazette will be closed on Friday in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Customers experiencing any delivery issues may contact the customer service department at 413-586-1925 between 7 and 10 a.m. The Gazette will be published on Saturday, when customer service again will be available from 7 to 10 a.m. …

Thursday’s summer baseball/softball: Amherst edges Easthampton in Mickey Mantle action

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Owen Macphee drove in the winning run and scored an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning as Amherst edged Easthampton, 5-3, in Mickey Mantle action, Thursday in Easthampton. Trevor Edwards shut Easthampton down in the bottom of the inning to seal the win. The teams were tied 3-3 after three innings and neither team scored again until the eighth. Hunter …

Area police news

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Amherst ∎ Emma Macedo, 22, of Wilbraham, was arrested at 1:25 a.m. Thursday in front of The Spoke bar, 35 East Pleasant St., on a charge of disorderly conduct. Police said Macedo allegedly was screaming outside the establishment and then cursed at officers when they got to the …

Gazette Girls Tennis Player of the year: Amherst Regional junior Allison McCann

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Player of the Year Allison McCann, junior, Amherst Regional Season highlights: McCann led the Hurricanes to their second consecutive Western Massachusetts Division 1 team title, beating longtime rival Longmeadow, 4-1. After falling to her sister, Nicole, in the …

Jurors in Justin King trial discuss evidence, verdict in UMass gang-rape case

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kenneth F. Bushey II, one of a dozen jurors who on June 24 found Justin King guilty of raping a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012, said he went back to court Monday …

Jones Library trustees approve document to guide architect in potential expansion project

Thursday, July 2, 2015

AMHERST — A document that will guide an architect in developing plans for an expanded and renovated Jones Library has been adopted by the library’s trustees. The trustees on Thursday voted unanimously to approve the building program. The document includes both general information about any construction project — …

‘The Voice’ finalist Michelle Brooks-Thompson to sing national anthem at Boston Fourth of July concerts

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A local voice will fill a national stage this weekend. Michelle Brooks-Thompson, an Amherst Regional High School graduate and Mount Holyoke College alumna who competed during the 2012 season of the NBC show “The Voice,” will open Boston’s …

Amherst pool area sports new shade

Thursday, July 2, 2015

AMHERST — With the two full-size swimming pools opening for the season, Leisure Services and Supplemental Education is attempting to make both sites more attractive recreational options for families and individuals. Assistant LSSE Director Barbara Bilz said this year the department is offering both an improved experience and …

Two future UMass defensemen picked in the NHL draft

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A pair of future UMass defensemen were taken Saturday on the second day of the NHL draft. It’ll be a year before Jake Massie, who played for Kimball Union Academy and the Boston Jr. Bruins last year, joins …

UMass linebacker Trey Seals’ thoughts are on his home state of South Carolina following last week’s tragedy

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

When he heard the news, Trey Seals’ first concern was his brother. Greg Seals’ home in Charleston, South Carolina, is just 15 minutes from the site of last week’s shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. “He was …

Amherst Together survey results presented to about 50 people, focus groups next step

Friday, June 26, 2015

AMHERST — About 50 people gathered at the Jones Library Thursday evening for a presentation of the Amherst Together program’s “public perception” survey, and those who attended zeroed in on diversity, schools and the community’s relationship with the University of Massachusetts as crucial issues. Amherst Together — a …

Amherst Town Manager John Musante to attend professional development program at Harvard University Kennedy School

Thursday, July 2, 2015

AMHERST — As he nears the end of his fifth year as town manager, John Musante will take part in a three-week professional development program at Harvard University that he expects will improve his leadership abilities. Beginning Monday, …