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CAROL LOLLIS
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 …

Thursday’s summer baseball/softball: Northampton Mantle pulls away late to beat Amherst

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Northampton Mickey Mantle baseball team exploded late in a 6-2 eight-inning win over host Amherst Thursday. Beau Garbarini (triple) picked up three hits and scored twice for Northampton (8-1), which posted four runs in the top of the eighth. Zac Brittain singled, doubled, drove in two runs …

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 …

UMass legal and economics experts believe Supreme Court will rule in favor of same-sex marriage

Thursday, June 25, 2015

AMHERST — With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage expected soon, two University of Massachusetts Amherst legal and public policy experts are ready to call it now — both believe the court will effectively legalize same-sex …

Wednesday’s summer baseball: Easthampton Post 224 shuts down Amherst Post 148

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Brandon Weyant scattered six hits and struck out nine in a complete-game win as the Easthampton Post 224 American Legion baseball team edged Amherst Post 148, 3-2, Wednesday evening. Easthampton (3-3) scored all of its runs in the …

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 …

Many traffic plans discussed for improving North Amherst intersection

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

AMHERST — Town officials presented four options Wednesday to improve safety and traffic flow at the five-way intersection of Montague Road, Sunderland Road, Pine Street and North Pleasant Street in North Amherst. The forum at the Amherst Survival Center drew 80 people. It was hosted by the Amherst …

UMass Amherst historian Karen Morrison earns Fulbright

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

AMHERST — Karen Y. “Kym” Morrison, assistant professor of African diaspora history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded a Fulbright research fellowship for the fall 2015 semester. She will travel to the South American nation of Brazil in August to begin work on her project …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

‘Pioneer Women’ reception “Pioneer Women,” a group exhibit of artwork by 23 area female artists, curated by Terry Rooney, will hold a closing reception Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the M.A.P. Gallery in the Eastworks Building, …

Weekend Planner — Arts: ‘Art at Thistlebloom Farm’

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The barn studio of Amherst’s Thistlebloom Farm (formerly known as Mad Woman Farm) will be put to use as a showcase for 10 local artists Saturday and Sunday. Called “Art at Thistlebloom Farm,” the event will also include …

Partners, new and old: VLO, Amherst Ballet to team up for Gilbert & Sullivan treat

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Even 144 years after W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan collaborated on their first opera, their Victorian comedies continue to bring people together. But the members of this iconic partnership produced work, separately, even before they became a permanent …