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Around Southampton: Congregational Church welcomes new pastor; holiday toy drive; photo contest; library events

Thursday, November 26, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Though she has led the First Congregational Church of Southampton for nearly three months, the Rev. Jennie Valentine says she’s still making a big effort to meet people. “When a new pastor comes in, the first year is about getting to know the community, getting to know the culture, beginning to understand the mechanisms and what psychologists call the family systems that operate within any community,” Valentine said in a recent interview. “I’m trying to meet with every person connected with the faith community one-on-one.” Valentine in September became the pastor of the church at 212 College Highway, which had been without a permanent pastor for over two years. Valentine, 51, previously worked …

Future shines for Northampton football as Blue Devils run past Easthampton on Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Northampton — Future and present met in the end zone for the Northampton football team in its first Thanksgiving Day game against Easthampton. Junior running backs Elijah Davis and Nik Smith both topped 100 yards and scored in a dominating 44-6 win over the Eagles on Thursday. Smith finished the game with 125 …

Pleasant Street mills get new parking lot as part of $7.5 million improvement project in Easthampton

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The parking lot behind the Pleasant Street mills received a fresh coat of pavement this week as part of the $7.5 million improvements to the mill corridor. The surfaced parking lot is just a minor step in the major public-private project that began in 2011, and is scheduled to wrap up …

State education board approves new hybrid test

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts students will soon be facing a new standardized test after the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to combine elements of the existing MCAS test with another test aligned with Common Core state …

Easthampton Planning Board delays amended permit to Fort Hill Brewery to consider parking lot details

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Planning Board on Tuesday delayed for a second time modifying Fort Hill Brewery’s special permit to allow the board to consider whether its parking lot is in compliance with city laws. Brewery owner Eric Berzins asked the board in October to amend Fort Hill’s original …

Bomb threat, suspicious mail force evacuations at Easthampton and South Hadley high schools

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — A suspicious piece of mail and a bomb threat forced evacuations at two area high schools Tuesday. After investigating, emergency responders were able to clear both South Hadley High School and Easthampton High School of …

Threat written on bathroom wall leads to Easthampton High School evacuation

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A threat written on a bathroom wall led to an evacuation at Easthampton High School around late Tuesday morning. Students and staff were told to leave the building around 11:40 a.m. and were allowed to return …

Around Easthampton: Superintendent hosts school information show; distracted driving lessons at high school; healthy eating theater

Monday, November 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A new show premiering on Easthampton Media Tuesday night will give residents an inside look at programs in the city schools. “News and Views with Nancy Follansbee” is hosted by Superintendent Nancy Follansbee and will be shown on cable channels 191 and 193 at 7 p.m. …

Health events: Area support groups, resources and more

Monday, November 16, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ MISCELLANEOUS DEBTORS ANONYMOUS — Area groups for those dealing with credit card debt, overspending or underearning. Meetings are Saturdays at 8 a.m. at the Holyoke Medical Center. For more information go to www.danewengland.org or call 617-728-1426. UNDEREARNERS ANONYMOUS …

Talking to teens: Easthampton therapist John Brelsford advises parents on helping kids change behavior without arguing with them

Monday, November 16, 2015

John Brelsford, a licensed mental health counselor with a private practice in Easthampton, specializes in a kind of therapy called Motivational Interviewing, which he says can be helpful to parents and caregivers of teens who are seeking ways …

Area police news

Monday, November 16, 2015

Amherst • Police kept the peace between two guests at the Craig’s Place homeless shelter, 434 North Pleasant St., who were arguing over $10 that one owed the other at 8:09 p.m. Monday. • A car struck a pedestrian at 5:53 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of North …

Val Nelson of Northampton offers life and career coaching geared toward introverts

Monday, November 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In the often extrovert-centered business world, quieter people sometimes lose their sense of self. Business and life coach Val Nelson aims to help introverts follow their hearts as a way to ensure career success and work-life …

Weekend preps: Williston football falls to Berkshire School, 42-20, in season finale

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Williston Northampton football team saw its six-game win streak and season come to an end Saturday as the Berkshire School won 42-20 in Sheffield. The Bears (6-2) advanced to the Mike Atkins New England Championship Bowl where they will face Kingswood-Oxford. The Wildcats, who would have advanced …