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Education group hosts film showing, panel on ‘high-stakes’ school testing Thursday at HCC

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Educators for a Democratic Union, a progressive caucus of state Teachers Association members, is hosting a free film screening and panel discussion Thursday at Holyoke Community College about standardized testing in public schools. A showing of the 73-minute documentary, “Standardized: Lies, Money and Civil Rights” by former teacher Daniel Hornberger, begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Kittredge Center on campus. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with … 0

Aliza Pluta of Holyoke named new principal of William E. Norris School in Southampton

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — The new principal of the William E. Norris School is Aliza Pluta, principal of Holyoke’s Morgan Full Service Community School. Hampshire Regional School Superintendent Craig Jurgensen said he chose Pluta from three finalists based on her experience as a teacher and principal, her positive recommendations and her performance in an interview. … 0

Naming the Baby

Friday, April 4, 2014

BALKUS — Liam Thomas, son of Thomas Balkus and Lindsay Rhoades, of Holyoke, was born March 15 at The Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The maternal grandparents are John and Lisa Rhoades of Florence. The paternal grandparents are Joan and Robert Tremblay of St. Cloud, Fla., and Thomas and Julie Balkus of Ocala, Fla. The maternal great-grandparents are Kathleen Kowalski and the late … 0

Heading Outdoors

Friday, February 28, 2014

■ Bartholomew’s Cobble Hot Chocolate Saturdays — Days of winter programs and snowshoe hikes take place Saturdays, March 1, 8 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield. For more information call 229-8600 or email bcobble@ttor.org. ■∎ Boreal Forest Snowshoe Trek and Track at Tamarack Hollow — … 0

Coming Up

Friday, February 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON SENIOR CENTER — ARTIST RECEPTION — A reception welcoming Izudin Lelic, the artist for March at the Senior Center, will be held March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Activity Room. Izudin’s photographs are on view through the month, from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Izudin … 0

Division 4 girls basketball: Hopkins Academy rallies past Holyoke Catholic, 38-36

Thursday, February 27, 2014

CHICOPEE — Madi Stevens scored the game winner as the sixth-seeded Hopkins Academy girls basketball team rallied to beat No. 3 Holyoke Catholic 38-36, at Chicopee Comprehensive Thursday night. Playing for a spot in the semifinals of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament, the game was deadlocked at … 0

Dalbert Rodriguez, formerly of Amherst, pleads guilty to 11 pharmacy robberies after arrest in Easthampton

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A former Amherst man who was arrested in Easthampton pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court in Hartford, Conn., to being involved in 11 pharmacy robberies in three states. Dalbert Rodriguez, 30, who lived at 8 Edgehill … 0

Division 4 girls basketball: Holyoke Catholic overcomes nerves, beats Franklin Tech 36-34

Monday, February 24, 2014

HOLYOKE — Nerves were in the air on both sides of Monday’s tipoff at Holyoke Community College in the first round the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Girls Basketball Tournament. Third-seeded Holyoke Catholic hadn’t earned a postseason home game … 0

Brianna Weltlich of Southampton to represent area at state Distinguished Young Women competition in Holyoke Saturday

Thursday, February 20, 2014

HOLYOKE — For the first time in eight years, the statewide Distinguished Young Women competition is coming to western Massachusetts. If there is such a thing as the home-team advantage in this contest, that gives it to Brianna … 0

State transportation secretary hopeful for expanded service when high-speed rail begins next year

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

HOLYOKE — The state’s transportation chief sent a hopeful signal — but made no promises — Tuesday about the possibility of increasing the number of daily Amtrak shuttles between Springfield and Greenfield when new high-speed passenger rail service … 0

Second suspect arrested in 2013 beating of Holyoke store owner

Sunday, February 16, 2014

HOLYOKE — Holyoke detectives on Saturday arrested a suspect wanted in connection with the brutal assault and stabbing of a store owner in that city last year. Alfredo Aldeco, 27, of Holyoke was arrested during a traffic stop … 1

Heading Outdoors

Friday, February 14, 2014

∎   Tennis for Seniors — Takes place Fridays, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Bay Road Tennis Club, Hampshire College, West Street. (Route 116), Amherst. All abilities welcome. Call 559-5785 to sign up. ∎   Winter Animal Tracking Workshop — Earthwork Programs sponsors tracking program in Conway on … 0

Gail Peterson of Athol dies in two-car collision on Route 2

Thursday, February 13, 2014

ATHOL ­— An Athol woman was killed and a Holyoke man was seriously injured in a two-car crash Wednesday night on Route 2. Gail Peterson, 65, of Athol apparently lost control of her 1998 Dodge Stratus at 10:22 p.m., while traveling east, according to State Police. Her car … 0