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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

Resources abundant in region for aspiring entrepreneurs

Monday, February 10, 2014

Starting your own business can be a life-changing endeavor that brings great rewards. Without the right help, it also brings great personal and financial risks. Fortunately, for fledgling entrepreneurs in the Valley, an array of programs and services … 0

Pioneer Valley Business 2014: Entrepreneurs use crowdfunding to raise money, interest in their business

Monday, February 10, 2014

Though Small Oven has yet to open for business, co-owners Amanda Milazzo and Julie Copoulos already have an idea who more than 200 of their first customers will be. They plan to open the new bakery and café … 1

Bill Brough Jewelers to close after 36 years on Main Street in Northampton

Friday, February 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bill Brough Jewelers, a staple on Main Street since 1978, will close at the end of February because of Brough’s health problems. The 58-year-old jeweler and gemologist was hospitalized Dec. 26 with pneumonia, congestive heart failure … 0

Help available to addicts seeking recovery, though space sometimes limited in detox and residential drug treatment programs

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In the wake of the death of a 35-year-old Northampton man who apparently struggled to find a residential drug treatment program near the end of his life, local program directors urged people with addiction problems or their relatives to contact them and start the recovery process … 0

Job seekers eye work in advanced manufacturing, construction (with chart)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Advanced manufacturing, construction and health care are all industries with the greatest growth potential in the Pioneer Valley, according to job experts. Michael Truckey, director of the Franklin Hampshire Career Center, said it is heartening to see job … 0

With construction jobs coming, low-income workers get a head start on training

Sunday, February 2, 2014

HOLYOKE — Last year, Miguel Vega and Rafy Gomez of Springfield were looking for good-paying, secure jobs. But pursuing careers in construction had never occurred to them. “I had never been exposed to the idea of being in … 0

Maureen Healy of Holyoke sentenced to probation for drunken driving that led to man’s death

Monday, January 27, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Holyoke woman has been sentenced to three years’ probation on charges of drunken driving that led to a man’s death. The Republican reports that 32-year-old Maureen Healy was found guilty on Monday of driving under the influence of alcohol. She was found not guilty … 0

Three arrested on drug charges during separate incidents in Hatfield, Orange

Friday, January 24, 2014

Authorities arrested three people on drug charges during separate incidents Thursday night in Hatfield and Orange. Trooper Jeffrey Simakauskas of the Northampton barracks, who was patrolling Interstate 91, arrested a Holyoke man after finding 58 grams of cocaine and several bags of heroin in an unregistered vehicle he … 0

All clear: Traffic snarls due to emergency repairs on Route 91 North over

Friday, January 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Emergency repairs to fix cracking in a Route 91 bridge abutment caused a rush hour traffic jam about three miles long Friday morning. The work that reduced the route to one lane began at 6 a.m. … 0

Construction trade training programs offered

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

HOLYOKE — Local nonprofits are joining forces to prepare low-income workers for construction trade union careers. The Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program aims to provide access to more equitable income opportunities. Community Works is a consortium of organizations, unions and employers to prepare low-skilled and medium-skilled workers for … 0