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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

School bus in Holyoke carrying 10 students struck by two bullets

Thursday, January 16, 2014

HOLYOKE (AP) — The mayor and police chief vowed to crack down on violence after a school bus transporting 10 children was struck by gunfire. The bus carrying students between the ages of 6 and 13 from the Holyoke Community Charter School was struck Wednesday afternoon. No one … 0

Still thinking of education as a 'factory:' At HCC forum, scholar Yong Zhao says classroom technology has not delivered on promises

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

HOLYOKE — In author and education scholar Yong Zhao’s view, the prevailing use of classroom technology has failed to improve student learning in America. “Honestly, today, if you ask yourself has technology transformed education, the answer is no,” … 0

MGM names Holyoke surrounding community, providing access to payments related to impact of casino in Springfield

Monday, January 13, 2014

HOLYOKE — Holyoke on Monday became the first non-abutting city or town to be named a surrounding community by MGM Resorts International, ensuring that it will have access to money to mitigate potential impacts of the proposed $800 million casino in Springfield. The designation, provided voluntarily by MGM … 0

Former Glory Days building in Easthampton soon to become Glendale Grill

Sunday, January 12, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A local trio has plans to open the Glendale Grill, a bar and restaurant, at the 65-67 Glendale St. site that has been home to Glory Days for the last 19 years. Glory Days closed Nov. … 3

Three Vermont residents arrested after 200 bags of heroin seized during Holyoke traffic stop

Friday, January 10, 2014

HOLYOKE — More than 200 bags of what police believe to be heroin were seized during a traffic stop on Hampden Street late Wednesday night, resulting in the arrest of a man and two women from Vermont on drug charges. Massachusetts State Police Trooper Charles Murphy stopped a … 0

Easthampton to have first inaugural ball in 17 years Jan. 18

Friday, January 10, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The city will hold its first inaugural ball in 17 years later this month to celebrate Mayor Karen L. Cadieux taking office. The ball will take place at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Log Cabin … 0

Veterans Voice

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Calling the roll: Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette from Dec. 20 to Jan. 2. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary. Edwin “Ed” LaSalle, 91, Amherst, d. Dec. 18; Ed was a veteran … 0

Heading Outdoors

Friday, December 27, 2013

∎  Easthampton Open Gym Basketball — Easthampton Parks and Recreation sponsors open gym basketball on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at White Brook Middle School and on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for men and 8 to 9 p.m. for women at the Pepin School. … 0

Area churches list Christmas services, events

Friday, December 20, 2013

AMHERST First Baptist Church, 434 North Pleasant St. / 549-3596 Contact: Brant Lingle Christmas Eve: 7 p.m., candlelight service, a beautiful celebration of Emmanuel, God with us. All children are invited to attend with their parents. First Congregational … 0

Two injured in head-on crash on Mountain Road in Easthampton

Friday, December 13, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — Two people were treated for injuries and a city woman was cited for crossing into the opposite lane following a head-on accident on Mountain Road Thursday night. Mary Damon, 52, of 178 Northampton St., was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after complaining of back … 0