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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

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, December 13, 2013

SCREECH OWL Mount Tom, Holyoke Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley In addition to nesting in cavities in trees, the screech owl readily adapts to man-made nest boxes. This one was used by bird … 0

Mirose Rodriguez of Holyoke denies trafficking charge after traffic stop

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke woman in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday denied trafficking and heroin possession charges. Mirose Rodriguez, 21, pleaded not guilty to charges of cocaine trafficking, possession of a Class A substance (heroin) with intent to distribute and misleading a police officer. She was released on $1,500 … 0

Girls focus of nationwide effort to demystify computer coding

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

HOLYOKE — In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 9 through 15, about 50 local girls are expected to learn how to break the code of computer programming Wednesday. The girls will be introduced to computer science through tutorials designed to teach and demystify computing code with … 0

Countdown begins for return of passenger rail service to region

Monday, December 9, 2013

The countdown to the launch of Amtrak’s high-speed rail service is officially underway, as preparations are expected to be complete about a year from now for passenger trains to cruise through Greenfield, Northampton and Holyoke for the first … 1

State panel holds hearing Friday in Holyoke on issues affecting lesbian, gay youth

Thursday, December 5, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The state agency that advocates for young people with sexual orientation issues will take testimony Friday in Holyoke. It seeks advice as it prepares to set an agenda for 2014. The Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, … 0

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority seeks public reaction to potential changes in bus service

Monday, December 2, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority is seeking public reaction about potential changes to its bus service based on a transportation consultant’s review of the agency’s operations. The PVTA next week will hold four public workshops in … 0

Area residents invited to clean-energy forum Monday in Amherst

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

AMHERST — A forum focused on clean energy will be held at the Bangs Community Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday. Representatives from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Department of Energy Resources will attend to discuss renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects … 0

Farewell party Dec. 12 for Easthampton Mayor Michael Tautznik

Monday, December 2, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — In one of his final acts before his eighth and final term as mayor ends next month, Michael A. Tautznik is throwing a party to say a fond farewell to his colleagues and friends in the … 0

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority seeks public reaction to potential changes in bus service

Monday, December 2, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority is seeking public reaction about potential changes to its bus service based on a transportation consultant’s review of the agency’s operations. The PVTA next week will hold four public workshops in … 2

Heading Outdoors

Friday, November 29, 2013

∎  The Waldron Walk — A walk with Joan Ryan to downtown Northampton restaurants to see the murals of James Madden Waldron (1913-1963), takes place Nov. 30. Meet at Tully O’Reilly’s, 1 Pearl St. at 4 p.m. For more information email jryanstudio789@gmail.com. ∎  Orienteering at Mount Tom — … 0