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Naidelyn Cruz talks about her experience at the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke.

Radical ideas At the Paulo Freire charter school in Holyoke, learning is infused with ideas about social justice

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HOLYOKE — Upon entering the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School, there is a small room to the left with five flat-screen computers. These are for students who do not have computers at home. The room is also open to students who need extra help with their school work. “There’s no stigma to needing help in this school,” said the …

Katherine Osborne of Northampton drops idea for patriotic crosswalk downtown

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The proponent of an idea to paint a downtown crosswalk red, white and blue has withdrawn the proposal after failing to get a consensus among veterans about whether it was a good idea. Resident Katherine Osborne said she will not move ahead with the idea after hearing too many “mixed feelings” on both sides of the issue. Her intention all along …

Differentiated instruction takes into account differences and similarities

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Picture this 8th grade English classroom: Four students read an article on Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and prepare a guided tour complete with period costumes. Two additional student groups study models and drawings of the Globe Theatre. They also read brief descriptions of the theatre gleaned from public documents and, in response, write explanations …

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DIRECT MAIL: Northampton Superintendent John Provost believes it is important for educators to be engaged in discussions about public education. This is why he has launched his new blog at ourworkinthenorthamptonschools.blogspot.com. “There are important discussions occurring in the public sphere concerning the future of education, and I think …

NHS teacher makes a splash

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ALL WET : Northampton High School science teacher Dan Moylan started his school year off with a splash. On the first day of school, Moylan asked his biology and environmental science classes to take part in the Ice …

Driver hurt when Mercedes hits Lathrop Community building

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The community building at the Lathrop Community was damaged Monday afternoon when a resident of the senior housing complex drove his Mercedes into it, police said. Andrew Walsh, 86, of 29 Crabapple Lane, was backing up …

Full of life, Lee Hawkins decides to plan her death

Monday, September 22, 2014

One day in mid-June, Lee Hawkins awakened when an aide arrived to rouse her, get her showered and dressed, and prepare her breakfast. At age 90, Lee, a tiny woman with white, wispy hair and an infectious smile, …

About this series

Monday, September 22, 2014

The stories that appear in the Gazette today and over the next two days have their roots in another story published July 31, 2013. That piece examined Eleanor “Lee” Hawkins’ candid views about end-of-life care, her thoughts about how she intended to approach the end of her life, …

Incident on bike path prompts Northampton Superintendent John Provost to contact parents

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A man in his 50s who allegedly approached a child on the bike path Monday afternoon prompted School Superintendent John Provost to issue a warning to parents and guardians about strangers approaching children. In the calls and emails received by parents and guardians, Provost advised them …

Monday’s high schools: Belchertown spikes Easthampton to stay perfect

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Belchertown girls volleyball team remained perfect by winning its league opener over Easthampton 3-0 at home Monday. The Orioles (6-0, 1-0 Southern) cruised to a home sweep, 27-25, 25-12, 25-18. Tatyana Ryan had 22 assists for Belchertown. Alexis Ryan had three aces, while Jacqueline Johnson won all …

Monday’s high school soccer: Smith Vocational girls earn program’s first victory

Monday, September 22, 2014

Shannon Ryan figured in every goal for the Smith Vocational girls soccer team in the program’s first win, 9-1 over Commerce Monday in Springfield. Ryan scored six times and added three assists for the Vikings (1-3). Gabby Petlock had a hat trick and three assists, while Becka Lewis …

Monday’s high school golf: Nate Patterson fires 1-over 37 to pace Frontier Regional past Sabis

Monday, September 22, 2014

Nate Patterson shot a 1-over-par 37 to lead Frontier Regional to a 23-1 win over Sabis, at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst on Monday. The Red Hawks (5-0) won 4-0 at five-of-six positions, just missing a shutout. Greenfield 191/2, Smith Academy 41/2 at CC of Greenfield, par …

Separate gas leaks prompt evacuation of homes on Cahillane Terrace, Bridge Road

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A ruptured natural gas line caused firefighters to temporarily evacuate more than 20 homes on and around Cahillane Terrace early Monday afternoon. A second unrelated incident at mid-afternoon prompted the evacuation of a building at Meadowbrook …