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Area court news

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Chesterfield ■ Joseph D. Worpek, 23, of 205 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Monday to three counts of larceny under $250, possession of a class A drug, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. According to court documents, a household member reported to police at 11:25 a.m. Sunday that Worpek had used his debit card three times and taken a car without permission. When …

Girl riding bicycle injured after collision with mini-van in Northampton

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 14-year-old Northampton girl was injured Tuesday afternoon when she was struck by a mini-van while riding her bicycle on Prospect Avenue. Police said the girl, who they declined to identify, was taken by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield to be treated for injuries that did not appear to …

After decision made, time for Lee Hawkins’ slow goodbye to friends, family

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lee Hawkins never had a bucket list. She felt she’d been living life the way she wanted. But in the weeks before she would undertake her plan to bring about her death by not taking in food or water, there were still some simple pleasures to indulge. Her friend Janet Spongberg brought her …

Decision by Lee Hawkins to stop eating and drinking prompts new policy at VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In June, Eleanor “Lee” Hawkins and her family approached Dr. Jeffrey Zesiger, with the VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, to talk about the end of her life. She was 90, frail, and though she loved life, she felt it was time to think about her …

Northampton man whose car struck Lathrop Community building released from hospital

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The man whose Mercedes crashed into the community building at the Lathrop Community on Monday was treated and released from Cooley Dickinson Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Andrew Walsh, 86, of 29 Crabapple Lane, was backing out of a parking spot in the parking lot …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …