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First- to sixth-grade students from Lander-Grinspoon Academy sing a song, "This Bus Is Your Bus," at the Survival Center on Prospect Street in Northampton Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.  The center celebrated the addition of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority's crosstown bus service, X98.

PVTA’s new crosstown bus now serving the Northampton Survival Center

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Tom Burton often walks more than a mile from his Conz Street home to the Northampton Survival Center to pick up much-needed food. Once there, he might run into Hannah Morehouse, a center volunteer in her 80s who doesn’t own a car and often walks a short distance from her Crescent Street home to help out at the … 0

Northampton eyes Amherst model for managing public shade trees

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Alarmed by a steady decline in the number of public shade trees in Northampton, a group of residents has asked the city to follow the lead of Amherst by hiring a professional tree warden to coordinate and care for trees. It is a step Mayor David J. Narkewicz said Tuesday he … 0

Tree counters wanted

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Some 40 residents are expected to fan out across the city next month to conduct an inventory of public trees that organizers hope will provide a snapshot of Northampton’s tree canopy and help quantify their benefits. Over six hours on Saturday, Sept. 13, the volunteers, supported by the U.S. Forest Service and the state Department of Conservation Resources, will divide into … 0

Colleges in legal bind over allowing student use of medical marijuana

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When it comes to medical marijuana, Massachusetts colleges are left to choose between the right of the patient and compliance with federal law. Educational institutions are fearful that sanctioning medical marijuana use on campus could jeopardize … 0

Three hurdles to success

Friday, August 22, 2014

Assume you reach three notrump on the bidding shown and West leads the seven of spades. East covers dummy’s ten with the queen, and the question is how to proceed from here. Clearly, your best move at this … 0

Coming Up

Friday, August 22, 2014

BELCHERTOWN SENIOR CENTER “BUNCH OF LOSERS” — The group is free and meets every Monday at 12:30 p.m. Participants weigh in, share nutritional tips, recipes and support. ZENDOODLE — Thursday mornings, 10 to 11:30 a.m. New members welcome. MIXED MEDIA ART CLASS — Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m.; a … 0

Naming the Baby

Friday, August 22, 2014

KOSTEK — Tyler Henry, son of Kara and Chris Kostek of South Hadley, was born July 11 at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Ronald and Kris Waskiewicz of Hadley. The paternal grandparents are Kathy and Mike Piotrowski of Turners Falls, and Stanley Kostek … 0

Area police news

Friday, August 22, 2014

Northampton ∎ Joseph D. Rizzo, 23, of 94 Ashfield Road, Williamsburg, was arrested at 1:!3 a.m. Friday on Locust Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and a license plate number … 0

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Shortly after three city immigrants shared tales of interactions with police that shook their trust in the community, Mayor David J. Narkewicz promised Thursday at a public forum to sign an executive order prohibiting the Police … 7

Thursday forum: Black alumni describe struggles, tensions, fears of going to school in Amherst

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST— Two recent African-American graduates of the Amherst regional school system were the stars of the WHMP community forum on race issues Thursday as they described struggles to connect with teachers who weren’t challenging them, dismay at tensions … 0

Northampton Housing Authority Executive Director Jon Hite to retire in February

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Jon Hite, executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority, announced he will retire next year after serving for more than 22 years. Hite, who last week notified the authority’s board of commissioners of his decision, said … 1

Not so voluntary: $714K federal grant for Tapestry Health yanked by US Dept of Health and Human Services

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In June, officials at Tapestry Health Inc. said they had “voluntarily relinquished” a $714,000 federal grant for providing family planning services to low-income residents. But documents obtained by the Gazette show that the nonprofit agency was pressured to give up the grant after it failed to … 0

Local organizers encourage participation in People’s Climate March in New York City

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local organizers of the People’s Climate March in New York City are holding a meeting Monday seeking to spark interest in the Sept. 21 event. Susan Theberge, with the groups Climate Action NOW/350MA, said the main focus of the meeting will be on how social justice … 0