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To Do List: Family fun

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

FRUIT, Veggies, Fun Spring has sprung, baseball season’s first pitch has been thrown, the black flies are biting, and the farm fields are finally free of snow. The Amherst Farmers’ Market has returned, offering music, a story hour, and local foods every Saturday from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. in the Spring Street parking lot. See www.amherstfarmersmarket.com or call 461-0554 for more information. Look for neighboring markets to sprout up soon in Northampton, Williamsburg, and elsewhere as well. See www.visithampshirecounty.com/eat/farmers-markets for all the delicious details. PAST LIFE Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., children ages 7 to 12 can participate in A Day in …

Local Jewish, Muslim students embark on journeys of faith, understanding

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Growing up in Florence, Eliza Moss-Horwitz, 17, does not remember meeting a person of Muslim faith. She attended Lander-Grinspoon Academy, a Jewish day school, for kindergarten through grade 6, then JFK Middle School. She describes her classmates as having been mostly like her: Caucasian, and in the elementary grades, of Jewish …

Gazette Boys Indoor Track & Field Players of the Year: Amherst Regional’s 4x800 relay: Allen Vance, Rob Sailer, Connor Evans, Kelzy Rodrigues, Aiden Foucault-Etheridge

Monday, April 20, 2015

Player of the Year: Amherst 4x800 relay team (senior Allen Vance, senior Rob Sailer, senior Connor Evans, senior Kelzy Rodrigues, freshman Aiden Foucault-Etheridge, alternate) Season highlights: This team excelled at every level at which it competed. The quartet won the title at the PVIAC championships (8 minutes, 37.99 seconds), the state Division 3 …

Friday’s high school softball: Hampshire’s Brian McGan named MIAA coach of year as Raiders stay perfect

Friday, April 17, 2015

The MIAA announced its 2014-15 coaches of the year and awarded Hampshire Regional softball coach Brian McGan with his sport’s honor on Friday. “I’m very humbled by it. It’s a great honor,” McGan said. “The kids from my past teams have obviously helped me get there. They made …

Friday’s high schools: Belchertown boys lacrosse routs Monson

Friday, April 17, 2015

Alex Wordsworth’s seven goals and an assist powered the Belchertown boys lacrosse team to a 14-1 home blowout over Monson Friday afternoon. Ben Magarian (four goals, assist) and Grant Irving (two goals, three assists) each posted five points for the Orioles (4-1, 3-0 Suburban). Jack Medina picked up …

Friday’s high school baseball: Freshman Jonathan Morrison fans 17 in one-hitter for Hopkins Academy

Friday, April 17, 2015

Jonathan Morrison gave the Hopkins Academy baseball team two outstanding outings in its run to the state final last season. On Friday Morrison dominated in his first start as a permanent member of the rotation. The freshman struck out 17 in a one-hit shutout as the Golden Hawks …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton boys tennis takes down Belchertown

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Northampton boys tennis team was quick to dismiss Belchertown, 4-1, at JFK Middle School on Friday. The Blue Devils (2-1) didn’t drop a game in the singles matches. Francios Venne led the charge at first singles, beating Trent Zulkiewicz in straight sets. The Orioles (1-4) picked up …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital mum about departure of Jeanne Ryan, vice president and hospice director

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jeanne M. Ryan, who was hired in 2007 to lead Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice — and recently promoted to vice president of post-acute care in addition to the hospice post, no longer works at the hospital. Cooley Dickinson spokeswoman Julia Sorensen, chief marketing and communications …

Jaquan Green of Holyoke denies firearms charges resulting from Belchertown incident

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man allegedly found with a gun in Belchertown in January denied in Hampshire Superior Court Friday charges resulting from that incident. Jaquan Green, 21, pleaded not guilty to charges of unlicensed possession of a firearm and unlicensed possession of a loaded firearm. Green’s attorney, …

Northampton may limit individual campaign donations in city elections to $500, though authority in question

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Seeking to keep big money out of local politics, the City Council is considering a plan to limit the maximum individuals can donate to candidates for city office to $500 rather than accept a new limit of $1,000 approved by the state last year. The measure, …

Northampton High students launch petition drive protesting departure of English teacher Kurt Ostrow

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When Northampton High School freshman Danielle Parent learned in class Thursday that her English teacher, Kurt Ostrow, would be leaving May 1, she burst into sobs. “It’s really hard to lose someone that you trust,” said …

Cynthia May of Orleans pleads not guilty to negligent motor vehicle homicide in Amherst death of UMass student Hannah Frilot

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Cape Cod woman pleaded not guilty Friday in Hampshire Superior Court to a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide resulting from the July 31 death of University of Massachusetts student Hannah B. Frilot. Attorney Harry …

Daily Hampshire Gazette Girls Track & Field Player of the Year: Sierra Loomis, Northampton

Friday, April 17, 2015

Player of the Year: Sierra Loomis, junior, Northampton Season highlights: The versatile junior posted seven top-eight finishes over three postseason meets. She won long jump titles at the PVIAC championship meet (16 feet, 10 inches) and the state …