Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
Clear
8°
Clear
Hi 25° | Lo 9°

Northampton

CHRIS LINDAHL
Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito shake hands after signing the Community Compact at Northampton City Hall Thursday.

Nine area communities eye special projects, state money after signing compact

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Officials from nine area communities met with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito Thursday to sign on to a state and local partnership program that provides assistance and money for transportation, technology and other special projects. Northampton, Easthampton, Southampton, Westhampton, Goshen, Chesterfield, Deerfield, Williamsburg and Hadley have all entered into a Community Compact agreement with the state. The program asks …

At Smith College, Cornel West urges unity, integrity in the face of racism

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Influential scholar and civil rights activist Cornel West spoke passionately to a crowd at Smith College Thursday night, urging them to come together and seek truth as the nation continues to reckon with police brutality and systemic racism. Speaking, as always, in a fiery manner that defies synopsis, West told the …

Thursday’s high school basketball: Amherst boys qualify for postseason behind sixth straight win

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Devonte McCall had 28 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks as the Amherst Regional boys basketball team won their sixth straight and qualified for the postseason with an 83-72 win over Westfield in Amherst. Meikkel Murray added 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Tajahn Joyner had 16 points and Will Budington 10 for the Hurricanes (10-4, 5-1 Valley Wheel). Amherst shot …

Thrills and chills: Northampton readies for 6th annual ‘Ice Art Festival’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

It got off to a slow start, but winter’s finally here, just in time for the 6th annual “Northampton Ice Art Festival.” On Friday, experienced and neophyte ice sculptors will spend the day decorating the streets in the …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The buzz: ‘Local Honey’ to celebrate bands with gala affair

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I’m here for the handoff. Pacing the pavement on a cold night at the corner of King and Bridge. I feel like I should peek out from under the brim of a smart fedora and toss a spent …

City man wins snow-sculpting competition in Colorado

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dave Rothstein of Northampton recently used 20 tons of snow to educate the public about ocean pollution — and he won first place in a snow-sculpting contest while doing it. Rothstein was a member of Team USA/VT, one …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown at the Iron Horse

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Formed in London in 1966 and repeatedly dying and being reborn over the next five decades, the blues band Savoy Brown faltered in its native England when the British blues boom faded in the early ’70s. But it …

Jury convicts Patrick Durocher of raping UMass Amherst student on lawn outside Campus Center in 2013

Friday, February 5, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Sharp exhales and cries broke the silence of the courtroom Friday afternoon as a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student was found guilty of raping and assaulting a female classmate on the lawn outside the Campus …

Ware man sentenced to 2½ years in jail after admitting to sexually assaulting 5-year-old girl

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A Ware man pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday to sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl. Wayne S. Allen, 60, admitted in court that he assaulted the child in Ware and attempted to keep her from reporting the incident to anyone, according to court documents. …

Naila Moreira: Plastic bag ban in Northampton ‘necessary, but not sufficient’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A friend of mine recently forgot his reusable bags when he dropped in at Stop & Shop. To make matters worse, he’d also forgotten about Northampton’s new plastic bag ban, which started Jan. 1. Then the …

On the beam

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Kayla Henry hits for career-high 29 as Belchertown beats Minnechaug

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kayla Henry scored a career-high 29 points as the Belchertown girls basketball team held off Minnechaug for a 56-51 win in Wilbraham Tuesday night. The Orioles (11-3) held the lead throughout but had to fight off the Falcons (5-10) down the stretch. Cara McKenzie (six points) added 10 …

Local political activists assess wins by Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump in NH

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Patty Healey, a member of National Nurses United, was up in New Hampshire all day Tuesday, but she did not get to stick around to see the results. “All I did was work,” she said. That …