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Northampton City Council approves Community Preservation Act money for housing program, playgrounds

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city is in line to be among the first communities in the state to launch a program using Community Preservation Act money dedicated solely to helping low- and moderate-income residents who live in affordable housing to stay in their homes. The City Council Thursday night unanimously approved a $195,000 CPA grant to the Housing Partnership for a three-year initiative called the Community Housing Supportive Services Project. The … 0

Senate OKs bond bill with millions for road, rail improvements

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The state Senate Thursday approved a five-year, $12.7 billion transportation bond bill that includes money for commuter rail service in the Pioneer Valley, $6.53 million for seven projects in Northampton and up to $300 million a year for Chapter 90 road projects in cities and towns. The bill, which Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, … 0

Thursday’s high schools: Amherst softball rallies to beat Chicopee Comp

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ali McIntire’s two-run single in the top of the seventh capped a three-run rally for the Amherst Regional softball team, which defeated Chicopee Comp 8-7 on the road Thursday. Trailing 7-5 entering the seventh, Mikah McNamara (hit, three runs) walked with one out. Justine Bohl and Mathena Morrissey followed with singles to load the bases, then Jada Glasgow was hit by a pitch … 0

Wednesday’s high school recaps: Northampton softball bats come alive in win over Longmeadow

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

After scoring 10 runs over the first three games of the season, the Northampton softball team nearly doubled that output Wednesday afternoon in an 18-11 victory at Longmeadow. Emilie Baldwin led the Blue Devils (1-3, 1-0 Valley Wheel) … 0

Wednesday’s high school tennis: Doubles powers Amherst Regional past Belchertown

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The doubles duos for the Amherst Regional boys tennis team carried the Hurricanes to a 3-2 home victory over Belchertown Wednesday afternoon. Danny St. John and Dan Siegelman won at No. 1 doubles by a score of 6-2, 6-2, while the No. 2 team of Humza Awaisi and … 0

Greenfield man hurt by falling block raises Northampton officials' concern about aging retaining walls under railroad bridges

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It has been nearly one month since a large concrete block fell out of the retaining wall near a downtown underpass and injured a Greenfield man, and the block is still sitting where it fell in … 0

Local Sports Briefs: road races, charity tournaments, youth programs

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chief Skroski Wiffle Ball Tournament The second annual Chief John F. Skroski Memorial Wiffle Ball Tournament will be held May 10 at 9 a.m. at 128 Christian Lane in Whately. The 3-on-3 tournament is for ages 13 and over. Fee is $15 per person. Proceeds will benefit the … 0

Building on the past, with an eye toward the future: Young@Heart Chorus charts new course as an independent group

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

They’ve long been an institution in the Valley as well as a hit in other parts of the country. They’ve toured overseas, been the subject of an acclaimed documentary and become a symbol of elderly people staking out … 0

Director Bob Peterson, Ed Asner to speak at Northampton showing of “Up”

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Creative collaboration? Bob Peterson says he’s all for it. And the writer and co-director of the Disney/Pixar movie “Up” knows something about sharing ideas to create memorable art. Peterson, a longtime contributing artist at Pixar Animation Studios, will … 0

Keeping tabs on the arts

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

‘Midnight to Midnight’ The Historic Northampton Museum and Education Center invites all Northampton residents to contribute photographs that may become a permanent part of Northampton’s historical record. In a collaboration with the Northampton Camera Club and the Forbes … 0

Clubland: John Darnielle makes magic at Pearl Street show in Northampton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

“I stand stark before the face of the infinite,” said a grinning John Darnielle to the shoulder-to-shoulder mega-crowd upstairs at Pearl Street in Northampton late Tuesday night. He was actually sitting at a keyboard, right before his first … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Jesse Arnaud Cook plays Calvin Theater in Northampton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

When rock ‘n’ roll overtook Spain in the late ’50s and early ’60s traditional flamenco music receded from the scene but did not die. During the ensuing decades it was instead infused with other sounds and re-emerged in … 0

Weekend Planner — Slam: Poetry salon, A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What would National Poetry Month be without a formal celebration of the same? Six Valley small presses are sponsoring one Friday, 4:30-8 p.m., at A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton in the form of poetry salon featuring readings by their … 0