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Lander Grinspoon Academy fourth grader Chanina Kosovske, right, and Iqra Academy fourth grader Bashir Komov look at items Kosovske received at the end of a visit by LGA students to the W. Springfield school on Wednesday.

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 faith. “It would have been so interesting …

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 …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, April 20, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Getting back in shape Ease into spring sports. That’s the recommendation of Dr. Julio Martinez-Silvestrini, sports medicine specialist and medical director at Baystate Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Springfield. “Getting yourself back in shape to play sports isn’t something that happens overnight,” he said in a prepared statement. Ideally, conditioning for a return to spring sports for both …

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 …

Judge dismisses some counts, adds others to lawsuit against Ryder and Czelusniak funeral homes

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge this week dismissed some counts and added new ones in a lawsuit alleging negligence against the Ryder and Czelusniak funeral homes. The lawsuit is one of seven filed against the now-defunct Ryder Funeral Home regarding the alleged mishandling of remains. The …