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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 …

Veterans Voice: News of interest to local veterans

Friday, April 17, 2015

Announcements ELECTION: DAV Chapter 92 will be conducting their nominations and elections of chapter officers for 2015-2016 Thursday, 7 p.m., at VFW Post 8006, 18 Meadow St., Florence. There will be a collation following the meeting. All active chapter 92 members are welcome to attend and vote. ASSISTANCE: …

Area volunteer opportunities

Friday, April 17, 2015

HOSPICE OF THE FISHER HOME — Seeking volunteers for weekend visits at the hospice, 1165 North Pleasant St., Amherst, to help with welcoming guests, providing support for residents, family and friends, meal preparation, gardening and running errands. Next training April 24 and 25, noon to 4:30 p.m. Contact …

Area briefs

Friday, April 17, 2015

Northampton EGG HUNT PRIZE WINNERS: More than 1,000 children ages 10 and younger participated in the annual egg hunt April 11 at Look Park sponsored also by the Northampton Parks and Recreation Department and the Florence VFW. Children in each age group found “golden tickets” hidden in eggs …

Northampton City Council OKs water and sewer rate freeze; advances plastic bag ban

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City residents will not see a change in water and sewer rates over the next year after the City Council on Thursday unanimously voted to freeze the rates. The council also voted unanimously to advance a measure that would ban single-use plastic shopping bags such as …

Thursday’s high school tennis/track: Belchertown girls ace Central to remain perfect

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Belchertown girls tennis team continued its hot start to the season, cruising to a 5-0 sweep of Central at home Thursday. The Orioles (4-0, 4-0 Pioneer) surrendered nine games across five matches. Sophomore Meghan Bernard led the charge with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Kim Huymh at …

Thursday’s high school lacrosse: Northampton girls roll past Belchertown

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Abby Baldwin scored four times and Emily Biggs (two goals, three assists) had five points for the Northampton girls lacrosse team in a 16-1 home victory over Belchertown Thursday afternoon. Megan McCarthy had a hat trick, while Kerry …

Thursday’s high schools: Frontier Regional softball upends Smith Academy

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Freshman Emma Wesoloski picked up her first varsity win in the circle for the Frontier Regional softball team in a 7-2 home win over Hopkins Academy Thursday afternoon. Wesoloski went the distance, striking out two and allowing one earned run on three hits as the Red Hawks (3-0, …

Northampton sweeps MSTCA indoor coach of the year awards

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association released the winners of its coach of the year awards on Thursday and three local indoor coaches won. Northampton swept the western Massachusetts honors as Angus Fisher won in his first season with the boys team and Brandon Palmer won for his …

Judge rules Kevin Pardee of Easthampton too dangerous to release after multiple attacks on ex-girlfriend

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton District Court judge ruled Thursday that Kevin Pardee of Easthampton is too dangerous to be released after a hearing in which his ex-girlfriend described assaults that occurred throughout their relationship, including an incident in …

Garrett Crehan of Ashfield charged with assaulting psychiatric patient at Veterans Affairs medical center in Leeds

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Ashfield man who worked as a nurse assistant in the psychiatric ward at the Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds is facing charges of assaulting a 61-year-old patient there in January. The delay in filing charges was due partly to the fact …