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LARRY PARNASS
Grace Barrett-Snyder works on a project to adapt the mobile game Two Dots.

Hack@Smith takes on gender imbalance in software field; weekend of computing projects kicks off

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A little after noon Saturday, Smith College senior Melissa Chenok pulled a photo up on her laptop, that of sinister “Harry Potter” character Draco Malfoy. Then she fetched another: celebrity Kim Kardashian, sporting blonde tresses. The resemblance? Striking, actually. But the pressing question for Chenok was this: Could these two familiar faces be phone app gold? Chenok was …

Inside the funeral industry: Northampton man’s ashes reclaimed from common grave

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When city native Paul W. Swift died in March 2009, his ashes were held in safe-keeping by the former Pease and Gay Funeral Home on Prospect Street. According to one family member, they were to be interred along with his wife’s in a Northampton cemetery when she died. Six years after …

State agricultural commissioner John Lebeaux makes first official Pioneer Valley appearance

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Though the number might seem small, newly-appointed state agricultural commissioner John Lebeaux said a recent 1 percent increase in the number of farms in the Valley is a “trend in the right direction.” In his first official swing through the region as agricultural chief, Lebeaux spent Friday night with about 100 …

Paying homage: Robert Floyd gallery presents 14th annual ‘Women in History Month’ photo contest and exhibit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Every March, in honor of Women’s History Month, the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center hosts a photo contest and exhibit that pays homage to women and their achievements. The 14th annual “Women in History Month Photo …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Deerhoof to kick up its heels at Pearl Street Nightclub

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dull music is everywhere, so when you’re zapped by sounds that are truly alive, you don’t forget it. One of the most alive bands I know is Deerhoof, and it’s finally coming back to town to play Pearl …

Young@Heart to perform at Academy of Music

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

“Everybody can perform,” says Bob Cilman, who’s staked his musical career on that credo: Cilman is the founder and director of The Young@Heart Chorus, the wildly popular singing group for seniors that has performed rock hits for audiences …

In the spotlight: Former backup singer Lisa Fischer takes center stage at Calvin Theatre

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BACKUP singer turned solo powerhouse Lisa Fischer is on a national tour that brings her to Northampton Tuesday. After being featured in the documentary film “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” Fischer has gone from singing backup for acts like …

Weekend Planner — Dance: PVB’s ‘Aladdin and His Magic Lamp’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Directed and choreographed by Pioneer Valley Ballet artistic directors Maryanne Kodzis and Thomas Vacanti, PVB’s “Aladdin and His Magic Lamp” promises to bring the colorful Arabian Nights story to life by way of a fantastical cast of dancing …

MuseFLASHES

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Music at UMass A concert by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Jeremy Denk will be presented Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The …

Accuser testifies in trial of one of four men accused of gang-raping her at UMass

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The woman who accused four men of gang-raping her in 2012 tearfully told a jury Wednesday that when her two female friends left her alone with the men in her dorm room at the University of …

National Grid to lower rates May 1

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Valley home and business owners can expect some relief from high electric bills this spring. On Monday, National Grid announced that, pending Department of Public Utilities approval, the cost of power is expected to drop from the current …

Area police news

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Amherst ∎ A 2004 Polaris snowmobile valued at $3,000 parked on the front lawn of the Alpha Tau Gamma fraternity, 118 Sunset Ave., was reported stolen at 10:42 a.m. Monday. The residents told police the snowmobile was likely taken sometime during spring break. Easthampton ∎ Police were called …

Medical exam focus of third day of testimony in trial of Emmanuel Bile Jr., accused in alleged gang-rape at UMass

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A nurse who examined the former University of Massachusetts student who alleges four men raped her in her dorm room testified Tuesday that the 18-year-old woman said she may have been unconscious for one to three …