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Dinah, Mack, seventh grade social study teacher, left, instructs Claire-Anne Williams, sixth to eighth grade instrumental music teacher, right, how to create a presentation for Williams' general music class during the JFK Technology Conference at the JFK Middle School in Florence Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.

@john_provost: Northampton schools open with a new chief and more steps into high tech

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Northampton students can look forward to having WiFi connections to the Internet this year. By the end of September, the high school should be a WiFi hot spot. “The world is working at that high rate of speed, so we need to give our kids exposure to that,” said Angelo Rota, technology director for the district. “Is that good or … 0

Bicyclist taken to hospital after collision at Market and Union streets in Northampton

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A bicyclist was hospitalized after a collision with a motor vehicle at the corner of Market and Union streets Tuesday afternoon. At 3:27 p.m., Marquie Gardner, 19, of 59 Union St., had stopped on Union Street and attempted to turn right onto Market Street when she struck bicyclist Michael Sullivan, 24, … 0

Friendly’s restaurant closes on King Street in Northampton

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What was for many people a nostalgic downtown fixture has closed its doors. The Friendly’s restaurant at 63 King St. closed Monday, according to a statement by the chain’s corporate headquarters in Wilbraham. GLG Corporation owned by Gary L. Glenn of Granby operated the restaurant which has been on King Street … 0

‘See the Beauty’: Robert Markey’s artwork holds stirring images, strong commentary, about violence against women and children

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Life is complicated and so is the artwork of Robert Markey of Ashfield. For over 30 years, the figures he has drawn, carved, painted, molded in wire sculpture or captured in mosaics have mixed beauty with messages about … 0

Weekend Planner — Speech: ‘This History of the Hampshire and Hampden Canal at Historic Northampton

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Laboriously constructed between 1825-35, the Hampshire and Hampden Canal was the northern section of a canal that connected New Haven with Northampton and that operated for only a few years before being supplanted by the railroad. Traces of … 0

Five Colleges consortium issues statement discouraging travel to areas affected by Ebola

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Although the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is said to pose no immediate threat in the Valley, area colleges are taking extra precautions by educating the public. The Five Colleges — University of Massachusetts at Amherst, … 0

Decision delayed to September on single trial for four defendants in UMass gang-rape case

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A decision has been delayed until next month about a single trial for four men accused of raping a University of Massachusetts freshman at her dorm in 2012. Statements made by the men to police need to be transcribed and portions redacted before defense attorneys will … 0

Stumps: Coolidge Village condos in Northampton cuts down about 24 trees as part of larger maintenance program

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A tree canopy that had grown too close to buildings at a downtown Northampton condominium complex was cut down last week, with stumps all that remain until a planned landscaping project that will include new trees … 3

Man arrested while doing calisthenics at West Cemetery in Amherst, Northampton woman arrested on domestic assault and battery charge, other area police news

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Amherst ∎ A 57-year-old man whose address is listed as the streets of Amherst was found drinking alcohol while using gravestones in the West Cemetery to do calisthenics at 5:23 p.m. Tuesday. The man was issued a $300 ticket for violating the town’s open container bylaw, police said. … 0

Veterans in Northampton divided over whether a red, white and blue crosswalk downtown pays them respect or is offensive

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While still in its infancy, an idea by a city resident to paint a downtown crosswalk red, white and blue as a way to honor veterans is stirring their emotions as they are divided over whether … 2

Northampton City Council to decide whether to make 13 private streets public

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council is expected to decide Thursday whether to make 13 private streets public, clearing the way for the city to legally plow and maintain them this winter just as it has done for years. … 0

State seeks one trial for all four defendants in alleged 2012 UMass gang rape

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Prosecutors hope to simultaneously try all four defendants accused of raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst freshman in her dorm in October 2012. However, a lawyer for one of the accused said Tuesday he plans to … 0

Nominations sought for additional people to be honored on Eva Trager Memorial Statue in Northampton

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two years after unveiling the Eva Trager Memorial Statue on Main Street that honors her and eight others, the memorial committee is seeking nominations of more people who contributed to a healthy downtown. Their names on individual plaques will be added this year to the statue. … 0