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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 …

Daily Hampshire Gazette Girls Swimming & Diving Player of the Year: Kerry Fleming, Northampton

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Kerry Fleming, senior, Northampton 2014-15 highlights: Fleming led the Blue Devils to a third straight Western Massachusetts title with four second-place finishes. She swam personal bests in the 100-yard free (1 minute, 57.29 seconds) and 200 free (53.93). …

Wednesday’s high school track/tennis: Frontier Regional laps South Hadley in opener

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Jamie Blinder and Oliver Fox each won two individual events to help lead the Frontier Regional boys track team to a 961/2-461/2 victory over South Hadley in South Deerfield Wednesday. Blinder won the pole vault by clearing 11 feet and ran the 100-meter dash in 12.1 seconds for …

Wednesday’s high school lacrosse: Granby girls down Chicopee Comp, stay unbeaten

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kate Sarnacki and Jess Patruno combined for nine goals to lift the Granby girls lacrosse team over Chicopee Comp, 12-8, at home Wednesday. Sarnacki scored five and Patruno had four, while each had an assist for the Rams (2-0). Jasmine Jones added two goals and Kaeleigh Croteau had …

Wednesday’s high school softball: Alex Ferris 2-hits Amherst in shutout for Hampshire

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Alexis Ferris scattered two hits and struck out 14 to lead the Hampshire Regional softball team over Amherst Regional, 16-0, in Westhampton on Wednesday. Taylor Boutwell (3 for 4) and Danielle McGan (2 for 4) each had a three RBIs and a double, while Savannah Waters (RBI) was …

Wednesday’s high school baseball: Frontier Regional jumps on Mohawk for first win

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Frontier Regional baseball team built an early lead and held on for a 3-1 win over Mohawk at home Wednesday. Brandon Bryant (stolen base) reached on a fielder’s choice, Evan Bourque (2 for 3, stolen base) singled and Matt Ackerman drove them in with a first-inning triple …

Florence Bank breaks new ground by electing Ruth Constantine as first woman to chair board

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Florence Bank President John F. Heaps Jr. says there is one salient point about the election of Ruth Constantine as head of the bank’s board: She’s the right person for the seat, plain and simple. The …

Analysis of December accident that severely injured Chloe Rombach shows split-second decisions often key in determining outcome of such tragedies

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In a car accident, the outcome often depends on split-second decisions and reactions. In the case of the Dec. 9 accident in which 22-year-old Chloe Rombach was struck by a car while crossing Bridge Street on …

Tax Day rally in Northampton focuses attention on impact of money on politics

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — “It’s April 15 — Tax Day — but we’re turning it into representation day,” said the Rev. Andrea Ayvazian to a crowd of about 50 people gathered in front of City Hall on Wednesday evening. Ayvazian, …

Tom Baird of Florence announces candidacy for Ward 6 School Committee seat

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Educator Tom Baird, of 37 Drewsen Drive in Florence, has announced his candidacy for the Ward 6 School Committee seat. Baird, 34, is a school curriculum director in Windsor, Connecticut, and has also worked as a teacher. His daughter Eva, 5, is a kindergarten student at …

Daily Hampshire Gazette Boys Swimming & Diving Players of the Year: Belchertown’s Dennis Lelic, Matthew Quinney, Andrew Endress and Benjamin LaClair

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Belchertown 200 medley relay & 400 free relay teams: Dennis Lelic, sophomore; Matthew Quinney, junior; Andrew Endress, junior; Benjamin LaClair, freshman Season highlights: Lelic, Quinney, Endress and LaClair won Western Massachusetts titles in the 200 medley relay (1 …