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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 …

Family time with fine art: Smith College courts the next generation of museumgoers

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The exhibit “Mary Bauermeister: The New York Decade” at the Smith College Museum of Art focuses on the “lens boxes” that the German avant garde artist created in the 1960s. “Her work was shaped by experimentation and the …

Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings win first New England championship

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Greater Holyoke YMCA swim team made history and ended a dynasty this weekend at MIT. Greater Holyoke took home its program’s first New England YMCA championship en route to ending the YMCA of the North Shore’s 15-year …

Sen. Donald Humason Jr. and Rep. John Scibak among legislators seeking end to regulation changing consumers’ electricity rates

Monday, March 23, 2015

After receiving numerous phone calls from baffled energy customers, state Sen. Donald F. Humason Jr., R-Westfield, and eight of his colleagues are urging the state to end a regulation that requires energy suppliers to retroactively change consumers’ rates …

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg among political leaders seeking analysis of Boston Olympic Games’ impacts

Monday, March 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three state leaders plan to hire a publicly funded consultant next month to analyze the potential impacts of Boston hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. Gov. Charlie Baker, Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo said they are seeking an independent …

Check it Out: Area health briefs

Monday, March 23, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Diaper Drive continues The Amherst Area Diaper Drive has collected 12,616 diapers, reaching over two-thirds of its 18,000 diaper goal. As the drive, led by the Amherst Survival Center and Family Outreach of Amherst, heads into its final weeks, it has grown with …

The annual Relay for Life cancer fundraiser at Look Park in Florence seeks volunteers

Monday, March 23, 2015

The following is the second in a series of monthly stories about participants in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Hampshire County, a fundraiser which takes place June 19 to 20 in Look Park in Florence. …

Health events: Workshops, support groups, resources

Monday, March 23, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING GENTLE MOVEMENT —and Yoga classes for Parkinson’s Disease with Donna Brooks. Improves coordination, dexterity, strength, balance, motor control and rapidity. Fun filled classes: Wednesdays: 9:30 to 10:30 emphasizes Yoga and relaxation. 11 a.m. to noon emphasizes …

Police send unknown substance found on Northampton High School student to drug lab for testing

Monday, March 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police have sent an unknown substance found on a student at Northampton High School to a drug-testing lab after questioning him Friday, according to Northampton Police Captain Jody Kasper. She said an NHS administrator called police to the school after discovering what she reported as a …

Jurors see text-message exchange between Emmanuel Bile Jr. and woman he is accused of raping at UMass

Monday, March 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The morning after Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. and his three friends allegedly gang-raped a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dormitory in 2012, she sent him several furious, expletive-filled text messages about what she said …

Weekend college recaps: Amherst College men’s hockey headed to Frozen Four

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Amherst College men’s hockey team came from behind to force overtime, and a late goal by Mike Rowbatham sealed a 4-3 win to beat Norwich in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals on Saturday at Orr Rink. Rowbatham’s unassisted goal came at the 8 minute, 12 second mark …