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The climber is seen at the Bridge Street School's playground in Northampton Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.  The equipment is one of new additions to the playground.

Improvements made to Bridge Street School playground in Northampton

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bridge Street School’s colorful playground has long been an eye-catcher. The community recently celebrated special new features to the beloved play structure. Over the summer, the hard-packed dirt outside the school was transformed into a bouncy rubber surface, where children can play without worrying about kicking up dirt or getting muddy. There is also now an asphalt area for basketball and wall ball, tables for arts and crafts, and a playhouse. “There’s lots of places for them to explore and just be kids,” Bridge Street School Principal Beth Choquette said recently while looking out at the new play area from her office window. …

Academy of Music Gaea Star Goddess Show Saturday night celebrates water, opposes pipeline

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Worthington performer Mariam Massaro and the Gaea Star Band will perform at the Academy of Music in Northampton Saturday. The show is a celebration of clean water resources, and Massaro said it is dedicated to raising awareness about the Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposed to run through Plainfield and nine Franklin County towns. “The …

New tool in Ebola battle: Smith College hosts map-making workshops

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Emma Harnisch hunched over her laptop inside a small computer laboratory on the Smith College campus Thursday night, maneuvering a map-making computer program to draw a series of buildings, roads and walking trails in a remote section of Sierra Leone in the heart of the Ebola crisis. If she did her …

Area police news

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Amherst ■ Robert Carkhuff, 21, of 15 Bayberry Lane, was arrested at 12:08 a.m. Wednesday on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. Police said his …

Suspended Massachusetts State Police trooper denies indecent exposure, assault and battery charges

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A suspended Massachusetts state trooper was arraigned Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court on indecent exposure and sexual assault charges related to incidents in Worthington in July. Christopher J. Kennedy, 31, of West Springfield, pleaded not guilty …

Taking the plunge: Jamie Kent looks for a bigger stage in Nashville

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If you’re a screenwriter and you want to break into the movies, you head to Los Angeles. Serious about theater? Go to New York. Want to make it as a songwriter and musician? Nashville might just be your …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Firing up the musical time machine — Scott Bradlee, Postmodern Jukebox play for ‘sea of happy faces’ at Pearl Street Nightclub

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Scott Bradlee — the creator, arranger and bandleader of the ensemble Postmodern Jukebox — plays piano like the keys are hot. His nimble fingers skitter around to make whiplash ragtime, dainty ’50s arpeggios and anything else that sparks …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Live, onstage “Live Art Magazine,” billed as “a contemporary art talent show,” will be presented Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Music, 274 Main St., in Northampton. Creative folks from around the Valley are making …

Action — and make it fast! — Northampton Community Television sponsors seven-day film competition

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The costumes consisted of hand-lettered shirts, one saying “Sport” and the other “Champ.” The props were a mixed bag: a medicine ball, a catcher’s mask, two hurleys (hurling sticks), a tennis racket and a hockey helmet, minus its …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘God Box’ — performance in Northampton

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

After the untimely death of her daughter Rebecca in a car accident, quintessential Jewish mother Gloria Adelman is packing up the girl’s apartment when she discovers a box labeled “God.” Finding it filled with bibles, Buddhas and other …

Tuesday’s high schools: Easthampton spikes Chicopee, keeps postseason hopes alive

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

With its postseason hopes riding on every point Tuesday night, the Easthampton girls volleyball team dug deep to win the final two sets and defeat Chicopee 3-2 on senior night. The Eagles earned all three of their set …

Tuesday’s colleges: Mount Holyoke field hockey beats WPI in overtime

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sophie Perekslis redirected a shot by Kirsten Kilburn to score the winning overtime goal as the Mount Holyoke field hockey team beat WPI 1-0 in Worcester, Tuesday. Liz DiCesare made two saves for the Lyons (11-2, 5-1 NEWMAC). Women’s soccer WPI 1, Smith College 1 (2OT) — Jackie …

Mother of Ryan Road School student objects to police firearms training nearby during weekdays

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence woman said she plans to keep her fifth-grade son at home two days next week so he remains out of earshot of gunfire when the Police Department’s state-required firearms training partially overlaps with school …