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The Johannes String Quartet performed Sunday at Smith College.

Music review: Johannes Quartet delights at Music in Deerfield concert

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Johannes Quartet, new to the Music in Deerfield concerts, performed at Smith College’s Sage Hall Sunday before a large and enthusiastic audience. The concert began with a challenge to the audience, that is, a performance of “Homunculus,” written for the quartet in 2007 by Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen. This short work’s title means “The Little Man,” which, according to the composer, refers to the “spermist” theory that “a little man” exists in each sperm. The piece was full of as many musical devices as could be crammed into 12 minutes. The result was interesting, at times vigorous and dissonant, occasionally lyrical, and, above all, …

Headliners: ‘Dancing in Wild Places’ with Andrea Olsen; Red Molly at the Parlor Room

Thursday, March 26, 2015

An ode to seaweed One of the oldest life forms on the planet, seaweed is an essential part of ecosystem sustainability as a well as a source of food, medicine and fertilizer. It’s also quite beautiful in its various fractal formations. Attracted by both the scientific and aesthetic qualities of these aquatic plant-like …

Headliners come out on top in Northampton Adult Spelling Bee

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Daguerreotype, a long-abandoned photography technique, was the word that propelled the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s team, “The Headliners,” to its fourth victory at the Northampton Adult Spelling Bee. The team, made up of Gazette staffers Ellie Cook, Laurel Gardner and James Pentland, bested 29 other teams at the JFK Middle School on …

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz seeks record Community Preservation Act grant for Pulaski Park project

Friday, March 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Mayor David J. Narkewicz is clear about why he’s made the rehabilitation of Pulaski Park, the well-used public park on Main Street framed by the Academy of Music and Memorial Hall, one of his top priorities. …

A question of consent as UMass gang-rape trial begins

Friday, March 20, 2015

The first witnesses in the rape trial of Emmanuel T. Bile testified that when they last saw their 18-year-old classmate on the night of Oct. 12, 2012, she was drunk and sleeping in her bed in a UMass …

Thursday’s colleges: Amherst baseball rolls past St. Norbert

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Amherst College baseball team’s offense exploded in a 20-7 win over St. Norbert in Winter Haven, Florida, on Thursday. Andrew Vandini went 3 for 6 with three RBIs and three runs scored, while four other players had two hits for Lord Jeffs (4-3). Sam Schneider started and …

Valley communities set to receive share of $30 million in state money to repair potholes

Thursday, March 19, 2015

After frigid temperatures and record snowfall have left roads across the state in shambles, communities are set to get a slice of a $30 million aid package announced Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker. Money from the Winter Recovery …

Northampton City Council delays vote on stiffer fines for failing to shovel sidewalks

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After hearing loud and clear from city residents that they want more thought put into a proposed new law that would levy $250 fines on property owners who repeatedly fail to shovel their sidewalks, the City Council Thursday postponed its final vote in order to tweak …

Artist Brooke Schnabel introduces JFK Middle School students to monochrome printmaking

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Goshen painter Brooke Schnabel has introduced some 60 JFK Middle School students to the instantly gratifying world of monochrome printmaking. “I love it when I can make an activity with them that works,” he said Thursday …

Area police news

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Amherst ∎ Todd R. Matthews, 54, who lists his address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 4:58 p.m. Wednesday on Main Street on two warrants. Easthampton ∎ Ryan J. Turner, 23, of Chester, was arrested at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at 38 Spring St. on a warrant. …

Northampton Police report Level 3 sex offender living near Straw Avenue in Florence

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are notifying the community of a Level 3 sex offender living in Florence. Edward Leroy Arthur, 39, whose address is listed as homeless in the area of Straw Avenue, has been classified as a Level …

Area briefs

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Northampton COMMUNITY GARDEN REGISTRATION: People may register for plots in Grow Food Northampton’s organic community garden from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. The garden at 140 Meadow St. in Florence has added 46 new plots, and about 30 previously cultivated plots …

Judge reverses dismissal of larceny charges against Nancy Whitley; trial now possible

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Thursday reversed her earlier dismissal of larceny charges against Nancy B. Whitley in connection with the failed Paradise One condominium project in Easthampton. That means Whitley, 57, of Northampton, may be …