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Hampshire Mall sells for fraction of assessed value at $7M

06-20-2024 4:47 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall, a major commercial property on Route 9 since its opening in 1978, was sold at a foreclosure auction Thursday for $7 million.The buyer was Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas and Wells Fargo Commercial Mortgage Securities Inc.,...


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Northampton considers $1.4M in CPA projects, including for a new inclusive playground at RK Finn school

06-20-2024 5:20 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A new inclusive playground may soon be coming to RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School.The playground is just one of nine projects in line to receive a combined total of $1.4 million during the latest round of CPA funding. Other project...


Ballot question campaigns take next step toward November

06-20-2024 4:14 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Musicians hauling three drums, two trombones, a saxophone and and a tuba played their way up Park Street to the corner of Beacon Street on Tuesday afternoon — blocking traffic and leading dozens of ralliers in the day’s 90-degree heat to...


South Hadley PD raising money to launch comfort dog program

06-20-2024 4:02 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The Police Department is fundraising $10,000 to recruit a new member with four paws, a tail and lots of fur.After Amherst, Greenfield and Belchertown reported the “transformative” impact of the police departments’ comfort dog program,...


DOT to transition traffic on I-91S in Northampton to permanent bridges Thursday night

06-20-2024 3:46 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Traffic on Interstate-91 southbound in Northampton will be transitioned from the temporary median bridges to the permanent southbound bridges over Hockanum Road, and over Route 5 and the railroad, the Department of Transportation...


Petitions seeking single ZIP code, peace in Gaza passed by Whately voters

06-20-2024 2:09 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Along with the 29 town-submitted articles, citizen’s petitions about having a single ZIP code for the town, a resolution to end the war in Gaza and lowering the municipal voting age were all approved at Whately’s annual Town Meeting.Over two...


Amherst earns another AA+ bond rating from S&P

06-20-2024 9:33 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst is maintaining a AA+ stable bond rating from analysts at Standard & Poors Global Rating Services, ensuring that relatively low interest rates will remain in effect as the town takes on borrowing costs for various projects.Town...


GCC union votes ‘no confidence’ in president, provost

06-20-2024 9:31 AM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Seventy-eight eligible members of the Greenfield Community College Professional Association, the college’s faculty and staff union, cast their ballots by Tuesday afternoon, expressing no confidence in President Michelle Schutt and Provost...


A Look Back, June 21

06-20-2024 9:15 AM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago ■The coordinator of career education in Northampton schools, Carl Thor, has been invited to serve as a consultant to the department of Health Education and Welfare as “one of 250 outstanding career education practitioners in the United...


Photos: Going out in style

06-20-2024 9:07 AM


Amherst’s Juneteenth Jubilee: Sharing joy, yearning

06-20-2024 9:06 AM

By ALEXA LEWIS

AMHERST — Dozens of Amherst community members braved the heat to gather at Mill River Park on Wednesday for the Black Business Association of Amherst Area’s 15th annual Juneteenth Jubilee, the town’s longest-running Juneteenth celebration. Friends and...


‘Everyone can cut loose’: Easthampton artist’s business Cut Loose collage workshops uses crafting as a tool for wellness

06-20-2024 9:05 AM

By ALEXA LEWIS

EASTHAMPTON — Michael Sjostedt has always been a creator with an entrepreneurial spirit.In college, he used these predispositions to start a bustling clay bead business, handcrafting and marketing his own wares. Now, he is celebrating the one-year...


Making news in business, June 20

06-20-2024 9:04 AM

Florence Bank presents 2024 President’s Award to three employeesFLORENCE — Florence Bank announced that it recently presented the 2024 President’s Award to three staff members for exceptional service. Established in 1995, the President’s Award...


A LOOK BACK

06-19-2024 11:01 PM

50 Years Ago ■Mayor Sean M. Dunphy said he expects to decide within two weeks whether Northampton will begin the licensing process for cable television facilities. Dunphy noted that it would be at least three years before a cable could be in...


Advocates highlight child safety in summer

06-19-2024 4:47 PM

NORTHAMPTON — With summer official this week, the Northwestern district attorney’s office and children’s advocacy centers of Hampshire and Franklin counties and North Quabbin urge anyone caring for children to recognize the unique dangers summer can...


Amherst Historical Society enlists first executive director since 2011

06-19-2024 4:44 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — For the first time since 2011, the Amherst Historical Society will have an executive director overseeing the nonprofit’s work in the community, including maintaining and improving the 1750s-era Simeon Strong House at 67 Amity St.Liz Larson,...


More than 200 acres protected for agriculture in Deerfield’s North Meadows

06-19-2024 4:35 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With the execution of two separate conservation restrictions by Historic Deerfield and the Antonellis family, more than 200 acres of land in Deerfield will remain permanently accessible for agriculture.In early May, Historic Deerfield...


Overcoming addiction: Day treatment center opens in Northampton

06-19-2024 4:34 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — When Empower Health Group opened its new day treatment program in Northampton in February, it didn’t take long for people to come knocking.“We had 25 or 30 clients within two weeks,” company CEO Matthew O’Malley said.O’Malley, who said...


Hampshire College to cut benefits as enrollment for next school year comes in below projections

06-19-2024 4:32 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — Responding to fall enrollment numbers that are lower than anticipated, Hampshire College plans to temporarily freeze retirement contributions for all employees and cut salaries for senior staff members next school year to meet the college’s...


Child porn case against former state police captain from Amherst inches ahead

06-19-2024 3:12 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Legal proceedings in the case of a retired State Police detective captain accused of eight counts of possessing and distributing child sexual abuse material have moved slowly since charges were first brought.Francis Hart, 64, was...


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