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‘Not over it yet’: At 87, Northampton Holocaust survivor joins with others to share her story
04-12-2024 6:08 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — For Francisca Kan, the horrors of the Holocaust and the Second World War could be felt even as a young child.Kan was born into a Jewish family in Hilversum, the Netherlands, in the year 1937. Her father ran a successful bicycle factory,...

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Northampton School Committee takes stand for budget increase during emotional meeting
04-12-2024 5:12 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — An emotionally intense meeting Thursday over the school budget for the city schools ended with the School Committee bucking the recommendations of the mayor and superintendent and approving at least a 14% increase in spending next year.A...


Grow Food’s Tuesday Market set to return next week
04-12-2024 3:12 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Grow Food Northampton’s Tuesday Market will return to the city’s downtown on Tuesday, running once a week throughout the summer from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. The farmer’s market brings vendors from across western Massachusetts to the plaza...


Police chief search in Northampton gets under way
04-12-2024 11:33 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — After the departure of former police chief Jody Kasper at the start of this year, the city has officially begun the search to find her replacement. Kasper left Northampton after serving the city for 25 years, eight of them as police...


Northampton High students walk out of school, camp in mayor’s office over proposed cuts to theater department
04-10-2024 5:01 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton High School students marched to City Hall and occupied the mayor’s office on Wednesday to protest planned cuts to the school’s theater department, ramping up pressure on the city and the School Committee ahead of what is...


Two finalists for NHS principal position will visit later this month
04-09-2024 11:40 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Two finalists for the position of principal of Northampton High School have been announced, with the community getting an opportunity to meet both of them later this month.Jonathan Bruno, currently a mult-tiered systems of support...


Northampton schools eye pay freeze as ‘dire’ budget vote nears on Thursday
04-08-2024 5:20 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — All public school employees would forego raises next year, in addition to the elimination of more positions on top of those already announced in December, under a plan revealed in recent days by Superintendent Portia Bonner as the...


Community painting mural at JFK school — a collage of places students say they feel happy, safe
04-07-2024 2:01 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Members of the greater Northampton community took part in a painting party on Saturday to help create a 1,500-square-foot mural for JFK Middle School.The project was spearheaded by two local artists, Sharon Leshner and Ryan Murray. The...


Northampton City Briefing: WWII vet turns 99; city hires new IT director, accepts $50K for lighting of underpass
04-05-2024 2:00 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

Northampton resident Sidney Moss celebrated his 99th birthday this week, though that hasn’t seemed to slow him down much.Moss was born on April 1, 1925 in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City before moving to Chicago when he was 2 years...


Spreading their wings: After 14 years in Amherst Hope and Feathers sets up shop in Northampton
04-03-2024 5:03 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — When customers walk into the Hope and Feathers framing shop, owner Michelle Raboin knows that there’s a story behind each request for one of the shop’s custom-built frames.“It could be framing something that they hate, but their...


Holyoke woman files suit against city, 2 officers over forceful arrest a year ago
04-03-2024 3:55 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke woman arrested and pepper-sprayed by two Northampton police officers a year ago has brought a federal lawsuit against the city, claiming she was deprived of her constitutional rights of equal protection under the law and from...


Looming staffing cuts vex Northampton school board, students
04-02-2024 4:46 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Just hours after Northampton High School students staged a walkout Monday to protest the dismal outlook for next year’s school budget, the School Committee and Superintendent Portia Bonner grappled with the prospect of losing at least 20...


Commission rules cupola at former St. John Cantius church must be reinstalled
04-02-2024 2:34 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A guano-ridden cupola on the former St. John Cantius church must be restored, the Northampton Historical Commission recently ruled, denying a request from the building’s owner to have it permanently removed. The church building, built in...


Protesters to UMass: Drop disciplinary action against students in 2023’s Gaza sit-in
03-29-2024 4:10 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — Several UMass professors joined more than 50 demonstrators in front of the Whitmore Administration Building on Thursday, demanding an end to university-imposed probation placed against students and faculty that were arrested for occupying...


Northampton’s climate action chief resigns after 6 months, city names interim leader
03-28-2024 4:44 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A little more than year since the creation of the department and less than six months since appointing its first director, Northampton’s Climate Action and Project Administration (CAPA) has already appointed a new interim director in a...


Champions of change: NHS Student Union advocates for students before administrators, School Committee
03-27-2024 4:42 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — When Giselle Ohm was in middle school, she enjoyed reading stories about the adventures and exploits of high school student councils, and she aspired to be on one someday. But when she began the transition to Northampton High School, Ohm...


A ‘hub’ blueprint begins: City kicks off planning for new Resilience Hub downtown
03-26-2024 4:22 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — On Monday evening, Edwards Church became the site of a more secular sermon on the necessity of a new center to confront the challenges of both climate change and income inequality in Northampton, problems architect Dorrie Brooks said are...


A ‘textbook’ housing solution: State housing chief lauds Northampton’s North Commons
03-25-2024 3:22 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Massachusetts Housing Secretary Ed Augustus toured the North Commons mixed-income development in Northampton’s Village Hill area on Monday, calling it a “textbook example” of how to build affordable housing units to tackle the state’s...


Northampton City Briefing: Plans advance for Resilience Hub, meeting set for Monday
03-22-2024 2:48 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Saying they are at a crucial stage in the planning for the Community Resilience Hub, city officials on Monday will hold the first of three public meetings to provide updates and seek input on the endeavor to create the downtown space in...


No losers in Northampton lottery: After Masa Mexicano wins all-alcohol license, panel hands last one to Gombo
03-21-2024 5:35 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — John Piskor waited on the Zoom call with bated breath. Annie Lesko, the city’s administration, licensing and economic development coordinator, had begun a lottery process to determine whether or not Piskor’s downtown Gombo restaurant...


Northampton residents’ letter seeks changes for remote Planning Board meetings
03-20-2024 8:06 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A group of residents and business owners are calling on the city’s planning department to ditch what they describe as restrictive rules placed on remote meeting participants, saying the policies used for public comment deprive them of a...

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