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Guest columnist Mariel E. Addis: Under seige from all sides
04-17-2024 5:46 PM

By MARIEL E. ADDIS

 When I first heard John Lennon’s masterpiece “Imagine,” and heard the line “imagine no religion,” I thought, “How awful is that; religion is a good thing!” Probably in junior high at the time, I couldn’t understand the significance of the line. I do...

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Columnist Johanna Neumann: Reaping the rewards of rooftop solar
04-17-2024 5:45 PM

By JOHANNA NEUMANN

This week my boys and I are visiting my mom and stepdad for April break. Shortly after we arrived, they proudly gave us a tour of their new PV solar array, which they had installed on the south face of their home earlier this year. My stepdad, Rick,...


Julia Riseman: Join Friends of Northampton Trails
04-17-2024 5:43 PM

It's spring! I can't wait to pump up my bike tires and get back on the rail trails. We are so lucky. Northampton enjoys extensive, beautiful, and accessible trails that knit our community together. I feel so grateful for the Friends of Northampton...


Justine McCarthy and Ed Lamoureux: Political will needed to benefit from new power line technology
04-17-2024 5:43 PM

Political will needed to benefit from new power line technologyRecent news articles about upgrading power lines with new, lighter, higher-capacity wiring have us feeling hopeful. We’d like the Gazette to report on this process, called advanced...


Shelly Berkowitz: More examples of corporate greed
04-17-2024 5:43 PM

Many kudos to Olin Rose-Bardawil for writing a column in which he (sadly) documents many excellent examples showing how corporate financial interests hijack and seriously undermine the very necessary regulatory functions of our government agencies,...


Baseball: Chicopee Comp strikes early, takes down Amherst (PHOTOS)
04-17-2024 5:12 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — It didn’t take very long for the Chicopee Comp baseball team to assert itself.The visiting Colts hung 10 runs on Amherst in the top of the first inning, and doubled that total over the next four innings as the host Hurricanes dropped their...


Amherst Fire Chief Walter ‘Tim’ Nelson to retire in June
04-17-2024 5:04 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Fire Chief Walter O. “Tim” Nelson, who has led the department since early 2010, will retire from the position at the end of June, bringing to a close a more than 43-year career in fire services in which his emphasis has been on helping...


First look at how little Amherst’s police alternative being used called troubling
04-17-2024 3:55 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The tiny number of emergency dispatch calls directed to the Community Responders for Equity, Safety and Service since mid-December, when the department began taking 911 calls, is prompting worries by members of the Community Safety and...


Florence’s Gabby Thomas gearing up for 2024 Paris Olympics
04-17-2024 3:37 PM

By JOSHUA SPAULDING

NEW YORK — Gabby Thomas has an Olympic experience under her belt and two Olympic medals she can wear around her neck. And as she gears up for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials ahead of the Paris Olympics, she took part in the Team USA Media Summit on...


Petition to block auto dealership on King Street falters in Northampton
04-17-2024 3:35 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A joint meeting between the Northampton City Council’s Committee on Legislative Matters and the city’s Planning Board heard public comments on a petition to ban further automobile dealerships near the city’s downtown, an issue that...


LIME SPREADER
04-17-2024 1:22 PM

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Flair and flavor: Couple draws on European, regional travel and food expertise to bring gourmet Aster + Pine Market to Amherst
04-17-2024 12:44 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — From their own journeys in Europe and across New England and the Northeast, and their experience in the hospitality industry, a Northampton couple is creating a market featuring wines, pantry staples and fresh, local produce in downtown...


Developer pitches new commercial building on Route 9 in Hadley
04-17-2024 12:44 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — An Amherst developer is proposing to construct a new commercial building on Route 9 that will become the headquarters for a Holyoke metal roofing and gutter company.At Tuesday’s Planning Board meeting, Thomas Reidy, an attorney at Bacon...


Holyoke man finds bear paw in his yard
04-17-2024 12:40 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — Armand Laramee was heading out on his morning walk around 6 a.m. Tuesday when something lying in his yard caught his eye.His first thought was perhaps his neighbor’s black cat had been hit by a car. He went to check on it.“Then I saw that...


Mass. saw nearly 200 percent rise in antisemitic incidents last year
04-17-2024 10:34 AM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — New England saw a staggering surge in antisemitic incidents last year that exceeded the increase logged nationally, the Anti-Defamation League said in a new report released Tuesday.There were 623 antisemitic incidents of assault, harassment...


Three finalists named for Ryan Road School principal in Northampton
04-17-2024 10:04 AM

STAFF REPORT

NORTHAMPTON — A selection committee has chosen three finalists for the job of principal at Ryan Road Elementary School, Superintendent Portia Bonner announced Tuesday.The finalists are Rebecca LeBeau, the current interim principal at Ryan Road;...


Prices up, sales down in early spring housing market
04-17-2024 9:45 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

The signs of spring are all around: the days are getting warmer, baseball is back, and Massachusetts home prices are setting records as demand continues to significantly outpace the inventory of houses for sale.The real estate analysts at The Warren...


Area property deed transfers, April 18
04-17-2024 9:25 AM

AMHERST 44 Chapel Rd, $560,750, B: Kristin M. Flewelling and Christine L. Larson, S: Paul A. Schroeder and Maria Monasterios BELCHERTOWN 203 South St, $507,150, B: Glenna J. Young, S: M & F Land Dev LLC 45 West St, $200,000, B: Serenity Ft and...


A Look Back: April 17
04-17-2024 7:01 AM

50 Years Ago■A group of unicyclists pedaled down Main Street today on their springtime ride from Hampshire Regional High School in Westhampton to the University of Massachusetts. The fresh air enthusiasts sought to collect pledges for an even longer...


Guest columnist Jim Palermo: Beware the zeitgeist! It’s bad for our kids
04-17-2024 6:01 AM

By JIM PALERMO

 I ran into a friend who asked why I had not for a long while submitted columns to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. I responded that I had not written because I was overwhelmed by the myriad issues that threaten out great country; that gnaw at the very...


Jiri Smejkal gets 1st goal, Senators beat Bruins 3-1 in regular-season finale
04-16-2024 11:08 PM

By DOUG ALDEN

BOSTON — Jiri Smejkal scored his first career goal midway through the second period and Jakob Chychrun scored less than a minute later as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 on Tuesday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.Artem...

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