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Spring brings new art: A look at what's on tap in April at selected local galleries
04-12-2024 2:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

April weather can be fickle, as this week, with some warm, sunny days to start, followed by a few days of clouds and rain, has shown.But if you can’t get out into nature as much as you’d like, you can still see plenty of artwork in the region, which...

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Charles Schmid: Seniors are people, too
04-12-2024 2:28 PM

Housing for seniors has not been good. Some of us are being forced out. We are told about places to go, but there are waiting lists everywhere. What are seniors supposed to do? Disgraceful.Charles SchmidEasthampton


Trial run for Main Street redesign: Easthampton aims for safer, more walkable area
04-11-2024 5:54 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

EASTHAMPTON — Drivers and pedestrians will be noticing a change on Main Street this week as the city implements a trial run of a proposed redesign, adding bike lanes and narrowing the street for a key pedestrian crossing.The experiment, on the section...


Jennifer Delozier: One thing you never say to a solar eclipse
04-09-2024 4:07 PM

“Wait one minute ... I’ll be right there!” And yes, it was spectacular!Jennifer DelozierEasthampton


Paralympics-bound: Easthampton’s Saige Harper makes USA team in rowing in Paris this summer
04-09-2024 3:58 PM

By BRADYN COTE

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton native Saige Harper has been selected to compete in the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris this summer, rowing for the United States in the PR3 Mixed Double Sculls. It’s a dream achievement for Harper, a senior at Sacred Heart...


Carolyn Cushing: Easthamptonites are owed thanks for cease-fire resolution
04-07-2024 7:00 AM

I am grateful for my follow Easthamptonites who have worked so hard with our City Council on a cease-fire resolution. It is an incredibly diverse, knowledgeable, and ever growing group. Some members have both personal and professional experience in...


Urged by vocal group of residents, Easthampton council becomes fourth in region to call for cease-fire in Gaza
04-04-2024 5:44 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

EASTHAMPTON — After hearing dozens of residents advocate passionately over recent weeks for their local government to take a stand, the City Council on Wednesday approved a resolution calling for an “immediate and permanent cease-fire between Israel...


The Beat Goes On: Cloudbelly celebrates a new album in Northampton, Brazilian sounds come to Amherst, and more
04-04-2024 3:32 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Just days after former folk and Americana performer turned indie-pop singer Caroline Rose played in Florence, Cloudbelly, the Valley indie folk band led by singer-songwriter Corey Laitman, is set to showcase songs from a new album that has a...


Softball: Ella Schaeffer tosses gem, South Hadley blanks Easthampton 1-0 in season opener (PHOTOS)
04-01-2024 7:48 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

EASTHAMPTON – After an offseason spent playing travel ball, Ella Schaeffer was counting down the days until South Hadley’s first game of the season at Easthampton.After a playoff loss two years ago on the same field, Schaeffer said she started out...


Easthampton Theater Company and Williston Northampton School form partnership: Ensemble will stage its next play, “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” at school in June
03-31-2024 1:15 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton Theater Company (ETC), which since forming in late 2022 has staged two sold-out productions at the Blue Room at CitySpace, has formed a new partnership with the Williston Northampton School — one that will bring both a new...


Norman Spier: Medicaid estate recovery in Massachusetts worse than it need be
03-29-2024 8:49 AM

Regarding the March 18 front-page article, “Medicaid offices target dead people’s home,” the article points out that the federal government currently requires states to estate-recover expenses for nursing homes and other similar care classified as...


Nancy Natale: Free historical cemetery tour in Easthampton
03-29-2024 8:49 AM

Local historian Bob Comeau will lead a free one-hour historical tour of Easthampton’s St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Cemetery on Saturday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to noon. This cemetery, located on Mayher Street, stands as a testament to the early...


Call for Gaza cease-fire advances in Easthampton, council to take up measure April 3
03-28-2024 2:26 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

EASTHAMPTON — Urged by dozens of residents for a second time this month to “step up” and move a Gaza cease-fire resolution on to the full City Council for a vote, the council’s Rules Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to do just that.Following...


Arts Briefs: Rising indie pop star Caroline Rose comes to Florence, UMass Amherst hosts a literary festival, and more
03-28-2024 12:24 PM

Hot tickets at BombyxFLORENCE — Indie pop singer and songwriter Caroline Rose, who’s gained increased attention and acclaim from the national music press in the last several years, is coming to the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity for two shows, April...


Valley Art Supplies finds right mix by adding bar to longtime Easthampton business
03-27-2024 2:41 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

EASTHAMPTON — Unlike most bar logs, the pages of the small black book found on the homemade bartop at Valley Art Supplies are filled with doodles and scribbles: a cat Statue of Liberty, a skull cocktail glass and platypus gyroscope lily...


Guest columnist Bonnie Harrison: Taxes are a wake-up call: Welcome to your ‘Golden Years’
03-26-2024 3:28 PM

By BONNIE HARRISON

I’d like to respond to the letter “Where will it end?” [Gazette, Feb. 7] regarding the writer’s taxes in Northampton. Welcome to what all senior citizens are enduring on our fixed incomes. Come on over to your neighboring city of Easthampton, where...


Carey submits nomination papers for clerk of courts
03-26-2024 6:31 AM

STAFF REPORT

NORTHAMPTON — Daniel Carey has submitted nomination papers for Hampshire County clerk of courts, moving him a step closer to getting his name on the ballot for the Democratic nomination.Carey, a Democratic state representative from Easthampton since...


George Boucher: Riverbank environmental threat in Easthampton
03-25-2024 4:11 PM

Easthampton officials are pulling another bad move. On the property of 282 Loudville Road there is a steep 100-foot bank that goes down to the north branch of the Manhan River. On this bank is an old dump with a couple of dump truck loads of...


Leslie Sharr: They call these seedlings replacement trees?
03-25-2024 4:11 PM

With regard to Eversource cutting trees on Loudville Road in Easthampton before receiving permission, I find the requirement that they provide “tree replacements of at least 1½ inches in diameter and 12 inches in height” to be laughable at best. These...


Larry Hunt: Hope for the future
03-24-2024 11:17 AM

Olin Rose-Bardawil’s inaugural column in the Gazette was masterful [”Demonization won’t help heal divisions,” March 19]. It made me optimistic that a young mind like his had perspective on our polarized country that many lack. His ideas for promoting...


Theo Matthias: Why Support Ukraine?
03-24-2024 11:17 AM

In 1991, the three greatest nuclear powers were the US, USSR, and Ukraine. The USSR’s break-up had left nuclear stockpiles in Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. Ukraine possessed so many nukes, it became the world’s third largest nuclear power.In 1992,...

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