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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...

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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,...


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...


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

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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;...


Maggie Baumer: Access to prosthetics and orthotics for physical activity a right, not a privilege
04-16-2024 5:45 PM

As one of the 5.6 million Americans living with limb loss and limb difference (LL/LD), I’m passionate about advocating for access to prosthetic and orthotic devices for physical activity, which are not typically covered by commercial insurance or...


Toni Doherty: 2020s essential workers: Oxymoron?
04-16-2024 5:45 PM

As a school employee, I’ve hesitated to write, expecting judgment for being self-serving. Here’s what kicked me into gear: Jim Bridgman’s March 5 “A Look Back,” 50 years ago: “Salaries at the University of Massachusetts continued to increase at a...


Timmon Wallis: More funding for Ukraine not the answer
04-16-2024 5:45 PM

A recent letter write rwants more funding for Ukraine (”Support Ukraine funding,” Gazette April 5). It is, of course, the Republicans in Congress who are opposed to this. But that doesn’t mean Democrats should support it! The reality is that no amount...


High school ultimate preview: Amherst, Northampton hoping for big seasons
04-16-2024 5:43 PM

By GARRETT COTE

The defending Division 1 state champions are going to look much different this spring. After capturing the state’s top ultimate Frisbee title in 2023, only six players return from that roster return to the Amherst boys team for head coach Joe...


Organizers ramping up for bigger Northampton Pride this year
04-16-2024 4:29 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

NORTHAMPTON — Under new organizers and a nine-week planning schedule, Pride returned to the queer capital of Northampton last year after a three-year hiatus, and it’s back to stay.Hampshire Pride, the nonprofit that revived Pride in the Pioneer Valley...


Northampton seeks bids to redevelop former Registry of Deeds property
04-16-2024 10:48 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The city is accepting bids from developers for the former Hampshire Registry of Deeds building at 33 King St. with a minimum bid of $2.5 million required for the downtown property.The building is located on a 1.46-acre parcel next to the...


High school: Northampton softball slugs past Mahar for season's first victory (PHOTOS)
04-15-2024 9:20 PM

Following four frustrating losses to start the season, including three straight in five innings, the Northampton softball team was on the other side of a mercy-rule contest on Monday afternoon.The Blue Devils scored at least three runs in each of the...


Guest columnist Jay Fleitman: Can’t leave Hamas intact
04-15-2024 4:37 PM

By JAY FLEITMAN

 The editorial space of this newspaper is replete with demands for a cease-fire in Gaza, and similar demands have been made by the governing bodies of Northampton and Amherst. This really is a “demand” for the Israelis to unilaterally stop their...


Lawmakers, Jewish groups accuse Massachusetts Teachers Association of bias
04-15-2024 12:39 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Two Massachusetts state senators and several Jewish-affiliated groups are calling on the Massachusetts Teachers Association, led by an Amherst resident and University of Massachusetts professor, to distance itself from recent actions that...


Homeless man gets three years for Northampton rape
04-15-2024 12:33 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Days before he was due to go on trial, a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his tent in Northampton in 2022 agreed to plead guilty Wednesday to two counts of rape with threat of bodily injury.Hampshire Superior Court Judge...


Jill Walton: Local twins enjoy the eclipse
04-14-2024 8:10 PM

Jim Lucey and Louise (Weezie) Walton enjoyed the solar eclipse on Monday at the Northampton Country Club. The twins are Cooley babies from 1937 and have lived in Hampshire County their entire lives.Jill WaltonNorthampton


‘Our hearts were shattered’: Moved by their work in Mexico soup kitchen, Northampton couple takes action
04-14-2024 11:30 AM

By ARIA MARTINELLI

NORTHAMPTON — Jamie and Ginny Elkin have seen a lot during their volunteer work at soup kitchens at far-flung places over the years, but nothing quite like what they recently experienced during a six-week stay in the southern Mexican city of...


Hampshire County youth tapped to advise governor’s team
04-13-2024 2:30 PM

By XINYI YANG

Three Hampshire County students are among 60 young people statewide who will advise Gov. Maura Healey and her administrative team on issues important to young people as members of the newly minted Youth Advisory Council.The young people, ages 16-21,...


‘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,...


Track & field preview 2024: Not happy with last year’s performance, Northampton boys seeking redemption
04-12-2024 5:58 PM

By GARRETT COTE

The Northampton boys team entered last year’s Western Massachusetts outdoor track and field championships with lofty expectations.The Blue Devils felt they had plenty to not only compete with their peers, but win the whole thing. And following a...


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...

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