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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,...

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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...


Leah Berkowitz-Gosselin: Smith College, Northampton must step it up
04-12-2024 2:28 PM

Nearly 20 years ago, I left California to attend the Smith College School for Social Work, expressly because of their stated anti-racism curriculum commitment, clear attempts at integrating person-first language, consumer-driven dialogue and...


Sasha Goss: What about Myanmar?
04-12-2024 2:28 PM

There has been a hidden civil war and genocide going on in Myanmar for quite some time, yet no protesters in our area.Interesting how one war gets huge amounts of attention and another goes unnoticed and ignored. Are the Burmese less important to...


Tyler E. Barnett: Smith College must uphold its motto
04-12-2024 2:28 PM

I wholeheartedly support Reed Mitchell’s April 11 letter [“Northampton Public Schools deficit shouldn’t be an issue”], and want to offer some additional perspective.I grew up in Ithaca, New York, graduated from Cornell Law School, and still follow...


Passing of the baton: After 36 years, Don and Sue Grant turn over reins of popular Tuesday 5K in Northampton
04-12-2024 12:30 PM

By BRIDGET MACDONALD

NORTHAMPTON — A little after the turn of the new year, Sue and Don Grant were starting to lose hope. The local couple that in 1987 launched the Northampton Cross-Country Race Series — a weekly Tuesday evening 5K that starts in April each year and goes...


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...


Columnist Olin Rose-Bardawil: ‘Corporate capture’ a grave threat to citizens
04-11-2024 5:11 PM

By OLIN ROSE-BARDAWIL

In light of recent debates over whether the U.S. should continue providing military aid to Israel, I have been thinking a lot about the dangers of the U.S. military’s entanglement with multibillion-dollar defense contractors.This entanglement, known...


Guest columnist David E. Sullivan: Gun buyback a worthy effort
04-11-2024 4:19 PM

By DAVID E. SULLIVAN

 As district attorney for 47 towns that make up the Northwestern District, I invite everyone to consider turning in unwanted firearms and ammunition this Saturday, April 13, when our office holds its third Gun Buyback in Greenfield and...


Ruby Theberge-Goode: Don’t cut the school budget!
04-11-2024 4:17 PM

I go to Jackson Street School and I will be a fifth grader next year. I do not think there should be two fifth grade classes. I think the city should not make budget cuts. The schools need more money. Because if there were 27 fifth graders per class,...


Guest columnist Richard T. Chu: Despite community sessions, Resilience Hub is done deal
04-10-2024 5:45 PM

By RICHARD T. CHU

 I attended the first of three public meetings organized by the city of Northampton, in collaboration with the Community Action Pioneer Valley and Jones Whitsett Architects, at Edwards Church on March 25. These meetings are aimed at “sharing updates...


Reed Mitchell: Northampton Public Schools deficit shouldn't be an issue
04-10-2024 5:40 PM

‘Knowledge. Community. Generosity. These three concepts capture Smith’s identity as an institution.” Those are the words that greet you on Smith College’s website. But does Smith College embody these values for the community of Northampton? I offer...


Smith College students end sit-in over divestment, but vow to expand their protest movement
04-09-2024 5:01 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Aiming to expand their protest across campus, students who have occupied Smith College’s administration building for almost two weeks said Tuesday they are moving the focus of their activism to Seelye Lawn.“We are choosing to relocate to...


Cathy McNally: It's good to look for gold when you need it
04-09-2024 4:07 PM

The people of Northampton shouldn’t be belittled as naïve for urging the city to adequately fund schools. That’s why I was surprised to hear two School Committee members mention “some people” as believing the city had a hidden “pot of gold.” And...


Rachel Wysoker: Start dreaming bigger on King Street
04-09-2024 4:07 PM

Thank you, Paige Bridgens and Ruth Woodring, for encouraging us to imagine something better than a car lot, even a different King Street, in your eloquent letter [“Where once there was a car lot, let there be a forest,” Gazette, April 3].I have many...


Sharon Hall-Smith: Struggle for racial justice, reparations movement growing
04-09-2024 4:07 PM

I appreciated the March 1 letter about reparations owed to African-Americans [“Unitarian Universalists advocating for reparations,” Gazette]. I also saw the new documentary film, “The Cost of Inheritance,” that was referenced and was very impressed by...


Noah Daube-Valois: Save Northampton High School’s arts
04-09-2024 4:07 PM

One year ago, Northampton High School’s newly hired Dave Grout directed the musical “Rock Of Ages.” On opening night, he made a tear-filled speech about his 10-plus-year search for a high school theater job. Alongside music director Susan Dillard, it...


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...


Benjamin Spencer: King Street lot full of possibilities
04-08-2024 6:05 PM

The large vacant lot on King Street is full of possibilities. The property abuts two densely populated neighborhoods, three regional rail trails, a wide range of retail options and it is easily accessible to downtown. This stretch of King Street is...


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...


WMass on display in new movie trailer for Annie Baker’s ‘Janet Planet’
04-08-2024 12:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Mount Pollux in Amherst and The History of Women Mural in Northampton are among area locations visible in the first trailer released for “Janet Planet,” the feature film directorial debut from playwright Annie Baker that is expected to hit...

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