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South Hadley man fatally shot in attempted robbery
04-19-2024 4:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

CHICOPEE — A South Hadley man is dead following a shooting during an attempted robbery of a smoke shop and convenience store in Chicopee Thursday night, according to the Hampden district attorney’s office.Robert Papalardo, 53, died after being taken...

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State: South Hadley’s fiber-optic revenues not public records
04-18-2024 2:23 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The Secretary of the Commonwealth has upheld South Hadley Electric Light Department’s policy of restricting public information on the fiber-optic network Fiberspring after ruling on an appeal of a public records request for Fiberspring...


All about conviction: PVPA team wins state, heads to nationals of Mock Trial Championship
04-15-2024 4:29 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Prepare, prepare, prepare.That’s the motto that mock trial coach Gary Huggert passes along to each new mock trial team at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School, a motto that took the team to the state finals for the past three...


Venus venture: Mount Holyoke professor among leaders for first mission to planet in 30 years
04-14-2024 1:01 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — A planetary scientist has a mix of expertise in history, science and politics.But it took more than 300 papers and 40 years in astronomy research for Mount Holyoke Chair of Astronomy M. Darby Dyar to tackle the latter.Dyar is the deputy...


South Hadley to hear residents’ thoughts on new trash system, wastewater rate increases at Saturday hearing
04-11-2024 2:47 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Residents will have a chance to weigh in on separate proposals that call for increasing wastewater rates and adopting a new trash system during two public hearings on Saturday at the Senior Center.Beginning at 9 a.m., the wastewater...


Mary Hall: A nightmare that continues to haunt us all
04-08-2024 6:05 PM

I agree with Don Michak that much more attention to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home debacle is needed, but differ from his view that the Gazette should dig into the matter now [”Dig deeper after scandalous court ruling in Soldiers’ Home case,” Gazette,...


South Hadley School Committee seeks new member to fulfill term
04-05-2024 2:20 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The School Committee is searching for a new member to serve until April 2025 after former member Lynda Pickbourn resigned at the beginning of March.In a letter to the board, Pickbourn said she needed to immediately resign for reasons...


Guest columnist Dr. Stephen Frantz: Palestinian survival is not too political
04-04-2024 4:01 PM

By DR. STEPHEN FRANTZ

Some people, organizations and government bodies will say that it is too political or polarizing to discuss the horror of the current uninhabitable conditions in Gaza.But it is not political or polarizing when you’re asking for badly needed...


James Canning: Mr. Magic, hooray
04-04-2024 3:57 PM

Mr. Magic, hooray! Mr. Magic’s come again with promises, hats, and tricks!Give attention to his strut and to his growl, so fierce. Oh, Mr. Magic, you’re divine! You take more than you give. But we’re so glad you’re here! Don’t worry! We’ll be fine....


Robert Salthouse: Electric vehicle fires are rare
04-03-2024 4:25 PM

I am writing in response to the Gazette article regarding local fire departments training for electric vehicle (EV) fires [“Firefighters prep to meet ‘unique challenge’ as electrical vehicles gain popularity,” April 1]. I was very pleased to learn...


South Hadley schools expect layoffs to approach 30 positions
03-22-2024 5:11 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY— The school district anticipates cutting at least 27 positions — the most any school system in Hampshire County has announced so far this spring — next fiscal year as officials grapple with a $1.2 million budget deficit being driven by...


South Hadley braces for jump in sewer rates over next five years
03-20-2024 4:38 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Just as the citizens in the musical world of “Urinetown” paid a fee for the privilege to pee, so too do residents of South Hadley — and that fee is about to go up significantly in the coming years.Over the next few months, the Select...


Arts Briefs: Two-artist exhibits in Easthampton and Amherst, the South Hadley Chorale performs, and more
03-14-2024 2:40 PM

Artistic minds that think alikeEASTHAMPTON — City artists Ken Gagne and Adell Donaghue share a number of traits, from an inquisitive eye to a penchant for sketching surreal or humorous scenes in their drawings, yet that also engage viewers’...


Deep roots: Carey’s Flowers in South Hadley rolling with the changes through four generations
03-13-2024 1:27 PM

B y SCOTT MERZBACH

SOUTH HADLEY — Every year, in the lead-up to Mount Holyoke College’s commencement, graduating seniors participate in the Laurel Parade, carrying long chains of mountain laurel to be placed at the grave of college founder Mary Lyons.A tradition the...


South Hadley Planning Board backs mixed-use zoning change
03-11-2024 4:28 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The Planning Board has endorsed a zoning amendment that will head to Town Meeting in May permitting mixed-use multifamily residential development in a district that currently doesn’t allow it. Himanshu Patel, owner of Liquor...


Mt. Holyoke prof’s paper dissects reasons for ban on gender-affirming care in suit over Alabama law
03-11-2024 4:16 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

SOUTH HADLEY — A new study by an assistant professor of politics at Mount Holyoke College argues that recent state bans on gender-affirming care for minors identifying as transgender are based on faulty or distorted evidence.The study, appearing in...


Guest columnist Daniel Czitrom: Beyond the Mideast binary
03-06-2024 6:11 PM

By DANIEL CZITROM

As an active member of Jewish Voice for Peace, I have been energized and heartened by the recent local protests calling for a cease-fire in Gaza, a negotiated settlement to the hostage crisis, and justice for the Palestinian people. I’ve seen a large...


By 2-1 margin, South Hadley voters back merger of fire districts
03-06-2024 11:56 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — By a wide margin, voters at Tuesday’s election said they want the town’s two fire districts to merge.Of the 2,973 residents who answered the nonbinding ballot question, 2,029 people voted “yes” to petition the Prudential Committees of...


Thomas Stark named South Hadley’s District 1 fire chief
03-01-2024 3:46 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Over his 33 years with the District 1 Fire Department, Thomas Stark worked his way up the ranks from on-call firefighter to emergency medical services coordinator to captain. Last week, Stark received his final promotion when Fire...


Russ and Anita Easter: Fleitman and Stuart for Republican State Committee
02-29-2024 3:39 PM

We are writing in support of Jay Fleitman, candidate for reelection as Republican State committeeman, and Mary Lou Stuart, candidate for the Republican State committeewoman.Jay and Mary Lou share an outstanding commitment to the Republican platform...


South Hadley preps for new cart-based trash system
02-27-2024 11:10 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The town is considering options for a new cart-based trash system next fiscal year now that a contract with the company operating the green bag pay-as-you-throw service is set to expire on June 30.“So we have to change our service...

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