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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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Report flags equity, income in free college debate
04-13-2024 4:01 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Moderate-income white students could gain the most under a proposal that top Senate Democrats are weighing to make community college free for all Massachusetts residents, according to a report, which urges lawmakers to make adjustments with...


Next 5-story building cleared to rise in downtown Amherst
04-13-2024 12:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A five-story mixed-use building to be attached to the historic Hastings building at 45 South Pleasant St. can move forward following final site plan review and special permit approvals from the Planning Board.Board members unanimously...


High schools: Holyoke boys volleyball sweeps Athol for 5th straight victory (PHOTOS)
04-12-2024 9:05 PM

By GARRETT COTE

HOLYOKE — Already down two sets to none against Holyoke, the Athol boys volleyball team was in a do-or-die situation late in the third set. With the frame tied at nine apiece, the Bears used a 7-2 run to storm ahead 16-11 and capture all momentum...


‘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...


Amherst regional superintendent candidate stresses inclusion, broad expertise
04-12-2024 5:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

Editor’s note: The first of three finalists for the job of superintendent was interviewed this week. Stories about visits of the other two finalists will appear when they interview the week of April 22.AMHERST — A strong work ethic, an ability to...


Gazette seeks nominations for Person of the Year, Young Community Leader awards
04-12-2024 5:33 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

NORTHAMPTON — The Daily Hampshire Gazette, together with the United Way of Franklin and Hampshire Counties and the Greenfield Recorder, have opened nominations for two annual awards recognizing individuals creating positive impact in their...


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...


Beacon Hill Roll Call, April 1-5
04-12-2024 4:36 PM

By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ votes on roll calls from the week of April 1-5. There were no roll calls in the Senate last week.$375 MILLION FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES (H 4529): House 155-0. approved and sent to...


Valley Bounty: Grass-fed animals that feed the grass: Gwydyr Farm in Southampton focuses on ‘restoring the connection between land, food and people’
04-12-2024 3:39 PM

By JACOB NELSON

Every piece of farmland has its strengths and weaknesses. Often, the most successful farmers are those that learn to see their land’s potential clearly and — with other things in mind like finances and what customers want — build a business around...


What does freedom look like today? On view at Williams College, seven Black American artists interpret the meaning of emancipation
04-12-2024 3:20 PM

By DON STEWART

Through July 14 at the Williams College Museum of Art you can view new works by seven of today’s leading Black American artists in “Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation.” The show, “conceived as a commemoration of the 160th anniversary...


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...


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...


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...


Book Bag: ‘Dear Oliver: An Unexpected Friendship With Oliver Sacks’ by Susan B. Barry; ‘Benjy’s Messy Room’ by Barbara Diamond Goldin
04-12-2024 11:54 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Dear Oliver: An Unexpected Friendship with Oliver SacksBy Susan R. BarryThe Experiment, LLCSusan Barry, a former Mount Holyoke College professor of neuroscience, behavior, and biology, was born with a significant case of strabismus — crossed eyes —...


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...


Around Amherst: Education foundation funds array of projects
04-12-2024 8:50 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Special programs and projects outside of school budget funding are being supported with $24,594 in grants from the Amherst Education Foundation, which is in its 30th year of helping educators at the four Amherst and Pelham elementary schools...


Arts Briefs: An arts festival at Smith College, a theatrical version of an iconic 1920s novel, and more
04-12-2024 8:40 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Editor’s note: The performance at Northampton’s A.P.E. Gallery tonight with Fumi Tomita has been canceled. However, Tomita and Allen Fowler will be present for the artist’s reception at the gallery from 5-8 p.m.​​​​​​A new arts celebrationNORTHAMPTON...


High schools: South Hadley girls lacrosse pulls away from Belchertown for 14-7 win (PHOTOS)
04-11-2024 9:14 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — Entering the second quarter of Thursday afternoon’s game between visiting Belchertown and the host South Hadley girls lacrosse teams, the score was tied at three apiece after each team held a one-goal lead but couldn’t gain any more...


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...

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