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‘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,...

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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...


Northampton High students walk out of school, camp in mayor’s office over proposed cuts to theater department
04-10-2024 5:01 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton High School students marched to City Hall and occupied the mayor’s office on Wednesday to protest planned cuts to the school’s theater department, ramping up pressure on the city and the School Committee ahead of what is...


Photos: Hartsbrook’s dash for dandelions
04-10-2024 4:08 PM


Community painting mural at JFK school — a collage of places students say they feel happy, safe
04-07-2024 2:01 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Members of the greater Northampton community took part in a painting party on Saturday to help create a 1,500-square-foot mural for JFK Middle School.The project was spearheaded by two local artists, Sharon Leshner and Ryan Murray. The...


Taking a stand by sitting-in: Smith College students continue to occupy College Hall
03-28-2024 5:32 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Dozens of Smith College students entered the second day of a sit-in Thursday to pressure the college to divest from companies supplying armaments for Israel’s Gaza offensive. “The numbers are solid,” said Ruby Masters, an organizer with...


A ‘hub’ blueprint begins: City kicks off planning for new Resilience Hub downtown
03-26-2024 4:22 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — On Monday evening, Edwards Church became the site of a more secular sermon on the necessity of a new center to confront the challenges of both climate change and income inequality in Northampton, problems architect Dorrie Brooks said are...


Northampton accepting applications for vacant storefront program
03-22-2024 5:02 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The city is accepting applications for its Vacant Storefront Program, an initiative that encourages businesses and individuals to express their interest in leasing and occupying empty storefronts that have been unoccupied for a minimum...


No losers in Northampton lottery: After Masa Mexicano wins all-alcohol license, panel hands last one to Gombo
03-21-2024 5:35 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — John Piskor waited on the Zoom call with bated breath. Annie Lesko, the city’s administration, licensing and economic development coordinator, had begun a lottery process to determine whether or not Piskor’s downtown Gombo restaurant...


Northampton’s school budget gap puts 20-plus positions in jeopardy
03-19-2024 5:14 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Residents, teachers and high school students are raising concerns about looming cuts — including the loss or reduction of hours for 15 teaching positions — to the Northampton Public School district for the coming school year.NPS is...


Blarney flies at Northampton’s St. Patrick’s breakfast
03-15-2024 2:29 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — As she prepares to celebrate her birthday on Sunday, Northampton Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra set the tone at Friday morning’s annual Northampton St. Patrick’s Day breakfast by reading a whimsical limerick poem that touched on many of the...


School districts in region warn they are nearing edge of ‘fiscal cliff’
03-14-2024 5:14 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BELCHERTOWN — In what has become a steady drumbeat from school officials in many Hampshire County communities this budget season, Belchertown has become the latest to stare down a significant school budget gap that could mean the “staggering” loss of...


Photos: Smith College’s Final Four send off
03-13-2024 8:14 AM

Well-wishers greeted Smith College’s basketball team with high-fives and cheers Tuesday afternoon on campus as they prepared to depart for the Final Four for the second straight year. The Pioneers will play in the national semifinals of the NCAA...


Photos: Dog show makes a triumphant return
03-04-2024 9:53 AM


Northampton, diocese strike deal over windows at St. Mary of the Assumption Church
02-29-2024 3:13 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The city agreed Tuesday to rescind a stop-work order preventing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield from removing five stained-glass windows at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, a negotiated settlement made three days after a...


Springfield diocese continues to court buyers for properties across Western Mass.
02-25-2024 2:14 PM

By JIM KINNEY

HOLYOKE — Protecting a disused Catholic church from the wrecking ball for at least a year, Holyoke officials ordered a demolition delay at its Maple Street site in the city this past November.The city hoped the delay at Our Lady of Guadalupe/Sacred...


Residents push Easthampton City Council to pass cease-fire in Gaza resolution quickly
02-23-2024 5:29 PM

By CHAD CAIN

EASTHAMPTON — Supporters of a recently-introduced resolution calling for a cease-fire in Gaza urged the City Council this week to advance the measure to a vote as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the Northampton City Council and Amherst Town Council...


Desperate for cease-fire in Gaza: Activists press cause at Northampton council meeting, ‘die-in’
02-16-2024 5:17 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Activists in Northampton calling for a cease-fire in Gaza have stepped up their efforts in recent days, hoping to pressure the city to quickly pass a resolution in support of their goals and to condemn recent actions by the Israeli...


The Smith College effect: Should the college do more to help the community it calls home?
12-29-2023 5:39 PM

By MAX ACENOWR,DIANA ZAMUDIOand BEX CONNOR

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College and the city of Northampton are heavily intertwined and have been since Smith’s founding in 1871. The college’s Grecourt Gates stand tall atop the rolling hill of Main Street Northampton, overlooking the city’s vibrant...


Artists grapple with affordability gap in Northampton
12-25-2023 6:00 PM

By SADIE TSCHIDER, YANGYANG LYU and STELLA ALPHAS

NORTHAMPTON — From the grandiose Academy of Music at one end of Main Street to the “History of Women in Northampton” mural decorating the Verizon building to the quaint shops selling handmade pottery and watercolor greeting cards, Northampton is a...


Safety improvements coming to streets near Smith College after 2 people hit by cars in last week
12-20-2023 4:30 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — In the wake of two pedestrians struck by vehicles in the last week on busy streets bordering Smith College — the latest in a string of such incidents dating back years — city and college officials said this week they are moving ahead...

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