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UMass basketball: St. Bonaventure beats Minutemen at own game, scores 75-67 win in front of largest crowd of the season at Mullins Center
02-24-2024 7:32 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Throughout the season, it’s clear the UMass men’s basketball team has built its identity doing the dirty work. Following several conference matchups over the past month, most coaches took the time to say the Minutemen are the most resilient...

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Class B final: Drew Alley, South Hadley rally past Pittsfield for program’s 1st-ever WMass title (PHOTOS)
02-24-2024 6:10 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

HOLYOKE – At the turn of the New Year, the South Hadley girls basketball team sat at 3-3.Fifteen games later, they’re 18-3, and for the first time in school history, Western Mass. champions.On Saturday afternoon at Holyoke Community College, the No. 2...


MIAA releases statewide tournament brackets for basketball, hockey
02-24-2024 3:35 PM

Seeds and brackets for the upcoming state basketball and hockey tournaments were announced on Saturday.The South Hadley girls basketball team earned the best seed of any local school, checking in at No. 3 in the Division 4 bracket.Here’s a breakdown...


A Look Back, Feb. 24
02-23-2024 11:01 PM

By Jim Bridgman

200 Years Ago ■Pay Your Taxes! E. S. Phelps, tax collector for the town of Northampton, hereby gives notice to all delinquents that unless their taxes are settled by the first day of March, the tax bills will be put into the hands of the constable....


Colleges: Samuli Niinisaari scores pair, UMass hockey overcomes adversity in 3-2 win over New Hampshire
02-23-2024 9:40 PM

Challenges, disallowed goals, penalties… it was all on display Friday night at the Mullins Center.The 14th-ranked UMass hockey team had two goals disallowed due to video replay, and survived five shorthanded situations to No. 16 New Hampshire. Despite...


Guest columnist Leyla Moushabeck: Amherst must back cease-fire for Gaza
02-23-2024 8:01 PM

By LEYLA MOUSHABECK

On Feb. 26, the Amherst Town Council will vote on a resolution in support of a cease-fire in Gaza. Many councilors are currently considering whether this is a locally relevant issue. I am a resident of Amherst, a Palestinian American, and parent to...


Debate over cease-fire in Gaza heats up as four communities consider resolutions
02-23-2024 6:28 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A public outdoor workshop on creating and displaying peace cranes in downtown Amherst and a family-friendly rally scheduled for Monday evening are among steps supporters of a cease-fire in Gaza are taking to press Amherst councilors to adopt...


Restaurateurs opening 2 businesses in Amherst face nearly $500K for violations at Eastern Mass. restaurants
02-23-2024 6:27 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Business partners who are opening two restaurants in Amherst this winter are on the hook for nearly $500,000 in both restitution and penalties, related to child labor, sick time, wage and hour and payroll record violations at their Plymouth...


High school basketball: Trio of local teams seek Western Mass titles on Championship Saturday
02-23-2024 5:50 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

It’s Championship Saturday for three local high school basketball programs.The South Hadley and Northampton girls, and the Granby boys will look to add some hardware on Saturday when they both take the floor to play in Western Massachusetts...


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...


The Rev. Vicki Kemper: A matter of survival
02-23-2024 4:07 PM

I was stunned to read the caption accompanying the Gazette’s (Feb. 17) photograph on page A3. Palestinians in Rafah, Gaza, it said, were lining up “for a free meal,” adding that basic supplies in Gaza are running short “because of the war between...


Merriam Ansara: Cable subsidy is tax philanthropy to the rich
02-23-2024 4:05 PM

According to the Feb. 22 Gazette report, “Thousands could lose internet service,” when the federal government ends the Affordable Connectivity Act, the ACP, some 55,000 people will be affected in the region. Well, my goodness. Why on earth should the...


Guest column: Re-elect Fleitman and Stuart to Republican State Committee
02-23-2024 4:01 PM

By JAY FLEITMAN AND MARY LOU STUART

The Republican State Committee is the board of directors of the party. It operates like any organizational board; determining policies, direction, approving finances, and electing officers, particularly the chair position. As such, the state committee...


Best Bites: Ordering off the kid’s menu: 9-year-old budding food critic shares his top 15 places to eat
02-23-2024 2:23 PM

By AZAI DUGGER and ROBIN GOLDSTEIN

Note from Robin Goldstein: For this column, I asked my 9-year-old nephew and co-author Azai Dugger to choose his favorite restaurants and briefly describe each one — the same task as I undertook for my last Gazette column.With great difficulty and...


Valley Bounty: Empowering our local food system: River Valley Co-op invests in regional farms and the interests of community
02-23-2024 2:22 PM

By JACOB NELSON

In just 15 years, River Valley Co-op has grown into an indispensable part of the local food economy. For local farms, food businesses and community members who want easy access to local food, their continued growth is something to celebrate.“River...


The ABCs of children’s books: ‘Alphabet Soup’ at the Eric Carle Museum looks at how picture books come to life
02-23-2024 2:22 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has no shortage of material to draw on for exhibits.Aside from highlighting work from traveling exhibits, or showcasing illustrations of specific artists drawn from various sources, the Amherst museum can...


There is a Season with Molly Parr: Inspired by an old favorite: Mushroom Infinity is delicious, vegan and can be gluten-free
02-23-2024 2:21 PM

By MOLLY PARR

Not quite 30 years ago, I studied in Manhattan. I had my first computer and went online for the first time. Back then I still found most of my news from actual newspapers, and social media didn’t exist. Even though the “Seinfeld Diner” was practically...


Weekly Food Photo Contest: This week’s winner: Robert D. Shycon of Northampton
02-23-2024 2:20 PM

‘Buns both naked and glazed,” writes winning photographer Robert D. Shycon of Northampton. “My wife, Linda Dell, makes these cinnamon buns with sourdough starter she began in the Great Sourdough Start-up of 2020.”How to enter: Snap a pic of something...


UMass basketball: Winners of three of their last four, Minutemen look to keep momentum going against St. Bonaventure
02-23-2024 2:20 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

The UMass men’s basketball team found a good time to play its best basketball of the season. The Minutemen have won three of their last four contests, with Tuesday’s victory over VCU certainly checking in as one of their best victories of the season....


Book Bag: ‘What’s New, Daniel?’ by Micha Archer; ‘Monkeyface’ by Judith Podell
02-23-2024 2:18 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

What’s New, Daniel?Written and illustrated by Micha ArcherPenguin/Random HouseIn the last several years, Leverett illustrator and children’s book author Micha Archer has been gaining increasing attention for her eye-catching art and for stories that...


After injuries threatened her lacrosse career, Mount Holyoke’s Hannah Bisson ready for big senior season
02-23-2024 1:58 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — Hannah Bisson sat in disbelief. It was a warm August day at Boston Children’s Hospital, and she was awaiting her third surgery to repair chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) – which causes pain and swelling to affected muscles...

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