A groundbreaking anniversary: Northampton couple reflects on lead role in legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts 20 years ago

05-16-2024 4:54 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Friday, May 17, marks 20 years since Gina and Heidi Nortonsmith were married, although the couple is quick to clarify that their real anniversary dates back to more than a decade before that.The two women met at a conference for LGBTQ...

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A Look Back, May 18

05-17-2024 11:00 PM


200 Years Ago ■An enumeration of the inhabitants of Northampton has been recently made, under the direction of the selectmen, for the purpose of ascertaining the number of rateable polls, children in the several school districts, persons not...

Mayor’s budget boosts schools 8.5%: Advocates protest coming job cuts as spending falls short of demands

05-17-2024 5:29 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Weeks of debate over the Northampton school budget neared a conclusion Thursday night after Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra unveiled a nearly $137 million fiscal 2025 budget to the City Council that calls for an 8.5% increase in the city’s...

Narcan distribution growing at UMass as campus embraces harm reduction philosophy

05-17-2024 4:50 PM


AMHERST — At the University of Massachusetts, a passionate team is expanding campus access to Narcan and fentanyl testing strips, and their efforts are being welcomed by students, staff and faculty.At a recent outreach event — one of many initiatives...

Michigan man indicted on alleged $1M construction fraud of Northampton company

05-17-2024 4:48 PM

Staff Report

SPRINGFIELD — A Michigan man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with an alleged scheme to defraud a Northampton construction company of nearly $1 million, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Friday.Jonathan McCormack, 39, of...

A call for housing help: Easthampton meeting explores challenges, potential solutions to acute state shortage

05-17-2024 4:45 PM


EASTHAMPTON — Local and state housing advocates, legislators and state agency leaders meeting with seniors earlier this week addressed the acute lack of housing in Massachusetts — especially affordable and accessible housing needed by seniors —...

Leadership change coming at South Hadley middle school as principal, assistant principal set to depart

05-17-2024 4:42 PM


SOUTH HADLEY — The principal and assistant principal at Michael E. Smith Middle School will both not return for next school year.According to an email sent to the guardians of Michael E. Smith students on April 30, Assitant Principal Anne...

Two new faces poised to join Belchertown Select Board, election set for Monday

05-17-2024 4:41 PM

By Emilee Klein

BELCHERTOWN — Two new names running for the two open Select Board seats will appear on the ballot in an election with no contested races on Monday.With current members Peg Louraine and Ron Aponte stepping away from the Select Board, Nina Miner and...

Amherst Regional’s track project likely in council’s lap

05-17-2024 4:30 PM


AMHERST — Town Council is likely to determine the scope of renovations to the Amherst Regional High School track and its interior field after the Regional School Committee this week deferred the final decision on the project to Amherst’s elected...

Banner time for Hadley veterans: Pennant portraits hung along town streets will honor 82 service members past and present

05-17-2024 11:45 AM


HADLEY — Active service members from Hadley, military veterans who continue to make their homes in town and others who have served the United States from World War I on will be among 82 people whose portraits will be displayed on banners around town...

Around Amherst: High school sleuths point out $2M mistake in town budget

05-17-2024 11:43 AM


AMHERST — Members of Sunrise Amherst recently uncovered a $2 million discrepancy in the fiscal year 2025 municipal budget when it was released on May 1, showing how the same vehicles for various departments were listed for purchase two years in a row...

Proposal would add office/apartment building to Pomeroy center

05-17-2024 11:42 AM


AMHERST — A new three-story building that will add nine apartments and two office spaces is being proposed as part of the Amherst Office Park in the Pomeroy village center.The Zoning Board of Appeals is set to hold a hearing on May 23 at 6 p.m. on the...

A Look Back, May 17

05-16-2024 11:01 PM

50 Years Ago■A small gray box containing a radioactive isotope was turned over to police last night by a Northampton man who said that he found it lying in the Northampton Meadows. The words “Caution Radioactive Material” were taped to the top of the...

State grants bolster local community development agencies

05-16-2024 4:50 PM


CHESTERFIELD — Highlighting the work of Hilltown Community Development Corp., Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll came to Chesterfield on Thursday to announce a $300,000 award that allows the agency to leverage up to the same amount from donors to support the full...

Shaping Amherst responders’ role: CRESS chief emphasizes ‘community’

05-16-2024 4:45 PM


AMHERST — One-on-one attention for a resident with hoarding issues was recently offered by members of the Community Responders for Equity, Safety and Service department to illustrate the focus they can bring for someone experiencing a crisis.“We can...

Photos: Welcome to the Iron Horse stage

05-16-2024 4:44 PM

Area briefs: Free repair event in Northampton; sheep to visit Historic Deerfield; horse ride in Belchertown

05-16-2024 12:36 PM

Free community repair event to take place Saturday NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton RePair and ReUse group will host a Repair Café on Saturday from 12-4 p.m. at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School cafeteria.Northampton RePair & ReUse is...

Photo: Sharing the bounty

05-16-2024 9:45 AM

Walk for Peace in Gaza set for Saturday in Leverett

05-16-2024 9:41 AM


LEVERETT — A Walk for Peace in Gaza, bringing participants from Leverett Town Hall to the New England Peace Pagoda, takes place Saturday, an event that organizers view as a way to stand with those experiencing loss and grief.Sponsored by the Village...

It’s official: Fasoli sworn in as Southampton’s new fire chief

05-16-2024 9:17 AM

By Alexa Lewis

SOUTHAMPTON — Standing against the gleaming red backdrop of Engine 3, Richard Fasoli was sworn in as the Southampton Fire Department’s new fire chief in a brief ceremony on Wednesday. “I couldn’t do it without all of your help,” Fasoli said to those...

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