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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...


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For second time in 12 years, neighbors mobilize against proposed gravel pit operation in Granby

02-29-2024 4:31 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — It’s deja vu for many residents who live in the northeast section of town, where plans have been submitted for the operation of a gravel pit, some 12 years after a group of neighbors successfully sued the town to thwart a similar...


Palmer passes over Hadley’s Brennan for administrator job

02-29-2024 11:37 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — The Palmer Town Council is negotiating with a Plymouth assistant town manager to be its next town manager, passing over Hadley Town Administrator Carolyn Brennan for the job.Councilors voted 5-1 Monday to offer the position to Brad Brothers,...


Committee searching for new Amherst superintendent to begin screening 10 applicants

02-29-2024 11:35 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A search committee for identifying the next superintendent for the Amherst, Amherst-Pelham Regional and Pelham schools can begin screening among 10 individuals who have applied for the leadership position.“We believe there are many strong...


Area news briefs: Mt. Tom universal access trail closure; South Hadley Dems to caucus; HCC extends scholarship deadline

02-29-2024 8:05 AM

Mt. Tom universal access trail closure HOLYOKE — Effective immediately, and continuing through June, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will close the universal access trail at Mt. Tom State Reservation for reconstruction and...


Crash data points to ‘crisis’ on Mass. roads

02-29-2024 7:01 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Safety on Massachusetts roadways is “at a crisis level,” the state highway administrator told lawmakers this week as he detailed steps the Department of Transportation has taken to try to prevent some of the most dangerous and deadly situations and to...


A Look Back, Feb. 29

02-28-2024 11:01 PM

50 Years Ago■A woman called police Tuesday afternoon to ask them to help her locate her automobile. She left a party Monday night without her car and couldn’t remember where the party was, police said. When asked which town she remembered being in...


Council elevates Wolohojian to SJC; WMass rep casts lone dissenting vote

02-28-2024 7:35 PM

By Sam Doran

By Sam Doran The Governor’s Council on Wednesday confirmed Supreme Judicial Court nominee Gabrielle Wolohojian, approving Gov. Maura Healey’s second appointee to the state’s highest court. The council voted 6-1 to confirm the nomination, with...


Amherst Regional School budget cutting 10 teachers runs into buzz saw of opposition

02-28-2024 4:11 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A proposed $34.81 million fiscal year 2025 budget for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, necessitating cutting 10 teachers and professionals between the high school and middle school, is facing opposition from parents, students and staff,...


Amherst council takes up Gaza cease-fire resolution Monday

02-28-2024 3:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Significant local and regional interest in an Amherst Town Council resolution advocating for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war is prompting the meeting to discuss, debate and possibly vote on the matter to be moved to the Amherst Regional...


Amherst school union demands action on racism concerns

02-28-2024 3:50 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Already having an active Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination lawsuit against the Amherst-Pelham public schools, a middle school teacher recently brought concerns about a hostile work environment for herself and other Black staff...


New leader to take helm of The Care Center

02-28-2024 3:49 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — Family law attorney and longtime Pioneer Valley resident Oona Cook has been named to lead The Care Center, which supports young mothers in achieving academic success, personal growth and economic independence, effective Friday.She succeeds...


Photos: Beach volleyball in February

02-28-2024 2:04 PM


Photos: Plugging potholes

02-28-2024 1:56 PM


Police operation in Holyoke leads to the arrest of 3 on drug charges

02-28-2024 1:54 PM

Staff Report

HOLYOKE — Three men are facing drug charges after police searched two Newton Street addresses and two vehicles associated with them and seized large quantities of fentanyl and cocaine, an unlicensed firearm, ammunition and over $25,000 in cash,...


Making news in business, Feb. 29

02-28-2024 1:52 PM

Five join board at Northampton Chamber NORTHAMPTON — The Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) welcomed five new board members at its first meeting of 2024. Together, they bring a wealth of diverse experience as entrepreneurs, nonprofit...


Beyond the plate: New restaurant Lao Hu Tong aims to bring Chinese food, culture to Amherst

02-28-2024 1:51 PM

By Aria Martinelli

AMHERST — People who can’t travel thousands of miles to savor authentic Chinese cuisine and culture in the Far East now have the next best thing in downtown Amherst.Three months ago, Lao Hu Tong opened a few doors down from Boltwood Avenue at 63...


McConnell to step down: Longest-serving Senate leader will end reign in November

02-28-2024 1:50 PM

By MICHAEL TACKETT

WASHINGTON — Mitch McConnell, the longest-serving Senate leader in history who maintained his power in the face of dramatic convulsions in the Republican Party for almost two decades, will step down from that position in November.McConnell, who...


Decision time nearing on state’s to-go cocktails policy

02-28-2024 12:45 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — The industry group representing package stores signaled this week that it’s ready to “beg” lawmakers to end the authorization for takeaway drinks, a pandemic-era policy allowing many bars and restaurants to sell beer, wine and cocktails to...


Lottery launching ‘Jaws’ ticket into its pool

02-28-2024 12:36 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

With no significant jackpots at stake last month, sales at the Massachusetts Lottery were down nearly $34 million compared to last January, the agency’s head reported to the Lottery Commission on Tuesday.Executive Director Mark William Bracken said...



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