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Area briefs: Pollinator workshops in Deerfield, Shutesbury; Black women to speak on HCC panel; fraud seminar in Amherst

02-26-2024 4:15 PM

HCC to host ‘Phenomenal Black Women’s Panel’ HOLYOKE — As Black History Month draws to a close for 2024, Holyoke Community College will welcome a panel of Black women from western Massachusetts to talk about their lives and experiences.The Wednesday...


Spreading the wealth of wisdom: Smith College to have 5 keynote speakers at 2024 graduation

02-26-2024 2:00 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — In a break from tradition, Smith College’s graduating class of 2024 will not have one keynote speaker during May’s commencement but five different honorees who will offer parting wisdom for students looking to begin the first steps of...


Beacon Hill Roll Call, Feb. 12-16

02-26-2024 1:59 PM

By BOB KATZEN

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reviews local senators’ votes in the 2023-2024 on several proposals to raise or lower taxes. Included are comments from legislators and...


New owners of old Northampton Post Office building on the hunt for tenants

02-26-2024 7:31 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The new owners of the former Northampton Post Office on Pleasant Street, the more than century-old building they bought at auction late last year, hope to entice tenants to fill the remaining space in the iconic structure by offering...


Dial ‘A’ for anachronism: Landlines languishing in US

02-26-2024 7:00 AM

By DEEPTI HAJELA

NEW YORK — When her cellphone’s service went down last week because of an AT&T network outage, Bernice Hudson didn’t panic. She just called the people she wanted to talk to the old-fashioned way — on her landline telephone, the kind she grew up with...


Area news briefs

02-26-2024 7:00 AM

Talk at Mt. Holyoketo discussRwandan GenocideSOUTH HADLEY — Freddy Mutanguha, the CEO of Aegis Trust and director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial, will be at Mount Holyoke College on March 5 for the discussion “30 Years After the Rwandan Genocide.”...


A Look Back, Feb. 26

02-26-2024 6:01 AM

50 Years Ago ■Security has been beefed up to protect Smith College student Yolanda D. King, daughter of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, the civil rights leader. A college spokesman said the extra security is being taken in the wake of the...


Leverett, Shutesbury, Westhampton join digital equity program to expand internet to all residents

02-25-2024 2:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

All Leverett and Shutesbury residents have access to high-speed Internet connections, following the municipal build-out of broadband over the last decade or so, but a small portion of households continue to opt against becoming subscribers.In...


FAFSA fiasco: Financial aid form meltdown trips up students, colleges

02-25-2024 2:18 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — A continued challenge for some prospective students and their families in accessing federal financial aid applications, and a corresponding delay in relaying the information from these forms to colleges and universities, is raising...


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...


Chance Encounters with Bob Flaherty: Hurricanes on the rise

02-25-2024 2:09 PM

AMHERST — At first it wasn’t clear what a line of seven teens were doing on the field behind Amherst Regional High School on a cold and sunny afternoon. There was a move, an apparent dance move, that one in a white T-shirt was demonstrating to the...


Senate plans another sex education reform vote this week

02-25-2024 6:01 AM

By SAM DRYSDALE

Senators this week are expected to vote again on a bill to update the state’s sex education guidelines, something the chamber has already approved four times without getting buy-in from the House.The Senate Committee on Ways and Means polled the...


Trump defeats Haley in South Carolina primary, extending sweep of early states

02-25-2024 12:15 AM

By Josh Dawsey, Dylan Wells, Isaac Arnsdorf

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Donald Trump extended his sweep of the early contests with a victory in South Carolina, defeating the state’s former two-term governor, Nikki Haley, as he marches to the Republican nomination.The Associated Press projected Trump the...


Hillside Pizza closes Hadley location, but business brisk at other locations

02-24-2024 11:20 PM

By GRACE LEE

HADLEY — Hillside Pizza has closed its 15-year-old location at 173 Russell St., though owners report that the Super Bowl marked a record-breaking year in sales and fundraising efforts for the other two locations in South Deerfield and Bernardston....


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....


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...


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...


Photo: A split a day keeps the ...

02-23-2024 1:00 PM


Amherst School Committee to decide in May when sixth graders will move to middle school

02-23-2024 12:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The Amherst School Committee could decide in May when the town’s sixth graders will move to the Amherst Regional Middle School, and whether they might be accompanied by sixth graders from the other three towns that make up the current grades...



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