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Around Amherst: Town lays out climate change action on website

02-23-2024 11:01 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A town website focused on the municipal work related to addressing climate change and making Amherst more sustainable recently went live.“It’s pretty much a one-stop opportunity to access information on what has been done, what is being...


Hadley considering removing deck from deteriorating and unused Dwyer’s Bridge

02-23-2024 10:01 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A deteriorating deck on a North Hadley bridge, closed to vehicles for about 20 years, is being recommended for removal, despite objections from nearby residents that this would mean permanently losing an alternative public way to the adjacent...


Private craft makes 1st U.S. moon landing since 1972

02-23-2024 7:45 AM

By MARCIA DUNN

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A private lander touched down on the moon Thursday but managed just a weak signal back, as flight controllers scrambled to gain better contact with the first U.S. spacecraft to reach the lunar surface in more than 50...


A Look Back, Feb. 23

02-22-2024 11:01 PM

By Jim Bridgman

50 Years Ago ■William P. Nagle Jr., Ward 4 councilor, said he will request the police and traffic committee to investigate the possibility of employing student help in the police department. Nagle, newly appointed member of the committee, said the...


South Hadley officials exploring ways to close $2.3M budget gap

02-22-2024 5:44 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Facing a $2.3 million budget gap for the coming fiscal year, government and school officials agreed this week to head back to the drawing board to craft a spending plan that adequately meets the town’s needs.“I think what’s keeping us...


South Hadley town administrator proposes merging three departments

02-22-2024 5:42 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The town’s recreation and veterans services departments and the Council on Aging will merge under a new human services department in fiscal year 2025 to maximize impact of social and mental health services within new budget...


Area briefs: Synagogues to host ‘For Out of Zion’ concert; Good Neighbor Fund accepting applications

02-22-2024 4:20 PM

Synagogues to host ‘For Out of Zion’ concertAMHERST — The Jewish Community of Amherst, in collaboration with Beit Ahavah Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton and the ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal, will present the “Ki MiTzion — For Out of Zion...


Photos: A day for play

02-22-2024 4:18 PM


Forum with legislators explores rural school aid, recreation tax and more

02-22-2024 4:16 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

CHARLEMONT — State Sen. Paul Mark and state Rep. Natalie Blais fielded questions on rural school aid, potential recreation taxes, affordable housing and more during a recent public forum attended by roughly 20 residents.The “ReMarks and Refreshments”...


State ruling bottles up liquor license for Iron Horse revival in Northampton

02-22-2024 4:14 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Almost two months before the Iron Horse Music Hall’s scheduled opening date, its new owners received some bad news that could prove to be a major setback.At Wednesday’s city License Commission meeting, chair Natasha Yakovlev and the...


Head Start might have leg up as Massachusetts budget priority

02-22-2024 4:12 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Although they would not explicitly commit to fulfilling a funding request for Head Start, two of the most powerful players at the State House indicated Wednesday that funding the early education program is at the top of their priority list in...


Hampshire County home prices up again in January, but so are sales

02-22-2024 12:06 PM

Staff Report

 The number of single-family homes sold in Hampshire County were up by 16% in January over the same month last year, the first time that home sales have gone up year-over-year since the summer of 2021, according to real estate data analysts at The...


Site work for Amherst’s new elementary school set to begin

02-22-2024 10:11 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — New traffic patterns into and out of Fort River School will be in place in the coming weeks as a contractor undertakes initial site work for the new three-story elementary school to be built on the same site at 70 South East St.Town...


With 55K at risk of losing internet service, activists call on Congress to extend pandemic-era program

02-21-2024 6:37 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

SPRINGFIELD — Local activists, organizations and representatives from western Massachusetts’s congressional delegation are urging the U.S. federal government to extend a pandemic-era program that covers internet costs for more than 55,000 low-income...


Photos: Hadley walks in Hadley

02-21-2024 6:36 PM


Can you get there from here? Online tool tracks how reach to food pantries and stores without a car — or not

02-21-2024 6:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — Food and other necessities can be found at the Goshen General Store on Route 9. For low-income individuals in Goshen and surrounding communities, the Hilltown Food Pantry, at the nearby Town Office Building, distributes food every...


Luthier to hang up his tools: After 53 years, Tony Creamer closing Fretted Instruments in Amherst this spring

02-21-2024 6:31 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

AMHERST — Tony Creamer began his career in luthiery upstairs at 49 South Pleasant St. in 1969, and he’ll be ending it there, too, when he closes the Fretted Instrument Workshop on April 1. “I will have completed 53 years in business,” he said last...


Healey’s former partner Wolohojian begins hearings for SJC post

02-21-2024 6:28 PM

By STEVE LeBLANC

BOSTON — Appeals Court Associate Justice Gabrielle R. Wolohojian, a former romantic partner of Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey, testified Wednesday before the Governor’s Council on her nomination to the state’s highest court. Healey has said her past...


Area briefs: Record fair to return to Northampton; Amherst, Southampton Dems to caucus; Carey makes it official

02-21-2024 6:28 PM

Record Fair poised for a comebackNORTHAMPTON — After a four-year hiatus, an annual record fair is set to return to Northampton on Sunday, March 3, at Union Station, 125 Pleasant St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Local and regional record dealers from around...


Grow Food secures $230K in grants to support core operations

02-21-2024 6:25 PM

]NORTHAMPTON — The nonprofit Grow Food Northampton has secured two foundation grants worth more than $230,000 that will bolster the organization’s core operations, allowing it to decide how best to use the funds.The Point32Health Foundation, a joint...



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