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Easthampton’s 11 Ferry St. project promises affordable five-story, 96-unit complex
07-12-2024 5:09 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

EASTHAMPTON — Springfield nonprofit Home City Development Inc. has long been planning an affordable housing project on Ferry Street. Now, they are close to finalizing a construction plan, and could be breaking ground this time next year.Peter...

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One Cottage Street artisans, backers huddle up as rent hikes loom
07-12-2024 5:08 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

EASTHAMPTON — Filing through the main hallway of CitySpace, community members stopped to read the stories of One Cottage Street tenants that line the walls, detailing their relationships to the former mill building where they run their art studios....


Playing catch-up on housing: Affordable projects in pipeline around Valley as gap keeps growing
07-12-2024 4:59 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

Thousands of new affordable housing units will be built in western Massachusetts in the next few years, but local housing advocates say this still will not be enough to meet the massive regional demand for housing relief.The lack of affordable housing...


NECBL: Valley Blue Sox tied for first place in West Division as season enters final few weeks
07-12-2024 3:39 PM

By GARRETT COTE

HOLYOKE — Everything was clicking for the Valley Blue Sox on Thursday night, and their bats evidently made the trip with them to Danbury.The Blue Sox erupted for a baker’s dozen in runs, overwhelming the Westerners 13-3 in seven innings to get back...


Knitters’ paradise: Webs, ‘America’s Yarn Store’ and a mainstay for Valley crafters for generations, turns 50
07-12-2024 3:03 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

When Webs opened their doors on May 16, the first day of the store’s annual tent sale, store manager Angela Cheek watched as a rush of people flowed through the doors for three whole continuous minutes on a Thursday morning. Within an hour, the...


Hampshire County's toughest golf holes: Ledges Golf Club, South Hadley
07-12-2024 2:55 PM

By GARRETT COTE

(NOTE: This is the second installment in a weekly series featuring some of the toughest golf holes across Hampshire County. The series will run each Saturday in print throughout the summer.)SOUTH HADLEY — When it comes to the overall condition of a...


South Hadley Selectboard OKs $140K for school counselor to prevent youth substance abuse
07-12-2024 12:53 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The Select Board approved adding an adjustment counselor at Micheal E. Smith Middle School using 0pioid settlement funds to prevent drug and alcohol use among youth but not without push back from board members about the sustainability...


Herrell’s Ice Cream to open pop-up shop in North Amherst this summer
07-12-2024 10:11 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Herrell’s Ice Cream, a mainstay on Old South Street at Thorne’s Marketplace in downtown Northampton, will be opening a pop-up shop in the North Square at the Mill District in North Amherst by the end of July, with plans to have a permanent...


Around Amherst: Crocker Farm earns national Welcoming Schools Seal
07-12-2024 7:30 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Crocker Farm School’s Amherst Early Education Center recently became one of 35 schools across the country to earn the Human Rights Campaign’s Welcoming Schools Seal of Excellence, where work over the past three years is honoring family...


Former Southampton man’s rape trial on hold after attorney’s suspension
07-11-2024 8:55 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A former Southampton mortgage loan officer’s rape case is on hold while the state’s high court determines whether his attorney can continue to represent him.Mathieu J. Tebo was preparing to go to trial in Hampshire Superior Court on 30...


Locals lift West to softball gold medal at 2024 Bay State Games
07-11-2024 6:35 PM

By GARRETT COTE

DEVENS — When the best-of-the-best from around the state gathered to play in the gold medal game of the 2024 Bay State Games, high-level performances are expected.And through seven innings of Thursday’s softball finale at Willard Field Complex,...


“Bigger Than Sports” non-profit hosting 3-on-3 basketball tournament Saturday in Amherst
07-11-2024 4:49 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — There is no better feeling than when an idea turns into a plan, and that plan comes to fruition.Ian Waite would be the first to co-sign that.After a year of non-stop work to organize an action plan and find people with a similar vision to...


Gazette Boys Tennis Player of the Year: Reilly Fowles, Northampton
07-11-2024 4:24 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Newly-minted junior captain Reilly Fowles of the Northampton boys tennis team headed to the tennis courts at John F. Kennedy Middle School to get some extra practice in.He had noticed a large improvement in his play from his freshman season to his...


High-speed police chase in Hadley ends in crash, arrest on Hampton Inn lawn
07-11-2024 1:05 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

HADLEY — A high-speed chase in Hadley on Wednesday night ended with a car crash that closed part of Bay Road after an unmarked police vehicle collided with the pursued vehicle just outside the Hampton Inn.The incident occurred shortly after 7 p.m....


Haydenville man held without bail on new drug, firearms charges
07-11-2024 11:03 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Haydenville man who had been free on $15,000 bail following his arrest on drug and assault charges stemming from a multi-town police chase in October remained jailed this week after being arrested recently on new charges.Eric...


Cost-saving push for Jones project keeps library entrance but scraps other interior preservation
07-11-2024 10:49 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Upon completion of the $46.1 million expansion and renovation of the Jones Library in 2026, the building’s main entrance, with the formal staircase rising three floors and Philippine walnut and mahogany woodwork gracing the walls, would...


$2M in historic tax credits for Jones Library expansion off the table
07-11-2024 8:19 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Around $2 million in historic tax credits sought for the $46.1 million expansion and renovation of the Jones Library will not be available after the project was deemed ineligible by the Massachusetts Historical Commission, whose staff are...


Legion baseball: Belchertown stays unbeaten, blanks Aldenville 3-0
07-10-2024 8:33 PM

By GARRETT COTE

BELCHERTOWN — How about a dozen, Post 239?It wasn’t the typical offensive onslaught that the Belchertown Post 239 Senior American Legion team has gotten accustomed to over the course of the summer, but it got the job done behind scorching southpaw...


Man charged with threatening prosecutor in his choking case sent for evaluation
07-10-2024 6:23 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A city man was ordered detained Wednesday following his arraignment in Northampton District Court on charges of making threats against a Hampshire County prosecutor.Cody Malone, 28, allegedly made repeated and escalating threats against...


South Hadley board sets dangerous hearing for dog that killed another
07-10-2024 6:16 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Edward Wall rushed down Pynchon Street one morning in June to find his little white Maltipoo no longer white.“I arrived on the scene 20 minutes afterwards and it was just carnage. My wife had blood all over her. My daughter had blood...


Gazette Girls Tennis Player of the Year: Ava Shea, Belchertown
07-10-2024 4:20 PM

By GARRETT COTE

BELCHERTOWN — Heading into this spring, Belchertown girls tennis star Ava Shea needed 15 victories to reach the 50-win plateau for her career. The senior sat down before the season started and created a list of goals for herself, trying to figure out...

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