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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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Judge wants diocese, Northampton to resolve St. Mary stained-glass removal before a possible Thursday ruling
02-27-2024 3:42 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

SPRINGFIELD — A federal judge scolded both the Diocese of Springfield and the city of Northampton for needing to resort to a lawsuit to settle a dispute over the removal of five stained-glass windows at the St. Mary of the Assumption Church on Elm...


Northampton first in WMass to back call for Gaza cease-fire
02-27-2024 11:51 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The city is the first in western Massachusetts and third statewide to take a stand in favor of a cease-fire in the war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.The City Council passed two at a virtual special meeting Tuesday night that drew more...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Northampton City Briefing: New lighting rules in effect, survey to guide opioid settlement spending; outdoor dining rules
02-21-2024 11:19 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A new ordinance meant to curb light pollution has officially taken effect in the city. The standards would ensure that the installation of any new lighting covers the lightbulb entirely. Additionally, the new rules ban incandescent...


CDC considers dropping 5-day COVID isolation rule as local hospitals bring back mask requirements
02-20-2024 5:55 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering loosening isolation requirements for people who test positive for COVID-19, meaning they would no longer have to stay at home for at least five days when infected with the virus.Under the...


Desperate for cease-fire in Gaza: Activists press cause at Northampton council meeting, ‘die-in’
02-16-2024 5:17 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Activists in Northampton calling for a cease-fire in Gaza have stepped up their efforts in recent days, hoping to pressure the city to quickly pass a resolution in support of their goals and to condemn recent actions by the Israeli...


New owner for Haymarket? Former worker, now NYC chef, plans to take on troubled cafe
02-15-2024 7:46 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A New York City chef originally from Northampton has entered into negotiations for a partial buyout of Haymarket Cafe, with the intention of eventually taking over operations from current owner Peter Simpson as well as repaying former...


Multistory building coming to downtown Florence
02-15-2024 1:46 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly a decade after he developed a large office building at a prominent intersection at the corner of Main and Maple streets in downtown Florence, business owner Gaurang Patel is moving ahead with plans for a second mixed-use structure...


Northampton schools seek ‘big picture’ plan behind work of new 20-person team
02-14-2024 5:41 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Ahead of what is shaping up to be a contentious budget year, school leaders are taking a step back to develop a longer-term vision for the city’s schools.Superintendent Portia Bonner has formed a new strategic planning team to craft a...


Report: Tourism brings $1.3B to three-county region
02-12-2024 4:55 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

Tourism contributes more than $1 billion in annual economic impact across Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties, according to a recent study released by the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.The study was the first of its kind...


Learning to fly: Smith Voc student takes to the skies after obtaining pilot’s license 
02-12-2024 9:04 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

Before she learned how to drive, Brook Wolcott of Easthampton learned how to fly.The 17-year-old junior at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School first became interested in aviation at age 14, when she attended a glider camp at the Northampton...


College Church event on Sunday to celebrate Black History Month
02-09-2024 3:31 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The city of Northampton will celebrate Black History Month this weekend at College Church on Pomeroy Terrace, featuring live music, discussions of the city’s history in the abolitionist movement and how it can do better to support...


Charges against UMass sit-in protesters downgraded to infractions
02-08-2024 7:28 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

BELCHERTOWN — All of the UMass students who were arrested during a sit-in protest against the war in Gaza on Oct. 25 have had or will have their criminal charges converted to civil infractions, with those who accepted the lesser charges already...


Diocese sues Northampton for right to remove church windows before selling St. Mary church
02-05-2024 7:44 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The Catholic Diocese of Springfield has filed a lawsuit against the city of Northampton, claiming a stop-work order preventing the removal of stained-glass windows at the former St. Mary of the Assumption Church ahead of an impending...


Dispute brews over Suher liquor licenses in Northampton
02-02-2024 7:57 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The city’s License Commission this week canceled two of business owner Eric Suher’s liquor licenses that were to be transferred to The Parlor Room, the new owners of Iron Horse Music Hall, and Gombo, a downtown Cajun restaurant, as part...


DA’s office lands grant to combat human trafficking
02-02-2024 12:56 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Several state grants meant to improve public safety and combat human trafficking in the state have been awarded to the Northwestern district attorney’s office, along with federal dollars appropriated by the state to several other...


‘A natural, beautiful medicine’: NHS student, aspiring pianist plays for patients at CDH
01-24-2024 3:23 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — On Saturday afternoons, patients at Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s behavioral health unit are treated to the sounds of soothing piano music, hearing tunes such as “You Got a Friend and Me,” and “Hallelujah.”And it’s all thanks to a chance...

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