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Northampton fifth in nation to approve Green New Deal for Schools resolution
06-27-2024 4:47 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The city’s school district became the fifth in the nation to adopt the Green New Deal for Schools Resolution, a measure written by Northampton High School students that calls for advocating for ambitious climate-related goals for school...


The lingering effects of long COVID: Domb hosts second briefing on the topic
06-25-2024 6:33 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

It knocked Netia McCray out of work for two years, and it took all of that time for doctors to give her an official diagnosis — she was suffering from long COVID.McCray, the director of Mbadika, a Boston nonprofit that provides resources for students...


Grant will make Five College language learning resources available to thousands
06-25-2024 6:33 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

For students attending the five colleges of the Pioneer Valley, studying of foreign languages such as Spanish, French or Chinese has always been a sought after subject. But what if a student wants to study the national language of Kazakhstan? Or one...


Northampton School Committee to discuss no-confidence vote in superintendent on Wednesday
06-25-2024 6:22 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The School Committee has called a special meeting for Wednesday afternoon at which members will go into executive session to discuss and possibly vote on a response to a vote of no-confidence the school union recently issued against...


Holyoke volunteer’s award from Patriots Foundation brings $10K windfall to Cancer Connection
06-24-2024 4:20 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke resident and former Longmeadow teacher who’s been volunteering at The Cancer Connection in Northampton since 2015 was recognized early this month by the New England Patriots Foundation as a “Community MVP Award Winner,”...


Divided over school funding, Northampton council fails to pass mayor’s budget
06-21-2024 11:52 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A divided City Council late Thursday night failed to reach a two-thirds majority required to approve the mayor’s $137 million budget for fiscal 2025, with funding for the school district continuing to generate controversy and split the...


Northampton considers $1.4M in CPA projects, including for a new inclusive playground at RK Finn school
06-20-2024 5:20 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A new inclusive playground may soon be coming to RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School.The playground is just one of nine projects in line to receive a combined total of $1.4 million during the latest round of CPA funding. Other project...


Northampton City Briefing: New JFK mural invokes an ‘Imagined World’
06-19-2024 12:50 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

JFK Middle School has completed a new mural located on the front of its building, made under the theme of “Imagined Worlds.” The mural is part of a broader therapeutic art initiative lead by local artists Sharon Leshner of The Color Collaborative and...


Northampton school spending advocates eye ‘mountain of cash’ in reserves; city officials warn of slippery slope
06-18-2024 8:29 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — With more than 50 supporters of a larger budget for Northampton Public Schools sitting behind her, Ward 3 City Councilor Quaverly Rothenberg attempted to explain to her fellow councilors Monday night how the city can fully fund the...


Heat wave rolls in: Cooling centers to open as high humidity, upper 90s take hold for rest of week
06-17-2024 4:41 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

The Pioneer Valley is bracing for a potentially record-setting heat wave this week, as local cities and towns open cooling centers and put out their own advisories warning residents. According to the National Weather Service station in Norton, the...


UMass launches task force in wake of spring protests, will also review police activity
06-17-2024 4:33 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — UMass Amherst Chancellor Javier Reyes has announced the creation of a Campus Demonstration Policy Task Force and an independent review of police activity on campus following events this spring that lead to more than 100 arrests on campus...


Northampton panel member’s reappointment opposed after ‘ugly’ handicapped access remark
06-16-2024 12:01 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A routine reappointment to the city’s Central Business Architecture Committee became a little more complicated after a member of the Northampton City Council objected to the committee member’s description of a proposed handicapped-access...


Northampton school superintendent: Union’s no-confidence vote shows ‘lack of courtesy’
06-16-2024 10:01 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Public Schools Superintendent Portia Bonner expressed “deep disappointment” in the school union’s recent vote of no confidence in her, saying that it showed a “lack of courtesy.” She also pushed back against the notion that...


Jewish Voice for Peace teach-in backs calls for cease-fire, embargo
06-14-2024 4:40 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — As the war in Gaza grinds on into an eighth month, opposition to it continues to grow in the U.S. and particularly in the Pioneer Valley, just as a potential cease-fire proposed by President Joe Biden on May 31 and endorsed by the U.N....


Former social studies teacher returns as principal at Northampton High School
06-14-2024 4:18 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Former Northampton social studies teacher Ben Taglieri has been selected as the new principal for Northampton High School, replacing retiring principal Bill Wehrli.The School Committee on Thursday chose Taglieri over Jonathan Bruno of...


Volunteering is in his blood: Four Rivers Charter grad Sam Whitney recognized as Gazette’s Young Community Leader
06-13-2024 3:15 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — To say that Sam Whitney likes to play sports might be something of an understatement.At the Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, where Whitney graduated this spring, he played soccer, basketball, and the school’s signature...


Northampton school union votes no confidence in superintendent
06-12-2024 7:37 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Association of School Employees union took a vote of no confidence this week in Superintendent Portia Bonner, the latest development in an ongoing battle between the union and the city over the school budget for next...


Horticultural rebirth: Two years after fire, Smith Vocational breaks ground on new $7M building
06-11-2024 3:15 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School broke ground on its new planned horticulture building on Tuesday, with plans to cut the ribbon on the finished building by next summer.The previous horticulture building, which housed the...


Northampton budget stalls over school funding after 2 councilors force a delay in vote
06-07-2024 5:01 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council’s effort to vote on a budget for next fiscal year will have to wait two weeks after two councilors who support giving more money to the school system raised multiple charter objections at Thursday’s meeting.“I think the...


Northampton City Briefing: YMCA opens new airnasium
06-06-2024 11:01 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The Hampshire Regional YMCA marked the grand inauguration of its airnasium on Wednesday, the first YMCA in the Northeast to do so. The new 2,250-square-foot outdoor gymnasium, features exercise bikes, weight racks and a roof to protect...

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