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Local briefs: NEWMAC becomes first NCAA Div. 3 conference to sign media rights deal
02-29-2024 5:33 PM

By GARRETT COTE

The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) this week announced a five-year media rights agreement with FloSports, a global independent sports media company and streaming platform that will become the exclusive media partner of the...

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Maryanne Bernini Caughlin, Catherine Brown and Cornelia Klimczak: Unitarian Universalists advocating for reparations
02-29-2024 3:39 PM

Several members of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence’s (USNF) Racial Justice Team attended New England Public Media’s and Springfield College’s Feb. 15 hosting of the screening of a very moving new documentary film “The Cost of...


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...


Greening our brains and our thumbs: The many opportunities in the Valley to increase your garden knowledge and skills
02-29-2024 2:22 PM

By PAT JAMES

After moving from the city into a rural home with land 25 years ago, I was excited that the property was mostly bare ground that I could bend to my will and create beautiful gardens over time. As a kid, I’d helped in the garden a lot, so how hard...


Arts Briefs: BIPOC poets and racy love letters in Northampton, music inspired by T.S. Eliot in Holyoke, and more
02-29-2024 2:19 PM

Poetry night celebrates BIPOC writers and organizing workNORTHAMPTON — Franny Choi, the new poet laureate of Northampton, will do a reading tonight (Friday, March 1) at 6 p.m. at the Northampton Center for the Arts, where they’ll be joined by a number...


Sarah Blum: Dehumanization and genocide
02-28-2024 5:36 PM

Dehumanization of the enemy seems to be an essential feature of war. The degree of violence perpetrated against the enemy is a direct consequence of the degree to which the enemy is dehumanized.When the prime minister of Israel describes the war as, ”...


Which Hampshire County basketball teams have a chance to make a state title run?
02-27-2024 5:50 PM

By GARRETT COTE

With the Western Mass. tournaments officially over and the preliminary rounds of the MIAA state brackets taking place this week, a handful of Hampshire County teams are ready to make runs at a state title.Across the five divisions, including boys and...


Gina Ayvazian: Best article ever
02-27-2024 5:12 PM

Thank you, Azai Dugger, for your spot on reporting of the best local restaurants for tater tots, French fries, meatballs, chocolate milk, desserts, chicken tenders, steak, white bread, sausage links and of course, claw machines [“Ordering off the...


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...


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...


Linda Marston: Thank you Tara Jacobs
02-25-2024 12:10 AM

I want to thank Tara Jacobs for her excellent service on the Governor’s Council, representing our District 8 in western Massachusetts and the entire commonwealth. I greatly appreciated her recent guest column outlining many of the significant...


Class A final: Powerhouse Central pulls away late for 48-30 win over Northampton (PHOTOS)
02-24-2024 8:54 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

WESTFIELD – For the third time this year, the Northampton girls basketball team came up short against Springfield Central, dropping a 48-30 decision in the Western Mass. Class A championship Saturday afternoon at Westfield High School.Central won its...


High school basketball: Trio of local teams seek Western Mass titles on Championship Saturday
02-23-2024 5:50 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

It’s Championship Saturday for three local high school basketball programs.The South Hadley and Northampton girls, and the Granby boys will look to add some hardware on Saturday when they both take the floor to play in Western Massachusetts...


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...


Guest column: Re-elect Fleitman and Stuart to Republican State Committee
02-23-2024 4:01 PM

By JAY FLEITMAN AND MARY LOU STUART

The Republican State Committee is the board of directors of the party. It operates like any organizational board; determining policies, direction, approving finances, and electing officers, particularly the chair position. As such, the state committee...


Best Bites: Ordering off the kid’s menu: 9-year-old budding food critic shares his top 15 places to eat
02-23-2024 2:23 PM

By AZAI DUGGER and ROBIN GOLDSTEIN

Note from Robin Goldstein: For this column, I asked my 9-year-old nephew and co-author Azai Dugger to choose his favorite restaurants and briefly describe each one — the same task as I undertook for my last Gazette column.With great difficulty and...


Valley Bounty: Empowering our local food system: River Valley Co-op invests in regional farms and the interests of community
02-23-2024 2:22 PM

By JACOB NELSON

In just 15 years, River Valley Co-op has grown into an indispensable part of the local food economy. For local farms, food businesses and community members who want easy access to local food, their continued growth is something to celebrate.“River...

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