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Julia Riseman: Your small change makes a big difference at CET
06-21-2024 2:42 PM

All of us at CET (formerly the Center for EcoTechnology) wish to thank the thousands of generous River Valley Co-op shoppers who collectively donated $10,000 in small change in the month of April. CET is putting these funds to work to mitigate over 80...

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Stairway to heaven in your own backyard: Summer concerts in the Valley for classic rock enthusiasts
06-21-2024 10:30 AM

By PAIGE HANSON

Last week in Northampton, Lez Zeppelin, an all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band, rocked the stage at Iron Horse Music Hall, bringing an electric and mesmerizing performance to the packed audience.“We are just true to the spirit of the band, which is...


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...


Arts Briefs: Lots of theater in Northampton, Indian poetry and music in South Hadley, and more
06-20-2024 2:47 PM

Pulling at the roots: Plays cover 3 centuries of city history — againNORTHAMPTON — Last August, Historic Northampton presented a new way of examining some chapters of city history by staging three short plays at the museum, including two that took...


Dennis Bidwell: It's time to approve the mayor's budget
06-19-2024 5:15 PM

I watched the special meeting of the City Council on June 17, eager to hear Councilor Quaverly Rothenberg’s promised plan for addressing the city’s looming budget deficit without cutting positions in the School Department and without requiring a...


Johanna Radding: Northampton schools chronically underfunded
06-19-2024 5:15 PM

I recently did a deep dive into 30 years of Gazette archives and article after article revealed a continual underfunding of Northampton public schools by our city leaders. For decades, mayors have balanced the budget on the backs of the schools while...


Child porn case against former state police captain from Amherst inches ahead
06-19-2024 3:12 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Legal proceedings in the case of a retired State Police detective captain accused of eight counts of possessing and distributing child sexual abuse material have moved slowly since charges were first brought.Francis Hart, 64, was...


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...


Guest columnist Portia S. Bonner: Common purpose can bridge divide
06-18-2024 7:59 PM

By PORTIA S. BONNER

 I am writing to the public in response to the teacher union’s vote of no confidence. This action is widespread across the commonwealth over the past several years, and is a common device designed to divide the district and the community. Fewer than...


Bill Clements: We have a huge choice now
06-17-2024 6:04 PM

Regarding Olin Rose-Bardawil’s column “Americans want more than two choices” [Gazette, June 14], I disagree. We have a huge choice. Republican politicians don’t believe in governing. They only seek power to do one thing: cut taxes. They are...


Barbara Black: Council should support the mayor’s budget
06-17-2024 6:04 PM

I am writing in support of Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra’s budget proposal and urge the City Council to approve it at their next meeting. I appreciate that the mayor has increased school funding from the original proposed 4% to 8% over last year’s...


Note from the publisher: Gazette launches new online puzzles feature
06-17-2024 6:01 AM

Gazette Readers,Today we launch Puzzmo, a new collection of daily puzzles on our website.Our new digital puzzles can be played on your laptop, tablet or smartphone. You can play for free and you’ll be able to track your own scoring and see how you...


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....


Columnist Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: The co-op at the heart of the community
06-14-2024 3:53 PM

By THE REV. ANDREA AYVAZIAN

It was in 1998 when a small group of visionary folks who care about healthy food, supporting local farms and farmers, and building community started meeting in each other’s living rooms to discuss the idea of creating a food co-op in Northampton. The...


Middlefield man remains held on 62 charges in child rape case
06-14-2024 9:40 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Middlefield man facing 62 charges in a sweeping indictment involving child rape was returned to jail Thursday after pleading not guilty on all counts in Hampshire Superior Court.Keane E. Kendall, 36, has been held without the right to...


Columnist Olin Rose-Bardawil: Americans want more than two choices
06-13-2024 7:18 PM

By OLIN ROSE-BARDAWIL

As the 2024 election has heated up, I have noticed increased discussion of the role of independent and third-party candidates in American politics.As many know, these conversations have emerged in light of Robert F. Kennedy’s independent campaign for...


Former Gazette publisher Peter DeRose, who died Monday at 85, helped usher in contemporary era of journalism in Valley
06-13-2024 4:59 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — Former Daily Hampshire Gazette publisher Peter L. DeRose, who alongside brother Charles W. DeRose brought the family-owned company into a contemporary era of journalism and modernized the technology used to get information to readers,...


Humble superstar: Lee Anderson is the Gazette’s Person of the Year
06-13-2024 3:37 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — When Lee Anderson first had the opportunity to cook for and serve the guests at the Manna Community Kitchen, an idea took form in his mind.“I realized we had something we weren’t optimizing,” he said.It was 2016 and he had begun...


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...

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