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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...

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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, ”...


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...


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...


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...


Columnist Susan Wozniak: Austen adaptation still gets me
02-22-2024 8:01 PM

By SUSAN WOZNIAK

Whether a book is a classic, like “Sense and Sensibility,” or a recent publication deserving of the rave reviews that put it on the lists of book clubs throughout America, readers really, really want to see the movie version as soon as possible....


Rachel Markowitz: Let's march for both sides
02-22-2024 5:09 PM

Deborah Esther Schifter made a really important point in her beautiful guest column [“Both Sides Now,” Gazette, Feb. 21] acknowledging the legitimate concerns of both sides in the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict: that “when a person is under...


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...


New year, new look: Bombyx Center adds more varied arts programming to its lineup while making infrastructure improvements
02-22-2024 1:30 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

What a difference a year makes.Late last May, the Northampton Fire Department abruptly shut down virtually all music performances at the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity in Florence, citing inadequate fire prevention measures at the venue.The move...


The Beat Goes On: The Back Porch Festival is just three weeks away, and the Iron Horse announces its opening lineup
02-22-2024 12:25 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

If you’re like me, counting the days to spring, it’s a little over three weeks to the official first day, March 19.Yet that’s just a date on the calendar, and the weather in mid-March can still spell winter. But one antidote to that is to hit the Back...


Columnist Carrie N. Baker: Subminimum wage is a legacy of slavery — Time for one fair wage
02-22-2024 7:01 AM

By CARRIE N. BAKER

During the summer after my sophomore year of college, I worked as a waitress in a West Hartford diner. I earned $2.13 an hour plus tips. I had to smile at nasty customers all day long to get the tips I relied on to pay rent for a room at the YWCA in...


Can you get there from here? Online tool tracks how reach to food pantries and stores without a car — or not
02-21-2024 6:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — Food and other necessities can be found at the Goshen General Store on Route 9. For low-income individuals in Goshen and surrounding communities, the Hilltown Food Pantry, at the nearby Town Office Building, distributes food every...


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...

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