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Richard Cooper: 50 years supporting Northampton students
05-24-2024 2:37 PM

On May 14, the Northampton High School Auditorium was host to the 50th Scholarship Awards Ceremony, organized by Northampton Dollars for Scholars, a momentous occasion not just for the organization but for our entire community. The event marks a...

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Live from Argentina: Acclaimed tango guitarists to play in Northampton for dancers and music lovers alike
05-24-2024 1:27 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

If you go to a milonga, or social dance, to do tango dancing in Buenos Aires, you’ll likely be doing it to live music.In western Massachusetts? No so much.Now, though, Western Mass Tango, which has hosted tango lessons and dances in the region for...


Sidney Moss: More communities should follow Hadley's Memorial Day example
05-23-2024 7:51 PM

I was really touched to see the article on May 18, 2024 in the Gazette “Banner time for Veterans” about how 82 veterans from Hadley are being personally recognized for their service on Memorial Day with their pictures being displayed. As a World War...


Jamie and Ginny Elkin: Thanks for generosity of Gazette readers
05-23-2024 7:51 PM

We are so grateful to the readers of the Gazette. After the article was published about our efforts to raise money for migrants going through Oaxaca Mexico, we raised an additional $2,500 from the community. Here is the link if anyone wants to learn...


Kayaker’s delight: Best day-paddles along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts
05-23-2024 5:05 PM

By ANNA LAIRD BARTO

Last summer, I chronicled my 68-mile paddle of the Connecticut River through Massachusetts. Along the way, I became very well acquainted with the river, its bends and currents, dams and bridges, trees and wildlife — even its sewage overflows! Here are...


Communities to mark Memorial Day with parades, ceremonies
05-23-2024 4:09 PM

The last Monday in May is Memorial Day, a federal holiday originally called Decoration Day that was formalized in 1868 and serves as the nation’s foremost annual day to honor its deceased service men and women.A bevy of parades and commemorative...


Arts Briefs: The Paradise City Arts Festival returns to Northampton, the MIFA Victory Players perform in Holyoke, and more
05-23-2024 2:41 PM

Paradise by the fairground lightsNORTHAMPTON — One of the area’s largest artistic celebrations returns this weekend, as some 220 artists and craftspeople gather at the Three County Fairgrounds for the Paradise City Arts Festival.The biannual festival,...


Guest columnist Sen. Jo Comerford: Quabbin bill a bid for ‘more just future for our region’
05-22-2024 4:57 PM

By STATE SEN. JO COMERFORD

 I read Mike Magee’s My Turn column with concern [“Quabbin region will never see any benefits from reservoir,” Recorder, May 13]. Since it was published, I have received messages from constituents asking why I support giving more Quabbin water to...


Columnist Carrie N. Baker: Presidents matter — Title IX, sex-based violence and LGBTQ discrimination
05-22-2024 4:49 PM

By CARRIE N. BAKER

U.S. presidents have a tremendous influence on our rights. As head of the executive branch, presidents are responsible for enforcing civil rights laws. Democratic presidents reliably strengthen reproductive rights, enhance protections against sexual...


Guest columnist Rev. Peter Kakos: The saving grace of college protests
05-21-2024 5:55 PM

By THE REV. PETER KAKOS

 What, after all, is the purpose of higher education, if not to debunk hateful myths, that continue, like Furies, to haunt us with debasing beliefs of our fellow human beings?Racism, alive and as ugly as ever, leads the ruthless madness, conjuring up...


Tyler Barnett: School budget debate reveals power structure
05-20-2024 5:20 PM

Many recent letters debating the school budget advocate for “fiscal responsibility.” This obfuscates the power structure underlying all political decisions, even local ones — the power to inflict harm on some groups to the benefit of others. All...


Summer on Strong kicks off Wednesday in Northampton
05-19-2024 1:01 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Strong Avenue in downtown will once again be pedestrian traffic-only beginning on Wednesday, marking the return of the “Summer on Strong” season in the city. The closing of the street to vehicle traffic is meant to encourage outdoor...


Mayor’s budget boosts schools 8.5%: Advocates protest coming job cuts as spending falls short of demands
05-17-2024 5:29 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Weeks of debate over the Northampton school budget neared a conclusion Thursday night after Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra unveiled a nearly $137 million fiscal 2025 budget to the City Council that calls for an 8.5% increase in the city’s...


Columnist Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Divided city? Pride brought us together
05-17-2024 2:14 PM

By THE REV. ANDREA AYVAZIAN

The Northampton Pride March, held on May 4, could not have come at a better time. I have marched with my family since my son was little, and he is now 36 years old. It is a part of our spring tradition. But this year, the march felt especially...


05-17-2024 2:11 PM

I thoroughly enjoyed Bill Newman’s column “Laurels and the laureate” Gazette, May 11. The lyrical writing allowed me to be in Wyoming, watching the horses, the different styles of riding, the multi-generational love of horses and riding. It was simply...


Dale Melcher and Martin Wohl: NEF funds NHS homesteading course
05-16-2024 8:11 PM

The Gazette article about Bob Melnik’s homesteading class (“Modern homesteading at NHS,” March 14) was a great example of the creative, engaging and challenging projects our NPS educators are doing in all our schools. Bob’s course, like a number of...


Rutherford Platt and Barbara Kirchner: ‘Magical thinking’ in downtown Northampton
05-16-2024 8:11 PM

Regarding the article, “Music key to downtown revival,” [Gazette, May 1], returning from a few days away recently we left I-91 at the Route 5 exit, passing piles of highway construction material and heavy machinery which welcome the traveler at the...


M/other’s time to shine: MICAfest runs in three Northampton venues through May
05-16-2024 1:32 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The challenges mothers face can be legion, especially for those who work and have families and, according to any number of studies, still end up doing most of the chores at home, from raising kids to cooking, compared to their husbands and...


Iron Horse gets its liquor license just in time for Wednesday opening
05-15-2024 5:51 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Ticket holders for the Iron Horse Music Hall’s grand opening Wednesday night will be able to order a drink from the venue’s newly-designed bar after the nonprofit worked through state bureaucracy to obtain a liquor license just hours...


Sarah Buttenwieser: Our kids need well-staffed schools
05-15-2024 5:21 PM

My understanding is that increased staffing in the schools was deemed necessary as schools dealt with the impact —emotional and otherwise — of the pandemic upon our children. Now, we are post-federal emergency. However, our kids are not post-pandemic...


Cheryl Muzio: Smith College owes more to the city
05-15-2024 5:21 PM

I am writing to address the guest column penned by Smith College President Sarah Willie-LeBreton [“Smith College and the city: Neighborliness and much more,” Gazette, April 12].I read the article with great hopes that she, along with the Smith...

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