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Benjamin Spencer: King Street lot full of possibilities
04-08-2024 6:05 PM

The large vacant lot on King Street is full of possibilities. The property abuts two densely populated neighborhoods, three regional rail trails, a wide range of retail options and it is easily accessible to downtown. This stretch of King Street is...


Northampton schools eye pay freeze as ‘dire’ budget vote nears on Thursday
04-08-2024 5:20 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — All public school employees would forego raises next year, in addition to the elimination of more positions on top of those already announced in December, under a plan revealed in recent days by Superintendent Portia Bonner as the...


WMass on display in new movie trailer for Annie Baker’s ‘Janet Planet’
04-08-2024 12:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Mount Pollux in Amherst and The History of Women Mural in Northampton are among area locations visible in the first trailer released for “Janet Planet,” the feature film directorial debut from playwright Annie Baker that is expected to hit...


Columnist John Sheirer: If I complain about paying my taxes …
04-07-2024 4:01 PM

By JOHN SHEIRER

Dear Friends,As April 15 approaches, I keep hearing complaints about paying taxes. I may not support everything the government does with the tax money I pay, but I understand the basic importance of paying taxes as part of our shared civic...


‘Rock star’ will be missed: Bill Hairston, who spent years as head counselor at VA in Leeds, dies at 86
04-07-2024 10:55 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — Bill Hairston was one of the first people to greet Cathie McCoy on the day she began attending services at College Church back in 1977.A quiet man who made coffee and stayed at the back of the church, it wasn’t until McCoy and a friend...


Jacob Levitt: For Northampton, Neumann is a net win
04-07-2024 7:00 AM

Who is the most famous professional athlete from Northampton? To me the answer is clear — Jarrod Neumann. I deeply appreciated past coverage following his success on the lacrosse field from Northampton High School to Providence College to the...


Photos: Dock builder
04-06-2024 11:04 PM


Guest columnist Joe Blumenthal: Path from Mideast extremism to peace elusive
04-05-2024 3:09 PM

By JOE BLUMENTHAL

 There is no more despair-inducing subject than the politics of the Middle East. Unfortunately, the war in Gaza brings that hopelessness to the politics of the U.S., particularly among Democrats who feel forced to take sides in what is an...


Northampton City Briefing: WWII vet turns 99; city hires new IT director, accepts $50K for lighting of underpass
04-05-2024 2:00 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

Northampton resident Sidney Moss celebrated his 99th birthday this week, though that hasn’t seemed to slow him down much.Moss was born on April 1, 1925 in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City before moving to Chicago when he was 2 years...


Guest columnist Helen Seidler: Energy transition is going to take a push from everybody
04-04-2024 4:01 PM

By HELEN SEIDLER

 In his regular column last month, Russ Vernon-Jones argued that the climate crisis affects all of humanity and that wealthier countries need to finance the use of renewable energy in poorer countries to support their development [“Solving humanity’s...


Tobias Bernecker: Good schools equals good communities
04-04-2024 3:57 PM

That's it.Tobias BerneckerNorthampton


Bob Nagle: State police response
04-04-2024 3:57 PM

On Easter I was in a mental health crisis. Trooper Novak was dispatched to the incident. Trooper Novak immediately deescalated the situation with compassion and non-confrontational demeanor. The kindness and metal health awareness of Trooper Novak...


For all the bragging rights (and one trophy): The winners of this year’s Valley Voices story slams head to a final competition
04-04-2024 3:33 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The assignment is pretty straightforward: tell a concise story about your life, in no more than five minutes, that reflects a certain theme.The challenge is in telling that story with enough heart, spirit, verve, humor or whatever else you can conjure...


The Beat Goes On: Cloudbelly celebrates a new album in Northampton, Brazilian sounds come to Amherst, and more
04-04-2024 3:32 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Just days after former folk and Americana performer turned indie-pop singer Caroline Rose played in Florence, Cloudbelly, the Valley indie folk band led by singer-songwriter Corey Laitman, is set to showcase songs from a new album that has a...


Spreading their wings: After 14 years in Amherst Hope and Feathers sets up shop in Northampton
04-03-2024 5:03 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — When customers walk into the Hope and Feathers framing shop, owner Michelle Raboin knows that there’s a story behind each request for one of the shop’s custom-built frames.“It could be framing something that they hate, but their...


Holyoke woman files suit against city, 2 officers over forceful arrest a year ago
04-03-2024 3:55 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke woman arrested and pepper-sprayed by two Northampton police officers a year ago has brought a federal lawsuit against the city, claiming she was deprived of her constitutional rights of equal protection under the law and from...


Columnist J.M. Sorrell: ‘Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong’
04-02-2024 5:16 PM

‘For What It’s Worth” is a classic Buffalo Springfield song. It was written in response to the November 1966 Sunset Strip curfew riots. Stephen Stills wrote the song, and he first thought to write about soldiers and civilians in Vietnam, but he...


Guest columnist Richard Szlosek: Bosox at Amherst
04-02-2024 5:15 PM

By RICHARD SZLOSEK

 I was in elementary school in the late 1940s and baseball was one of my chief interests. I was a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox and my heroes were Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio. I was devastated when the Sox lost the...


Paige Bridgens and Ruthy Woodring: Where once there was a car lot, let there be a forest
04-02-2024 5:12 PM

Imagine a forest emerges from that wasteland of asphalt on King Street north of Foster Farrar. Imagine oak and hickory, an understory of ironwood, winterberry, serviceberry and woodland wildflower species. Shade cools the urban heat island effect, air...


Commission rules cupola at former St. John Cantius church must be reinstalled
04-02-2024 2:34 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A guano-ridden cupola on the former St. John Cantius church must be restored, the Northampton Historical Commission recently ruled, denying a request from the building’s owner to have it permanently removed. The church building, built in...

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