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Valley Bounty: Central Chicopee no longer a food desert: Couple buys and revives Fruit Fair grocery by turning to local farms and vendors
03-29-2024 12:26 PM

By LISA GOODRICH

Samaita (Sam) Newell is a first-generation immigrant from India. She met Jared Newell as a student in the five-college area. Following graduation and getting married, the young couple dreamed of buying a farm with a store.Without collateral, their...

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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...


Guest columnists Andrew Morehouse, Christina Maxwell and Laura Sylvester: Farm bill’s food aid urgently needed
11-07-2023 4:08 PM

By ANDREW MOREHOUSE, CHRISTINA MAXWELL and LAURA SYLVESTER

Food banks are facing a food crisis. Two hundred food banks nationwide, including the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, form the Feeding America national network of food banks. A majority of food banks, which collectively serve almost every county...


Bill would compensate towns harmed by creation of Quabbin Reservoir
04-27-2023 11:37 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

BOSTON — Four towns were disincorporated and dismantled, and another eight had land stripped from them, to create the Quabbin Reservoir in the first half of the 20th century.People were forced to find new homes and the valley was flooded with water...


Best Bites with Robin Goldstein: Western Mass Indian food worthy of a pilgrimage
12-02-2022 3:56 PM

By ROBIN GOLDSTEIN

In Amritsar, India, on the banks of a shimmering pond called AmritSarovar (Pool of the Nectar of Immortality), sits the Sri Harmandir Sahib. It is the Adobe of God, known colloquially as the “Golden Temple,” and it is one of the most important sites...


FBI arrests Chicopee schools chief Lynn Clark over threats
04-06-2022 9:02 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

BELCHERTOWN — Chicopee’s superintendent of schools has been arrested on a charge of lying to the FBI, which has accused her of sending threatening text messages to a candidate for the city’s police chief job.On Wednesday, federal prosecutors and the...


Holyoke lands $555K-plus grant to address youth, gang violence
03-07-2022 7:42 PM

By SOFI SHLEPAKOV

HOLYOKE — Holyoke and Chicopee have landed a large state grant to help pay for programs — from career exploration to youth development and recreation — designed to address gang and youth violence in their communities.The Shannon Community Initiative...


Dozens protest as Paulo Freire charter school axes half its teachers
06-24-2021 5:34 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

CHICOPEE — Dozens of school staff members, parents, students and others marched Wednesday in front of the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School to protest officials’ decision not to renew the contracts of more than half the school’s...


Chicopee man arraigned from hospital following fiery crash on I-91
07-13-2017 10:11 PM

By EMILY CUTTS

A Chicopee man alleged to have led police on a chase that ended in a fiery crash was arraigned from his hospital room Thursday.Darryl Whitaker, 54, pleaded not guilty at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield to charges of reckless operation of a...

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