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Former Easthampton school paraeducator charged with child sexual assault
02-27-2024 4:44 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A former Easthampton elementary school paraeducator has been charged with child sexual assault in relation to incidents alleged to have occurred in 2022 and 2023.Troy Gray, 57, of Easthampton, was arrested last week and pleaded not...

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Residents push Easthampton City Council to pass cease-fire in Gaza resolution quickly
02-23-2024 5:29 PM

By CHAD CAIN

EASTHAMPTON — Supporters of a recently-introduced resolution calling for a cease-fire in Gaza urged the City Council this week to advance the measure to a vote as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the Northampton City Council and Amherst Town Council...


Two big affordable housing projects in Easthampton land CPA money, 185 homes proposed in 2 projects
02-11-2024 10:53 AM

By Chad Cain

EASTHAMPTON — The City Council has signed off on two Community Preservation Act requests that could help bring a combined 185 affordable homes to the city in the coming years, including one project that brings together housing and conservation...


WinterFest fun coming to Nashawannuck Pond
01-22-2024 4:54 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — A staple of Easthampton, Nashawannuck Pond provides yearlong recreational enjoyment for kayakers, sailors and ice skaters.Onlookers can often be seen capturing images of the sunset reflecting over the pond’s ripples. And during the...


As Catholics reckon with new category of misconduct, diocese insists Easthampton woman it settled with not ‘vulnerable’
12-18-2023 10:46 AM

By LARRY PARNASS

Early this year, a retired phys ed teacher left her ranch house in Easthampton and drove down the interstate to tell her story of clergy abuse.It wasn’t Nancy A. Dunn’s first time before the Springfield Diocese’s review board, which meets in the...


State school association honors Rep. Carey as Legislator of the Year
12-14-2023 3:55 PM

By Maddie Fabian

EASTHAMPTON — State Rep. Daniel Carey, D-Easthampton, is the 2023 Legislator of the Year for the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC).Each year, MASC recognizes a state senator and a state representative for their contributions to...


Condo plan in Easthampton raises concerns from neighbors
12-08-2023 12:14 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — A proposed 15-unit condominium complex on Loudville Road is drawing some concerns from property abutters, who are worried about density of the development, lack of privacy, effects on water pressure, construction impacts, and nearby...


Around the Hamptons: Easthampton woman named as commissioner on Status of Women, Girls
12-05-2023 1:17 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — Growing up, Luzed Guzman Romano was raised to believe that she could do and become anything she put her mind to.Her mother grew up in a modest home in Puerto Rico, came to New York at around 15 years old, and had Guzman Romano at 19...


State awards $5M in ‘deep energy retrofit’ for housing projects in Northampton, Easthampton
11-22-2023 1:36 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL and MADDIE FABIAN

Affordable housing projects in Northampton and Easthampton are receiving a combined $5 million from the state as part of efforts to decarbonize affordable housing and make it sustainable throughout the commonwealth.The money comes from the first round...


Easthampton council OKs CPA money for playgrounds at New City neighborhood, 2nd phase of Old Town Hall renovations
11-20-2023 11:57 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — One new park will be constructed and another rehabbed in the New City neighborhood after the City Council approved spending for several Community Preservation Act projects last week. Another project included in the combined $1 million...


‘The threat is real’: Easthampton council takes stand against antisemitism with wide-ranging resolution
11-16-2023 4:42 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — At a poignant City Council meeting on Wednesday evening, residents and councilors came together to share stories of antisemitism, hatred and hope in expressing their support for a resolution against antisemitism, which passed...


Easthampton greenlights big project at old Tasty Top site
11-15-2023 7:21 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — After a year of public hearings, back-and-forth with traffic engineers on a proposed intersection and discussion with community stakeholders, the Planning Board voted to approve a proposed multimillion-dollar retail and housing...


Giving new life to old windows: Easthampton restoration specialist’s most recent project involves venerable Manhattan church
11-15-2023 2:29 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — A portion of New York City’s historic Riverside Church currently resides in Easthampton, where window panels fill crates and tables at Shalan Stained Glass as they undergo restoration.Over the past year, craftsman Glenn Shalan has been...


Easthampton Library taking public input as it preps to apply for state funding to revamp new space
11-13-2023 3:05 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — The city’s public library has stood on Park Street for over 140 years, but that could soon change as officials pursue state funding to move and revamp services in a new space.As part of that process, the board has been gathering...


Around the Hamptons: Maddie’s playground set for dedication; Eversource trimming trees in Easthampton; forum on greenway in Southampton
11-09-2023 10:40 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTHAMPTON – The opening and dedication of Maddie’s Magical Playground – which honors the life and “sparkle” of Madeline “Maddie” Schmidt, who died at 8 years old of brain cancer in 2022 – will take place at 1  p.m. on Sunday  at Labrie Field.The...


Sitting Easthampton School Committee members prevail, will be joined by 2 newcomers
11-08-2023 1:52 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — January brings a new era for the School Committee, whose six members elected Tuesday will seek to turn the page after a controversial spring in which two members quit over the handling of a failed superintendent hire. Voters on Election...


Easthampton creating roadmap to close digital divide
11-08-2023 1:14 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — In a step toward addressing the digital divide — or the gap between those with affordable access to online resources and those without — the city is entering a six-month process to create a Digital Equity Plan.“In today’s world, we need...


Easthampton voters back multi-winner ranked choice voting
11-08-2023 12:40 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — At Tuesday’s election, voters voiced their support for multi-winner ranked-choice voting in future city elections, in a nonbinding ballot question that received 1,721 votes in favor and 1,066 votes against.Multi-winner ranked-choice...


Newcomers Smith, Tirrell elected to Easthampton City Council
11-08-2023 10:46 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — While the makeup of City Council will remain largely the same going into the next term, voters on Tuesday elected two new faces to the council: Jason “JT” Tirrell for at-large councilor and Tamara Smith for Precinct 5.This year’s...


Voters face key decisions in municipal elections on Tuesday
11-05-2023 10:59 AM

By Scott Merzbach, Maddie Fabian and Alexander MacDougall

Voters in three Hampshire County towns face key decisions for the future of their legislative branches on Tuesday, when Amherst, Northampton and Easthampton hold municipal elections to select new councilors, school committee members, library trustees...


The power of breaking bread: New veteran coalition launches monthly luncheon in Easthampton
11-05-2023 8:36 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — As a veteran, Lin Chambliss knows firsthand the isolation and disconnect that comes with returning from the service.He himself missed part of his kids’ childhood, “time I can’t get back,” he said.“Many veterans, they feel forgotten… They...

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