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Hadley eyes smart growth zoning district
05-11-2024 4:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Of seven area communities with smart growth zoning districts, Northampton has been among the most successful at developing new homes and apartments, bringing on 211 housing units, 151 of which are affordable, since the district was approved...


School budget tops busy Town Meeting agenda in South Hadley
05-05-2024 10:39 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — A zoning change to allow multifamily housing in the town’s business district along major corridors, a town budget encompassing a new Department of Human Services, a feasibility study for a new elementary school, and a school budget that...


Hadley Town Meeting OKs battery storage bylaw, honor Chunglo for service
05-03-2024 4:40 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A bylaw to allow stand-alone battery storage facilities in town, though prohibit them in the aquifer protection district, and spending that includes a $21.7 million fiscal year 2025 municipal operating budget were easily approved at annual...


South Hadley Fire District 2 to hold annual meeting Monday
05-02-2024 1:07 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Fire Distri`ct No. 2 voters will vote to approve a $1.73 million fire department budget and a roughly $902,000 water department budget during its annual meeting on Monday, May 6.The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the district...


Voters at Hadley Town Meeting to decide big capital projects on Thursday
04-28-2024 11:01 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Significant capital investments that include a $9 million project to replace the Mount Warner and Mount Holyoke water tanks and $2 million to buy a ladder truck for the Fire Department, and adopting a bylaw to permit stand-alone battery...


Report tallies pros of energy retrofit at Hopkins Academy
04-24-2024 11:54 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A deep energy retrofit planned for Hopkins Academy, using ground-source heat pumps, would cut more than three-quarters of the building’s greenhouse gas emissions and would significantly reduce estimated expenses associated with the health and...


Guest columnist Oriel Strong: Think impossible thoughts
04-22-2024 5:03 PM

By ORIEL STRONG

Mariel E. Addis’s April 17 guest column “Under siege from all sides” was heartfelt and thought-provoking. I share Addis’ foundational ethic that we must resist ranking any human being as better or worse than another. Trans and gender-nonconforming...


South Hadley residents will pay more for trash, wastewater rates next fiscal year
04-22-2024 2:41 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Property owners can expect to pay more starting July 1 for trash removal and wastewater service following the Select Board’s recent decision to increase rates for both services.At its April 16 meeting, the board adopted a new automated...


South Hadley man fatally shot in attempted robbery
04-19-2024 4:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

CHICOPEE — A South Hadley man is dead following a shooting during an attempted robbery of a smoke shop and convenience store in Chicopee Thursday night, according to the Hampden district attorney’s office.Robert Papalardo, 53, died after being taken...


Boards balk at limiting use of Hadley Town Common
04-19-2024 2:06 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Significant work and time for municipal staff associated with preparing for New England Public Media’s annual Asparagus Festival is prompting Hadley officials to examine whether fees should be increased and other adjustments made to how...


State: South Hadley’s fiber-optic revenues not public records
04-18-2024 2:23 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The Secretary of the Commonwealth has upheld South Hadley Electric Light Department’s policy of restricting public information on the fiber-optic network Fiberspring after ruling on an appeal of a public records request for Fiberspring...


Hadley planners advance battery storage bylaw
04-18-2024 11:31 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A bylaw that would allow standalone energy storage systems in most zoning districts in Hadley, but which would prohibit them in the aquifer protection areas, is being brought to annual Town Meeting next month, with an endorsement from the...


Developer pitches new commercial building on Route 9 in Hadley
04-17-2024 12:44 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — An Amherst developer is proposing to construct a new commercial building on Route 9 that will become the headquarters for a Holyoke metal roofing and gutter company.At Tuesday’s Planning Board meeting, Thomas Reidy, an attorney at Bacon...


News Briefs: Roadwork in Plainfield; bake sale in Hadley
04-16-2024 11:48 AM

Road closurein PlainfieldPLAINFIELD — Route 8A will be closed this week to through traffic from Route 116 (near the old package store) through Hawley to Charlemont for emergency repairs.The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will be repairing...


All about conviction: PVPA team wins state, heads to nationals of Mock Trial Championship
04-15-2024 4:29 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Prepare, prepare, prepare.That’s the motto that mock trial coach Gary Huggert passes along to each new mock trial team at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School, a motto that took the team to the state finals for the past three...


Venus venture: Mount Holyoke professor among leaders for first mission to planet in 30 years
04-14-2024 1:01 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — A planetary scientist has a mix of expertise in history, science and politics.But it took more than 300 papers and 40 years in astronomy research for Mount Holyoke Chair of Astronomy M. Darby Dyar to tackle the latter.Dyar is the deputy...


Photo: Spring spruce up
04-13-2024 12:53 PM


South Hadley to hear residents’ thoughts on new trash system, wastewater rate increases at Saturday hearing
04-11-2024 2:47 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Residents will have a chance to weigh in on separate proposals that call for increasing wastewater rates and adopting a new trash system during two public hearings on Saturday at the Senior Center.Beginning at 9 a.m., the wastewater...


Three vying for two Hadley Select Board seats in sole contested race
04-09-2024 12:46 PM

HADLEY — A three-way race for two seats on the Select Board is the lone contest anticipated at the May 21 town election.Amy Parsons, who currently chairs the board, is running for a second three-year term and will face former board member David J....


Mary Hall: A nightmare that continues to haunt us all
04-08-2024 6:05 PM

I agree with Don Michak that much more attention to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home debacle is needed, but differ from his view that the Gazette should dig into the matter now [”Dig deeper after scandalous court ruling in Soldiers’ Home case,” Gazette,...

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