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Playing catch-up on housing: Affordable projects in pipeline around Valley as gap keeps growing
07-12-2024 4:59 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

Thousands of new affordable housing units will be built in western Massachusetts in the next few years, but local housing advocates say this still will not be enough to meet the massive regional demand for housing relief.The lack of affordable housing...

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Northampton school budget wins final approval: Council OKs amendment giving department an 8% increase
07-03-2024 4:40 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council agreed Tuesday to amend the annual school budget as suggested by the mayor, putting an end to a long debate over the city’s schools — for now, anyway.The school department will operate under a roughly $40.7 million...


L3 Harris ‘die-in’ protests weapons for Israel’s Gaza assault
07-03-2024 8:52 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — About two dozen prostrate protesters lined the sidewalk outside L3Harris for two hours Tuesday afternoon in a “die-in” to protest the company’s contribution to Israel’s war effort in Gaza.Dozens more participated, some holding large...


HERO Act ‘monumental’ for veterans, but one expert says it falls short on housing
06-24-2024 4:18 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

A leading veterans agent in the region says an expansive bill soon to become law designed to improve the lives of Massachusetts veterans is “monumental” for its expanded inclusion efforts, benefits, and health care provisions, but the measure fails to...


A doctor’s boarders: Dr. Jessica Bossie’s mission to help the homeless find the right house
06-21-2024 6:01 PM

By BOB FLAHERTY

NORTHAMPTON — An address. Something so basic you’d rattle it off like the date of your birth. But try putting “tent by the river” or “under the overhang” on your next job application and see how many calls you get.But a local physician, known for...


Divided over school funding, Northampton council fails to pass mayor’s budget
06-21-2024 11:52 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A divided City Council late Thursday night failed to reach a two-thirds majority required to approve the mayor’s $137 million budget for fiscal 2025, with funding for the school district continuing to generate controversy and split the...


Northampton City Briefing: New JFK mural invokes an ‘Imagined World’
06-19-2024 12:50 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

JFK Middle School has completed a new mural located on the front of its building, made under the theme of “Imagined Worlds.” The mural is part of a broader therapeutic art initiative lead by local artists Sharon Leshner of The Color Collaborative and...


Legislators discussing ways to curb sale of Illegal hemp-based products
06-17-2024 4:40 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

A statewide proliferation in recent years of intoxicating, illegal hemp-based products — gummies, energy shot-like drink bottles and seltzers, to name a few — has raised concern among state officials and the cannabis sector alike. While these...


Photos: Retiring the flag
06-16-2024 4:44 PM


‘Join Or Die’ screening, discussion to take place Tuesday at Forbes Library
06-14-2024 4:34 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

NORTHAMPTON — Loneliness impacts everyone, but the cure could be as simple as joining a local organization.Trauma-Informed Hampshire County will host a screening of “Join Or Die,” a film chronicling the work of renowned social scientist Robert Putnam...


Former social studies teacher returns as principal at Northampton High School
06-14-2024 4:18 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Former Northampton social studies teacher Ben Taglieri has been selected as the new principal for Northampton High School, replacing retiring principal Bill Wehrli.The School Committee on Thursday chose Taglieri over Jonathan Bruno of...


Northampton school union votes no confidence in superintendent
06-12-2024 7:37 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Association of School Employees union took a vote of no confidence this week in Superintendent Portia Bonner, the latest development in an ongoing battle between the union and the city over the school budget for next...


Four anti-war activists face charges in wake of protest at L3Harris
06-07-2024 4:07 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — After some three hours of drilling, grinding and cutting Thursday afternoon, police were able to free four anti-war protesters who had blocked the gates at L3Harris by securing themselves to a pickup truck filled with concrete. The four...


Anti-war protesters form concrete blockade at L3Harris in Northampton
06-06-2024 3:35 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Four anti-war activists secured to a pickup truck blocked the shipping and receiving gate at L3Harris, Thursday morning, to protest the company’s role in Israel’s assault on Gaza.Police responded to remove the activists and some 20...


Northampton City Briefing: YMCA opens new airnasium
06-06-2024 11:01 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The Hampshire Regional YMCA marked the grand inauguration of its airnasium on Wednesday, the first YMCA in the Northeast to do so. The new 2,250-square-foot outdoor gymnasium, features exercise bikes, weight racks and a roof to protect...


Plum Boutique aims to bring whimsy, joy to downtown Northampton
06-05-2024 2:30 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Several years ago, Heidi Weeks made the decision go into business with her business partner Tim Fisk, who runs Salon Herdis in Northampton. The two had the idea of opening up a boutique shop in Greenfield, where Weeks was living.“Between...


Transhealth’s new leader hopes to continue center’s early success
06-03-2024 4:12 PM

By Alexa Lewis

Transhealth’s new CEO Joan Erwin understands how critical gender-affirming care is in today’s political climate, and said she’s ready to guide the health care center into the future.Erwin, previously Transhealth’s chief operating officer, has a...


The future is now for Northampton High’s class of 2024 as more than 200 graduates say goodbye
06-02-2024 10:00 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Sunday marked a turning point in the lives of Northampton High School’s class of 2024, the day they would finish their lives as high school students and move on out into the world to start their post-secondary life. For some, it was a...


Advocates press for more money for Northampton schools at lengthy budget hearing
05-31-2024 5:31 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — One by one they came to the podium in City Council chambers — or they zoomed in online — with a straightforward message for councilors: Save the city’s school system from cuts in next year’s budget.Among them was Janis Totty, a retired...


Smith Voc commencement: Graduates ready for next steps
05-31-2024 5:05 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — When the state’s Department of Agricultural Resources commissioner Ashley Randle took the podium at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School’s football stadium in front of a crowd of hundreds of parents and families Thursday...


DPH advises people to limit eating fish from Oxbow after elevated levels of PFAS found in samples
05-30-2024 3:31 PM

By Alexa Lewis

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is warning people to limit their fish intake from the Oxbow in Northampton and Easthampton, or to not consume any fish from the pond if they have certain health conditions.According to a fish consumption...

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