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The Beat Goes On: Cloudbelly celebrates a new album in Northampton, Brazilian sounds come to Amherst, and more
04-04-2024 6:19 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...


Connecticut man gets 8 years in Hadley shooting
04-04-2024 4:52 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Connecticut man who shot and tried to kidnap a Hadley farmer in 2022 was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison and three years’ probation after admitting guilt in the case.Marc A. Veturis, 29, pleaded guilty before Hampshire...


Alex Bowman: What is going on over at UMass Athletics?
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

The decision to move to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) was driven by the misguided notion that UMass football is the darling of the school. It’s not. College football simply doesn’t have the same cultural significance here in the Northeast.I was at...


Can you get there from here? Online tool tracks how reach to food pantries and stores without a car — or not
03-24-2024 2:02 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 columnist Michael Dover: What age? One’s qualified, one’s not
03-14-2024 2:46 PM

By MICHAEL DOVER

It’s come to this. A Trump-appointed special counsel questioned the president of the United States — on the day after a horrific attack in Israel and an impending Gaza war — for five hours, about things that happened years ago, and concluded that Joe...


Guest columnist Deborah Esther Schifter: Both sides now
03-03-2024 1:48 PM

By DEBORAH ESTHER SCHIFTER

 In October 1973, a few months after graduating from college in Annapolis, Maryland, I was living on a kibbutz teaching mathematics to a cadre of American teenagers who were spending their sophomore year in Israel. On Yom Kippur, my holiday...


FAFSA fiasco: Financial aid form meltdown trips up students, colleges
03-03-2024 1:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — A continued challenge for some prospective students and their families in accessing federal financial aid applications, and a corresponding delay in relaying the information from these forms to colleges and universities, is raising...


The Beat Goes On: The Back Porch Festival is just three weeks away, and the Iron Horse announces its opening lineup
03-03-2024 1:46 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

If you’re like me, counting the days to spring, it’s a little over three weeks to the official first day, March 19.Yet that’s just a date on the calendar, and the weather in mid-March can still spell winter. But one antidote to that is to hit the Back...


Guest columnists Jay Fleitman and Mary Lou Stuart:
02-23-2024 9:50 PM

By JAY FLEITMAN and MARY LOU STUART

The Republican State Committee is the board of directors of the party. It operates like any organizational board; determining policies, direction, approving finances, and electing officers, particularly the chair position. As such, the state...


Best Bites: Where to eat dinner right now: The top 35 Valley spots for dinner and what you should order
02-15-2024 8:16 PM

By ROBIN GOLDSTEIN

If I were writing the Pioneer Valley chapter of a travel guide to New England, this would be its section for “dinner with table service.” I list restaurants first that I feel are most essential to the local dining scene, the ones we can’t live...


Regional bike share program may make return
01-25-2024 11:00 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — After being inactive for more than a year, the city of Northampton is hoping to get the ValleyBike share program up and running again by putting the service out to bid.The city put out a request for proposals for interested bidders in...


Guest columnist Marietta Pritchard: There’s just a lot of life in the obits
01-17-2024 7:19 PM

By MARIETTA PRITCHARD

Have I mentioned that I read the obituaries in the Gazette every morning before I start my day? Does this sound depressing? I don’t find it so. It somehow anchors things for me.I can learn about people in my community and about how they or their...


Gerald Weiss and Jenifer McKenna: U.S. must act to stop killing of children  
01-11-2024 11:34 AM

Killing thousands of children will not make Israel safer. We call on the U.S. government to stop sending Israel the means to continue that killing.Gerald Weiss and Jenifer McKennaAmherst 


Guest columnist Marietta Pritchard: There’s just a lot of life in the obits
01-11-2024 11:32 AM

By MARIETTA PRITCHARD

Have I mentioned that I read the obituaries in the Gazette every morning before I start my day? Does this sound depressing? I don’t find it so. It somehow anchors things for me.I can learn about people in my community and about how they or their...


Columnist John Sheirer: Why Trump will lose again
01-11-2024 11:32 AM

By JOHN SHEIRER

Four years ago, my column in this newspaper predicted that Donald Trump would lose the 2020 presidential election. Readers who opposed Trump told me, “I wish I had your optimism,” or “That’s what you said in 2016,” or “His crazies have gotten worse...


Columnist John Sheirer: We all deserve the privilege of normalcy
01-02-2024 10:31 AM

By JOHN SHEIRER

Nearly 40 years ago, I entered a college classroom as the instructor for the first time. I was a 23-year-old graduate teaching assistant, charged with my very own section of English composition. Twenty-five students silently inspected me as I placed...


Nina M. Scott: Witness to history: Rosalynn Carter, JFK
12-09-2023 1:16 PM

Two events occurred this past week that reminded me of where I was when they happened.Nov. 22, 1963, the day JFK was assassinated, my husband Jim and I were in Lugano, working at the American School in Switzerland. It was already evening there when we...


Spencer Simon: More hidden gems?
11-22-2023 6:07 PM

I just read Robin Goldstein’s Best Bites review of the Texas Roadhouse and I wonder, what other hidden gems have we here? [“Think again, culinary elitists,” Gazette, Oct. 28].Will he be lobbying the Michelin inspectors for a star for the Route 9...


Amherst names new public health director with strong background
09-14-2023 11:13 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A new public health director who will focus on addressing inequities in health outcomes and bring anti-racism values into the practice of public health is being appointed to the vacant position, subject to review by the Town Council at its...


Hadley tail trail work shuts popular commute route for cyclists
09-14-2023 11:10 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Daily commutes from Amherst to Northampton on the Norwottuck Rail Trail have become a bit more difficult this week for bicyclists like Michael Ireland of Amherst, who initially found the closure of a section of the path behind the Mountain...

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