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Hadley’s Hampshire Mall faces foreclosure
05-28-2024 10:43 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall, one of the largest commercial properties along Route 9 since opening in 1978, is heading to a foreclosure auction next month.A legal advertisement in Wednesday’s Gazette from Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin P.C. attorneys of...

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Hadley Route 9 project finish expected in spring 2026
07-17-2024 9:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — The $26.2 million project to widen Route 9 from the town center east to the intersection of North and South Maple streets remains on track to be completed by spring 2026.The expected finish date for the work on the state highway is April...


Anthony Fyden: Say no to green power grab, don’t let go of local control
07-15-2024 11:22 AM

In 1939, the flooding of the Quabbin Reservoir began, drowning four western Massachusetts towns to quench Boston’s thirst for growth. In a way, history is about to repeat itself, this time in pursuit of green energy dollars.Boston politicians and...


Drive-thru coffee, drinks shop pitched for front of Mountain Farms Mall
07-11-2024 8:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A drive-thru shop offering coffee, infused energy drinks, Italian sodas, smoothies, teas and milkshakes is being proposed for a vacant, mostly wooded parcel on Route 9 in front of Mountain Farms Mall.Plans for 7 Brew Coffee, brought before...


Funding drive collects $300K for Hadley Elementary School playground makeover
07-05-2024 7:39 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — With plastic pieces breaking off the slides and rust creating instability in the main bolts holding together some play structures on the Hadley Elementary School playground, a portion of the play space has been roped off, keeping children...


Battery firm targets Hadley bylaw limiting placement
06-27-2024 7:29 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Hadley officials are in the midst of defending a recently adopted bylaw allowing standalone energy storage systems in some parts of town, as a lawyer representing a renewable energy developer urges the state attorney general’s office to...


Hadley to hire expert to examine how best to use spaces at Town Hall, former Goodwin Library
06-27-2024 7:21 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — An architectural engineer could soon be hired by the town to do a feasibility study for identifying the best use of both office and storage space at two Hadley center buildings, the former Goodwin Memorial Library and Town Hall.Town...


Plans for new DPW building in Hadley advance
06-27-2024 7:17 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A next step in getting a new Department of Public Works headquarters built at 230-232 Middle St. is underway, with negotiations to hire an owner’s project manager starting before an architect is brought on board.The Select Board gave the go...


Bring on the summer music and arts: Concert series and more return to Hadley and Huntington
06-13-2024 7:58 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Summer brings outdoor music as well as any number of artistic performances, including theater, literary readings, dances and more.And it’s not just big blowout events like the Green River Festival.In Hadley, the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum has...


Dave’s Hot Chicken looking to spice up Hadley’s Mountain Farms Mall
06-13-2024 7:58 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant serving chicken tenders, sandwiches, milkshakes and a special kale slaw is looking to open in a former bank building next to Mountain Farms Mall.Representatives for Dave’s Hot Chicken, headquartered in...


Valley Bounty: A farm stand in good hands: Wanczyk Produce in Hadley delivers quality, care, and has big dreams for the future
06-06-2024 7:30 PM

By JACOB NELSON

Jackie Pliska, owner of Wanczyk Produce in Hadley, has dreams of keeping the farm stand business open year-round instead of just even months each year. But first, she has to finish college.Pliska started working at the family business when she was 11....


For 20 graduates, time to move on from PVCICS ‘family’
06-06-2024 7:25 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HADLEY — With cheers and flowers, thanks and praise, the 20 members of the senior class and their families celebrated graduation on May 29 at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School’s eighth commencement, held in the school’s...


Asparagus Festival preps for 10th edition in Hadley on Saturday
05-30-2024 5:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Beginning in 2013 on the grounds of a Route 9 restaurant, where people could enjoy food, music and beer tastings, New England Public Media’s Asparagus Festival has grown into a daylong event on the historic Town Common on West Street.On...


‘No’ not in her DNA: Joyce Chunglo leaving a 36-year legacy in Hadley politics
05-30-2024 5:30 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — If there’s been one constant in town politics over the last 36 years, it’s Joyce Chunglo.The 53-year town resident has, since 1988, had a voice in decisions both big and small over tenures first on the School Committee for 15 years followed...


Fill returns to Hadley Select Board as Parsons reelected; $2M firetruck approved
05-28-2024 10:47 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Voters are returning incumbent Amy Parsons and former member David J. Fill II to the Select Board, while approving a $2 million ladder truck for the Fire Department.At Tuesday’s town election, Parsons, who has been Select Board chairwoman for...


Banner time for Hadley veterans: Pennant portraits hung along town streets will honor 82 service members past and present
05-28-2024 10:47 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Active service members from Hadley, military veterans who continue to make their homes in town and others who have served the United States from World War I on will be among 82 people whose portraits will be displayed on banners around town...


Stephen B. Constant: Applauds UMass response to protests
05-28-2024 10:46 AM

Fortunately for us and the state of Massachusetts, our state has some semblance of law and order. UMass Chancellor Javier Reyes and his team should be rewarded for their response to this chaos and potential destructive behavior on the UMass Amherst...


Three candidates for two Select Board seats make pitches in Hadley
05-20-2024 10:09 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Protecting farmland, keeping Hadley affordable and family friendly, and promoting commercial development appear to be areas of agreement for the three candidates vying for two seats on the Select Board at next week’s town election.Fielding...


Hadley Town Meeting OKs battery storage bylaw, honor Chunglo for service
05-10-2024 9:18 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...


Boards balk at limiting use of Hadley Town Common
05-06-2024 5:37 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...


Guest columnist Oriel Strong: Think unconstrained thoughts
04-29-2024 8:38 PM

By ORIEL STRONG

Mariel E. Addis’ 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...

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