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My Turn: Will there be time?
06-12-2024 5:47 PM

By TOLLEY M. JONES

A year ago, my dearest friend Kirsten’s life abruptly and shockingly ended. A year ago she came into my car as I drove in terror to her house, to say goodbye to me when I was not ready, nor prepared, to say goodbye to her. A year ago this week, we...

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Feds eye flood mitigation measures in Pioneer Valley
06-30-2024 8:22 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE and ALEXA LEWIS

With Massachusetts experiencing its seventh-wettest year on record in 2023 as torrential rainstorms ravaged roads, farms and homes, the federal government, the state and those here in the Pioneer Valley are turning their eyes toward future flood...


Stairway to heaven in your own backyard: Summer concerts in the Valley for classic rock enthusiasts
06-21-2024 10:30 AM

By PAIGE HANSON

Last week in Northampton, Lez Zeppelin, an all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band, rocked the stage at Iron Horse Music Hall, bringing an electric and mesmerizing performance to the packed audience.“We are just true to the spirit of the band, which is...


My Turn: Not Quabbin-ize, but eyes on the prize
05-28-2024 4:36 PM

By JOHN PEPI

The story of the “lost” towns of the Quabbin Reservoir [“Don’t Quabbin-ize us on clean energy,” Recorder, May 17] is a sad one, but it does raise the question of when an individual or collective should be asked to sacrifice for the greater good....


Whately extends conditional job offer to Swampscott assistant admin
04-29-2024 11:54 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — After interviewing both town administrator finalists last week, the Selectboard voted to conditionally offer the role to Swampscott’s current assistant town administrator, pending a background check and successful contract negotiations.Peter...


Rachel Achmad: Tipping essential for servers — leave it alone
02-26-2024 6:14 PM

Carrie Baker’s column about ending tipped wages was distressingly out of touch. I wish she had attempted to contact even a single person working as a server today, rather than rely only on her own decades-old experience. [“Subminimum wage is a legacy...


Hockey: Cooper Smith, Greenfield blank Easthampton 3-0 to win Wright Division title (PHOTOS)
02-17-2024 10:20 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

GREENFIELD — The Wright Division title was on the line at Collins-Moylan Arena Saturday night. The Greenfield hockey team entered its final regular season game of the season against Easthampton with a 7-0 record in the division while the Eagles came...


Ann Darling: Dangers of nuclear power still in our midst
02-15-2024 7:31 PM

I am grateful to Sam Lovejoy for his 1974 weather-tower-toppling civil disobedience that brought the risks of nuclear power into public awareness in western Massachusetts, and I appreciate the front-page placement of your article about it [“Play it...


Local officials tout governor’s municipal tax plan as ‘very exciting’
02-14-2024 4:00 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey’s proposal to give cities and towns new tax-hike authority would provide “game-changers” at the local level, especially for less-populated areas, local mayors say.A bill Healey filed last month would offer municipalities the...


My Turn: Black women rising
02-07-2024 7:08 PM

By TOLLEY M. JONES

The other day I was in my office working on a grant report with my door closed, when suddenly loud and joyous laughter exploded in the hallway. My fellow brown female coworkers were laughing the way brown women laugh when they are surrounded by other...


Girls basketball: Frontier takes down Easthampton to stay in FCL North title hunt (PHOTOS)
02-01-2024 9:54 PM

By GARRETT COTE

EASTHAMPTON — There’s nothing quite like the sweet taste of revenge.After losing to Easthampton on its home floor – snapping a near two-year home winning streak – just three weeks ago, the Frontier girls basketball team came into Thursday night’s...


Literacy Project spreads its wings with new Easthampton location
01-30-2024 12:52 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — After dropping out of high school, Easthampton resident Peter Morris, now 32 years old, went on to work at the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s distribution center, then Friendly’s for a couple of years, before going on disability to search for...


Easthampton mayor tapped to lead state Mayors’ Association
01-27-2024 9:21 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — With two years left in office as mayor of Easthampton, Nicole LaChapelle will head the Massachusetts Mayors’ Association, leading efforts around climate change, housing and other issues she has engaged in on a city level at a wider...


Richard D. Little: Time to celebrate county’s armored mud balls
01-17-2024 3:53 PM

Dear readers: you don’t need a geology course to visualize dinosaurs! Two hundred million years ago, the Connecticut River Valley was indeed “Jurassic Park” in a great rift valley similar to the famous ones of east Africa today. Podokesaurus, our new...


Alice Levine: Rights of asylum seekers should not be bargained away 
12-18-2023 4:08 PM

Don’t allow the U.S. government to bargain away the internationally recognized right to seek asylum! In order to get a supplementary emergency funding bill passed to send military aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, the Biden administration and some...


My Turn: A parent’s grief
12-15-2023 9:33 AM

By TOLLEY M. JONES

My grandmother Esther died on Nov. 17 at the age of 95. Grandma had five children: Charles, Patricia, Michael, David, and Valerie. Tragically, she buried four of her five children as adults — one of whom was murdered, along with that adult child’s...


Guest columnist Frank Roberts: Protests against Israel sow hatred, dread
10-29-2023 11:47 AM

By FRANK ROBERTS

As the conflict in Israel enters its fourth week, I find myself thinking more about the future than the past.Initially I was angry. I found my thoughts drifting from outrage to sadness to revenge. I have constantly imagined what I would do if it were...


My Turn: Violence only blots out path to peace
10-26-2023 3:42 PM

By SARA WEINBERGER

The savage slaughter by Hamas terrorists of 1,300-plus Israelis on Oct. 7 sent shock waves around the world, leaving profound grief and rage in its wake. Members of my synagogue community are mourning murdered family members, frantic over the fate of...


DA Sullivan presses for legal drug-use sites at State House hearing, saying need has never been more urgent
10-24-2023 4:22 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

BOSTON — Stressing that the need for legal drug consumption sites would save hundreds of lives and that there wasn’t a moment to waste, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan implored lawmakers on Monday to muster up the courage to pass...


Greenfield man held on $100K bail for alleged hit-and-run that injured trooper in Holyoke
09-28-2023 6:34 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — A Greenfield man facing eight criminal counts in relation to an alleged hit-and-run in which he dragged a state trooper was ordered held on $100,000 bail at his arraignment Wednesday in Holyoke District Court.Michael J. Williams, 45, is...


Greenfield man faces 8 charges in hit-and-run that injured trooper in Holyoke
09-28-2023 5:56 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

HOLYOKE — A Greenfield man is facing eight charges related to an alleged hit-and-run last Friday that injured a Massachusetts State Police trooper and led to a extensive search with K-9s throughout nearby woods after the suspect escaped on...

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