Northampton

Patrick Donnelly, Northampton's new Poet Laureate. Photo by Carl Nardiello.

Patrick Donnelly appointed seventh poet laureate in Northampton

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Patrick Donnelly once studied classical singing and acting, with an eye to becoming an opera singer. Although those plans did not work out, he also had a deep interest in writing that he subsequently developed — and now he intends to bring his literary and performance background together in a new role. Donnelly, who lives in South Deerfield and teaches poetry at Smith College, has been appointed Northampton’s newest poet laureate by the city’s Arts Council. He’s the seventh artist to hold the position, which was created in the early 2000s and comes with a $2,000 stipend. Donnelly’s tenure officially begins next month … 0

State officials get earful about Open Meeting Law

Sunday, March 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Open Meeting Law presentation at an annual conference for local civic leaders Saturday turned into a venting session about how many of them felt the law gets in the way of their work. John A. Payne, chairman of the Shelburne Select Board, said he believed that the law allows people angry with town government to “harass” public officials by requesting … 0

Rosenberg vows work on welfare overhaul

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The welfare system in Massachusetts was once a model for the nation after reforms in the 1990s, but now ranks among the worst in the country at putting people back to work. State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg of Amherst and Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco, D-Taunton, are seeking … 1

Funeral Home sued again

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More than $342,000 and the cremated remains of a Granby man and his wife are missing four months after the Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley was shut down by state regulators, according to two lawsuits filed in Hampshire Superior Court. The complaints — filed by … 0

Hamp eyes plastics ban

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city is considering joining a growing list of communities nationwide to ban plastic bags in supermarkets and other retail stores, and Styrofoam disposable food and beverage containers used in restaurants. Responding to multiple requests from constituents asking the city to move toward such a ban, … 0

Two new playgrounds take shape in Northampton

Friday, September 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Fast-moving plans to design and build two new community playgrounds on opposite sides of the city by the end of the year were unveiled at a public meeting Thursday night. One playground is planned for a portion of Lampron Park next to Bridge Street School near … 0

Some protest Barrett St. bus route changes

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Residents of one city neighborhood say they feel slighted by sweeping changes in bus routes made last month by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority. Some residents who live along Barrett Street, where Coachlight Condominums and Hathaway Farm Townehomes are located, say that eliminating a bus stop … 0

Judge denies motion to dismiss murder charge against Cara Lee Rintala

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge has denied a defense motion to dismiss the murder charge against Cara Lee Rintala who is accused of murdering her wife in 2010. The nine-page ruling Monday by Judge Mary-Lou Rup may clear the way for a third trial against Rintala, … 0

Smith Voke mourns Bob the horse, dead at 34

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bob, a Belgian draft horse who became the “unofficial mascot” of Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, received a mint every day for the last 15 years of his life. This was his reward for saving the life of animal science teacher Don Baker after a … 0

CDH, in reversal, will keep inpatient pediatric unit

Monday, September 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital announced announced Friday that it will keep its inpatient pediatric unit open by offering focused pediatric training for nurses that will allow adequate staffing there. In addition, the hospital announced plans to renovate the emergency department to provide dedicated space for children. The … 0

Judge’s decision in BID lawsuit likely in October

Monday, September 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The future of the Northampton Business Improvement District now rests in the hands of a judge. A week long, jury-waived trial in Hampshire Superior Court before Judge John Agostini that included about a dozen witnesses ended Aug. 29 with closing arguments. Both sides will spend the … 0

Money OK’d for Academy lead paint job

Friday, September 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Work to replace deteriorating fire escapes at the Academy of Music Theatre hit a minor snag a during August when construction crews found small amounts of lead paint on components being removed from the building’s original units. The lead paint has been removed, and the project … 0

In memory of son, Pease family organizes benefit for Florence Fields

Friday, September 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In honor of their son Todd Davis Pease, who died in a drowning accident in 1991, Tom and Peggy Pease have thrown their energy into promoting youth sports — and one of their biggest contributions of the year is the annual “Salute2Summer.” Todd, who was 15 … 0