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

End comes peacefully for Lee Hawkins

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Northampton — Eleanor “Lee” Hawkins, the Northampton woman who spoke publicly about her intention to choose the time of her death by stopping eating and drinking, died Tuesday at her home on Goldenchain Lane. She was 90. Hawkins, who had lived in the Lathrop Communities off Bridge Road … 0

Mt. Holyoke blazes trail for trans applicants

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Mount Holyoke College this week became the second women’s college in the country to consider to broaden admission policies regarding transgender applicants by considering for admission any student who identifies as a woman, whether or not she was born female at birth. Mount Holyoke President Lynn … 0

After delays, Welch murder trial to begin

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The defense in the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch intends to argue that someone else could have been responsible for the 2012 slaying of Jessica Ann Pripstein as their relationship was disintegrating. Welch’s trial on a single count of murder in connection with Pripstein’s death … 0

Traffic concerns aired at Northampton zoning forum

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Residents are wary about the possible increase in traffic that could come with a large residential project near downtown. “It’s not realistic,” said Julie Kurose, of Monroe Street, to assume that just because people live downtown, they are going to walk everywhere. That was among the … 0

Ex-gas station comes down in Florence

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A former gasoline station in downtown Florence met the wrecking ball Tuesday, clearing the way for a new brick building at one of the village’s most prominent sites at the corner of Main and Maple streets. Gaurang Patel, who owns Bird’s Store across the street from … 0

Residential project rules eyed

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A new set of zoning regulations governing residential projects of at least seven units will get a public airing Wednesday night. If approved, the rules would guide the future development of Smith College’s Fort Hill property, the former Shaw’s Motel and a few other properties in … 0

Hand-Me-Down Hardware

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — President Barack Obama last week ordered a review of programs that put surplus military gear into the hands of local police in the wake of outcry about heavily -armed Ferguson, Missouri, police officers in armored trucks facing off with protesters after the Aug. 9 shooting death … 0

New music festival helps fair end on successful note

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — You know it’s a hot, sunny day at the Three County Fair when the stand selling fresh-squeezed lemonade runs out of lemons. That’s what happened Monday afternoon, when temperatures hit 87 degrees, and the lemonade stand owned by Gino Orlandi of Cummington only had corn dogs … 0

Three County Fair opens Friday

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Throughout the Three County Fair’s 197-year history, one tradition that stands the test of time is the exhibit hall where children and adults show off food they made, flowers and produce they grew, arts and crafts they created. Among those setting up Wednesday in preparation for … 0

Smile for the camera

Thursday, August 28, 2014

It may seem unlikely for a recent college graduate with a degree in dental hygiene to take up professional acting, but that’s what 25-year-old Northampton native Miranda Brooks has done; she made her TV debut last month, using the screen name Miranda Roldan. Roldan is her mother’s maiden … 0