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

New PVTA bus route vital to many

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

Green overhead

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Alarmed by a steady decline in the number of public shade trees in Northampton, a group of residents has asked the city to follow the lead of Amherst by hiring a professional tree warden to coordinate and care for trees. It is a step Mayor David … 0

Audit of Hampshire Sheriff’s office: sound accounting

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A state audit of the Hampshire Sheriff’s Office released this month recommended areas for improvements in its financial record-keeping, but largely found accurate records and no evidence of malfeasance. The audit also found areas in which the sheriff’s office has improved its financial operations. The department … 0

BID trial

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly two months after the Northampton Business Improvement District re-upped through 2019, a long-anticipated civil lawsuit in Hampshire Superior Court began Monday that could have major implications for the BID’s immediate future. The lawsuit was filed more than five years ago by Alan Scheinman and several … 0

Colleges leery of medical pot

Monday, August 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When it comes to medical marijuana, Massachusetts colleges are left to choose between the right of the patient and compliance with federal law. Educational institutions are fearful that sanctioning medical marijuana use on campus could jeopardize federal funding — which includes financial aid for students. “Although … 0

Tapestry’s grant nixed before it was ‘relinquished’

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In June, officials at Tapestry Health Inc. said they had “voluntarily relinquished” a $714,000 federal grant for providing family planning services to low-income residents. But documents obtained by the Gazette show that the nonprofit agency was pressured to give up the grant after it failed to … 0

Mayor says ‘si’ to order protecting immigrants

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Shortly after three city immigrants shared tales of interactions with police that shook their trust in the community, Mayor David J. Narkewicz promised Thursday at a public forum to sign an executive order prohibiting the Police Department from turning over illegal immigrants to the federal U.S. … 0

Housing director Hite to retire in February

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Jon Hite, executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority, announced he will retire next year after serving for more than 22 years. Hite, who last week notified the authority’s board of commissioners of his decision, said he plans to step down in February 2015. “I’ve been … 0

World Eye's Florence satellite store set to close Saturday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After two years selling books on North Main Street in Florence, the World Eye Bookshop is closing Saturday, though its Greenfield store remains alive and well. Jessica Mullins, owner of Greenfield’s World Eye Bookshop, in operation … 0

Police, health officials monitor fake marijuana product

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While New Hampshire officials deal with a rash of overdoses caused by a potent type of synthetic marijuana called “Smacked,” a merchant who helps run two downtown head shops said the product is unfamiliar to him. “Today is the first time I heard of ‘Smacked’,” said … 0