Northampton

State Senator Stanley Rosenberg talks politics with teens at the 2014 Youth Legislative Forum in February.
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Rosenberg rising

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg was named chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee in 1996, he said time would tell whether the job would be the pinnacle of his career or just a step on the ladder. If, as is widely expected, he is elected next month to be president of the Senate, it will be … 0

Next stop: Commuter rail

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Now that the decades-long dream of a high-speed train zooming along the Connecticut River valley is a lock, the region’s leaders expect to turn their attention to the next significant game-changer — a commuter rail system shuttling passengers up and down the region many times a day. From the region’s northern … 0

GCC nursing program to return to Smith Voke

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Greenfield Community College’s licensed practical nursing program will return to its roots at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School after a sharply divided board of trustees voted Tuesday. The decision will make space for the LPN program by ending a 23-year-old lease with the Northampton Parks and Recreation Department, which now has six months to find a new home. The nursing … 0

Construction Confusion

Friday, August 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On a typical summer day, Kristy’s Nails on Damon Road is packed with customers getting some TLC for their feet and hands. But with the pending closure of a small section of Damon Road this weekend, owner Orchid Nguyen said business at the nail salon is … 0

Coakley sues Dobelle for repayment of $100,000

Friday, August 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a lawsuit Thursday against Evan S. Dobelle, alleging the former president of Westfield State University spent nearly $100,000 of public money for personal use and family vacations during his tenure. The complaint filed in Suffolk Superior Court comes less than a … 0

Green light for Green Room

Thursday, August 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After sitting idle for about five years, it appears Eric Suher’s liquor license will be put to use. The city’s three-member License Commission unanimously approved the transfer of the license from the still-dormant and unfinished former Baptist Church, 298 Main St., near West Street, to the … 0

Northampton will add two Zipcars in downtown lot

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Eight years after Zipcar set up shop at Smith College, the national car-sharing service will expand to downtown Northampton by the end of the summer. Zipcar intends to make two cars available for rent to members in a parking lot directly behind City Hall on Main … 0

Landmark downtown awning bows out after three decades

Monday, August 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The landmark green awning that’s been in place for three decades at Thornes Marketplace downtown will is scheduled to come down Monday morning as part of an exterior renovation project designed to give the shopping center a fresh look. In a nod to the past, the … 0

State report: Dobelle raided public funds for own use many times

Friday, August 1, 2014

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University’s ex-president who resigned after reports of extravagant spending of public money, repeatedly abused his authority, exploited more than $180,000 of public money for personal use and violated the public trust, according inspector general. … 0

On down the line

Friday, August 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While many North Street residents are excited about the return of passenger rail service to Northampton, most won’t shed a tear Friday when a temporary camp of railroad workers stationed behind their homes moves out as expected. “We’ll be waving you goodbye; we’re glad you’re going,” … 0

Linens, spoons and lunatics

Friday, August 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON —According to records from Hampshire County Probate Court, on July 15, public notice was given that Josiah Allis was officially declared a lunatic. Oh, that was July 15, 1843, just to be clear. That probate record, along with thousands of others, some dating back nearly 350 years, … 0

Planners seek input on upcoming road projects

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — With $400 million in federal funding for transportation projects in the Pioneer Valley expected over the next two decades, the organization that will be requesting the money wants to make sure the public has input into how this list is prioritized. The Pioneer Valley Metropolitan Planning … 0

Music for a cause

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On certain sunny weekday afternoons, Sayla Russell-Blake can be found playing her violin on Main Street in Northampton. Sayla isn’t an out-of-work music student looking for extra cash — she’s 7, and she’s playing to raise money in support of those with cancer. One day last … 0