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Best Bites: A familiar feast: The Passover Seder traditions and tastes my family holds dear
04-19-2024 11:21 AM

By ROBIN GOLDSTEIN

Passover has always been my favorite Jewish holiday. The Passover Seder my parents host annually in my childhood house in Northampton has been the most festive and joyous meal of the year for as long as I can remember.My dad’s childhood Seders were...

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Gun buyback event collects 195 unwanted firearms
04-18-2024 10:11 AM

The two-county gun buyback event held by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office on April 13 collected 195 unwanted firearms, one of which was an antique that was subsequently donated to the Springfield Armory.The event was held at the Greenfield...


Sounds Local: Spring is singer-songwriter season: A host of local performers celebrate new work
04-17-2024 2:27 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

We are fortunate to live in an area where we can experience all types of music, and when it comes to singer-songwriters, we are fortunate to have so many talented ones living among us. Any given weekend, you can head out to one of the local breweries...


Maggie Baumer: Access to prosthetics and orthotics for physical activity a right, not a privilege
04-16-2024 5:40 PM

As one of the 5.6 million Americans living with limb loss and limb difference (LL/LD), I’m passionate about advocating for access to prosthetic and orthotic devices for physical activity, which are not typically covered by commercial insurance or...


My Turn: Gun buyback a worthy effort
04-11-2024 4:14 PM

By DAVID E. SULLIVAN

 As district attorney for 47 towns that make up the Northwestern District, I invite everyone to consider turning in unwanted firearms and ammunition this Saturday, April 13, when our office holds its third Gun Buyback in Greenfield and...


Softball: Defending state champion Greenfield opens title defense with 23-0 win over Northampton
04-08-2024 8:44 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — Not a bad way to start a bid for a three-peat.Behind a 13 strikeouts from MacKenzie Paulin and a whopping 23 runs from the Greenfield offense, the Green Wave – winners of the last two MIAA Division 5 state championships – picked up right...


DA’s office organizes gun buyback events in Greenfield, Northampton
04-06-2024 10:48 PM

The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office is leading a gun buyback event on Saturday, April 13, at the Northampton and Greenfield police stations in an effort to put unwanted firearms out of commission.People who drop off weapons will receive gift...


For all the bragging rights (and one trophy): The winners of this year’s Valley Voices story slams head to a final competition
04-05-2024 1:47 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The assignment is pretty straightforward: tell a concise story about your life, in no more than five minutes, that reflects a certain theme.The challenge is in telling that story with enough heart, spirit, verve, humor or whatever else you can conjure...


My Turn: ‘Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong’
04-03-2024 4:30 PM

By J.M. SORRELL

‘For What It’s Worth” is a classic Buffalo Springfield song. It was written in response to the November 1966 Sunset Strip curfew riots. Stephen Stills wrote the song, and he first thought to write about soldiers and civilians in Vietnam, but he...


My Turn: Protecting access to contraception: A winning issue for Democrats in November 2024
03-29-2024 8:55 AM

By CARRIE N. BAKER

In the wake of growing Republican restrictions on reproductive rights, Democrats in many states are introducing bills to protect access to contraception. In response, Republicans are blocking these bills, going on record as opposed to contraception....


Greenfield’s energy and sustainability chief returns after Northampton stint
03-26-2024 5:22 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Less than six months after leaving her decade-long role as Department of Energy and Sustainability director to serve at the helm of Northampton’s first-ever Climate Action and Project Administration Department (CAPA), Carole Collins is...


Columnist Bill Newman: Alabama judge ruled on religious grounds
03-24-2024 10:49 AM

By BILL NEWMAN

Warning: The case from the Supreme Court of Alabama, discussed here, may cause severe nausea. Proceed with caution.The Supreme Court of Alabama recently decided a case about frozen embryos created, kept, and later accidentally destroyed at a fertility...


Northampton Area Pediatrics to absorb Sugarloaf Pediatrics in South Deerfield
03-14-2024 10:20 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Sugarloaf Pediatrics in South Deerfield will be changing hands on July 1, with the pediatric center shifting under Northampton Area Pediatrics, according to an announcement made by its current owner Cooley Dickinson Hospital and its...


Screenings in Greenfield raise awareness of gambling addiction
03-12-2024 5:38 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — With the legalization of sports betting putting Massachusetts residents at an increased risk of problem gambling, Pioneer Valley volunteers did their part on Tuesday to help detect problem gambling habits and connect residents with the...


My Turn: What age? Take the smart grown-up over blundering bully
03-08-2024 1:43 PM

By MICHAEL DOVER

It’s come to this. A Trump-appointed special counsel questioned the president of the United States — on the day after a horrific attack in Israel and an impending Gaza war — for five hours, about things that happened years ago, and concluded that Joe...


Columnist Joanna Buoniconti: My smile has changed, and I’m learning to be OK with it
03-04-2024 4:47 PM

By JOANNA BUONICONTI

As readers of my column are well aware, I tend to spill my guts — about what’s currently going on in my life — in the ink on this page for all of you to see, and fair warning this is going to be another one of those. I have been wanting to write this...


What’s old is new again: In Stile Moderno will perform ‘modern’ music from 1600s Italy in Greenfield and Northampton
03-01-2024 11:36 AM

By GRACE LEE

In Stile Moderno, an early music ensemble founded in Basel, Switzerland, and named after the “modern style” of music that emerged in Italy around 1600, is coming this month to Greenfield and Northampton to perform a show titled “Madrigals of Claudio...


$1M in grants to boost local food system in Franklin, Hampshire counties
02-27-2024 4:20 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE and JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Area organizations are welcoming grant awards that will boost the supply of fresh, local food available to those in need and provide support for local farmers.“We’re really thrilled to have been selected,” said Lev BenEzra, executive...


David Ball: Justice, nuclear safety on the side of Ukraine
02-26-2024 6:14 PM

Three things stood out for me in Martin Schotz’s guest Column on Ukraine [“Rethinking U.S. interests on anniversary of war in Ukraine,” Gazette, Feb. 23]. First, the oddity of seeing someone who is presumably a liberal pacifist taking the same...


FAFSA fiasco: Financial aid form meltdown trips up students, colleges
02-24-2024 10:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — A continued challenge for some prospective students and their families in accessing federal financial aid applications, and a corresponding delay in relaying the information from these forms to colleges and universities, is raising...


My Turn: Re-elect Fleitman and Stuart to Republican State Committee
02-23-2024 3:57 PM

By JAY FLEITMAN AND MARY LOU STUART

 The Republican State Committee is the board of directors of the party. It operates like any organizational board; determining policies, direction, approving finances, and electing officers, particularly the chair position. As such, the state...

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