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Class A boys tennis: Longmeadow holds off Northampton 3-2 to capture WMass title
05-24-2024 5:42 PM

By GARRETT COTE

LONGMEADOW — With two matches still being played, the No. 2 Northampton boys tennis team held a 2-1 advantage over No. 1 Longmeadow during Friday afternoon’s Western Mass. Class A championship match at Blinn Tennis Courts.After losing 3-2 to the...

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Looming rent hikes worry artists at Cottage Street Studios in Easthampton
05-24-2024 3:35 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

EASTHAMPTON — Tensions are rising within the iconic walls of One Cottage Street as the building’s longtime owner moves ahead with rent increases that many artists who work there say could jeopardize the vibrant arts community they’ve built in the...


Civil War tablets honoring Amherst veterans help open high schoolers’ eyes to unsung Black history
05-24-2024 2:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — African American soldiers from Amherst who served in the famed 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment and 5th Calvary were among those who arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and to announce that...


Around Amherst: UMass, town advocacy could boost Palmer train stop
05-24-2024 2:35 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An effort to bring a train platform to Palmer could mean the return of passenger rail service to Amherst, which lost its direct to access to trains when the Springfield to Greenfield Knowledge Corridor tracks opened at the end of 2014.Anne...


Live from Argentina: Acclaimed tango guitarists to play in Northampton for dancers and music lovers alike
05-24-2024 1:27 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

If you go to a milonga, or social dance, to do tango dancing in Buenos Aires, you’ll likely be doing it to live music.In western Massachusetts? No so much.Now, though, Western Mass Tango, which has hosted tango lessons and dances in the region for...


Book Bag: ‘Journeys of Voices & Choices’ by Ernie Brill; ‘Here in Sanctuary — Whirling’ by D. Dina Friedman
05-24-2024 11:15 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Journeys of Voices & ChoicesBy Ernie BrillHuman Error PublishingNorthampton poet Ernie Brill, a former English teacher at Northampton High School, is a longtime writer who has worked with many small presses over the years. A consistent theme of his...


High School Track: Amherst’s Logan Alfandari and Moriah Luetjen finish second at state meet
05-23-2024 9:46 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

WESTFIELD – Northampton and Amherst athletes competed at the MIAA Division 4 Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday evening, and Amherst’s Logan Alfandari (discus) and Moriah Luetjen (200) secured second-place finishes.The championships are...


Brunelle resigns from Holyoke School Committee
05-23-2024 10:56 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — Erin Brunelle, who has been a committed advocate for returning the city’s schools to local control, has stepped down from the School Committee.Brunelle, who was the committee’s vice chair, said in a statement that “this year has been...


Tennis: Seniors power Belchertown girls past South Hadley, into Class B final (PHOTOS)
05-22-2024 9:32 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

BELCHERTOWN – Four years ago, Belchertown girls tennis advanced all the way to the Western Mass. Class B championship match, only to be swept by Longmeadow.Last year, they made it back, but lost a heartbreaker to Ludlow, 3-2.This year, after handling...


Cost divides town into camps over new Jabish Brook school project
05-22-2024 8:09 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — While driving to Town Meeting earlier this month, Lynn Sikes noticed signs punctuating the lawns of homes, urging residents to vote “yes” or “no” on a Proposition 2½ debt exclusion override to fund a new $122.6 million Jabish Brook...


Class B softball: Ashley Cortis’ walk-off hit lifts Hampshire past Frontier 4-3, into title game (PHOTOS)
05-22-2024 8:06 PM

By GARRETT COTE

WESTHAMPTON — The Hampshire softball team’s offense can only be bottled up for so long before they finally string together a rally.The second-seeded Raiders picked a good time for it late in Wednesday afternoon’s Western Mass. Class B semifinal game...


PVTA, others land state grants to buy vehicles, launch programs that expand coverage
05-22-2024 4:16 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

Public transportation services will soon expand and improve throughout the region thanks to an influx of state money that the two transit authorities that cover Hampshire and Franklin counties will use to buy new accessible vehicles and implement...


Hampshire Regional student-athletes sign letters of intent
05-21-2024 5:22 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

WESTHAMPTON – Hampshire Regional senior student-athletes gathered on Tuesday to sign letters of intent to play collegiate athletics. Seven graduating seniors will play college sports at the Division I and III levels.Fresh off a Western Mass....


Hadley’s Hampshire Mall faces foreclosure
05-21-2024 5:17 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall, one of the largest commercial properties along Route 9 since opening in 1978, is heading to a foreclosure auction next month.A legal advertisement in Wednesday’s Gazette from Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin P.C. attorneys of...


Herman signs on as Amherst-Pelham Regional superintendent
05-21-2024 4:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A superintendent for the St. Croix, Virgin Islands Department of Education has reached terms of a contract and will be the next superintendent for the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham regional schools beginning July 1, earning $176,500 in...


Minor, Kuhnlenz to fill two open spots on Belchertown Select Board
05-21-2024 3:39 PM

By Emilee Klein

BELCHERTOWN — Two new faces will join the five-member Select Board next term following Monday’s town election.Nicole Miner, who ran on a economic platform advocating for a fiscal responsible budget, and Whitney Kuhnlenz, a new resident who focused on...


Meet the candidates in Westhampton
05-21-2024 12:24 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

WESTHAMPTON — Voters deciding on two contested seats in this year’s town election in Westhampton will have a chance to meet the candidates before casting their ballots.Jonathan Albitz and Jennifer Milikowsky are running for a seat on the town Select...


Class B baseball: Will Hogan’s walk-off HR lifts Hampshire past Frontier in quarters (PHOTOS)
05-20-2024 8:49 PM

By GARRETT COTE

WESTHAMPTON — Hampshire senior Will Hogan put several good swings on the ball throughout Monday’s Western Mass. Class B quarterfinal against No. 5 Frontier, but each one he pulled foul.But in his last at-bat, he stepped to the dish with two outs and...


UMass faculty, librarians vote no confidence in chancellor over protest breakup
05-20-2024 8:28 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Nearly 500 members of the faculty and librarians are expressing no confidence in the leadership of University of Massachusetts Chancellor Javier Reyes stemming from the breakup of a pro-Palestinian encampment on May 7 that led to the arrests...


Northampton girls ultimate captures 4th-place finish at Pioneer Valley Invitational
05-20-2024 4:05 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — The Battle of the Bridge rivalry added another chapter to its never-ending book on Sunday afternoon, this time coming on the ultimate field during the Pioneer Valley Invitational at the Oxbow Marina in the quarterfinals of what is the...


South Hadley elementary school staff vote no confidence in principal
05-20-2024 11:08 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The South Hadley Education Association has issued a vote of no confidence in the Mosier Elementary School principal on behalf of 43 staff members at the school.Union President Amy Foley read a shortened version of a statement at a...

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