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Progress gradual on Northampton school reopening plans

NORTHAMPTON — It’s not yet clear what school in Northampton will look like in the fall.The district must submit three plans for reopening school — fully remote, fully in-person, and a combination of both — to the state Department of Elementary and... → Read More

‘X’ marks the spot: Musante Beach open with new precautions, fees

NORTHAMPTON — Musante Beach officially opened this month, but it doesn’t quite look the same. Brightly-colored X’s in the sand and yellow flags create spaces for groups to sit while remaining socially distant from other beachgoers. “Things are very... → Read More

Elnu Abenaki tribe: Artifacts found in Northampton dig belong to the earth

NORTHAMPTON — Elnu Abenaki, a state-recognized tribe in southern Vermont, released a statement Monday about the proposed construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Hatfield and North King streets that would go through a Native American... → Read More

Northampton’s JFK Middle School seeks new principal

NORTHAMPTON — JFK Middle School is looking for a new principal with the departure of longtime city educator Lesley Wilson.A screening committee referred Desmond Caldwell for the position, and there were virtual town halls scheduled for Wednesday night... → Read More

Haydenville trans man sues employer over alleged discrimination

NORTHAMPTON — On his weekend shifts, Ascend Hospice nurse Alexander Pangborn can be found visiting patients across the Pioneer Valley, from Northampton to Palmer.When it comes to his own health, though, his company’s insurance policy discriminated... → Read More

Nipmuc Nation says it doesn’t support lawsuit, petition to stop roundabout

NORTHAMPTON — The Nipmuc Nation of Massachusetts is taking issue with a petition and lawsuit calling for a halt to construction of a roundabout at a Native American site, saying that it is not calling for preservation of the site at this time. John... → Read More

Northampton neighbors aim to raise Bridge Street School sign

NORTHAMPTON — A 6-foot-tall cedar sign may soon be installed outside Bridge Street School.The Ward 3 Neighborhood Association is raising money for a school sign they hope to install by September.The group also plans to honor Gerald “Jerry” Budgar — a... → Read More

Man dies after falling off upper level of E.J. Gare Parking Garage in Northampton

NORTHAMPTON — City police received reports Saturday afternoon that someone had fallen off of the upper level of the E.J. Gare Parking Garage next to Thornes Marketplace, Northwestern District Attorney’s Office spokesperson Mary Carey said in an email... → Read More

Digging for the truth: Roundabout project stirs archaeological hunt, lawsuit and public outcry

NORTHAMPTON — An online petition calling for officials to prevent construction of a roundabout at a Native American site estimated to be at least 8,000 years old is spreading through the city and social media. “Do Not Destroy the 10,000 Year Old... → Read More

Police search Oxbow after boat reportedly hits swimmer

NORTHAMPTON — An intense search for a swimmer who was reportedly hit by a boat was underway for several hours Tuesday afternoon in the Oxbow section of the Connecticut River.Several boats were out searching on the Oxbow, while a dive team stood by,... → Read More

Northampton invoiced more than $26K for police details at protest

NORTHAMPTON — The June 6 protest that drew thousands of people to the city’s downtown streets cost the Northampton Police Department at least $26,660 for police details it requested, records show.Invoices submitted earlier this month from six area... → Read More

Northampton City Council votes to cut police budget by 10%

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Police Department’s proposed $6.7 million budget is being slashed by 10% next fiscal year, a reduction that will result in layoffs, Police Chief Jody Kasper confirmed.In a Thursday night Zoom meeting that ended after... → Read More

Big caravan of protesters pressure city councilors to defund Northampton police

NORTHAMPTON — A group of more than 100 honking cars — decorated with colorful balloons and signs reading “Abolish the police” and “Black Lives Matter” — flooded High Street in front of Alex Jarrett’s house on Thursday afternoon. Many masked protesters... → Read More

What will school look like in the fall? Districts prepare for multiple scenarios

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton elementary school students could return to some form of in-person school in the fall, while secondary students may continue to do remote learning only. Another option: Elementary students might have four days of in-person... → Read More

Dining al fresco: Restaurants reopen outside, with new restrictions

NORTHAMPTON — A double shift at Fitzwilly’s Restaurant and Bar — which recently reopened for outdoor dining — meant clocking 13 miles of walking for one server. “It’s a lot of running around,” Wes Mendez, another server at Fitzwilly’s, said of the... → Read More

‘Everyone is falling behind’: Parents, students struggle with remote learning

HOLYOKE — When the pandemic caused schools to close in March and education moved online, the hardest part for Camellie Casanova and her kids was that their education was now dependent on Wi-Fi.Casanova, her six kids and her husband, Luis Casanova,... → Read More

Amid public pressure, Narkewicz proposes cutting next year’s police budget

NORTHAMPTON — Mayor David Narkewicz is cutting his proposed budget for the city’s Police Department next fiscal year by more than $200,000 amid public pressure from residents in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and two protests that drew... → Read More

Northampton officer’s burger comment gets national attention

NORTHAMPTON — With protests over the killing of George Floyd spreading across the country, Northampton has managed to gain its own slice of national attention.A video clip from the June 1 protest against police brutality in Northampton aired on an... → Read More

Northampton’s Green Bean restaurant closes

NORTHAMPTON — The Green Bean closed its doors in mid-March as COVID-19 spread in the U.S.Those doors will now not open again. After more than a decade in business, the Main Street restaurant recently announced that it is closing for good.It isn’t just... → Read More

Heavy police presence at Northampton protest questioned

NORTHAMPTON — Eight police officers stood guard outside the city’s police station at a protest against racial violence and police brutality that drew several thousand people on Saturday.But nearby, in the police station and at the Hampshire County... → Read More