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Caitlin Ashworth


Northampton, MA, United States

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Past articles by Caitlin:

AG: Easthampton district ignored ‘serious’ warnings of racism, tension last school year

EASTHAMPTON — Black and Hispanic students face more severe discipline than white students at Easthampton High School, a scathing civil rights investigation by the attorney general’s office has found.“Our investigation revealed substantial racial and... → Read More

From a humble start, J&E Precision Tool continues to grow

SOUTHAMPTON — From intricate parts for satellites and fighter jets to simpler pieces like wheel hubs, J&E Precision Tool Inc. has grown from a small business on a Southampton family farm to a multimillion dollar company.J&E Precision started in 1979... → Read More

Nicole LaChapelle announces candidacy for Easthampton mayor

EASTHAMPTON — If you hear a knock on your front door, it might be Nicole M. LaChapelle.The attorney and 20-year Easthampton resident formally announced her candidacy for mayor on Tuesday in front of the Old Town Hall at 43 Main St. Over the next five... → Read More

Gas leak sends Smith Vocational students home

NORTHAMPTON — Students were evacuated from Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Monday morning after a gas leak on Dana Street.Deputy fire chief Steven Vanasse said construction workers hit a gas line around 8 a.m. The school and residents on... → Read More

Write-in votes cause close race in Westhampton

WESTHAMPTON — In small-town politics, winning an election by five votes isn’t that uncommon — but usually, a winner with that small a margin isn’t running unopposed.By just five votes, incumbent Philip Dowling was elected Saturday to serve another... → Read More

New leader takes helm at South Hadley/Granby Chamber of Commerce

SOUTH HADLEY — Change is the new mantra at the South Hadley & Granby Chamber of Commerce, an organization keen on promoting businesses in the neighboring towns along the Route 202 corridor.Two months into her position as executive director, Mariann... → Read More

Easthampton attorney to seek mayor’s job this fall

EASTHAMPTON — A city resident with experience working in the state Democratic Party is poised to run for mayor this November. Nicole LaChapelle, 50, of 123 East St., formed a campaign committee last week and will formally announce her candidacy in the... → Read More

A job for all: Employment collaboratives connect disabled workers with employers

AMHERST — Jeannette White whizzed through the Blue Wall dining hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, picking up empty cups and used napkins and wiping down the tables.“I finally found a job that I like to do,” she said. “It keeps me busy…I... → Read More

Amherst Civil War memorial honors family who fought for Union

AMHERST — Before the Civil War, Christopher Thompson was a free black man caring for his farm in Pelham with his wife and four children. But once the Civil War broke out, Thompson joined the 5th Massachusetts Calvary to fight for the Union.Generations... → Read More

Westhampton voters reject sanctuary designation

WESTHAMPTON — Town Meeting voters shot down two articles supporting a sanctuary community designation at Westhampton Town Hall on Saturday.A lengthy discussion preceded the votes, which were split between the 78 people voting on behalf of the town.... → Read More

New Roman-style butcheria opens in downtown Easthampton

EASTHAMPTON — Sometimes a business is born by chance.For Easthampton’s Vincent and Kasey Corsello, that chance occurred several years ago when the couple, while living in Italy, set out on a shopping trip and stumbled into Sartor, a butchery at an... → Read More

Sure sign of spring: Bears in the backyard

EASTHAMPTON – In the backyard of a home on Briggs Street, a black bear reached up for a bird feeder more than six feet off the ground.Homeowner Patrick Brough peeked through his window, taking photos. He said the bear soon lost interest when it... → Read More

‘Mini-Seder’ at Easthampton Community Center on Tuesday

EASTHAMPTON — Every year for the past decade, the Easthampton Community Center has hosted an Easter egg hunt. The center’s executive director, Robin Bialecki, said this year there were 19,000 eggs, 7,000 pounds of candy and 250 prize tickets.The event... → Read More

Investigators seek cause of Sunday’s brush fire in Southampton

SOUTHAMPTON — Investigators are still determining the cause of a brush fire that spread across about 12 acres by Brickyard Road between Gilbert and Valley roads Sunday, according to Fire Capt. Pat Eline.The extremely dry weather, coupled with high... → Read More

Police raid in Holyoke nets 25,000 bags of heroin, $100,000 in cash

HOLYOKE — Law enforcement officials arrested at least 12 people and seized massive amounts of heroin and cash during an early morning drug raid Thursday.In all, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, and... → Read More

Easthampton High School to create 3-year plan to deal with bullying, harassment, hate

EASTHAMPTON — In the face of another demonstration that drew about 200 people in advance of a School Committee meeting Tuesday night, school officials defended their actions in dealing with incidents of bullying and harassment at the school and vowed... → Read More

Triskaidekaphiles triumph at Northampton Adult Spelling Bee

NORTHAMPTON — Jon Lackman and Ian Breen have read the entire dictionary from cover to cover.Each month, Lackman, a freelance journalist, and Breen, a fiction writer and graduate of the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop, would read 100 pages of... → Read More