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The lingering effects of long COVID: Domb hosts second briefing on the topic
06-25-2024 7:21 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

It knocked Netia McCray out of work for two years, and it took all of that time for doctors to give her an official diagnosis — she was suffering from long COVID.McCray, the director of Mbadika, a Boston nonprofit that provides resources for students...

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Comerford joins voices calling on Biden to exit presidential race
07-19-2024 6:03 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

State Sen. Jo Comerford is calling on President Joe Biden to stand down as the Democratic Party nominee for the upcoming presidential election, joining six other state lawmakers and at least 30 members of Congress.As Republicans united around former...


Greenfield resident to lead Northampton Building Department
07-18-2024 1:16 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — When Greenfield resident Kevin Ross first joined the Northampton Building Department in 2018 as an inspector, he says he was just looking for a little more of a stable income after a lifetime of working in construction.“I was getting...


Valley politicians express shock in wake of assassination attempt against Trump, worry about the country’s future
07-15-2024 6:14 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

The shock waves from the shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday have continued to reverberate across the country, including in western Massachusetts.Local politicians reacted to the shooting, which resulted in the death of an...


Heat wave rolls in: Cooling centers to open as high humidity, upper 90s take hold
06-17-2024 5:38 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

The Pioneer Valley is bracing for a potentially record-setting heat wave this week, as local cities and towns open cooling centers and put out their own advisories warning residents.According to the National Weather Service station in Norton, the...


Volunteering is in his blood: Four Rivers grad recognized with Young Community Leader Award
06-13-2024 4:12 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — To say that Sam Whitney likes to play sports might be something of an understatement.At the Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, where Whitney graduated this spring, he played soccer, basketball, and the school’s signature...


Plum boutique, formerly of Greenfield, aims to bring whimsy, joy to Northampton with new space
06-06-2024 10:48 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Several years ago, Heidi Weeks made the decision to go into business with her business partner Tim Fisk, who runs Salon Herdis in Northampton. The two had the idea of opening a boutique shop in Greenfield, where Weeks was living.“Between...


Amtrak expands Valley Flyer service with evening runs to and from valley to NYC
05-30-2024 11:05 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Residents in the Pioneer Valley looking to get away to New York City for the weekend now have more of a means to do so, thanks to additional Amtrak Valley Flyer trains running between Greenfield and New Haven, Connecticut, that can...


GOP silences McGovern over Trump remarks
05-23-2024 7:23 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

For the first time in his 27-year career in Congress, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern had his remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives struck from the record on Wednesday, after he criticized former U.S. President Donald Trump for his numerous...


Comerford: Free community college plan will lift up students, offer immediate return on investment
05-08-2024 5:26 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

A plan unveiled by Senate Democrats on Monday to make community college free for all in Massachusetts starting this fall has the potential to have a big impact for prospective students across the state.The “MassEducate” plan would invest $75.5 million...


Protesters to UMass: Drop disciplinary action against students in 2023’s Gaza sit-in
03-29-2024 4:43 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — Several University of Massachusetts professors joined more than 50 demonstrators in front of the Whitmore Administration Building on Thursday, demanding an end to university-imposed probation placed against students and faculty that were...


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...


With 55K at risk of losing internet service, activists call on Congress to extend pandemic-era program
02-21-2024 9:29 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

SPRINGFIELD — Local activists, organizations and representatives from western Massachusetts’s congressional delegation are urging the U.S. federal government to extend a pandemic-era program that covers internet costs for 55,000 low-income residents...


CDC considers dropping 5-day COVID isolation rule as local hospitals bring back mask requirements
02-20-2024 5:52 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering loosening isolation requirements for people who test positive for COVID-19, meaning they would no longer have to stay at home for at least five days when infected with the virus.Under the...


Report: Tourism brings $1.3B to three-county region
02-13-2024 3:38 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

Tourism contributes more than $1 billion in annual economic impact across Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties, according to a recent study released by the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.The study was the first of its kind...


Diocese sues Northampton for right to remove church windows before selling St. Mary church
02-07-2024 11:08 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has filed a lawsuit against Northampton, claiming a stop-work order preventing the removal of stained glass windows at the former St. Mary of the Assumption Church ahead of an impending sale...


DA’s office lands grant to combat human trafficking
02-06-2024 10:41 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Several state grants meant to improve public safety and combat human trafficking have been awarded to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, along with federal dollars appropriated by the state to several other organizations within...


Complaint challenges Trump’s ballot access in Massachusetts
01-08-2024 6:07 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

After filing legal challenges in several other states to bar Donald Trump from ballot eligibility in this year’s primaries, a Massachusetts-incorporated advocacy group has now done so in its home state.Free Speech for People, a nonprofit led by...


DA Sullivan presses for legal drug-use sites at State House hearing, saying need has never been more urgent
10-24-2023 4:22 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

BOSTON — Stressing that the need for legal drug consumption sites would save hundreds of lives and that there wasn’t a moment to waste, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan implored lawmakers on Monday to muster up the courage to pass...


McGovern joins call for cease-fire in Mideast
10-18-2023 7:30 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

Saying that “there is a different path” in Gaza, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern and six other Democratic lawmakers are calling for a cease-fire in the war between Israel and Hamas that has killed more than 4,000 people on both sides. The lawmakers released a...


$108M will boost east-west rail route
09-22-2023 6:32 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

SPRINGFIELD — Massachusetts will receive $108 million in federal funds to support improvements to east-west passenger train travel between Springfield, Worcester and Boston, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and Gov. Maura Healey announced Friday.The money comes...

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