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Guest columnist Dr. David Gottsegen: Age issue not so key as question of marbles
03-24-2024 2:16 PM

DR. DAVID GOTTSEGEN

A poll published in The New York Times on Sunday, March 3, found that nearly half of voters now strongly agree that Joe Biden is “too old” to be president, more than twice the number of voters who strongly agree that Donald Trump is “too old.” People...

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Police investigating bullets striking homes in Belchertown
04-11-2024 6:32 PM

Staff Report

 BELCHERTOWN — Local and state police are investigating bullets striking two homes on Mountain View Drive within the past year and shattering glass doors, including one incident last week, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s...


It’s official: Belchertown’s request to create town manager position OK’d by state
04-11-2024 6:30 PM

By Emilee Klein

BELCHERTOWN — After nearly a year of waiting, Belchertown finally has a town manager.On March 8, Gov. Maura Healey signed legislation to create the first-ever town manager, replacing the long-used town administrator form of government. The change,...


Veteran West Roxbury community booster will lead Amherst Area Chamber
04-04-2024 6:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A Belchertown resident with experience in promoting economic development, leading community events and building coalitions begins his tenure as executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce this month.Jacob Robinson, most...


Jack Tullos: UMass gets a Big MAC
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

With all due deference to Gerald R. Ford, the uber-long UMass FBS independent football experiment/nightmare seems over. The 2025 season will find the Minuteman team still competing in an FBS conference, the Mid-American Conference, but the MAC...


Belchertown eyes regionalizing dispatch services with Wilbraham
03-14-2024 3:05 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — The town this summer is likely to become the latest to follow a growing trend in the region of outsourcing emergency communications to regional dispatch centers.Staffing shortages for dispatchers and $7.6 million in upcoming radio...


The Rev. Vicki Kemper: A matter of survival
03-10-2024 1:47 PM

I was stunned to read the caption accompanying the Gazette’s (Feb. 17) photograph on page A3. Palestinians in Rafah, Gaza, it said, were lining up “for a free meal,” adding that basic supplies in Gaza are running short “because of the war between...


Big project wins OK at old Belchertown State School
02-23-2024 9:47 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — The town has signed off on the largest project yet in its long-running efforts to redevelop the former Belchertown State School — a 100-unit mixed-income residential complex that also includes converting an old administration building...


Charges against UMass sit-in protesters downgraded to infractions
02-15-2024 8:25 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

BELCHERTOWN — All of the UMass students who were arrested during a sit-in protest against the war in Gaza on Oct. 25 have had or will have their criminal charges converted to civil infractions, with those who accepted the lesser charges already...


Amherst chamber boss Pazmany to step down
02-08-2024 8:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — In a region where most businesses are small, with 20 or fewer employees, having an organization to advocate on their behalf, help market them and assist them through unforeseen challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic is critical, says Amherst...


Municipal aggregation OK’d for Belchertown
02-03-2024 11:00 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

BELCHERTOWN — State utility regulators have given a green light to municipal aggregation in Belchertown, allowing residents and businesses to act as a bulk buyer of electricity supply.Aggregation typically helps to keep electricity rates down and can...


Residents seek answers to big housing development at old Belchertown State Hospital
02-03-2024 10:48 AM

By Emilee Klein

BELCHERTOWN — Donna Buxton hears every day that many Belchertown residents have no idea that a 108-unit residential development may be built on the old state school property off State Street.Before the creation of the Economic Development Industrial...


School Building Authority advances new school projects in Belchertown, South Hadley
12-26-2023 11:05 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

A new Jabish Brook Middle School in Belchertown and a replacement building for Mosier Elementary School in South Hadley are continuing to make progress, with the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s board of directors moving both projects forward...


Belchertown dog rescue group buys Dakin site in Leverett
12-09-2023 1:18 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — For almost 25 years, a property at 163 Montague Road has served as a sanctuary for dogs, cats and other small animals, ensuring that otherwise unwanted and homeless pets would get love and attention and eventually be adopted.Now, more than...


Sunday night crash in Belchertown kills teen, engine block launched through second floor of home near site
08-25-2023 7:17 PM

Staff Report

BELCHERTOWN — A 19-year-old man was killed Sunday night after being ejected from the vehicle he was driving while being pursued by a Massachusetts State Police trooper, according to a State Police news release.Driver Miles Murray of Henniker, New...


Jack Tulloss: ‘Minority white’ population coming soon
07-27-2023 7:49 PM

When Forrest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get,” he could have been referring to any Supreme Court decision handed down since the inaugural court was seated on March 04, 1789. For 234 years,...


Granby driver faces vehicular homicide charge in crash that killed girlfriend
07-13-2023 2:45 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

BELCHERTOWN — A 30-year-old Granby man is facing four criminal charges in connection with the death of his girlfriend in an early morning motor vehicle crash on July 1.Cory Menard was arraigned Wednesday in Eastern Hampshire District Court and pleaded...


One man found dead in Belchertown house fire 
07-13-2023 11:36 AM

Staff Report

BELCHERTOWN — Fire officials are investigating the cause of a house fire on Daniel Square that claimed the life of one resident early Monday afternoon, according to the state fire marshal’s office.The Belchertown Fire Department was notified at around...


Granby priest denies stealing $100K from church
06-21-2023 7:51 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

BELCHERTOWN — Appearing in a suit and tie rather than his former priestly attire, Tomasz Gorny, 43, pled not guilty in Eastern Hampshire District Court last Friday to charges of larceny over $1,200 after allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from his...


Jimmy Burgoff: Let’s use ‘Yo’
04-12-2023 7:33 PM

I am of the generation where you would say when addressing a crowd in public, “Ladies and Gentlemen.” To my ear and way of thinking, there is absolutely nothing disrespectful in this phrase. It offers an air of respect.I hear that high school...


School officials investigating racist incidents at Jabish Brook Middle School in Belchertown
04-12-2023 7:21 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

BELCHERTOWN — School officials at Jabish Brook Middle School have opened an investigation into alleged antisemitic incidents at the school, including the use of the Nazi salute, by a large number of students. The investigation was announced by Brian...

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