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Hadley to prohibit parking on North Street near popular dike
11-22-2023 6:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Parking will be prohibited along North Lane near the Alexandra Dawson Conservation Area, a place from which many people embark on walks along the Connecticut River dike, as concerns grow about parked vehicles impacting the condition of nearby...

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Kaylee Brow: There are better places to store junk
02-23-2024 9:51 PM

I wanted to voice my agreement with the column written by Aubrey Menard regarding the storage facility being built next to the rail trail in Hadley [“They paved paradise and put up storage facility,” Bulletin, Feb. 9]. This is a huge loss for everyone...


Hadley Select Board OKs one-day liquor licenses for Young Men’s Club events
02-15-2024 8:29 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Annual events that draw in excess of 1,000 spectators, like the Country in the Country concert and spring and fall festivals for area college students, will continue to be held at the Young Men’s Club, pending approval of one-day liquor...


Guest columnist Justin Pelland: Hadley should house people, not junk
02-15-2024 8:28 PM

By JUSTIN PELLAND

In a recent column, “They paved paradise and put up a storage facility,” [Bulletin, Feb. 9], Aubrey Menard highlighted what is arguably one of Hadley’s most embarrassing truths: The town has no regard for the intrinsic value of land and the importance...


Hadley town officials unveil $27M budget
02-15-2024 8:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A proposed $21.7 million operating budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2024 maintains all municipal and school programs and current staffing levels, according to a presentation by Hadley’s financial team last week.“There’s no...


Anthony Fyden: ‘Book banning’ hyperbole demeans real censorship
02-15-2024 8:22 PM

Like a modern-day Paul Revere, columnist Bill Newman is sounding the alarm that libraries are “under attack.” [“Libraries under attack — Fight back,” Gazette, Jan. 13]. I’ve got good news. The actual number of recently banned books is precisely zero....


Valley Bounty: Micro but mighty: At a new farm in South Hadley, small is beautiful — and delicious
02-15-2024 8:18 PM

By JACOB NELSON

If there’s a lesson to be learned from Love Leaf Farm in South Hadley, it’s this: don’t judge a farm by its size … or the size of their crops, for that matter.In the words of farmer-owner Michael Fredette, “Love Leaf Farm is a very small, indoor...


Plans to redevelop Subaru dealership on Route 9 in Hadley gearing up
02-15-2024 8:18 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Plans for the redevelopment of a Route 9 Subaru dealership, including a new 31,568-square-foot showroom and service area and a reconfigured parking lot, are being filed with town planners.As the Steve Lewis Subaru at 315 Russell St.,...


Best Bites: Where to eat dinner right now: The top 35 Valley spots for dinner and what you should order
02-15-2024 8:16 PM

By ROBIN GOLDSTEIN

If I were writing the Pioneer Valley chapter of a travel guide to New England, this would be its section for “dinner with table service.” I list restaurants first that I feel are most essential to the local dining scene, the ones we can’t live...


Guest columnist Aubrey Menard: They paved paradise and put up a storage facility
02-08-2024 8:43 PM

By AUBREY MENARD

Every spring as the Valley turns green and warmth returns to the air, I look forward to pulling my bike out and going for a ride. I live in Amherst, so one of my favorite places to ride is along the Norwottuck Rail Trail, past the beautiful Hadley...


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...


Police to charge Springfield man in Lego theft
02-08-2024 8:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A customer who left the Target store at Hampshire Mall without paying for more than $700 worth of Lego sets on Saturday afternoon, before driving erratically from the Route 9 location, has been identified, Hadley police said.Police Lt....


Hadley mall owners demand Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School stop using its parking lot
02-08-2024 8:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — The owner of Mountain Farms Mall, which borders the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, is prohibiting students, staff and visitors to the school from using its parking lot, and has stationed a tow truck at the site on weekday...


Chunglo to end 36-run in Hadley politics; town election set for May 21
02-03-2024 11:00 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — In 1988, Joyce Chunglo began a 15-year tenure on the Hadley School Committee that ended in 2003, when she was elected to the Select Board, a board she has remained on for the past 21 years.With nomination forms for the May 21 town election...


Hadley climate panel balks at toughening energy rules in building code
01-25-2024 11:11 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A specialized state energy code that would require newly constructed homes using fossil fuels to have both on-site solar arrays and be wired to become all-electric in the future is not yet being recommended for adoption in Hadley.Though both...


Hadley identifies targets for municipal solar projects
01-25-2024 11:08 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A former town landfill, the roofs of the elementary school, library and senior center and a municipal parking lot in Hadley center are being identified as possible locations that could be ideal for future solar installations.“All of these are...


Free tax prep for Hadley seniors starts next month
01-22-2024 10:43 AM

HADLEY — Free tax return preparation begins at the Hadley Senior Center in mid-February.IRS-certified AARP TaxAide counselors will be handling tax returns for tax year 2023 for area residents at the Hadley Senior Center, 46 Middle St., starting Feb....


Pedestrian killed by vehicle in Hadley on Saturday ID’d as Melvin Wilson, 33
01-11-2024 11:48 AM

Staff Report

HADLEY — Melvin L. Wilson, 33, of Sunderland, is identified as the pedestrian killed after being struck by a vehicle on the Route 116 bypass early Saturday morning, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.Wilson was hit by a car...


Route 116 resurfacing in Amherst will include eliminating on-ramp to Route 9
01-11-2024 11:48 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A project to resurface a 3.2-mile stretch of the Route 116 bypass, running from Meadow Street in Amherst south to Route 9 in Hadley, will prompt a realignment of the off-ramp from Route 116 where the state highways meet as a way of improving...


Hadley officer returning from cancer battle earns four-county police salute
01-05-2024 9:10 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A year after joining the Hadley Police Department in 2014, Staff Sgt. Michael Romano became the town’s first school resource officer, taking on a role aimed at keeping students, teachers and staff safe at the four campuses in town.Over the...


Hadley Select Board revises liquor license for Young Men’s Club
01-02-2024 10:35 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A revised club alcohol license for the Young Men’s Club that offers more flexibility for where members and their guests can be served and consume alcohol at the 138 East St. property, including on an outside deck, has been approved by the...

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