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Hadley’s Hampshire Mall faces foreclosure
05-28-2024 10:43 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall, one of the largest commercial properties along Route 9 since opening in 1978, is heading to a foreclosure auction next month.A legal advertisement in Wednesday’s Gazette from Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin P.C. attorneys of...

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Bring on the summer music and arts: Concert series and more return to Hadley and Huntington
06-13-2024 7:58 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Summer brings outdoor music as well as any number of artistic performances, including theater, literary readings, dances and more.And it’s not just big blowout events like the Green River Festival.In Hadley, the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum has...


Dave’s Hot Chicken looking to spice up Hadley’s Mountain Farms Mall
06-13-2024 7:58 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant serving chicken tenders, sandwiches, milkshakes and a special kale slaw is looking to open in a former bank building next to Mountain Farms Mall.Representatives for Dave’s Hot Chicken, headquartered in...


Valley Bounty: A farm stand in good hands: Wanczyk Produce in Hadley delivers quality, care, and has big dreams for the future
06-06-2024 7:30 PM

By JACOB NELSON

Jackie Pliska, owner of Wanczyk Produce in Hadley, has dreams of keeping the farm stand business open year-round instead of just even months each year. But first, she has to finish college.Pliska started working at the family business when she was 11....


For 20 graduates, time to move on from PVCICS ‘family’
06-06-2024 7:25 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HADLEY — With cheers and flowers, thanks and praise, the 20 members of the senior class and their families celebrated graduation on May 29 at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School’s eighth commencement, held in the school’s...


Asparagus Festival preps for 10th edition in Hadley on Saturday
05-30-2024 5:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Beginning in 2013 on the grounds of a Route 9 restaurant, where people could enjoy food, music and beer tastings, New England Public Media’s Asparagus Festival has grown into a daylong event on the historic Town Common on West Street.On...


‘No’ not in her DNA: Joyce Chunglo leaving a 36-year legacy in Hadley politics
05-30-2024 5:30 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — If there’s been one constant in town politics over the last 36 years, it’s Joyce Chunglo.The 53-year town resident has, since 1988, had a voice in decisions both big and small over tenures first on the School Committee for 15 years followed...


Fill returns to Hadley Select Board as Parsons reelected; $2M firetruck approved
05-28-2024 10:47 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Voters are returning incumbent Amy Parsons and former member David J. Fill II to the Select Board, while approving a $2 million ladder truck for the Fire Department.At Tuesday’s town election, Parsons, who has been Select Board chairwoman for...


Banner time for Hadley veterans: Pennant portraits hung along town streets will honor 82 service members past and present
05-28-2024 10:47 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Active service members from Hadley, military veterans who continue to make their homes in town and others who have served the United States from World War I on will be among 82 people whose portraits will be displayed on banners around town...


Stephen B. Constant: Applauds UMass response to protests
05-28-2024 10:46 AM

Fortunately for us and the state of Massachusetts, our state has some semblance of law and order. UMass Chancellor Javier Reyes and his team should be rewarded for their response to this chaos and potential destructive behavior on the UMass Amherst...


Three candidates for two Select Board seats make pitches in Hadley
05-20-2024 10:09 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Protecting farmland, keeping Hadley affordable and family friendly, and promoting commercial development appear to be areas of agreement for the three candidates vying for two seats on the Select Board at next week’s town election.Fielding...


Hadley Town Meeting OKs battery storage bylaw, honor Chunglo for service
05-10-2024 9:18 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A bylaw to allow stand-alone battery storage facilities in town, though prohibit them in the aquifer protection district, and spending that includes a $21.7 million fiscal year 2025 municipal operating budget were easily approved at annual...


Boards balk at limiting use of Hadley Town Common
05-06-2024 5:37 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Significant work and time for municipal staff associated with preparing for New England Public Media’s annual Asparagus Festival is prompting Hadley officials to examine whether fees should be increased and other adjustments made to how...


Guest columnist Oriel Strong: Think unconstrained thoughts
04-29-2024 8:38 PM

By ORIEL STRONG

Mariel E. Addis’ April 17 guest column “Under siege from all sides” was heartfelt and thought-provoking. I share Addis’ foundational ethic that we must resist ranking any human being as better or worse than another. Trans and gender-nonconforming...


Hadley planners advance battery storage bylaw
04-29-2024 8:37 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A bylaw that would allow standalone energy storage systems in most zoning districts in Hadley, but which would prohibit them in aquifer protection areas, is being brought to annual Town Meeting next month, with an endorsement from the...


As Hadley works on energy storage bylaw, some question why the town has to allow them at all
04-11-2024 6:32 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — As a proposed energy storage bylaw continues to be refined by the Planning Board in advance of annual Town Meeting next month, some residents are questioning whether it’s appropriate to allow such systems in Hadley.“Sometimes we have to stand...


Three vying for two Hadley Select Board seats in sole contested race
04-11-2024 6:31 PM

HADLEY — A three-way race for two seats on the Select Board is the lone contest anticipated at the May 21 town election.Amy Parsons, who currently chairs the board, is running for a second three-year term and will face former board member David J....


Water rate hike eyed to fund new tanks in Hadley
04-11-2024 6:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Hadley water rates could go up 10%, with an average household paying about $8 more per quarterly billing cycle, under an initial plan to cover the $9 million cost of replacing the Mount Warner and Mount Holyoke water tanks.The Select Board on...


WMass on display in new movie trailer for Annie Baker’s ‘Janet Planet’
04-11-2024 6:30 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Mount Pollux in Amherst and The History of Women Mural in Northampton are among area locations visible in a trailer released for “Janet Planet,” the feature film directorial debut by playwright Annie Baker that is expected to hit theaters on...


Crepe-based all-day restaurant The Skinny Pancake gets go-ahead for Route 9 site in Hadley
04-04-2024 6:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — An eatery specializing in both sweet and savory crepes, developed from a street cart that began operating in 2003 on Church Street in Burlington, Vt., could have its first restaurant in Massachusetts open on Route 9 this summer.The Select...


Valley farmers spotlight agricultural drainage ditch troubles
04-04-2024 4:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — During a summer in which area farms dealt with significant rainfall and flooded fields, keeping agricultural drainage ditches cleared became essential to protecting crops by ensuring excess water could be removed.Often, though, farmers found...

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