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Road closures will delay traffic in Hadley, Amherst through May 19
05-03-2023 8:31 PM

AMHERST — Portions of Route 9 in both Amherst and Hadley will be reduced to one lane in alternating directions through May 19.In Amherst, the lane closure will take place on the section of Northampton Road from University Drive east to South Pleasant...


Hopkins Academy, police: Students safe after lockdown
05-03-2023 8:30 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Hopkins Academy students and staff sheltered in place on April 24, the second time such a precaution was deployed in recent weeks, as both school officials and police are assuring the community that Hadley’s schools are safe.Superintendent...


COVID vaccine mandate ending at UMass as state stands down from emergency 
05-03-2023 8:30 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A mandate for students, faculty and staff at the University of Massachusetts to be vaccinated against COVID-19 is ending.“Effective July 1, 2023, the university will no longer require faculty, staff and students to receive a COVID-19...


Katherine Pipczynski: Slow down and observe rules of the road
05-03-2023 8:26 PM

I have been thinking of writing this letter for quite some time, but after traveling down Route 9 in Hadley the other day, I felt compelled to write about fellow drivers. I am talking about drivers merging into traffic. When I was learning to drive, I...


Lynn Bowmaster and Michael Docter: Get EconoLodge project back on track 
05-03-2023 8:26 PM

On March 21, we attended a Hadley Zoning Board of Appeals meeting to show support for the Valley Community Development Corporation’s (CDC) project to renovate the EconoLodge on Route 9 into affordable housing. The room was packed, yet the Zoning Board...


Hadley TM to consider adding ambulance service, Russell School study, food truck regulations
05-01-2023 11:30 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Launching a municipal ambulance service, seeking a feasibility study to determine the best course of action for the historic Russell School building and adopting regulations for food trucks are coming before annual Town Meeting Thursday.The...


Shel Horowitz: EconoLodge project lost opportunity for town
05-01-2023 11:23 AM

It’s taken me a while to recover from my shock that on March 20, the Hadley Zoning Board of Appeals blocked the use of the empty EconoLodge for affordable housing. Their justification was that “three people shouldn’t decide this for the town.” But...


Hadley leaders replace $1.2M Russell School warrant article with $40K reuse study
05-01-2023 11:18 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Residents at annual Town Meeting next month will not get a chance to weigh in on investing more than $1 million into the aging Russell School building in town center, but instead will consider a significantly smaller expenditure for a...


Scoops at the Silos wins Hadley entertainment license
05-01-2023 11:18 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Maple Valley Creamery will be able to have live performers throughout the season at the Scoops at the Silos ice cream stand, but uncertainty remains about whether a food truck will be allowed to return on a regular basis to the 100 Mill...


‘Bit of a legend’: Longtime Hadley dispatcher is state’s Telecommunicator of Year
05-01-2023 11:13 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A lifelong Hadley resident who has been a civilian dispatcher since his high school graduation in the mid-1970s is the state’s Telecommunicator of the Year.Henry Baj, who has handled dispatching duties on almost every Saturday day shift since...


Andy Morris-Friedman: Right to be rude 
04-20-2023 3:20 PM

Usually I curse the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Who gave them the right to make decisions in Boston that limit my personal freedom to do whatever I want? But even broken clocks are correct twice a day, and so I’ve got to commend them for...


Bill Ennen: Another busy town clean-up
04-12-2023 7:33 PM

It was a cold and rainy this past Saturday, but neighbors came out in good numbers to pick up the trash along Hadley’s roads. Many, many thanks to our tireless leaders, Jack and Claire Czajkowski. A big shout out to the many students from Hopkins...


Hadley planners consider designating denser housing districts
04-12-2023 7:21 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — In the wake of the recent rejection by the Zoning Board of Appeals for a Route 9 hotel’s conversion into affordable apartments, municipal planners are exploring the possibility of adjusting zoning to allow denser housing in certain areas of...


Adding question on $30K study of Russell School use to Hadley TM warrant could trump $1.25M stabilization vote
04-12-2023 7:20 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Although the spending request is already on the warrant for annual Town Meeting on May 4, a $1.25 million plan to stabilize the historic Russell School through repairs to its foundation and roof could be put off to a later time.The Select...


Making their mark: Fifth graders at Hadley Elementary win snow plow naming contest
04-12-2023 7:20 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A large snowplow pulling into the Hadley Elementary School on April 5 gave fifth-grade students their first opportunity to see the name they submitted emblazoned on the doors of the Freightliner 108SD.Coming out from their classroom with...


Plans for Russell School advance in Hadley 
04-05-2023 7:59 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Voters at Town Meeting this spring will get their say on the future of the historic Russell School building in the town center.The Community Preservation Committee voted 5-1 on March 27 to recommend that the town spend $1.25 million from the...


Farmer raps town officials over request for entertainment license in Hadley 
03-31-2023 8:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A farmer seeking an entertainment license from the Select Board so bands can again perform at his ice cream stand during the warm weather months contends that Hadley employees and municipal boards are intentionally putting obstacles in his...


Affordable housing plan for former Hadley Route 9 motel shot down
03-23-2023 7:38 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — The planned conversion of a Route 9 hotel into affordable housing is being rejected by the Zoning Board of Appeals.In a unanimous decision Monday, the three-member panel voted down a request by Valley Community Development to use the state’s...


Olde Hadley Flea Market bids adieu
03-23-2023 7:38 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A giant outdoor flea market that for nearly 40 years brought hundreds of vendors and thousands of customers to a large field along Route 47 prior to the pandemic will not be reopening.The organizers of the Olde Hadley Flea Market in late...


Hadley adopts energy reduction plan
03-23-2023 7:37 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — With its acceptance of an energy reduction plan this week, the Select Board is taking the final step needed to put Hadley in the Green Communities program, where town officials will be able to access state grants that can fund cutting...

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