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Advocates, rec commission at odds over Easthampton skate park
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EASTHAMPTON — The future of the city’s proposed skate park remains up in the air as a workable location has not been agreed upon.While advocates of the new Easthampton Skatepark want to put a new park at the site of the city’s first skate park — what’s now known as Millside Park — members of the Par...
Last bell for Maple Street School in Easthampton: Hundreds turn out to say goodbye
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EASTHAMPTON — With a large cardboard presentation board containing a stack of black-and-white photographs tucked under his arm, George Dion strolled through the halls of Maple Street School on Thursday afternoon, remembering what the building looked like more than 70 years ago when he attended the...
Easthampton imposes water restrictions amid ‘mild’ drought in river valley
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EASTHAMPTON — The city implemented a water use restriction for residents Thursday after the state declared a “level 1 mild drought” for the Connecticut River Valley region.Easthampton’s announcement of restrictions follows Northampton’s announcement of water use restrictions last week. With the stat...
Easthampton City Council approves mayor’s $48.5M city budget
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EASTHAMPTON — On the heels of contentious talks involving the mayor, city and school officials over funding for the school district, the City Council unanimously approved Mayor Nicole LaChapelle’s $48.5 million spending plan for next fiscal year.The budget for the new fiscal year, which begins July...
Easthampton mayor files open meeting complaints against School Committee
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EASTHAMPTON — Following through on her stated intention, Mayor Nicole LaChapelle filed two Open Meeting Law complaints Wednesday against the School Committee with the attorney general’s Division of Open Government.Discussion surrounding a nonbinding “good faith” agreement between LaChapelle and the...
Easthampton school board, mayor strike collaborative deal
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EASTHAMPTON — A nonbinding “good faith” statement establishing a collaboration, further understanding and communication between city government and the school department was unanimously approved by the School Committee Wednesday during an emergency meeting.“I’m really excited to start working togeth...
Easthampton mayor to launch summer academy for STEM learning
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EASTHAMPTON — The city is offering Easthampton students a leadership and academic experience this July with the launch of the Mayor’s Academy.Mayor Nicole LaChapelle and Catapult Learning of Camden, New Jersey, have partnered to bring free reading programming as well as science, technology, engineer...
Return of Cultural Chaos draws art-loving crowd
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EASTHAMPTON — After a two-year hiatus, thousands of people hit the downtown on Saturday for the return of the city’s annual Cultural Chaos arts festival.With aerial performers from SHOW Circus Studio twirling through the air, Pioneer Valley Fencing Academy teaching passers-by how to fence and goats...
Easthampton gets grant for fiber network connecting government services
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EASTHAMPTON — Over the next year, the city intends to construct a dedicated fiber network that will connect all city buildings with each other and with a backup location in a move officials say will increase the security and resilience of its network infrastructure.The project is being funded by a...
Easthampton’s Cultural Chaos adding floating sculpture exhibit to street art fest
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EASTHAMPTON — Cultural Chaos is making its triumphant return to the city’s downtown this weekend with its first-ever floating sculpture exhibition at Nashawannuck Pond.The festival will be held this Saturday, June 11, from noon to 5 p.m.Sponsored by Galaxy restaurant, the floating sculpture exhibiti...
Easthampton school budget talks stall as mayor cites audit findings
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EASTHAMPTON — Discussions related to Mayor Nicole LaChapelle’s proposed fiscal year 2023 budget for the school district continue to be a push and pull between the mayor and the school department.The mayor’s proposed $17.89 million budget for the school district is approximately $560,000 less than th...
Div. 4 softball: Easthampton scores 5 in the 8th, knocks off AMSA
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MARLBOROUGH – With the game tied 6-6 and a trip to the MIAA Division 4 quarterfinals on the line, the bottom of the Easthampton softball lineup stepped up in a major way. No. 7 Advanced Science and Math Academy scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game up and force extra...
Christine Strong: The Easthampton mayor’s shortsighted school budget
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As a 34-year teacher and recent retiree of the Easthampton Public Schools, I have maintained connections with my former colleagues and followed news pertaining to the district. I am horrified by the mayor’s plan is $560,000 less than what the school district says it needs. Anyone who has gone to th...
Guest columnist Terrence McCarthy: My Dad and Mr. John
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In the early to mid-1960s, my father, Raymond Daniel McCarthy, spent many Friday nights candlepin bowling at lanes located near the intersection of Main and Pleasant streets. Dad bowled in a league made up of Easthampton mill workers. He was a shipping clerk who worked for Hampden Specialty Products...
Jenny Papageorge and Sean Casey: Urges Easthampton officials to pass school budget
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Nothing gave us more pride than when, on May 22, 2018, residents of Easthampton showed up at the polls and voted for a new school, and made an investment in our city’s future: our children. Concerned residents asked probing questions: How will this impact our taxes? Will this massive investment and...
Joan M. Kurtz: Momentum for Easthampton dog park
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The Board of the Friends of Easthampton Dog Park would like to thank all those who stopped by to show their support earlier this month for our first fundraiser toward creating a dog park here in Easthampton. The sun stayed behind the clouds, keeping it comfortable for all. The dogs all behaved nice...
City warns of algae in Easthampton’s Rubber Thread Pond
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EASTHAMPTON — For the second straight year, the city is advising people and their pets to avoid activities such as swimming, fishing and boating on Rubber Thread Pond due to the possible presence of toxic cyanobacteria.Health Director Bri Eichstaedt identified a distinct green mat forming over the...
Easthampton’s Maggie Rubeck and her Eastern Connecticut State softball team ready for Div. 3 World Series
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Just one year removed from patrolling the fields of Westhampton, Maggie Rubeck is College World Series-bound.The Easthampton resident and former Hampshire Regional standout will open play in the NCAA Division 3 Softball World Series on Thursday with Eastern Connecticut State University. The Warriors...
Easthampton School Committee, mayor at odds over budget
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EASTHAMPTON — School Committee members have estimated that as many as eight staff positions could be cut from the city’s public schools if Mayor Nicole LaChapelle’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2023 is approved by City Council.The mayor’s proposed $17.89 million budget for the school district is...
Secrets to their success: Four women who participated in the Easthampton Chamber’s ‘sheLEADS’ program share their...
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EASTHAMPTON — The Chamber of Greater Easthampton recently hosted “sheLEADS,” a virtual and in-person professional development and leadership conference that was attended by 125 people.The event was crafted as a means to provide Easthampton business women in the chamber with tools, connections and re...
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