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Ireland Forever, right in the Valley: New festival celebrates Irish music, spirit and more
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St. Patrick’s Day and its related parades may have come and gone, but as Tim Driscoll sees it, anytime is a good time to celebrate Irish spirit.And in a state that’s either first or second (depending on varying data) in terms of the percentage of residents with Irish ancestry, Massachusetts is as go...
Book Bag: ‘The Trouble with Happiness’ by Tove Ditlevsen, translated by Michael Favala Goldman; ‘Small Sovereign:...
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The Trouble with Happinessby Tove Ditlevsen, translated by Michael Favala Goldman; Farrar, Straus and Giroux “Jack of all trades” is a bit of a cliche, but in the case of Michael Favala Goldman, it might be a fitting handle — or perhaps it could be modified to “Jack of many trades.”Goldman, of Flore...
Fork & Spade with Francie Lin: A community food digest for May
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The leaves are out and the hills are greening up! If the news has been heavy lately, take comfort in the fact that every day, in your own backyard, your friends and neighbors are working to help each other and the world we share. Be well!Grow Food NorthamptonGrow Food, with its emphasis on both envi...
A Look Back: May 13
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50 Years Ago■Dorothy Nepper Marshall, dean of faculties and provost of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, will be the principal speaker at the 94th Smith College commencement on May 28. Dr. Marshall is a 1935 Smith graduate. She received her Ph.D. in 1944 from Bryn Mawr College where she taugh...
Guest columnist Mariel E. Addis: Proud without Pride
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I was sad to learn that there would be no 2022 Noho Pride parade and festival. The would-be organizers cited the difficulty in putting something like Pride together due to the enormity of planning such a big event in short timeframe, especially when COVID has made planning for anything in the last...
Poetry in the streets: Florence carnival pays tribute to literary art
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NORTHAMPTON — Flabbergasted. Brick. Stripes. With a single word at a time and 5-minute sessions, Adam Grabowski created poems one after another, on-demand, for lovers of language from the front porch of the Florence Civic Center on Saturday afternoon. The cacophony of clickety-clack from the Holyoke...
First responders ready for ice bucket challenge on Sunday
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This May, for ALS Awareness Month, the Northampton Police Department is teaming with the Fire Department to raise awareness and funds by hosting an Ice Bucket Challenge on Sunday.The challenge will be done at Miss Florence Diner at noon and the public is invited to watch as the first responders get...
Singapore executes man on drug charge
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SINGAPORE — Singapore on Wednesday executed a Malaysian man convicted of drug smuggling after a court dismissed a last-minute challenge from his mother and international pleas to spare him on grounds he was mentally disabled. Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam, 34, had been on death row for over a decade...
Suu Kyi gets 5 years for corruption
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BANGKOK — A court in military-ruled Myanmar convicted former leader Aung San Suu Kyi of corruption and sentenced her to five years in prison Wednesday in the first of several corruption cases against her.Suu Kyi, 76, who was ousted by an army takeover last year, has denied the allegation that she ac...
World leaders honor Madeleine Albright
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WASHINGTON — A veritable who’s who of Washington’s political and foreign policy elite gathered Wednesday to pay their last respects to the late Madeleine Albright, a child of conflict-ravaged Europe who arrived in the U.S. as an 11-year old girl and became America’s first female secretary of state.T...
Russia’s gas cutoffs seen as attempt to divide West
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POKROVSK, Ukraine — Russia cut off natural gas to NATO members Poland and Bulgaria on Wednesday and threatened to do the same to other countries, using its most essential export in what was seen as a bid to punish and divide the West over its support for Ukraine.The move, condemned by European leade...
The power — and fun — of words: Florence Poetry Carnival returns with readings, games, craft-making and more
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FLORENCE — As Rachel Cyrene Blackman sees it, poetry is an art form, but it’s also one that extends beyond academia and the pens (or keyboards) of the most talented wordsmiths. Ideally, she says, it’s something that should be accessible to anyone, and in a variety of ways.That brings us to the Flore...
UMass sports: Women’s lacrosse, tennis set to open A-10 tourney play
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As April draws to a close, two UMass sports teams are gearing up for Atlantic 10 Conference championship runs this weekend. The UMass women’s lacrosse team will defend its A-10 conference title in the upcoming tournament after besting No. 4 Saint Joseph’s in the 2021 title game, 18-9.This year, the...
Guest columnist Thomas Weiner: A Black woman makes history despite ongoing racism
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Ketanji Brown Jackson has become a Supreme Court Justice. It is most important to mark the moment and acknowledge its significance. She is supremely qualified. That it took until April 7, 2022 for, at far too long last, a Black woman to become a justice of the highest court in the land, is a comment...
Speaking Out with Carrie N. Baker: State law should recognize coercive control is domestic abuse
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When the Connecticut mother of five Jennifer Dulos left her husband in June of 2017, she sought a restraining order against him. A judge denied her request because she could not show he physically abused her.In May of 2019, as she returned home from dropping her children off at school, her estranged...
The Literacy Project bringing back road race in Florence on Sunday
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FLORENCE — Reading and running take center stage in Florence this Sunday when The Literacy Project hosts its second Read, Write, Run road race, a key fundraiser for the nonprofit that provides free classes to adults in basic skills, high school equivalency, and college and career readiness.The event...
Guest columnist Nuri Sherif: Help us undo the toxic legacy of discrimination in housing
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It’s easy to look at redlining — refusing a housing loan to someone because they live in an area deemed to be a financial risk — as a distant relic of the 20th century. With legislation like the Fair Housing Act passed in 1968, we’d like to think that surely we have solved racially and socioeconomic...
Catherine Donaghy: Avoid selective compassion
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The Rev. Andrea Ayvazian’s good intentions are clearly and eloquently expressed in her April 16 column titled, “We are with you,” which focused on conditions in Ukraine. I emphatically agree with her comment “[w]ar itself is criminal.”What should also be recognized is that ordinary noncombatants and...
Tina Sanchez: The Montview area is not treated equally
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As a Montview area Ward 3 resident I am frustrated that once again the Planning Board seems willing to approve projects here that don’t seem to happen elsewhere in the city. I’m a strong advocate for affordable housing but this latest project, coupled with the $450,000-plus condos on Bridge Street...
Rowland Scherman: Justice for Jan. 6
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The events of Jan. 6 are always to be remembered as a treasonous attempt by a large contingent of right-wing zealots to overturn a legitimate transfer of power because they believed, without any corroborating proof whatever, that the election was somehow “stolen” by the Democrats. Fortunately, the...
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