Between the Lines: What Do You Expect From Holyoke?
Jan30

Between the Lines: What Do You Expect From Holyoke?

The first time I watched “Holyoke High Fight! Stop Violence,” I expected to see a video of a couple kids beating on each other or a message from a parent-teacher association pleading for peace. “Couple high school kids from Holyoke,” said an email from a colleague who passed along a YouTube link. The video begins with two students in a Holyoke High School classroom talking about their clothes for an Instagram post. Then the camera...

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Opioid addiction in Western Massachusetts: an Advocate Chat
Jan06

Opioid addiction in Western Massachusetts: an Advocate Chat

Each week, the Advocate staff assembles for an AdvoChat, where we bat around thoughts on a subject in the news. The chat is lightly edited. dave.eisen (Dave Eisenstadter, web editor): Kristin, you’re working on a piece on addiction, so we thought we would take that on as a topic. kristinpalpini (Kristin Palpini, editor): It’s a biggie. dave.eisen: Do you want to say something about what direction you’re taking on the...

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Back Talk: Not bigoted, just religious?
Dec19

Back Talk: Not bigoted, just religious?

Hey, Trump: Labor Secretary Should Champion Workers President-elect Trump just selected Andrew Puzder as his nominee for Secretary of Labor. Unfortunately, as the CEO of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., Puzder holds a record of opposing the economic agenda demanded by the majority of the American public. On Election Day alone, voters overwhelmingly supported minimum wage raises and paid sick leave in all four states where the issue was on the...

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Valley Advocate guide to what to do on New Year’s Eve
Dec19

Valley Advocate guide to what to do on New Year’s Eve

Still making plans for New Year’s Eve? Check out what’s going on in the area:   The Strange One’s Ball: A New Year’s Eve Spectacle Starring Bella’s Bartok Pearl Street Nightclub, 10 Pearl St., Northampton Come see what Pearl Street Nightclub is calling, “The greatest show on Earth … Probably.” The Strange One’s Ball is a line up of folk punk music, dancing, and circus-like theatrics. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 in...

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Get In? Uber’s popularity outpaces regulation
Dec12

Get In? Uber’s popularity outpaces regulation

Like many college students in the Valley, Ellen Brancart and Lupe Valle rely on Uber — a smartphone app that allows users to catch rides from local drivers — to get around the Five College area after the buses have stopped running at night. On average, the Smith College students say, they use it about once a month, especially if they go out partying. “When I’m too stoned to function or when I’m drunk, that’s like my go to,” says...

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