Western Mass Women’s Fund to honor Northampton Chief Jody Kasper
Apr13

Western Mass Women’s Fund to honor Northampton Chief Jody Kasper

Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper will be honored on June 4, 2018, with the She Changes the World award from the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts (WFWM). “We are excited to spotlight Chief Kasper as a leader who is breaking barriers and who serves as a great role model for other women and girls,” said Ellen T. Moorehouse, programs officer for the WFWM. Kasper is being recognized for her “exceptional contributions” and “leading...

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Valley Advocate Podcast: Tahirah Amatul-Wadud discusses her historic candidacy for Congress
Apr09

Valley Advocate Podcast: Tahirah Amatul-Wadud discusses her historic candidacy for Congress

A woman, an African American, and a Muslim, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud’s candidacy for the First Congressional District of Massachusetts makes her a first for the district in a couple respects. But for her, the campaign is about representing interests of the people of the district, something she accuses her opponent, longtime Congressman Richard Neal, of taking for granted. Neal and Amatul-Wadud will face off in the Democratic Primary...

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Western Mass Year of the Woman? Election could bring all-female delegation to Hampshire County
Mar27

Western Mass Year of the Woman? Election could bring all-female delegation to Hampshire County

Hampshire County has the highest proportion of women of any county in the state, and yet for years has been represented in the Statehouse mostly by men. With the retirement of longtime Amherst Rep. Ellen Story in 2016, this has been especially true. But this year’s elections could alter that in the extreme. There are credible female candidates running for four of the state House seats representing the bulk of the county, and more than...

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Bizarro Briefs: Dude, Where’s My Car?
Mar14

Bizarro Briefs: Dude, Where’s My Car?

A 19-year-old Canadian went to catch an event at Toronto’s Rogers Centre but was forced to park his Nissan Versa in a garage several miles away from the venue and from there take a cab. But when the show was over, he couldn’t remember where the garage was. Hours later, he finally took a Greyhound bus back home, having failed to find his car. His parents — who appropriately called him “doofy” then took out a Craigslist ad —...

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Thought this winter was warm? Wait until the coming years
Mar02

Thought this winter was warm? Wait until the coming years

Has this winter seemed unseasonably warm to you? Or what about that shocking cold a couple months ago? It turns out that with one of the warmest Februarys on record and a record-breaking two-week cold snap around New Year’s, the winter itself averaged out to be … well … average. We still have a few weeks to go before the official first day of spring, but meteorological winter — which scientists define as the months...

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