Northampton Event Encourages Women Activists to Speak Up
Feb16

Northampton Event Encourages Women Activists to Speak Up

The day after Donald Trump’s election in 2016, corporate communications trainer Cathy McNally vowed to join activist communities to oppose the conservative forces that got him elected. Founder and CEO of the Women Speak Up organization, she realized that it was her work with teaching women to be better public speakers that could make a real difference. “Women are the leaders of so much movement work, but they need to be...

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New Year’s Cold Snap Still Affecting People’s Pocketbooks in Western Mass
Feb16

New Year’s Cold Snap Still Affecting People’s Pocketbooks in Western Mass

Shelley Svoboda, 64, lives in the big old house in Amherst in which she grew up. “It’s cold and drafty. The insulation hasn’t been up upgraded since the 1970s,” she said. She heats with oil, and even though she keeps her thermostat set firmly at 60 degrees, the cost of heating her home is expensive. “I pay about $300 a month,” she said. “At the beginning of the winter I was paying $260, but...

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Pick of the Day 2/16: Robin Hood at New England Youth Theater
Feb16

Pick of the Day 2/16: Robin Hood at New England Youth Theater

Robin Hood Sherwood Forest never gets old. Since the 15 century, Robin Hood (dressed in Lincoln green) and his lovable merry band have been roving the forest robbing the rich and giving to the poor in swashbuckling heroic style. Throughout film and theater, this character and cast of outlaws remain an all time favorite. You can catch New England Youth Theater perform this classic tonight in Brattleboro. Grab dinner, before or after,...

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Undocumented Hampshire Student to Walk 250 Miles for Immigrant Rights
Feb14

Undocumented Hampshire Student to Walk 250 Miles for Immigrant Rights

Representing the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, 11 undocumented individuals will walk from New York City to Washington, D.C., starting Thursday, Feb. 15. Among them will be Eduardo Samaniego, 25, of Amherst. Samaniego is in his third year at Hampshire College and has been active in fighting for immigrant rights, both at the state and federal levels. “It’s about 250 miles we’ll be...

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V-Spot: How Do I Tell Someone I Have a Sexually Transmitted Infection?
Feb15

V-Spot: How Do I Tell Someone I Have a Sexually Transmitted Infection?

Hi Yana, I recently found out after my 21-year pap smear that I carry HPV (human papillomavirus). It’s incredibly annoying that even though I’ve been tested all my life, a very common STI can still be transferred to me. It was also troubling that after checking a little bit more, HPV can also be transferred with a condom on, so it could have been from any of my sexual partners. My overall question is, how do I navigate...

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