Amherst Canvassing Director Says She Was Fired For Supporting Her Staff
Apr23

Amherst Canvassing Director Says She Was Fired For Supporting Her Staff

The former director of the Amherst office of for-profit organization Grassroots Campaigns Inc., which raises money for progressive nonprofit organizations, says her employment was terminated earlier this month after she instituted policies she believed supported her staff through harsh working conditions as street canvassers. And the majority of those who worked for her followed her out the door, substantially reducing the size of the...

Read More
Clueless Parent: Surviving ‘It’s a Phase’
Apr23

Clueless Parent: Surviving ‘It’s a Phase’

After his evening bath, my 2-year-old son entered the living room with a delighted smile on his face. My husband trailed cheerfully behind him, having successfully accessed our son’s figurative reset button. A bath is one of the few things that can put our child in an instant good mood, and when you’re the parent of a temperamental toddler, you milk this kind of cure-all for all it is worth. Suddenly, our son tore across the living...

Read More
Q&A: Murder By Death Coming to Holyoke
Apr23

Q&A: Murder By Death Coming to Holyoke

Louisville, Kentucky’s Murder By Death are bringing their indie Americana rock to us here in Western Mass, and I’m super stoked! Their sound is strong and hearty, dark and transformative. There are hints of Nick Cave, Johnny Cash and Modest Mouse if you needed me to paint a picture of their sound. They’re on tour in support of their 8th studio album, The Other Shore, which is a beautiful, dark tale added to their repertoire. On...

Read More
Local drug response program featured in national drug summit
Apr23

Local drug response program featured in national drug summit

At the opening plenary on the first day of the RX Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Hampshire County’s Drug Addiction Response Team program was among nine initiatives around the country spotlighted as promising community responses in the fight against opioid deaths. After  J. Cherry Sullivan, coordinator for Hampshire HOPE, the countywide opioid prevention coalition housed in the Northampton Health Department, offered...

Read More
Stagestruck: Community Colleges Get in on the Act
Apr22

Stagestruck: Community Colleges Get in on the Act

I often write in these pages about theater at the Five Colleges, all of which have robust degree programs and busy production seasons. But I don’t pay as much attention to the Valley’s other academic theaters as they deserve, and I’m going to partially correct that right now. Earlier this month, Springfield College  staged Arthur Miller’s searing modern tragedy Death of a Salesman, and Greenfield Community College presented Richard...

Read More