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Wilbraham student wins second in Letters About Literature program

WILBRAHAM — Seventh grade Wilbraham Middle School student Ian Stratton was honored as the second-place winner for level two of the 2024 Letters About Literature program during a May 21 ceremony at the Massachusetts State House.

Superintendent resigns amid outrage over ‘scumbag’ comments

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Warwick resigned on Thursday, June 6, after the June 5 release of an unintentional voicemail recording in which he disparaged at-large School Committee member LaTonia Monroe Naylor and her family, calling them “freaking scumbags.”

Westfield students’ water filtration projects judged by pros

WESTFIELD — Fifth graders at Westfield Intermediate School had their water filtration projects reviewed by industry professionals and community members the morning of May 22 in a culmination of their Project Lead the Way module on the Earth’s water.

West Springfield volunteers lend a hand for homeowners

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Marie Colbert is a retired payroll clerk living in a small ranch house on Westfield Street. She takes pride in her home and was frustrated when she couldn’t keep it pristine.

Agawam valedictorian set goal, worked hard, accomplished it

AGAWAM — Liam Kennedy wasn’t trying to become Agawam High School’s valediction when he entered ninth grade. But that all changed around his junior year when he started seeing what his friends’ grade point averages were.

Holyoke hosts gun violence awareness observance

HOLYOKE — Orange shirts popped in the sunlight outside City Hall as dozens gathered on June 3 as the city hosted a gun violence awareness observance.

Chicopee superintendent discusses safety plan amid concerns

CHICOPEE — During the School Committee meeting on June 5, Superintendent Marcus Ware gave a presentation on school safety in response to teachers voicing concerns for their safety.

Leverett couple shares the world in paint and photo

LEVERETT — Three lionesses were feeding on a water buffalo when Jackie and David Pueschel made it to an overlook. David said the crunch of bones in the dusk, “was a bit unsettling.”

‘Caring about people with people:’ how the ‘Hub’ will integrate services

NORTHAMPTON — For Michele Farry, the deputy commissioner of Northampton’s Department of Health and Human Services, the city’s groundbreaking Community Resilience Hub will be, among many other things, about envisioning a future of wellness for oneself.

Ludlow Health Department: residents can help reduce rodents

LUDLOW — Ludlow has been experiencing an influx of rodent activity in the past two years. As the presence of rats and mice in backyards and trashcans has continued to be an issue for many in the community, the town released a statement urging people to take precautions on their properties, such as securing trashcans and reducing clutter.

Magazines

Dining & Entertainment

Dinner and a Show: Pizza pies and super spies

One of pizza’s many charms is its versatility. The classic fusion of sauce, dough and cheese continues to be redefined within various cultural platforms. Some prefer the hearty textures baked inside Chicago deep-dish pies; others treasure the fluffy doughiness emanating from a Detroit-style pizza.

Springfield Restaurant Week returns June 7-16

SPRINGFIELD — Back for its eighth year, more than 30 city eateries will take part in Springfield Restaurant Week, the 10-day food extravaganza that will run June 7-16 with participating restaurants promoting their diversity of fare in their own ways, through a variety of deals and offerings that fit their styles and clienteles.

What I’m Watching: A ‘Late Night’ scare extravaganza

Late-night talk show host Jack Delroy receives acclaim as a local commodity, although his desperate attempts at superstardom continue to fall by the wayside. Delroy looks to reverse his fortunes with a grand Halloween night show steeped in supernatural mysticism. However, what promises to be a spooky extravaganza quickly goes awry in “Late Night with the Devil.”

Opinion

Not seeking reelection

It has been a privilege to serve on the Longmeadow School Committee for the past three years. I had hoped to continue to serve in this capacity for another term, but I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer–expected treatment outcomes are very good.

I’m Voting Peterson

Last year, I led the effort to secure funds to upgrade the Longmeadow elementary school playgrounds to become compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was voted on during Town Meeting in May.

Vote for Lam

My name is Maury Garrett, and I write in support of my friend, Dr. Andrew Lam, who I affectionately refer to as Andrew, for his candidacy for Select Board in Longmeadow