December 31, 2011
A woman who said her daughter was regularly bullied at South Hadley High, urged officials at the Dec 13 School Committee meeting, to change how students that get free or reduced price lunches are identified.
Jennifer Kalvinek, delivered two copies of an online petition with over 5,000 signatures to the committee, calling on the high school to stop requiring students receiving assistance in paying for lunch under the ‘National School Lunch Program’, use a school issued ticket, to get their lunch.
Kalvinek, whose daughter 16-year-old Payton Spinney was one of those students while at the school, claims the neon orange tickets, single out students from low-income households for harassment from their peers, and amounts to segregating them based on economic status.
” These are high schoolers, they don’t want to do that. They don’t want another reason to be bullied,” she said to committee members during the public comment portion of the meeting. “You have a lot of poverty in South Hadley, and a lot of kids who just don’t get lunch cause they don’t want to be segregated.”
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November 15, 2011
The South Hadley Public Library, which is presently at 27 Bardwell Street in the Falls area.
South Hadley voters, in a special town election last Tuesday, endorsed a measure exempting the cost of repaying any loans from the state to build a new Public library, from the Proposition 2 1/2 cap on annual property tax hikes.
The debt exclusion vote, which was the only item on the ballot in the Nov 8 referendum, passed 1,751 to 1,412, thereby allowing the town to use money from raising property taxes above the 2.5 percent levy ceiling on increases, that it is permitted to collect in a given year under Massachusetts law, in order to reimburse the state for any money it borrows in helping cover the project’s estimated $10.1 million price tag.
Backers of the measure, say that the money in additional taxes,that is collected, will on average amount to an extra $38 a year in taxes, though the town Accessor’s office said they haven’t calculated the numbers or released any such information.
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September 28, 2011
The logo for the Valley Advocate's 2011 'Grand Band Slam' (Pic courtesy of Valley Advocate)
The Valley Advocate released the names of the winners of this year’s annual ‘Grand Band Slam’, in last week’s issue.
I actually wasn’t going to do a post on this, but I remembered how my post of the results of the Advocate’s ‘Best of the Valley 2011 Readers Poll’ was one of my most viewed posts. Besides, I thought those who reside outside the valley and view my blog, those local music fans who don’t regularly read the Advocate ( a rare breed), or those who don’t read the Advocate and read my blog (hey, it could happen); could hear the rooster of names who have been crowned winners in this local contest.
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August 11, 2011
Picture courtesy of world.edu
Farmers markets have gained traction in recent years as cooperative locally based venues where small farmers can sell their goods to consumers, while getting people acquainted with where their food comes from and cutting down on the amount of energy used to harvest it. The number of such markets has soared, increasing in number by 17 percent according to the U.S Department of Agriculture; going from 6,132 such markets around the nation to 7,135 in the past year alone.
Massachusetts is one of the states with the most, having as many as 255 peppered throughout town squares and parking lots throughout the Bay State. But have these alternatives to a world of agribusinesses and corporate grocery store giants, begun to crowd each other out? In other words in some areas are there more vendors selling goods at more of these markets in a given area then there are customers to keep all these markets profitable?
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July 28, 2011
A display shed in the parking lot outside the Home Depot on Memorial Drive, was crushed by Thursdays storm.
The city of Wilbraham is the community in Western Massachusetts that sustained the lions share of the fury and was struck the heaviest blows of Tuesday’s storms, according to the National Weather Service. Winds, at times reaching speeds of between ninety and one hundred miles an hour.
The National Weather Service also reports that the swift, but brief winds and hail were the result of a straight line downdraft of air known as a ‘microburst’.
In old mill building just off Lyman Street that had a large section of one of its brick walls chewed out by the winds of Tuesday’s storm, will soon be demolished. The Paper city’s Acting building inspector said Wednesday that the remaining shell of the building housing the James A. Curran General Contractors Inc, is to be slated for demolition and was already in frail condition leading up to the storm.
In South Hadley, the Offices for the town’s Departments of Recreation and Veterans remain closed due to damage from the storms.
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May 16, 2011
The long awaited and promised slideshow of the May 7 Pride parade is now done.
April 23, 2011
Image courtesy: Valley advocate.com
It’s that time of year again! The Valley Advocate, the weekly journal of entertainment, news, and listings is just as much a staple of western Massachusetts as the Autumn foliage, the smattering of colleges, and its fine dinning. Now the annual ‘Advocate Best of the Valley Reader’s Poll’ is out with the tops picks of the best locales in western Massachusetts and New England to get some grub, drinks, places to spend your money, or just to chill out; all selected by the readers of the Advocate.
Below are the winner’s in all 188 categories. Hope you have fun reading, my retinas I think are nearly burned out from laying out this list.
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