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Obituary: David Silver, of East Hampton, Dies at 75

Obituary: David Silver passed away on March 3, 2015 surrounded by his loving family and many friends. He was born on March 26, 1939 in Worcester, MA and attended Babson College. Silver then went on to become the founder and CEO of Regency Home Fashions.

Paul Lacombe, 83

Paul had worked for the E.H. Porter Construction Company in Peabody for many years and later moved to Western Massachusetts in 1997, first to Easthampton, then to Wendell before finally coming to Athol. Paul enjoyed working with his hands building and ...

Mayor Karen Cadieux: Easthampton in for tough fiscal 2016 budget season

EASTHAMPTON -- Easthampton should expect an "extremely ...
The budget estimates sent to Massachusetts towns and cities every year come in the form of "Cherry Sheets" from the Department of Revenue, which show estimated state aid to be paid and charges ...

Q&A: Kim Gordon On Her New Band Body/Head And Missing Sonic Youth

the majority of which they recorded last December at Sonelab Studios in Easthampton, Massachusetts. In a conversation with Rolling Stone, the two musicians break down their musical partnership, Gordon discusses her life post-Sonic Youth and reveals how she ...

US Sports Camps and Nike Swim Camps Announce the 2015 Swim Camps Lineup

Nike Swim Camp locations include: Tucson, AZ; Berkeley, CA; San Diego, CA; Santa Cruz, CA; Palo Alto, CA; Greeley, CO; Gunnison, CO; Cheshire, CT; Carbondale, IL; Indianapolis, IN; College Park, MD; Easthampton, MA; Hillsdale, MI; Kalamazoo, MI ...

Heavy snow hits Arizona, hail turns California beach white

Williston Northampton School grounds manager Joe Zewinski clears a season's worth of snow from the track at Galbraith Field in Easthampton ...
Weather Service meteorologist in the Taunton, Massachusetts, office. The company that operates the state's ...

WMass Boys Basketball Semifinal Preview: No. 2 Amherst and No. 3 Chicopee face off again & more

The Western Massachusetts boys basketball tournaments continue to ...
but the Red Raiders took care of Easthampton comfortably, winning 77-56 and getting a huge game from Conor Cronin, who tallied 26 points and pulled down 15 rebounds.

Western MA parking bans in effect as snow arrives

With parts of Western Massachusetts under a winter weather advisory, area cities and towns have put parking bans in place. CBS 3 has been alerted to the following parking bans: - Springfield (in place since Feb. 1) - Easthampton (Begins 12 p.m. Sunday ...

Division 3 Boys Basketball: Top-seeded Hampshire shuts down rival Easthampton to reach semifinals

WESTHAMPTON — There were a number of motivational points for the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team going into its Western Massachusetts Division 3 quarterfinal against Easthampton Thursday night. With their 77-56 victory, the Raiders avenged last ...

All The Yiddish That’s Fit To Print in Easthampton, Massachusetts

Who knew that we loved to listen to the air? Until the death of analogue music we never realized we craved the warmth of vinyl’s atmospheric cracklings, but in 2014 record sales spiked 49%. And so it is with printing. Once we no longer rely for our news ...

In the Building

Abandoned Building Brewery – Easthampton, MA The final stop for Commonwealth Craft’s Saturday round of breweries was Abandoned Building Brewery.  With a name like Abandoned Building Brewery, I was co…

Navy Blue: The Neutral You Need in Your Closet.

Navy blue is often looked at as one of those dark, grounding, eveningwear colors such as black, forest green, and burgundy. What may come as a surprise to most, though, is that navy blue is indeed a n…

Customers complain of illegal EBT fees in Easthampton

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A convenience store owner in Easthampton is accused of illegally charging customers a fee to use their EBT cards. It’s the Union Mart at 123 Cottage Street in Easthampton.…

Arts Enclaves Flourish in Easthampton

Excerpt: Easthampton City Arts, a local organization, works to connect families to local community-based cultural learning opportunities. Combining the promotion of resources and events with communit…

All The Yiddish That’s Fit To Print in Easthampton, Massachusetts

Click Here To Read:  All The Yiddish That’s Fit To Print in Easthampton, Massachusetts: ‘Hot Lead Shop’ Is Rarity in Internet Age By Dan Friedman in The Jewish Daily Forward on February 25, 2015.

Water main break in Easthampton

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) –  An early morning water main break closed a section of Ferry Street in Easthampton for hours Thursday. The break caused drivers to have to find another route between Parson…

All The Yiddish That's Fit To Print in Easthampton, Massachusetts

or more that lived on the print floor of the iconic Forward building, 175 East Broadway, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. When the newspaper moved to 33rd Street, in 1973, the few remaining li…

Carpenter Easthampton (MA) – Easthampton Carpenters

Carpenter Easthampton (MA) Lending helping hands when you need masterpieces built in Easthampton (MA). Papa’s Carpenter Specialists in Easthampton, Massachusetts work with, builds and fixes items an…

Backup on I-91 in Easthampton caused by 3-car crash

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A three-car accident on I-91 northbound was cleared fairly quickly, but backups remained for a longer period of time on the northbound side between Holyoke and Northampton.…

westernmanews: Snow falls on Cottage Street in Easthampton...

westernmanews: Snow falls on Cottage Street in Easthampton (Repost @patb01027)


The Guardian and a warning to EASTHAMPTON MASSACHUSETTS: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

In http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/02/jehovahs-witnesses-silencing-techniques-child-abuse [27]


Two years of community college free for responsible students in EASTHAMPTON MASSACHUSETTS

The President unveiled a new proposal: Make two years of community college free for responsible students across America.

In our growing global economy, Americans need to have more knowledge and more skills to compete -- by 2020, an estimated 35 percent of job openings will require at least a bachelor's degree, and 30 percent will require some college or an associate's degree. Students should be able to get the knowledge and the skills they need without taking on decades' worth of student debt.

The numbers:

If all 50 states choose to implement the President's new community college proposal, it could:

  • Save a full-time community college student $3,800 in tuition per year on average
  • Benefit roughly 9 million students each year

Under President Obama's new proposal, students would be able to earn the first half of a bachelor's degree, or earn the technical skills needed in the workforce -- all at no cost to them.

The requirements:

  • What students have to do: Students must attend community college at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing their program.
  • What community colleges have to do: Community colleges will be expected to offer programs that are either 1) academic programs that fully transfer credits to local public four-year colleges and universities, or 2) occupational training programs with high graduation rates and lead to in-demand degrees and certificates. Community colleges must also adopt promising and evidence-based institutional reforms to improve student outcomes.
  • What the federal government has to do: Federal funding will cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college. Participating states will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary to eliminate the tuition for eligible students.

Expanding technical training programs:

President Obama also proposed the new American Technical Training Fund, which will expand innovative, high-quality technical training programs across the country. Specifically, the fund will award programs that:

  • Have strong employer partnerships and include work-based learning opportunities
  • Provide accelerated training
  • Accommodate part-time work

Read the full fact sheet on the President's proposal here.



The "Jasbug" is a flaw in the way that computers have access to a network. If any of the hackers had known this since 2000, they could have used to infiltrate computer systems company and take complete control.

Suppose you use your laptop and public access to Wi-Fi to connect to the office computers. Hackers nearby could spy, steal documents or introduce malware ... I mean, everything.

There is still no evidence that someone has taken advantage of Jasbug and did this. But it may be too early to say.

Microsoft considered that the gravity of this situation was "critical". Even Alert guaranteed by the Department of Homeland Security and similar warnings from major companies in cybersecurity.

Jasbug affects everything from Windows Vista to Windows 8.1 newer. This is the kind of problem that will give you many headaches for system administrators and IT staff of the company.

Some mistakes are too embedded in the code. The Jasbug was so embedded that Microsoft had to return to restructure some basic parts of Windows.

Consider this another example of that small defects embedded in computer code could give you problems later. In fact, Microsoft did not even find on your own.

Jeff Schmidt, an independent researcher JAS Global Advisors in Chicago, discovered a year ago while working on another project. He alerted Microsoft and have since worked together to fix this error.

Why it took so long to fix it? Jasbug is a problem with the design of the Microsoft operating system itself. The company had to restructure basic parts of your engine giant ... and test it thoroughly to make sure it still worked fine.

Microsoft can not afford to make arrangements affecting a complete system. Remember that according Netmarketshare, Windows is used by 91% of computers worldwide. [10]


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