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University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret, center, along with the chairman of the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees Henry Thomas, right, speak with Ashley Woodman, front left, and her husband Will Lawrie, front right, at the Blue Wall in the Campus Center in UMass campus in Amherst Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.

UMass President Robert Caret opposes police use of students as confidential informants

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts president Robert L. Caret said Thursday that he is opposed to UMass police using students as drug-case informants, particularly if they have been arrested and are pressured by legal and personal worries. However, he said, a review of the policy, which came to light in an investigation by the UMass journalism department and the Boston …

Deerfield withholds final payment until fixes made to new Highway Department headquarters

Saturday, October 11, 2014

DEERFIELD — Although the Highway Department moved into its new $5.9 million headquarters on Jewett Avenue last spring, the town will not take full ownership of the building until the developers fix a number of minor issues and design flaws. Select Board Chairwoman Carolyn Shores Ness said the town has decided to withhold the final $250,000 payment on the project until all of …

Panel supports Geryk’s authority on school nut ban

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

AMHERST — A year after Superintendent Maria Geryk ordered nuts barred from school property to protect those with severe allergies — an action that had some questioning her right to do so — the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee endorsed her power to take such an action under a broader life-threatening allergies policy. In 7-1 vote Tuesday, the committee adopted the policy, which says …

Arrests and Summonses

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Arrests & summons Amherst Police • A 21-year-old Brewster woman will be summoned to court on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and failure to stop/ yield following a traffic stop at the intersection of South Pleasant Street and Northampton Road Oct. 12 at …

Day-by-Day Amherst Police Calls

Thursday, October 16, 2014

MONDAY, OCT. 6 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY • 5:18 p.m. — A man walking across South Pleasant Street near Amherst College told police a driver made threats toward him. The driver was apparently angry about having to stop for a pedestrian, police said. ASSAULTS • 8:45 p.m. — Police responded …

‘Pop-up’ events to explore Amherst transportation needs

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — Events Friday and Saturday in downtown Amherst will highlight transportation issues the community faces and invite public comment. On both days, consultants Nelson\Nygaard of Boston will lead sessions at Town Hall and the Bangs Community Center and display posters and pictures in a vacant storefront at …

Shelter Sunday events on tap in Amherst

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Area agencies that provide housing, food and other support services to individuals and families will benefit from door-to-door fundraising campaigns taking place during the next two Sundays. The Shelter Sunday events in Amherst and Northampton will be held back-to-back weeks, with the 25th annual event in Amherst Oct. …

Pumpkin painting time

Sunday, October 5, 2014

UMass professor Robert Rothstein honored with Republic of Poland Order of Merit

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — Robert A. Rothstein, professor of Judaic and Slavic Studies and comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been honored with the Republic of Poland Order of Merit. The Order of Merit is given to foreigners and Polish citizens permanently living abroad who have made …

Jury convicts Neanh Kry of Amherst of drunken driving and possession of a sawed-off shotgun, acquits passenger Vinson Johnson

Thursday, October 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A jury Oct. 1 convicted an Amherst man of charges, including possession of a sawed-off shotgun, and cleared of all charges a companion who was a passenger in his car when they were arrested. The jury deliberated for 5½ hours after a five-day trial. Neanh Kry, …

Concerns aired at Amherst hearing about parking, appearance of 1 East Pleasant building

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AMHERST — The large size of a new mixed-use building, the type of tenants who might live there and its impact on downtown traffic are among concerns expressed Wednesday by residents attending the first Planning Board hearing for …

Part-time workers at Jones Library in Amherst seek benefits

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — Chris Crane has worked about 16 hours a week for the Jones Library for the past two years, one of more than two dozen part-time employees who check out materials, shelve books and help patrons. But when she faced two unexpected health crises, one a case …

MIT Media Lab goes to source, nursing moms, for help inventing a better breast pump

Friday, October 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After Jennifer Bourbeau’s son, Henry David Bassette, was born five weeks premature in November 2013, he was required to stay in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit for 12 hours. During that time, she started using …