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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Reminder: real estate taxes are due Feb. 2, which is a Monday. * * * Nonny Burack told me there is a vacancy on the town’s Shade Tree Committee of which she is a member. If you are interested in serving give her a call or fill out a Citizen Activity Form at Town Hall. There are seats available on other boards and committees. Check with the Town Clerk to match your interest with the need. These are volunteer posts. The reward is doing a good deed, serving the community and learning as you go. When I was covering the Planning Board for the newspaper, …

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MONDAY, JAN. 19 CITIZEN ASSISTANCE • 2 p.m. — A resident was referred to small claims court after paying $200 for a cord of dry wood and instead receiving a delivery of less than a cord of recently split wood. DISTURBANCES • 10:44 p.m. — A man causing issues on Main Street was brought by ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton for …

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Compiled by SCOTT MERZBACH Staff Writer Amherst Police • A 16-year-old Amherst youth was arrested at an Amherst home Jan. 25 at 10:21 p.m. on a charge of possession of firearms ammunition without a license, police said. • Jesse Korzen, 21, of Briar Cliff Manor, New York, and Griffin Thomas Veldran, 20, of Hingham, were both arrested Jan. 24 at 12:25 a.m. at …

Snow brightens Winterfest plan

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

AMHERST — Recent storms should ensure that plenty of snow will be on the ground for the seventh annual WinterFest Feb. 7. Cherry Hill Golf Course on Montague Road will again be the scene of snow-related events between 1 and 6 p.m., concluding with fireworks. Friends of Amherst …

Governor names Victor Woolridge new chairman of University of Massachusetts board of trustees

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has named Victor Woolridge the new chairman of the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees. Woolridge will replace current Chairman Henry Thomas, who submitted his resignation as chairman. Thomas will continue to serve on the board. Woolridge’s first job will be to …

Amherst to seek legislation establishing tax incentives for affordable housing

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — Town officials will look to the state Legislature for assistance in providing tax incentives to developers who will build affordable housing units. Town Manager John Musante told the Planning Board last week that he is developing a non-zoning article that will be ready for the spring …

Suit against Amherst College by former student accused of rape settled out of court

Saturday, January 24, 2015

AMHERST — An out-of-court settlement has ended a lawsuit against Amherst College by a former student who claimed his diploma and a postgraduate fellowship were unfairly denied while the school revisited allegations that he had raped another student, U.S. District Court records show. In the suit, the former …

Many Hands Farm Cooperative abandons plan to use Logtown Road house

Saturday, January 24, 2015

AMHERST — A farming enterprise that won the right to house up to 11 workers at a Logtown Road home this summer is abandoning plans to use the residence after being required to install sprinklers. The Planning Board had been scheduled to hold a site plan review hearing …

Amherst Business Improvement District favors second parking garage

Thursday, January 22, 2015

AMHERST — More than a dozen years after the town opened its first parking garage on Boltwood Walk, the Amherst Business Improvement District is calling on town officials to begin the process for building a second downtown garage. “Generally we are of the opinion that there is a …

Male peregrine falcon, star of UMass webcam atop campus library, dies days after rescue from snowbank

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AMHERST — The male peregrine falcon found injured on Sunset Avenue died despite efforts to revive and rehabilitate him. The 14-year-old bird, the star of a University of Massachusetts webcam on top of the campus library, had been …

Hampshire Mosque poised to reopen at former Adventure Outfitters building on Route 9 in Hadley

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

HADLEY — The town of Hadley may soon be the site of Hampshire County’s only mosque. Three weeks after the Hampshire Mosque had to leave the Carriage Shops in Amherst, which are under redevelopment, representatives of the organization came before the Hadley Planning Board and submitted a proposal …

Senate president Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst names leadership team, creates five special committees

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BOSTON — State Sen. Karen Spilka was named Wednesday to chair the powerful Senate Ways and Means Committee, a position that will give the Ashland Democrat significant influence in state budget negotiations with the House and Republican Gov. …

Leverett and Montague approve change in legal smoking age to 21, ban on most flavored tobacco

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Boards of Health in Leverett and Montague last week became the first towns in Franklin County to raise the smoking age to 21 and ban most flavored tobacco. The changes take effect July 1. In Montague, the health board approved draft regulations banning sales of any flavored …