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Police news in Amherst

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Compiled by SCOTT MERZBACH Staff Writer ARRESTS & SUMMONS AMHERST POLICE • Brendan P. Kimball, 22, of Rockland, was arrested Nov. 21 at 1:23 a.m. on East Pleasant Street on a charge of disorderly conduct after he refused to stay on the sidewalk while observing the scene of a motor vehicle crash, police said. • Michael Lane, 43, of Springfield, was arrested Nov. 19 at 10:59 a.m. on University Drive …

Police news in Amherst

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MONDAY, NOV. 17 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY • 9:51 p.m. — A woman called police to respond to her North Amherst home after her son placed his urine on a hot plate in the shed as part of an experiment in alchemy. The actions of her son are allegedly a violation of a court agreement. CITIZEN ASSISTANCE • 5:10 p.m. — Police issued a trespass …

Merry Maple doings set for Dec. 5

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — Seasonal decorations already adorn light posts throughout downtown, but for many the holidays won’t officially begin in Amherst until the Merry Maple ceremony. The 39th annual event will be held on the Town Common Dec. 5 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. “The Merry Maple celebration has long been one of Amherst’s signature events, known throughout the Pioneer Valley,” said Amherst Area …

Amherst Police remind college students about break-ins during holiday

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — With many students expected to be home for the Thanksgiving holiday, and then away for the winter break in January, the Amherst Police Department is issuing a reminder about the ways to avoid being victimized by a break-in. Amherst Police are again using what they call …

Police break up parties, issue citations

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — Police broke up several parties and brought charges against individuals that could total $2,700 in fines on the weekend before area college students cleared out for Thanksgiving break. A West Street resident called police Nov. 21 at 10:45 p.m. to report that about 100 noisy people …

Rose Olver dies at 77, remembered for 50 years on faculty at Amherst College

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — Longtime Amherst College psychology professor Rose Olver, who helped usher in an era of equality with the hiring of female faculty and the enrollment of female students, died at the Hospice of the Fisher Home Nov. …

Historical Commission will weigh in on One East Pleasant project in Amherst

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — The Planning Board will wait to hear from the Historical Commission before making a decision on final site plan approval for the 84-unit, mixed-use development that would replace the Amherst Carriage Shops. At its the fourth hearing on the One East Pleasant project Nov. 19, the …

State will replace 105-year-old bridge in East Deerfield

Thursday, November 20, 2014

EAST DEERFIELD — A dilapidated bridge that crosses over the railroad tracks on McClelland Farm Road, which was last rebuilt in the 1950s, will now be replaced. At a public hearing Tuesday in the Deerfield town offices, representatives …

Rental permitting program in Amherst helps to identify and resolve problems

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AMHERST — A dilapidated fire escape, unsafe porches and debris strewn on the lawn have been among problems reported to the town’s inspection services department at a three-family home rented to college students on Phillips Street. With stepped-up inspections as the result of the rental permitting program launched …

UMass, Hampshire and Holyoke Community colleges get $810,000 grant to combine clean-energy studies with sustainable agriculture

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AMHERST — Agricultural students at the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College and Holyoke Community College will benefit from an $810,000 National Science Foundation grant to create collaborative programs combining clean-energy studies with sustainable agriculture. “The main purpose of the grant is to marry what has for the most …

Sunderland Elementary School playground improvements complete

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Students at Sunderland Elementary School who donned their coats and hats and headed out to recess were met with a pleasant surprise earlier this month — the new playground is up and running after a remodeling …

Amherst Regional and statewide teachers unions pledge support for Carolyn Gardner

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — Teachers in the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District and the Massachusetts Teachers Association are committed to confronting racism and offering support for Carolyn Gardner, the math teacher subjected to racist and hostile incidents during the last school year, according to a joint statement issued Tuesday. The statement …

Long-awaited asbestos cleanup to begin at Belchertown State School

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Work on removing contaminants from areas of the former Belchertown State School will begin as soon as next week. Bay State Contracting of Springfield has been awarded a contract for $40,800 to remove asbestos debris from …