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University of Massachusetts Police Chief John Horvath is leaving to become chief of the Rockport Police Department.

University of Massachusetts Police Chief John Horvath takes pay cut to lead Rockport department

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief John K. Horvath will take a pay cut to become chief of the Rockport Police Department on the North Shore, according to a report in the Gloucester Times. When Horvath was hired as UMass chief in 2012, his salary was announced at $140,000. The Gloucester Times reported that Horvath would earn between $100,000 and $115,000 as chief in Rockport. Horvath could not be reached for comment Wednesday. In a statement issued Wednesday, UMass Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Campus Life Enku Gelaye confirmed that Horvath will leave for Rockport. “John Horvath demonstrated a deep commitment to …

Amherst police calls

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

MONDAY, MARCH 9 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY ∎ 12:36 a.m. — Rolling Green Apartments residents called police after observing a suspicious item, wrapped in tinfoil, leaning against a building. Police determined the object was brick wrapped in aluminum foil that a resident uses to prop open a door. ∎ 7:28 p.m. — A Mill Valley Estates resident reported returning home to find one window screen …

Amherst arrests/summonses

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Amherst ∎ Anthony V. Caputo, 25, of Ludlow, was arrested March 14 at 10:30 p.m. on North Pleasant Street on a warrant, police said. ∎ Mabvuto Tsonga, 38, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested March 14 at 5:02 p.m. in front of Town Hall on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and on six warrants, police said. ∎ …

Panel takes up race, racisim Tuesday

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — For more than a year, residents have been exploring issues surrounding racism, social justice and what it’s like to live in Amherst for people of all racial and socio-economic backgrounds. The next step in this ongoing dialogue and effort to build connections, led by the group …

Residents recount need for improved public transportation serving East Hadley Road neighborhood in Amherst

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — As visually impaired people who don’t drive, Shawn and Saphon Prak depend on public transportation, smooth and continuos sidewalks and easy access to the Norwottuck Rail Trail. Like others who have lived in the East Hadley …

Shutesbury begins campaign to demonstrate interest by residents in high-speed Internet

Saturday, March 14, 2015

SHUTESBURY — Advocates for bringing high-speed Internet to Shutesbury hope that within two years the project to make fiber-optic cable accessible to every home is a reality. But to ensure that the town is among the first rural communities to have its system built out under the Wired …

Sixth annual ‘Follies’ set this Sunday

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — A wide variety of musical styles, ranging from country music and bluegrass to gospel, rock, blues and jazz, will be performed during the sixth annual Amherst Follies event. The two-hour show, which will also feature a dance performance and singing by an a cappella group, will …

Amherst-Pakistani exchange opens minds and hearts of educators

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — The terrorist attack that killed more than 100 schoolchildren and educators in the Pakistani city of Peshawar in December was about 7,000 miles away from Rebecca Woodland’s home, but for her it was as if it …

Amherst Regional High School prepares to expand interactive math curriculum that encourages flexibility, multiple solutions

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — A businesswoman offers two items in her air delivery service: calculators and chicken feed. The two products come in containers of different weight and size, with different costs and sale prices. Accounting for the limited capacity …

A leg up at UMass

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A leg up at UMass …

Cocaine in bank deposit brings charges

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — Authorities expect to summon a 19-year-old Leverett woman to court to face charges after a bank manager found cocaine mixed up in a bag of money brought in for deposit. Police said she will face a single charge of possession of cocaine. According to police reports, …

Crews rescue Quabbin hikers

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

PELHAM — Emergency crews rescued a hiker who experienced chest pains after hiking for five hours with two male companions at the Quabbin Reservoir Monday night. He was taken by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital, according to Pelham Police Sgt. Christopher Rice. Rice said police …

Strong police presence, other efforts keep lid on Blarney Blowout 2015, prompting students to bemoan loss of Blarney

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — It worked. Months of preparation, a call out to police from about a dozen departments and a concert with world-class artists helped University of Massachusetts Amherst officials to keep a lid on Blarney Blowout last weekend. …