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Arrests and Summonses

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Arrests & Summons Amherst Police • Shannon M. Walsh, 22, of Norwood, was arrested Sept. 13 at 5:23 a.m. at the intersection of Pine Street and Sand Hill Road on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol after she was found slumped over the steering wheel of the vehicle, which was partially in the road, police said. • Clarke E. Gale, 21, of Pine …

Day-by-Day Amherst Police Calls

Thursday, September 18, 2014

MONDAY, SEPT. 8 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY • 6:28 p.m. — South East Street residents reported someone may have stolen a key from an envelope that was sent to them by mail. They told police they would ask the landlord to change the locks on the home. • 8:26 p.m. — A man bothering several women inside a downtown restaurant by making odd comments was …

Board may alter rules on public comment

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AMHERST — Public comment at Select Board meetings may change this fall if residents continue to use the time to express concerns publicly about town employees. Select Board Chairman Aaron Hayden told the audience in the Town Room at Town Hall and viewers at a recent meeting that the way public comment is handled may be formalized. Hayden said the “urge for debate …

Forum on Amherst parking set for Tuesday

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AMHERST — A five-story building that will house 102 tenants and three businesses is being constructed at the intersection of Triangle and East Pleasant streets. When these units at Kendrick Place are leased next fall, there will be no on-site parking for residents or patrons of the businesses. …

Belchertown School Committee names Karol Coffin new superintendent

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — After a brief deliberation, the School Committee voted unanimously Tuesday night to name Karol Coffin, currently principal of the Wamsutta Middle School in Attleboro, the new superintendent. After the vote, committee Chairman Richard Fritsch telephoned Coffin …

Groundbreaking research in Arctic leads UMass professor Julie Brigham-Grette to head Polar Research Board

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — Studying glacial geology is a tantalizing mystery that can offer up a treasure trove of information if you know how and where to dig, believes University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Julie Brigham-Grette. “It’s like trying to …

Former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury arrested on firearms charges after allegedly pointing gun at man outside Belchertown VFW

Monday, September 15, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury was arrested and arraigned last week in Eastern Hampshire District Court on firearms charges after he allegedly pointed a gun at another man outside VFW Post 8428 in Belchertown during …

Two Amherst police officers hurt in separate Sunday incidents

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — Two Amherst police officers suffered work-related injuries on Sunday that could force them to take extended medical leaves while they recuperate, Police Chief Scott Livingstone said. A police sergeant suffered a broken hand during an incident involving a prisoner at the police station early Sunday morning, …

Belchertown Select Board approves Surner Heating request to install underground propane tanks

Monday, September 15, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The Select Board approved Monday night an application by the Surner Heating Co. to increase its fuel-storage capacity on land it owns on Route 9 near the intersection with North Street. The Planning Board must still …

Big pumpkin contest weigh-in Saturday at North Hadley Sugar Shack

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

HADLEY — For the fourth consecutive year, Hadley elementary school students will drop their home-grown pumpkins on the scales this weekend in a contest that is becoming part of the fabric of this agricultural town. The weigh-in for “Myron’s Pumpkin Contest” is Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon …

UMass gets three-year, $1 million federal grant to boost nursing program for minority, disadvantaged veterans

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to implement “Heroes into Health Care: Veterans Entering the Nursing Workforce,” a program designed to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged veterans who successfully complete a …

‘Impact’ zone: 400 college students join third-annual community service day in Valley

Sunday, September 14, 2014

AMHERST — Though whitewashing a fence might not sound like an exciting task, it wasn’t so bad for a group of students at North Cemetery on Saturday. A variety of music played from iPhones placed on the ground …

Head bishop of African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church to visit Amherst congregation

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AMHERST — A momentous occasion for a small Amherst church will occur later this month when the head bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church visits for the first time in more than 100 years. That the Right Rev. Mildred “Bonnie” Hines, presiding prelate, is also the …