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Arrests and Summonses

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Compiled By SCOTT MERZBACH Staff Writer Arrests & Summons Amherst Police • Jovany Rodriguez, 25, of Holyoke, was arrested July 27 at 3:33 a.m. on Montague Road on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle to endanger and failure to stop/ yield, police said. • A New Hampshire man was arrested and charged with a number of crimes early on the … 0

Day-by-Day Amherst Police Calls

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

MONDAY, JULY 21 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY • 11:49 a.m. — A man who aggressively confronted a parking enforcement officer on Phillips Street fled before police got there. CITIZEN ASSISTANCE • 12:03 p.m. — Police were informed about multiple scam calls received by an Amherst resident who was asked to repay a debt. BREAK-INS • 5:39 p.m. — A resident at the Amherst Carriage Shops … 0

Former Amherst GOP chair dies after suffering from stroke

Monday, July 28, 2014

AMHERST — During the 2008 presidential election, Paulette Brooks served as president of the Amherst Republican Committee. At the same time, her husband, H. Oldham “Harry” Brooks, led the Amherst Democratic Committee. “It was like they were the (James) Carville and (Mary) Matalin of Amherst,” said Robert Weiner, a lifelong friend of Harry … 0

Amherst schools again collecting backpacks, supplies to distribute to students in need

Monday, July 28, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst school district is again collecting new backpacks and schools supplies to distribute before the start of school to students in need. This will be the project’s sixth year and the fifth for a companion effort, Safe Seats for Kids, which provides car seats for … 0

'Most people are not dishonest': Hadley farmers talk farm stand thefts; police arrest two

Saturday, July 26, 2014

HADLEY — Though thieves made off with the cash box July 25 at his unstaffed farm stand at the corner of Comins and Shattuck roads, by Saturday morning, longtime farmer Joseph Czajkowski was more focused more on the … 0

Firm picked to build 83-unit housing complex on old Belchertown State School property; state releases $4M to clean land

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The Grantham Group of Boston has been chosen to build an 83-unit assisted living complex on a portion of the land formerly occupied by the Belchertown State School. At the same time, the state has released … 0

Amherst Historical Commission gives Cowls barn potentially flexible reprieve

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A prominent historic barn on Montague Road owned by W.D. Cowls Inc. should remain standing until next summer, according to a yearlong demolition delay imposed July 22 by the Historical Commission. But the commission, which voted … 0

Not pets: Amherst apartment dweller told to stop keeping wild pigeons inside his home

Monday, July 21, 2014

AMHERST — Last month, Mildred Christensen, who lives in Village Park apartments, saw her neighbor carrying a cage filled with pigeons into his apartment. She thought that was odd. Bringing wild birds inside didn’t seem right. Plus, “You … 0

Amherst Community Land Trust seeks to provide affordable housing, keep student-rental properties at bay

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A private organization may soon help people find affordable housing in Amherst in an effort to encourage home ownership and prevent neighborhoods from being overrun by student-rental properties. The Amherst Community Land Trust was recently incorporated … 0

Paving planned by Amherst DPW

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AMHERST — Several Amherst roads will soon be given large skim coats of pavement to make them smoother for drivers and bicyclists. Town Manager John Musante said one skim coat project already underway is on Market Hill Road. Musante said this is a “surgical” way of repairing the … 0

Trail project will allow disabled to visit Fort River in Hadley

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

HADLEY — On a sweltering late July day, Henry Kahan, 16, took a break from building a boardwalk for a trail through the forest in the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Hadley. He got … 0

Anonymous donor gives $10.3M to UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — An anonymous donor has given an estimated $10.3 million to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to benefit the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy calls it a “transformative gift” that is among the largest in the history of the university, according to … 0

Artist pledges to help save Carriage Shops' Amherst history mural

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — The artist who created the Amherst Community History Mural that may be jeopardized by potential redevelopment of the Amherst Carriage Shops says he’ll work with town officials and the developers to save the large artwork. “The … 0