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Philadelphia consultant hired to advise UMass, town of Amherst on economic development, neighborhood change

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — A Philadelphia consulting company will develop a plan to improve neighborhoods near the University of Massachusetts campus and to strengthen the local economy. U3 Advisors, which will work in partnership with Corneil Collaborative of Carlisle and The Cecil Group of Cambridge, was hired Wednesday to undertake the $60,000 town-gown study following a recommendation from the Town-Gown Steering Committee and an endorsement by UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and Amherst … 0

School Zone: Amherst Regional students honored at UMass model U.N. convention

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Three Amherst Regional High School students received awards at the recent Model United Nations Conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Senior Talia Rueschemeyer-Bailey was deemed “Outstanding Delegate,” junior Rosa Shapiro-Thompson won “Best Delegate in the International Federation” and senior Dashi Bouvier-Valenta received the “Best Verbal Commendation” honor. The three-day event at the UMass Hotel and Conference Center in mid-March was hosted by … 0

Sammys honor local authors’ achievements

Thursday, April 3, 2014

AMHERST — Motion pictures have the Oscars, television programs the Emmys and the music industry the Grammys. Joining them this spring will be the Sammys, Amherst’s first awards recognizing literary achievement, in a community that produced poet Emily Dickinson and has been home to famed authors Robert Frost, Howard Garis and Noah Webster. The recipients of what are formally known as the Samuel … 0

Amherst students, faculty turn out for vigil in support of Carolyn Gardner, math teacher targeted in threatening graffiti

Monday, March 31, 2014

AMHERST — About 300 Amherst Regional High School students, teachers and staff turned out after school Monday to show support for African-American math teacher Carolyn Gardner, who has been targeted in four threatening messages found in the school … 0

Amherst Select Board supports plan for one-way vehicle traffic on Mill Street Bridge

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

AMHERST — In its first meeting with newly elected members and a new chairman Monday, the Select Board unanimously favored reconstructing the bridge below the Puffer’s Pond dam to accommodate one-way vehicle traffic. The board selected Aaron Hayden … 0

Three Amherst Regional Middle School teachers to present workshop at National Conference on Science Education in Boston

Friday, March 28, 2014

AMHERST — Three Amherst Regional Middle School science teachers will be demonstrating their methods to a national audience in Boston next month. Jennifer Welborn, Norman Price and Zachary Holmboe will be conducting workshops at the National Conference on … 0

Amherst to consider creating trust fund for affordable housing

Friday, March 28, 2014

AMHERST — A municipal housing trust fund that would assist Amherst in preserving and creating housing options for low- and moderate-income families will be brought to annual Town Meeting next month. The creation of the trust is on the warrant as town officials continue to wrestle with the … 0

Hadley Select Board releases minutes from 42 closed-door meetings

Thursday, March 27, 2014

HADLEY — An Open Meeting Law complaint filed in February prompted the Select Board to release a torrent of executive session minutes, though not from the session a former board member was hoping it would. Former Selectman John … 0

Longtime Shutesbury Board of Health Chairman William Elliott dies at 82

Thursday, March 27, 2014

SHUTESBURY — When Lake Wyola Dam came close to overflowing in 2006, William G. Elliott, the chairman of the town’s Board of Health, spent the night in Town Hall monitoring the situation. When the temperature of the refrigerator … 0

UMass students voice concerns about police actions at Blarney Blowout, large gatherings at forum

Thursday, March 27, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts senior Preston Davis arrived at Brandywine Apartments just after noon on March 8, a time when Amherst police were beginning to remove thousands of Blarney Blowout revelers from the complex. “They started pulling … 0

Sunderland seeks to restore softball field which would be named for Timothy Merritt, principal who died

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SUNDERLAND — With its overgrown brush and uneven field, the Sunderland Elementary School ball field has traditionally been avoided by softball teams, who opt for the baseball field or other towns’ fields. That could change this spring. The Sunderland Recreation Committee is asking for $20,458 from Community Preservation … 0

Proposed ‘fracking’ ban goes to Pelham Town Meeting

Thursday, March 27, 2014

PELHAM — Though experts believe it unlikely that hydraulic fracturing will come to Pelham, a group of residents aim to see it banned to make sure it does not happen and to send a message to the state Legislature. About 30 residents filled Community Hall Thursday for a … 0

Hampshire County Housing Court western division will move to Hadley

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The western division of the Hampshire County Housing Court will be in a new home next month. Beginning April 7, housing court sessions will be held in the Franklin/Hampshire Juvenile Court building at 116 Russell St. (Route 9) in Hadley. Sessions have been held Mondays in … 0