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Day-by-Day Amherst Police Calls

Thursday, October 23, 2014

MONDAY, OCT. 13 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY • 10:51 p.m. — People shooting off fireworks from a vehicle in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and North Pleasant Street were not located. At 11:12 p.m., remnants of a bottle rocket were found on Northampton Road. LARCENY • 7:17 p.m. — Shoes and a printer left on a Taylor Street porch were reported stolen. VANDALISM • 4:49 p.m. — An allegedly angry customer punched …

Fundraiser set

Thursday, October 23, 2014

An exchange trip to Senegal and The Gambia, planned by member of the Amherst Regional High School African Scholars, has been postponed due to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, but the students are channeling their disappointment into action by holding a West African take-out fundraiser to benefit local health organizations working to combat the deadly disease in West Africa. Meals, in microwavable …

Deerfield River Watershed Association celebrates 25th anniversary

Friday, October 17, 2014

Before the federal government got rolling on relicensing seven hydroelectric dams along the Deerfield River a quarter century ago, a group of state, regional and local groups got their oars into the water, collaborating on a process that resulted not only in addressing environmental, recreational and other issues along the waterway, but also …

Woman hospitalized after head-on crash on South Maple Street near malls in Hadley

Saturday, October 18, 2014

HADLEY — One woman was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a head-on collision Saturday afternoon on South Maple Street. The two vehicles collided at 12:42 p.m. as one left the Hampshire Mall and the other exited the Mountain Farms Mall, said Officer Jesse Green. One …

Calvin Terrell says missteps contributed to uproar in Amherst over his anti-bullying presentations

Friday, October 17, 2014

AMHERST — Social justice activist Calvin Terrell of Phoenix said if the steps he suggested to school officials had been followed, it’s unlikely his anti-bullying presentations to middle schoolers earlier this month would have upset so many people. …

Pelham special Town Meeting votes to oppose Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, October 17, 2014

PELHAM —Voters at a special Town Meeting Wednesday voiced opposition to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline that would pass through western Massachusetts, and assessments that might be levied on residents to pay for its construction. Voters overwhelmingly adopted a citizen petition opposing the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by …

VIDEO: 1,000 UMass students attend rally for tolerance in wake of racist dorm messages

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — They flooded the University of Massachusetts Amherst Student Union building Thursday afternoon, some 1,000 students of all colors moved to lend their voices to a suddenly powerful outcry against racism on campus and to take whatever …

UMass student arrested in connection with racist graffiti; cases involve new notes, not earlier reports

Monday, October 20, 2014

By DEBRA SCHERBAN Staff Writer BELCHERTOWN ­— A University of Massachusetts Amherst student who admitted to police that he wrote racist notes on a dorm room door earlier this month has withdrawn from school and is remorseful, according …

Weekend alcohol violations in Amherst lead to 17 arrests or summons to court

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — Enforcement of alcohol laws during the weekend led to the arrest or summons to court of 17 people. While police broke up several parties as part of their responses to 229 calls for service, no arrests or tickets were issued for violations of the town’s noise …

UMass student Chloe Malast found dead in dorm; no foul play suspected

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student died at McNamara dormitory in the Sylvan residential area Sunday night, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office. A campuswide email sent Monday afternoon informed students, faculty and staff that Chloe …

Amherst Select Board supports increase in CPA surcharge; opposes fluoride testing

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — The Select Board on Monday voted to support an increase on the surcharge on residential tax bills, and opposed more rigorous testing of the fluoride that has been put in the town’s drinking water supply since …

Second suspect in house break on Mount Warner Road in Hadley arrested in Montague

Monday, October 20, 2014

HADLEY — The second man police allege was involved in a break at a Hadley home late Wednesday night was arrested Saturday in Montague, police said. Alejandro Arean-Raines, 19, of Montague, was arrested at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on a warrant and transferred to Hadley Police. According to the …

Patrick Borezo of Orange named director of Goodwin Memorial Library in Hadley

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HADLEY — Trustees at Goodwin Memorial Library have named veteran staffer Patrick Borezo of Orange to become the new library director, replacing Jane Babcock, who retired in August. Borezo, 40, who has worked at the library since 2009, …