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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Compiled by Scott Merzbach Staff Writer Arrests & summons Amherst Police • Kathleen Brennan, 50, of Kestrel Lane, was arrested July 22 at 5:57 p.m. on an Amherst street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, second offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, police said. • A 47-year-old Amherst …

Amherst Police Logs

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MONDAY, JULY 20 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY • 12:14 a.m. — Four people walking on Main Street near Aspen Chase Apartments were determined to be college-age people visiting UMass. • 1:49 a.m. — A man loitering on South Pleasant Street who ducked into an alleyway when observed by police checked out OK. • 3:03 a.m. — Two people sleeping inside a vehicle parked on University …

Network Amherst

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Anna and Lad Nagurney of Amherst sent a postcard with dozens of views of Vienna from Amherst because they couldn’t mail it in Europe. While in Vienna, they stayed next door to where the U.S.- Iran talks were being held. “Andrea Mitchell was reporting for the Today show in front of our hotel, …

Amherst elderly housing units will be improved

Saturday, July 25, 2015

AMHERST — Dozens of apartments owned by the Amherst Housing Authority, including all 80 units at the Ann Whalen building, are being improved in projects costing more than $1 million this summer. Executive Director Denise LeDuc said the work will occur at many of the authority-owned sites, including …

Amherst settlement with former teacher Carolyn Gardner three times higher than other deals in last five years

Friday, July 24, 2015

AMHERST — The $180,000 paid to former Amherst-Pelham Regional High School teacher Carolyn Gardner in a legal settlement is more than three times higher than any other settlement paid by the district in the past five years, according …

Artist who sought inspiration from Mount Pollux Conservation Area concerned about the future of the view

Friday, July 24, 2015

AMHERST — Since she came to Amherst in the mid-1980s, artist Lorna Ritz has used the Mount Pollux Conservation Area to paint interpretations of the Holyoke Range, in particular Mount Norwottuck, and the apple trees and meadow that …

Five Colleges’ library annex plans rouse opposition in Hadley

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HADLEY — A proposed Five College Consortium library annex project off North Maple Street is facing opposition in a Planning Board hearing that began earlier this month and will continue in August. The building would initially house 2.5 million rarely circulating books in a roughly 35,000-square-foot facility. But …

Amherst officials move to address safety issues at Puffer’s Pond

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — Ongoing issues at Puffer’s Pond with alcohol consumption, smoking and off-leash dogs are prompting town officials to renew efforts to make the popular recreation and conservation area welcoming to all. Assistant Town Manager David Ziomek said he is troubled by reports from the police department and …

Amherst town manager fractures ankle while away, expects to continue working at or near full time

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — A fractured right ankle suffered by Town Manager John Musante last week will restrict his mobility for the next few weeks, but he anticipates being able to work regular hours. “I expect to be at or near full time,” Musante said when reached by phone Monday …

Amherst Select Board approves earned sick and personal leave for part-time employees

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

AMHERST — Nearly 120 part-time workers for the town of Amherst will be eligible to earn sick leave and personal days for the first time, beginning Aug. 1. The Select Board Monday, acting on a recommendation from the Personnel Board, voted 4-0 to offer the benefit of paid …

Complaints on process roil school board

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — It’s a war of words among Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members, who will meet Monday about two deliberation-based complaints. The first is a dispute about whether an email sent to the entire board from member Katherine …

Hadley officials make do in temporary quarters amid Town Hall work

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HADLEY — While Town Hall undergoes asbestos removal, Hadley officials are using the forced displacement from their offices to plan for catastrophes. Fire Chief Michael H. Spanknebel said he invited those who work in Town Hall to set up shop in the public safety complex on East Street …

Parking restrictions to go into place at Lincoln Avenue intersections in Amherst

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — Parking restrictions are going into place at all intersections along Lincoln Avenue, with changes aimed at addressing public safety concerns without impeding residents, their guests and contractors from parking on the street. The Select Board Monday …