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Arrests and Summonses

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Arrests & summons Amherst Police • Dmitri A. Ray, 24, of East Longmeadow, was arrested Aug. 24 at 1:04 a.m. on College Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a lights violation, police said. • Molly Brownhill, 21, of Belchertown Road, was arrested Aug. 23 at 2:02 a.m. at the intersection of Amity and … 0

Day-by-Day Amherst Police Calls

Thursday, August 28, 2014

MONDAY, AUG. 18 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY • 10:15 p.m. — A front door was found open at a Kellogg Avenue home. Police determined a gust of wind had forced it open. NOISE COMPLAINTS • 2:52 a.m. — People talking and laughing in a yard on Pine Street were advised to go inside for the night. ANIMAL COMPLAINTS • 9:49 a.m. — A Van Meter … 0

Amherst’s new teachers get to work

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Town Meeting member John Fox sees planner ‘deception’

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — Describing what he sees as a crisis of confidence in the Planning Department, a Town Meeting member this week detailed to the Select Board what he views as “a story of deception” by the town’s planning director. John Fox, a Fearing Street resident and former tax … 0

Letter by Carol Ross saying she feared ‘race-baiting’ at forum in Amherst angers WHMP officials

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — A letter sent to all Amherst School District parents and staff by the woman hired to heal racial divides said she feared “race-baiting” would be part of a radio station forum held here last week. That … 0

Northampton downtown business improvement district teams with Amherst to add to tree supply

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — Where three trees once stood on the south side of Main Street near Town Hall, only deteriorating stumps remain at the center of the stone-lined tree wells. To improve the aesthetics of this section of Main Street, dominated by a parking lot and a PVTA bus … 0

United Way of Hampshire County hits $1.275 million goal, targets economic insecurity in region

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Some of the newest programs backed by the United Way of Hampshire County will help people facing hard times today do better tomorrow. The group, which announced Tuesday it reached its $1,257,000 goal, spent the past … 0

Deerfield Academy buys John F. Thorn estate for $1.5 million

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DEERFIELD — For the second time this year, Deerfield Academy has purchased property in Old Deerfield for $1.5 million. According to the Franklin County Registry of Deeds, the Trustees of Deerfield Academy purchased the John F. Thorn estate … 0

Majority of Amherst Regional School Committee reaffirms legality of controversial July 14 meeting

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee will send a letter to an Amherst man who challenged a meeting it held in July, saying the session was widely publicized in keeping with the spirit of the state Open Meeting Law and thus was held legally despite objections raised … 0

Hadley K-9 Nomar helps Amherst police find bag of marijuana tossed by suspect

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — The Hadley Police K-9 unit was called to Amherst to help search for an item thrown toward a wooded area by a person who Amherst police arrested on Kellogg Avenue. The request for Hadley’s search dog, … 0

Dawnn Jaffier, victim of fatal shooting in Boston, graduated from UMass in 2010

Monday, August 25, 2014

BOSTON — A University of Massachusetts graduate who died from a gunshot wound Saturday morning is remembered for her work with city children in Boston and her ability to inspire underprivileged youths. Dawnn Jaffier, 26, a 2010 graduate … 0

New students at UMass, Amherst College invited to meet downtown businesses Saturday

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — More than 4,000 new students at the University of Massachusetts, joined by Amherst College freshmen, will come to downtown Amherst on Saturday. The Amherst Business Improvement District and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce are working with officials at both institutions on this year’s Adventure into … 0

Colleges in legal bind over allowing student use of medical marijuana

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When it comes to medical marijuana, Massachusetts colleges are left to choose between the right of the patient and compliance with federal law. Educational institutions are fearful that sanctioning medical marijuana use on campus could jeopardize … 0