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With NCAA settlement, sea change comingfor UMass athletics

06-20-2024 3:33 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Late last month, the NCAA’s Board of Governors and the Power 5 conferences reached a $2.8 billion proposed settlement in NCAA v. House, a consolidated antitrust litigation of three class action lawsuits brought by former student-athletes seeking lost...


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UMass launches task force in wake of spring protests, will also review police activity

06-20-2024 3:47 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — UMass Amherst Chancellor Javier Reyes has announced the creation of a Campus Demonstration Policy Task Force and an independent review of police activity on campus following events this spring that led to more than 130 arrests on campus amid...


State auditor: UMass violated law in axing Advancement office last year

06-20-2024 3:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts officials violated provisions of the state’s Taxpayer Protection Act law when moving fundraising operations from the Advancement office to the private University Amherst Foundation, according to a final...


Deerfield Selectboard picks company for South County Senior Center feasibility study

06-20-2024 3:47 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With a grant extension in hand, the Deerfield Select Board has selected edmSTUDIO, a Unionville, Connecticut-based architecture firm, to conduct a feasibility study to help the South County Senior Center determine an optimal site for...


Belchertown voters resoundingly strike down override for new middle school

06-20-2024 3:47 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — Residents shot down the proposed $122.6 million middle school building at Monday’s special election, bringing the project to an end and denying a $47.9 million grant from Massachusetts School Building Authority to offset the cost.The...


The Lehrer Report, June 21, 2024

06-20-2024 3:47 PM

Garden report: I picked a pepper and ate it. I have a zucchini that is about 2 inches long and about an inch around. I will check every day since they reach baseball bat size quickly.The green bean leaves were devoured by … pick an animal. I put milk...


Around Amherst: Grant will help assess accessibility for historic Strong House

06-20-2024 3:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A $30,000 Cultural Facilities Fund grant is going to the Amherst Historical Society to create an access plan and conditions assessment for the 1750s Simeon Strong House at 67 Amity St.The Historical Society, aiming to make one of the oldest...


Amherst Historical Society enlists first executive director since 2011

06-20-2024 3:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — For the first time since 2011, the Amherst Historical Society will have an executive director overseeing the nonprofit’s work in the community, including maintaining and improving the 1750s-era Simeon Strong House at 67 Amity St.Liz Larson,...


Budget rift emerges at Granby TM: Finance Committee at odds with School, Fire departments

06-20-2024 3:42 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — The town recently completed its two-part annual Town Meeting, at which residents passed a $29.1 million budget for fiscal 2025 while also listening to a contentious disagreement between the Finance Committee and the School and Fire...


Amherst Regional School Committee looks to launch financial sustainability panel

06-20-2024 3:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A fiscal sustainability committee that will undertake strategic planning and identify potential cost savings and new revenue sources for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools is being established by the Regional School Committee.Even though...


Judge denies Rintala’s motion to reduce prison sentence

06-20-2024 3:42 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge has denied convicted killer Cara Rintala’s motion to reduce the 12-to-14-year prison sentence she’s serving after being convicted last year of manslaughter in the killing of her wife in 2010.Rintala...


NCAA v. House, Part 2: How would UMass athletics be affected by landmark settlement proposal?

06-20-2024 3:42 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The landscape of college athletics is changing. And it’s changing fast. In February, UMass became the latest FBS Division I school to announce a conference move, leaving its home of nearly 50 years in the Atlantic 10 for the Mid-American Conference...


Amherst Regional board aims to set stage for new superintendent

06-20-2024 3:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Regional School Committee members are expecting Superintendent E. Xiomara Herman will hit the ground running and begin a successful tenure overseeing the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional schools as of July 1, even if she is not...


Valley social justice groups land funding for efforts to help incarcerated people, those seeking asylum

06-20-2024 3:42 PM

By Alexa Lewis

Three Pioneer Valley social justice organizations have been awarded funding to expand their missions that range from seeking the release of incarcerated people to helping individuals undergoing asylum cases.The Decarcerate Western Massachusetts...


Learning to change the world: Amherst fifth graders engaged with issues

06-20-2024 3:40 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Riding a bicycle from home to Fort River School can be a scary experience, says fifth grader Logan Lakota, with obstacles such as trash cans and mailboxes along the roads and sidewalks, and approaching vehicles that can’t be always be...


Shutesbury ready to launch construction of new library by hiring contractor

06-20-2024 3:33 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — Construction of a new 4,400-square-foot public library at 66 Leverett Road is a go, with town officials awarding a contract for the project last week to general contractor Construction Dynamics Inc. of Clinton.The company, the low...


Amherst library dips into endowment to pay architects up to $551K to pare Jones project cost

06-13-2024 8:03 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — More than $500,000 from the Jones Inc. endowment will be used to pay Finegold Alexander Architects for an additional 12 weeks of work, during which its team will aim to reduce the costs of the proposed expansion and renovation of the Jones...


Amherst College committed to partnership with schools, though talks ongoing

06-13-2024 8:03 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Despite a number of appeals and meetings seeking financial support from Amherst College for the Amherst and regional public schools, both through official and unofficial channels, no arrangement has yet been reached.Even so, both college and...


Janine Roberts: Unraveling my white supremacist history

06-13-2024 8:03 PM

By JANINE ROBERTS

There were rumors that my Roberts great-grandparents were enslavers in Culpeper County, Virginia. I began researching them before a 2023 southern road trip with a friend of 50 years, Delores Brown. Exploring Georgia, where she lived as a child with...


Federal funds heading to Amherst, Holyoke for purchase of more than two dozen electric school buses

06-13-2024 8:03 PM

By Alexa Lewis

School districts in Amherst and Holyoke are well on their way to transporting students to and from school in buses that run entirely on clean energy.The two districts were among 17 in Massachusetts to secure portions of $42 million in federal funding...



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