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Working group to examine future of money-losing Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst

07-17-2024 9:28 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A working group may soon be formed to examine the future of a public golf course in North Amherst that has long relied on municipal funding to remain solvent, even though memberships, greens fees and assorted other revenues are supposed to...


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Herrell’s Ice Cream to open pop-up shop in North Amherst this summer

07-17-2024 9:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Herrell’s Ice Cream, a mainstay on Old South Street at Thorne’s Marketplace in downtown Northampton, will be opening a pop-up shop in the North Square at the Mill District in North Amherst by the end of July, with plans to have a permanent...


Amherst Town Council rejects candidate over tilt toward abutters

07-17-2024 9:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Written and oral comments from a resident indicating she would prioritize views of abutters when decisions are made by the Planning Board, and might bring a confrontational relationship toward the University of Massachusetts, have cost her a...


Note from the publisher: Amherst Bulletin distribution change

07-17-2024 9:31 PM

Bulletin Readers,On Aug. 1, 2024, we are changing how the Amherst Bulletin is distributed. Effective with the Aug. 1 edition, the Bulletin will be available weekly for free pickup at nearly 60 locations throughout Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley,...


High-speed police chase in Hadley ends in crash, arrest on Hampton Inn lawn

07-17-2024 9:31 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

HADLEY — A high-speed chase in Hadley on July 10 ended with a car crash that closed part of Bay Road after an unmarked police vehicle collided with the pursued vehicle just outside the Hampton Inn.The incident occurred shortly after 7 p.m. with police...


Hadley Route 9 project finish expected in spring 2026

07-17-2024 9:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — The $26.2 million project to widen Route 9 from the town center east to the intersection of North and South Maple streets remains on track to be completed by spring 2026.The expected finish date for the work on the state highway is April...


Yankee Candle consolidation prompts loss of 100 jobs

07-17-2024 9:31 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Newell Brands, Yankee Candle’s parent company, announced Monday that Sept. 9 will be the last day of operations at its distribution facility at 27 Yankee Candle Way.The news of an official date to end distribution operations there...


Around Amherst: North Amherst Library will replace church as polling site

07-17-2024 9:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The North Amherst Library, which reopened to the public earlier this year, will be the new in-person polling location for voters in Precinct 1A, beginning with the state primary in September.Acting on a request from Town Clerk Susan Audette,...


$2M in historic tax credits for Jones Library expansion off the table

07-17-2024 9:29 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Around $2 million in historic tax credits sought for the $46.1 million expansion and renovation of the Jones Library will not be available after the project was deemed ineligible by the Massachusetts Historical Commission, whose staff are...


Pakistani scholars in UMass program revel in multi-layered learning

07-17-2024 9:28 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Being on the University of Massachusetts campus for nearly a month, her first experience outside her native Pakistan, Mahan Aslam has found Americans courteous in not bothering her when she’s not wearing a traditional headscarf.“In the U.S.,...


Sunderland receives $195K grant to study, design multi-use trail from Whately to Amherst

07-17-2024 9:26 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With a $195,090 MassTrails grant, visions of people walking and biking on the Norwottuck North Shared-Use Path from Whately to Amherst are one step closer to becoming a reality.Alongside a $76,840 match from Sunderland, which is the lead...


Cost-saving push for Jones project keeps library entrance but scraps other interior preservation

07-17-2024 9:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Upon completion of the $46.1 million expansion and renovation of the Jones Library in 2026, the building’s main entrance, with the formal staircase rising three floors and Philippine walnut and mahogany woodwork gracing the walls, would...


Four arrested in UMass protest crackdown take diversion program

07-11-2024 8:54 PM

Staff Report

BELCHERTOWN — Four people arrested during the breakup of a pro-Palestinian encampment on the University of Massachusetts campus in May agreed to dispositions Monday in Eastern Hampshire District Court in which they will enter a four-month diversion...


Hampshire College cuts 29 jobs in effort to save $2.7M in expenses

07-11-2024 8:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Restructuring at Hampshire College will eliminate about 29 non-faculty staff positions, or 9% of the college’s workforce, saving about $2.7 million in operating costs, according to officials at the Amherst campus.“The changes are grounded in...


Drive-thru coffee, drinks shop pitched for front of Mountain Farms Mall

07-11-2024 8:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A drive-thru shop offering coffee, infused energy drinks, Italian sodas, smoothies, teas and milkshakes is being proposed for a vacant, mostly wooded parcel on Route 9 in front of Mountain Farms Mall.Plans for 7 Brew Coffee, brought before...


Bids sought for new K-5 elementary school in Amherst

07-11-2024 8:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A municipal advertisement is seeking bids from general contractors interested in constructing the planned $97.5 million, net-zero energy elementary school building next to the existing Fort River Elementary School at 70 South East St.The...


Turners Falls man charged after crashing into Deerfield house

07-11-2024 8:54 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

DEERFIELD — A Turners Falls man faces various charges, including his third OUI offense, after allegedly driving a vehicle into a River Road house late last month.Jason E. Tyler, 50, pleaded not guilty in Greenfield District Court on Monday to charges...


ValleyBike Share program still not ready to roll in region

07-11-2024 8:54 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Despite the city previously saying that the ValleyBike Share would restart operations at the end of May, the program has yet to resume throughout the Pioneer Valley, with an updated start date yet to be announced by city officials.On May...


Amherst firefighters raise alarm over 2-person response to night blaze

07-11-2024 8:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A late-night fire in downtown Amherst, during which only one career firefighter/paramedic was available to extinguish the blaze, is prompting the union representing town firefighting staff to renew its longstanding appeal for enhanced...


Around Amherst: Crocker Farm earns national Welcoming Schools Seal

07-11-2024 8:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Crocker Farm School’s Amherst Early Education Center recently became one of 35 schools across the country to earn the Human Rights Campaign’s Welcoming Schools Seal of Excellence, where work over the past three years is honoring family...



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