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Hadley’s Hampshire Mall faces foreclosure
05-28-2024 10:43 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall, one of the largest commercial properties along Route 9 since opening in 1978, is heading to a foreclosure auction next month.A legal advertisement in Wednesday’s Gazette from Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin P.C. attorneys of...

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Jones Library trustees to ask state for 6 more months to find contractor for expansion project
05-28-2024 10:46 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Jones Library trustees are appealing to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to extend the deadline for awarding a general contractor bid for the $46.1 million renovation and expansion of the 43 Amity St. building.Trustees on...


Arts Briefs: The Paradise City Arts Festival returns to Northampton, the MIFA Victory Players perform in Holyoke, and more
05-28-2024 10:46 AM

Paradise by the fairground lightsNORTHAMPTON — One of the area’s largest artistic celebrations returns this weekend, as some 220 artists and craftspeople gather at the Three County Fairgrounds for the Paradise City Arts Festival.The biannual festival,...


Shaping Amherst responders’ role: CRESS chief emphasizes ‘community’
05-28-2024 10:44 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — One-on-one attention for a resident with hoarding issues was recently offered by members of the Community Responders for Equity, Safety and Service department to illustrate the focus they can bring for someone experiencing a crisis.“We can...


Richard S. Bogartz: Biden’s not the lesser of two evils
05-28-2024 10:43 AM

By RICHARD S. BOGARTZTo counter the dribble-spit that Biden is the lesser of two evils, I endorse social media’s “He’s not the lesser of two evils. He’s the far better human and it’s not even close,” and move to citing some of his accomplishments.With...


My Turn: Quabbin region will never see any bounty
05-28-2024 10:43 AM

By MIKE MAGEE

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Never again should the residents of the Quabbin region be fooled into believing that they will see any benefits from the Quabbin Reservoir.In the 1930s, the state took the entire towns of...


Graduating amid signs of protest: 6,800 UMass students receive diplomas at ceremony briefly interrupted by walk out
05-28-2024 10:41 AM

By Elise Linscott

AMHERST — Several dozen protesters marched out of the 154th UMass Amherst Undergraduate Commencement ceremony this weekend when Chancellor Javier Reyes took the podium, including a few faculty members and people in the stands carrying banners,...


‘A generational healing experience’: Exhibit documents the struggles of Cambodian families fleeing the Khmer Rouge who found refuge and a new community in Amherst
05-28-2024 10:39 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Not long after 20 years of war finally ended in Vietnam in 1975, another wave of horrendous violence erupted just to the west.The Khmer Rouge, the Communist party of Cambodia, seized control of the country and began a brutal “reeducation” campaign...


UMass faculty, librarians vote no confidence in chancellor over protest breakup
05-20-2024 8:30 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Nearly 500 members of the faculty and librarians are expressing no confidence in the leadership of University of Massachusetts Chancellor Javier Reyes stemming from the breakup of a pro-Palestinian encampment on May 7 that led to the arrests...


State OKs Valley Green Energy program for Amherst, Northampton, Pelham
05-20-2024 10:11 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A program offering Northampton, Amherst and Pelham residents more electricity supplied by green sources should be ready to launch by this fall.Amherst officials announced on May 8 that the state Department of Public Utilities recently...


Darcy Dumont: Three-town electricity aggregation approved
05-20-2024 10:10 AM

By DARCY DUMONTMunicipal electricity aggregation is the most powerful action cities and towns can take to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. It is projected to do so by our Amherst Climate Action and Resilience Plan. We’ve been working on getting...


The Lehrer Report: May 17, 2024
05-20-2024 10:09 AM

Garden report: The bluebells have bloomed and some are pink. The iris buds should open by the end of the week.Reminder: take down bird feeders. Several bears have been spotted in neighborhoods.***Senior Services Director Hayley Bolton sent me an...


UMass graduation speaker Colson Whitehead pulls out over quashed campus protest
05-20-2024 10:09 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Disturbed by the arrests of 132 protesters on the University of Massachusetts campus this week during a pro-Palestinian encampment, Colson Whitehead, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the...


Amherst College faculty join students in urging divestment from military suppliers to Israel
05-20-2024 10:09 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The faculty of Amherst College is joining the college’s Student Senate in asking trustees to divest from corporations supplying military equipment to Israel in its ongoing war in Gaza.The divestment appeal, made last week, came with support...


Three candidates for two Select Board seats make pitches in Hadley
05-20-2024 10:09 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Protecting farmland, keeping Hadley affordable and family friendly, and promoting commercial development appear to be areas of agreement for the three candidates vying for two seats on the Select Board at next week’s town election.Fielding...


Around Amherst: High school sleuths point out $2M mistake in town budget
05-20-2024 10:09 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Members of Sunrise Amherst recently uncovered a $2 million discrepancy in the fiscal year 2025 municipal budget when it was released on May 1, showing how the same vehicles for various departments were listed for purchase two years in a row...


South County Senior Center opts not to renew church lease after rift over LGBTQ program
05-20-2024 10:09 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Senior Center Board of Oversight has opted to not renew the center’s lease to use the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church’s function hall after a disagreement over the Rainbow Elders program.With the current lease expiring May 31,...


Large, loud parties in Amherst lead to arrests on last weekend before UMass graduation
05-20-2024 10:09 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Eight college-age people are facing criminal charges for violating the town’s noise bylaw after police responded to two large and loud parties over the weekend, the last before University of Massachusetts commencement on May 18.At a Pelham...


Pelham TM backs 6% school assessment, community choice aggregation program
05-20-2024 10:09 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

PELHAM — A 6% increase in the assessment for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools and the final step in establishing Valley Green Energy, a municipal community choice aggregation program for Pelham, Amherst and Northampton residents and businesses,...


Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: Venture beyond your garden walls: Plant sales and noteworthy gardens to visit this season
05-20-2024 10:09 AM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

After long weeks of yearning for gardening weather, we’re suddenly inundated by spring. Endless outdoor chores beg for our attention — composting, mulching, edging, scrubbing birdbaths and, at least in my garden beds, pulling out multitudes of maple...


The Beat Goes On: The Iron Horse comes back to life, Joni Mitchell’s music is celebrated in Turners Falls, and more
05-20-2024 10:08 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

It’s finally happening. Nearly seven months after ownership officially changed hands, and following extensive renovations, the Iron Horse Music Hall, shuttered since late March 2020, threw open its doors this week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a...

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