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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Darcy Dumont: Jones expansion/renovation project definitely not sustainable now

06-13-2024 8:03 PM

In 2021, as a town councilor, I voted against funding the Jones expansion and renovation project because though it was wanted by many Amherst residents, it was not needed, certainly not like other projects in Amherst that are necessary for public...


Juneteenth celebrations animate Amherst on Saturday, Wednesday

06-13-2024 8:03 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Celebrations to mark Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when the last American citizens in Galveston, Texas were informed that slavery was abolished, are scheduled for both Saturday and on the federal holiday itself.Three years after June 19, also...


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...


The Lehrer Report: June 14, 2024

06-13-2024 7:59 PM

Sunday, June 16 is Father’s Day. Thank you and best wishes to all the men who care for others.***Reminder: Wednesday, June 19 is Juneteenth. Public buildings, the post office, banks and libraries will be closed.The holiday will be celebrated...


Around Amherst: Plans to ‘art up’ utility boxes part of Electrify Amherst

06-13-2024 7:59 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — At a downtown intersection, portraits of and quotes by poets Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost are on a utility box, and in East Amherst center a Black Lives Matter theme is on a similar box.With the artwork done by artists in previous years...


Review sought of 41-acre solar/battery project on Amherst’s eastern edge

06-13-2024 7:59 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A controversial large-scale solar and battery development planned for a portion of a mostly wooded 102-acre site on the eastern edge of town is continuing to make its way through municipal permitting, with a private consultant to review...


Teen driver dies in Pelham crash

06-13-2024 7:59 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

PELHAM — A teenage driver died Monday evening after his vehicle crashed into a tree off Daniel Shays Highway (Route 202) and caught fire, authorities said.Joseph Tucker, 19, of Essex was brought by helicopter to Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer, where...


Transhealth’s new leader hopes to continue center’s early success

06-13-2024 7:59 PM

By Alexa Lewis

Transhealth’s new CEO Joan Erwin understands how critical gender-affirming care is in today’s political climate, and said she’s ready to guide the health care center into the future.Erwin, previously Transhealth’s chief operating officer, has a...


Dave’s Hot Chicken looking to spice up Hadley’s Mountain Farms Mall

06-13-2024 7:58 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant serving chicken tenders, sandwiches, milkshakes and a special kale slaw is looking to open in a former bank building next to Mountain Farms Mall.Representatives for Dave’s Hot Chicken, headquartered in...



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