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UMass students barred from studying abroad in wake of arrests at October sit-in

01-11-2024 11:48 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — At least one of three UMass Amherst students denied the chance to study abroad next semester after being arrested for participating in the October sit-in protests against the war in Gaza has raised the possibility of bringing a federal...


Hadley woman sentenced to 5 years’ probation in animal cruelty case

01-11-2024 11:48 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Hadley woman charged with animal cruelty in 2022 after nine cows and 22 goats were seized from the Amherst farm where she was keeping them will spend five years on probation after pleading guilty Friday to three counts in the 35-count...


Amherst man, 77, faces child porn charges again

01-11-2024 11:48 AM

Staff Report

AMHERST — An Amherst man is being held at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction in Northampton following his arrest and arraignment this week on possession of child pornography, the second time he has been taken into custody on those...


Small pool of candidates for Amherst police chief job prompts search committee to widen interest in position

01-11-2024 11:48 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An insufficient pool of applicants of those seeking to become the next police chief in Amherst is prompting the town’s search committee to increase efforts at widening interest.At a periodic Cuppa Joe meeting last Friday morning focused on...


Pedestrian killed by vehicle in Hadley on Saturday ID’d as Melvin Wilson, 33

01-11-2024 11:48 AM

Staff Report

HADLEY — Melvin L. Wilson, 33, of Sunderland, is identified as the pedestrian killed after being struck by a vehicle on the Route 116 bypass early Saturday morning, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.Wilson was hit by a car...


Route 116 resurfacing in Amherst will include eliminating on-ramp to Route 9

01-11-2024 11:48 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A project to resurface a 3.2-mile stretch of the Route 116 bypass, running from Meadow Street in Amherst south to Route 9 in Hadley, will prompt a realignment of the off-ramp from Route 116 where the state highways meet as a way of improving...


Tree House Brewing Co. co-founders deny minority shareholder’s lawsuit claims

01-11-2024 11:48 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SPRINGFIELD — Tree House Brewing Co.’s majority owners have filed a formal response to a lawsuit brought by the brewery’s only minority shareholder, denying allegations of a breach of fiduciary duty. In documents filed in Hampden County Superior Court...


The power of pickleball: Courts are springing up around the region as its legions of devotees continue to grow

01-11-2024 11:48 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

On any given weekday morning, upward of 40 people fill the Holyoke Community College gymnasium to partake in the sport that has become a favorite pastime for those looking to socialize and for people of all ages and abilities looking for a little...


Activist groups say Medicare Advantage defrauds taxpayers, call for overhaul

01-11-2024 11:45 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Contending that tens of billions of dollars are going to for-profit insurance companies instead of paying for necessary medical needs of senior citizens, Valley Action in Amherst and other regional activist groups are calling for stronger...


Yankee Candle’s South Deerfield distribution facility to close by end of 2024

01-11-2024 11:45 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Newell Brands, the parent company of Yankee Candle, is planning to close its distribution facility in South Deerfield by the end of 2024.In a statement, a spokesperson for Newell Brands said the company is focusing on consolidating...


Boosters reach goal for ARHS track, but project with turf field still $1M short

01-11-2024 11:45 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A $4.74 million project to rebuild and reorient the high school track and field is receiving significant financial support from families, individuals and businesses who have contributed to the Amherst Hurricane Boosters’ fundraising...


Around Amherst: Events celebrate King’s vision, reflect on his  legacy

01-11-2024 11:13 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy is being celebrated in Amherst with two community events next week coinciding with the federal holiday that, in 2024, marks the civil rights pioneer’s 95th birthday.On Monday at 1 p.m. at...


Valley Bounty: Community has kept Leverett Co-op beacon burning for half-century

01-11-2024 11:11 AM

By JACOB NELSON

This year, the Leverett Village Co-op turns 50. Over half a century, it has grown beyond a grocery store to become a cultural institution and hidden gem on North Leverett Road. For many it is an indispensable source of food to eat and food for the...


An advocate with a giant heart: Joe Tringali spent a lifetime pushing for the rights of people with disabilities

01-11-2024 11:09 AM

By James Pentland

AMHERST — Joe Tringali, a 45-year member of the Stavros Center for Independent Living, is being remembered as a tireless advocate for the dignity and rights of people with disabilities. Tringali died Dec. 27 at the age of 71.Stavros CEO Angelina...


Amherst forums on planned Resident Oversight Board seeks residents’ experiences with police

01-05-2024 9:11 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst officials are in the midst of seeking feedback from the public about their interactions with police officers as development of a Resident Oversight Board for the Police Department gets underway.A recommendation of the Community...


Do-it-all facilitator MacMellon leaving Amherst Senior Center

01-05-2024 9:11 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Scarcity of appointments for COVID-19 vaccines in early 2021 and technological challenges for senior citizens prompted Amherst Senior Center staff to get up at midnight or 3 a.m. as slots opened up, ensuring local seniors could get their...


Improvements coming at War Memorial Pool area in Amherst

01-05-2024 9:11 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Improvements to the area surrounding the War Memorial Pool, including possible reconstruction of the pool house and basketball courts and future affordable housing developments across town, are being supported by the committee making...


Tree House Brewing gets conditional OK for capacity of 5,000

01-05-2024 9:11 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Tree House Brewing Company has been given the go-ahead to more than triple its occupancy for the coming season, pending public safety officials’ approval of a emergency action plan.The Select Board gave the conditional approval...


Amid borrowing uncertainty, Deerfield departments to scope out potential cuts

01-05-2024 9:11 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With the town gearing up for a second special election to decide on borrowing authority for road repairs, the Select Board is preparing town departments for a scenario where they cannot borrow money.The town has already spent up to $3...


Hampshire County communities get midyear boost for road repairs

01-05-2024 9:11 PM

By EMILEE KLEINand BELLA LEVAVI

Like many communities throughout Hampshire County, Amherst routinely faces a double whammy that hinders its ability to fix roads in many of its neighborhoods in a timely fashion — the costs to make such repairs steadily escalate while the money sent...



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