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Pedestrian crossing where Hopkins student hit by van will stay
01-27-2023 9:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A Route 9 crosswalk where a Hopkins Academy student was seriously injured by a hit-and-run vehicle last fall will continue to be improved by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, but there is little likelihood the pedestrian...


Hadley planners may tweak affordable housing bylaw in effort to get developers to contribute
01-27-2023 9:40 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Ever since the Windfield Estates affordable housing opened in 2002, becoming the first apartment complex in a town where zoning prohibits more than one dwelling unit on a lot, preventing similar projects has been an objective for Hadley...


Ad hoc group appointed to mold Deerfield Human Rights Committee
01-27-2023 9:40 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — After several months of discussion, the town has appointed an eight-person ad hoc group that will be charged with outlining the role and responsibilities of a full Human Rights Committee.The ad hoc committee will be tasked with...


‘Always about the kids’: Well-loved educator Barrett recalled for lives she touched
01-27-2023 9:38 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Each year, the graduating senior girls of Frontier Regional School would walk across the street to join Principal Martha “Marti” Barrett for a traditional tea time at her home.“She used to invite the graduating girls to her house for...


UMass awards Ellsberg honorary degree
01-27-2023 9:36 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower who leaked classified information pertaining to the Vietnam War known as the “Pentagon Papers,” was awarded an honorary degree from University of Massachusetts Amherst in a ceremony held in San Francisco...


Pictures of possibility: Exhibit by acclaimed illustrator Christian Robinson aims to help children explore the variety life offers
01-27-2023 9:35 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Illustrator and children’s book author Christian Robinson calls his website “The Art of Fun,” and it seems an appropriate title. Robinson’s colorful and whimsical art — a mix of detailed collage, acrylic paint and colored pencil — transmits the sense...


‘The smallest tip may break this case open’: DA’s office pleas for help as tips dwindle in hit-run of Hadley boy
01-27-2023 9:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — At a standstill more than three months after a Hadley teen was struck and seriously injured in a Route 9 crosswalk, authorities took a rare step last Friday morning of holding a press conference in the hope that someone, somewhere will...


Longtime Eric Carle Museum director Alexandra Kennedy stepping down this year
01-27-2023 9:34 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — After almost 15 years leading the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Executive Director Alexandra Kennedy plans to step down from her post this year.But Kennedy, known at the Carle as Alix, says she hopes to stay engaged with the museum...


Around Amherst: Lunar New Year brings food, Winterfest fun this weekend
01-27-2023 8:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst will celebrate the Lunar New Year and Spring Festival with an event Sunday at the Amherst Regional Middle School auditorium.The Human Rights Commission is sponsoring the celebration, running from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, that will include a...


Amherst committee says track project can forge ahead, as booster organization continues fundraising
01-20-2023 9:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A $4.74 million project to rebuild and reorient the track at the Amherst Regional High School, installing a synthetic turf playing field in its interior, can move forward, even though community fundraising is short of the amount needed to...


Jewish Federation reviving Ride to Provide fundraiser
01-20-2023 9:25 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

AMHERST — After an eight-year hiatus, a former annual fundraising event by the University of Massachusetts Hillel that helped support local, national and international service projects, will be making its return.Through a partnership with UMass...


New van to boost food delivery services at Amherst Survival Center 
01-20-2023 9:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Area families depending on the Amherst Survival Center for staples like milk, eggs and bread will be among those benefiting from a new delivery van recently bought by the agency.Using $76,500 collected from 117 community members during a...


Mandela’s grandson celebrates King’s legacy at UMass
01-20-2023 9:24 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

AMHERST — The light from the torch for social justice burned bright as the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. was celebrated at the University of Massachusetts on Tuesday morning.The inaugural “Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Racial Healing Community...


She sings the hair electric: Photographer uses tintype technique to re-imagine female portraits 
01-20-2023 9:14 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Time was when Rachel Portesi did much of her photography using Polaroid film. She loved the immediacy of the image, the way each photo was different and often didn’t quite match what her eye had seen, and what she calls “the feeling of Christmas when...


Around Amherst: Public input on new school project welcome at forums
01-20-2023 9:10 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Two public forums on the elementary school project expected to be subject to a Proposition 2½ debt-exclusion override vote in the spring are being held next week.After cost estimates and other updates on the project from the designer and...


Spreading his wings: Former WRSI radio host Monte Belmonte heads to New England Public Media
01-12-2023 2:09 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

SPRINGFIELD — Last month, when he stepped down from WRSI 93.9 The River after nearly 17 years hosting a morning show at the station, Christopher “Monte” Belmonte said he was not stepping away from radio. But the popular radio personality wasn’t ready...


Jones Library panel planning all-gender bathroom
01-12-2023 2:08 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — In an effort to accommodate the widest range of patrons, and limit lines during public events such as after-hour meetings and Burnett Art Gallery openings, the expanded and renovated Jones Library is expected to do away with bathrooms...


Critic of Amherst officials irked at fee for records request
01-12-2023 2:08 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A vocal critic of some members of the Town Council and government officials is describing the town’s latest action to charge her more than $300 to fulfill a public records request “petty and unfortunate.”Vira Douangmany Cage of Longmeadow...


Hot commodity: Liquor license up for grabs in Amherst
01-12-2023 2:08 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — With the first all-alcohol, off-premises liquor license back in the town’s hands in recent memory, those interested in opening a new package store in Amherst are invited to begin submitting applications to obtain it.Town officials announced...


Amherst council: Closed-door meetings with police above-board
01-12-2023 2:08 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The Amherst Town Council denies that it violated the state’s Open Meeting Law when it met with police officers in closed-door meetings last month, though some councilors contend that giving the officers a private forum violated the council’s...

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