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Jones trustees reiterate commitment to Amherst library expansion
03-23-2023 7:38 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Trustees for the Jones Library are reaffirming their support for expanding and renovating the main branch building at 43 Amity St., taking a unanimous vote to continue moving the project forward as the capital campaign is two-thirds of the...


Baystate doctor charged with possession of child pornography 
03-23-2023 7:37 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A resident doctor who lives part time in Amherst and practices at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield was arrested May 14 following the FBI’s recent seizure of about 80 devices containing images and videos believed to be child...


Hadley adopts energy reduction plan
03-23-2023 7:37 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — With its acceptance of an energy reduction plan this week, the Select Board is taking the final step needed to put Hadley in the Green Communities program, where town officials will be able to access state grants that can fund cutting...


License commission grants liquor license to father-son duo in Amherst 
03-23-2023 7:36 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A father and son who run a Belchertown package store are being awarded an all-alcohol, off-premise license so that liquor sales for off-site consumption can resume from a storefront at Newmarket Shopping Plaza at 6 University Drive.The Board...


Panda East in Amherst facing liquor license suspension for 2nd time this year
03-23-2023 7:36 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Panda East had its liquor license suspended by the state’s Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission through March 8, the second time this year that the restaurant was not be able to offer customers alcoholic drinks.The latest suspension, which...


Amherst not ready to take over private water, sewer lines
03-23-2023 7:35 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — When revised water and sewer regulations are presented to the Town Council later this year, a provision will not be included for Amherst to automatically take over ownership of private service lines on July 1, 2025.Despite some councilors...


Around Amherst: Interfaith COVID remembrance calls people to Common Sunday
03-23-2023 7:29 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A remembrance ceremony to honor and grieve lives taken by COVID and to recognize others affected by the pandemic is being held on the Town Common Sunday afternoon.The COVID Remembrance Interfaith gathering, organized by the Interfaith...


232-unit housing proposal runs into deep reservations in Hadley
03-23-2023 7:27 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A project to bring a large-scale apartment complex of two-story cottages and three-story townhomes to a 45-acre parcel situated between North Maple Street and Rocky Hill Road will likely run into resistance from residents if municipal...


Hadley Planning Board backs motel conversion to affordable housing with conditions
03-16-2023 7:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — The Planning Board is supporting conversion of a Route 9 hotel into affordable housing for up to 63 individuals, though its recommendation asks that preference be given to both current residents and senior citizens, should the project move...


Amherst may put $5M in reserves toward new elementary school
03-16-2023 7:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst’s Finance Committee is recommending that up to $5 million from the capital stabilization fund be directed toward the $98 million elementary school project to pay the initial costs of installing geothermal and photovoltaic systems.But...


Hadley CPA panel delays vote on $1.24M plan for Russell School building
03-16-2023 7:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A comprehensive study that will detail the future use for the vacant Russell School building and the likely costs for its full-scale renovation will be completed before voters are asked to spend Community Preservation Act money on its...


Diversity on the docket for Hadley schools: Equity dashboard project gauges how district is faring
03-16-2023 7:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Reducing disparities in education in the town’s public schools, based on factors such as race, ethnicity and special needs, is an ongoing objective for school leaders, who are compiling data that looks to assess the district’s existing...


UMass unions speak out at rally against move to privatize jobs
03-16-2023 7:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Gail Gunn has been part of a team that has brought giving to the University of Massachusetts to record-breaking levels, yet near the end of her career the longtime UMass employee is feeling betrayed by administrators.She contends that the...


As food trucks grow in popularity, Hadley planners see need for regulation
03-16-2023 7:22 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — At an ice cream stand situated at the edge of farm fields, in proximity to the shopping malls and the Norwottuck Rail Trail, bands play acoustic music most weekends during the spring, summer and fall, often accompanied by a food truck...


Around Amherst: Council president seeks more Fair Share, PILOT funding
03-16-2023 7:12 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Better funding for roads and education, along with restructuring the payment in lieu of taxes program for state-owned property in Amherst to better account for the impacts of the University of Massachusetts, are among requests Amherst...


Amherst council proposal to curb public comment sets off residents
03-08-2023 6:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A proposal to limit public comment at Town Council meetings to 30 minutes and restrict access for nonresidents is drawing fire from some who say the change is a “bad look,” unnecessary and a way to silence marginalized communities.“This not...


College binge drinking on ‘borgs’ leads to record visits to Cooley Dickinson Hospital
03-08-2023 6:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — It’s the kind of record that a community doesn’t want to see their local hospital break, but that’s exactly what happened Saturday when alcohol consumption among college-age people contributed to a record number of ambulance arrivals over a...


Amherst Police Chief Livingstone stepping down in May
03-08-2023 6:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone will retire in May after nearly 14 years leading a department he joined upon graduating from Granby High School in 1977.“This has been just an incredible journey over the last 46 years,” Livingstone...


Unions to school committees: Ditch mediation and return to negotiating table
03-08-2023 6:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A speech language pathologist at the regional high school says an unsettled employee contract is the latest in a litany of frustrations she and her colleagues have had to grapple with this academic year — a comment echoed by many of the 75...


Around Amherst: Resolution establishes town’s first COVID-19 Memorial Day
03-08-2023 6:32 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst marked its first COVID-19 Memorial Day this week following the adoption of resolution to remember victims and survivors of the virus.The Town Council recently adopted a proclamation submitted by community members and...

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