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Hadley nearing settlement over campers dispute along Connecticut River
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A Land Court lawsuit in which a Holyoke resident is seeking to overturn a Zoning Board of Appeals decision preventing him from parking five campers at a long-used campsite along the Connecticut River appears to be nearing a resolution that...


Around Amherst: Woman’s Club Flower Show heralds spring
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Spring’s arrival is being celebrated by the Amherst Woman’s Club, which is holding its annual Flower Show and Sale on Saturday at the Hills Memorial Club House, 35 Triangle St.The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature classic...


Can you get there from here? Online tool tracks how reach to food pantries and stores without a car — or not
03-24-2024 2:02 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — Food and other necessities can be found at the Goshen General Store on Route 9. For low-income individuals in Goshen and surrounding communities, the Hilltown Food Pantry, at the nearby Town Office Building, distributes food every...


Reimagining the Hampshire Mall: UMass architecture students share their visions
03-24-2024 2:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — What would Hampshire Mall’s expansive 33-acre property off Route 9 in Hadley look like as mostly a housing complex? A class of budding architects and landscape architects at the University of Amherst have spent the last couple of months...


Retired Holyoke firefighter picked to lead Amherst police alternative CRESS
03-14-2024 3:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A retired Holyoke firefighter who has worked as a licensed clinical social worker is being appointed as the director of the Community Responders for Equity, Safety and Service department, pending review by the Town Council.Camille Theriaque...


Plan advances to overhaul nuisance property bylaw in Amherst
03-14-2024 3:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Town officials would be empowered to work with property owners to coordinate corrective action plans when their properties receive three nuisance property infractions in a year under a revised nuisance property bylaw being proposed.The...


Dozens charged during pre-St. Pat’s college revelry in Amherst
03-14-2024 3:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A large amount of alcohol consumption, a handful of altercations and complaints of public urination led to criminal charges being brought against more than 50 college-age people participating in pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebrations Saturday...


Around Amherst: Councilor, business owner honored at Springfield Mask-Off Day
03-14-2024 3:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An Amherst town councilor and an Amherst business owner recently earned recognition from a regional organization at its inaugural celebration of Black culture and the African diaspora, held in Springfield.At Mask Off Day 2024 on March 2, At...


Last look at old library: Amherst’s Jones giving tours through March
03-14-2024 3:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Final opportunities for patrons to get an inside look at both the original 1928 Jones Library building and its 1990s addition, before work commences on an expansion and renovation project at the 43 Amity St. site this spring, are taking...


Designer picked for geothermal project at Hopkins Academy
03-14-2024 3:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A designer will soon be on board to oversee a project that could bring a geothermal heating and cooling system to Hopkins Academy, reducing the use of fossil fuels in the 70-year-old school building.The School Committee at its Feb. 26 meeting...


Postmarking history: Leverett kicks off 250th anniversary celebration
03-14-2024 3:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

At one time, the U.S. post office in town center doubled as a general store, a place where adults picked up and sent their mail or filled their gas tanks and children could choose from a wide variety of penny candy on their way to and from elementary...


Hadley will continue to collect inspection fees for events at Young Men’s Club
03-14-2024 3:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — The town will continue to collect municipal fees associated with inspections for concerts and events drawing in excess of 1,000 people at the Young Men’s Club, with Select Board members saying the town can’t subsidize events at a private club...


Phelps House fixes, Town Hall repair plan in line for $190K in Hadley CPA funds
03-14-2024 3:02 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Community Preservation Act money for an initial phase of fixing up an early 19th-century farmhouse at the Porter Phelps Huntington Museum and hiring an architect to evaluate and prepare the 1840 Town Hall for renovations is being recommended...


Slavery North: Researcher brings initiative, $2.65M grant to UMass to explore, tell story of enslaved people in northern U.S. and Canada
03-14-2024 2:46 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

In film, literature, paintings and other forms of art, palm trees and warm climates are almost always the settings depicted for slavery in North America, from the plantations of the American South to the transatlantic ships transporting human cargo...


Amherst Regional School Committee will seek financial lift from Amherst College
03-14-2024 2:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Both short- and long-term financial contributions and other collaborations with Amherst College will be sought through a new negotiating subcommittee being established by the Amherst Regional School Committee.On a night when students,...


Jones trustees short on expected library project contribution
03-10-2024 1:52 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even though an end-of-January commitment from the Jones Library trustees to provide the town $2 million for the $46.1 million project to expand and renovate the 43 Amity St. building wasn’t met, town officials are anticipating no impact on...


Around Amherst: Tibetan march on Sunday commemorates uprising
03-10-2024 1:52 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Local Tibetans will commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising on Sunday, beginning a march at 9 a.m. from the steps of Amherst Town Hall that will take them along Route 9 in Hadley to Northampton City Hall, and...


Amherst board relaxes zoning for big project next to UMass
03-10-2024 1:52 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A large mixed-use development next to the University of Massachusetts, providing both market-rate and affordable housing, can proceed to the next phase of municipal review after receiving Zoning Board of Appeals variances that will allow the...


Committee searching for new Amherst superintendent to begin screening 10 applicants
03-10-2024 1:52 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A search committee for identifying the next superintendent for the Amherst, Amherst-Pelham Regional and Pelham schools can begin screening among 10 individuals who have applied for the leadership position.“We believe there are many strong...


Amherst school union demands action on racism concerns
03-10-2024 1:48 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Already having an active Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination lawsuit against the Amherst-Pelham public schools, a middle school teacher recently brought concerns about a hostile work environment for herself and other Black staff...

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