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Town busts out cake, events to mark 250th
03-03-2024 1:43 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

A large commemorative wooden cake in the field between the Leverett Library and Leverett Elementary School will be lit up in Leverett for the first time as night falls on March 5, exactly 250 years after the town officially separated from Sunderland —...


Hadley Senior Center launches monthly ‘memory cafe’
03-03-2024 1:43 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Older adults with dementia or memory loss, along with their care partners, are invited to participate in a new monthly memory cafe opening at the Hadley Senior Center.Connections Cafe, which is free for both residents and people from around...


Hadley foundation wants $150K in CPA money for Phelps farmhouse fixes
03-03-2024 1:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — An initial phase of stabilizing the early 19th-century Phelps Farm, a farmhouse that became part of the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum in 2022, could depend on support from the town’s Community Preservation Act account.The...


Amherst council takes up Gaza cease-fire resolution Monday
03-03-2024 1:39 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Significant local and regional interest in an Amherst Town Council resolution advocating for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war is prompting the meeting to discuss, debate and possibly vote on the matter to be moved to the Amherst Regional...


Superintendent warns of 20 staff cuts in Amherst-Pelham regional schools
02-23-2024 9:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even with Amherst officials signaling a commitment to increase the town’s financial obligation to the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, around 20 staff members, including classroom teachers and paraeducators, could be eliminated at the middle...


Amherst gets good budget news that could stave off cuts
02-23-2024 9:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst’s public schools, municipal government and town libraries are in line to get spending boosts in next year’s budgets that go beyond initial projections, potentially staving off recently announced cuts that could be made to elementary...


Amherst Historical Commission not ready to OK demos on South Pleasant without more info
02-23-2024 9:55 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Appeals for more documentation of a historic performance space in a downtown building, possibly used by an Amherst College fraternity in the 19th century, are being made before the three-story brick structure is razed.The rear ell at 45...


Amherst town officials leery of playground surfaces
02-23-2024 9:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — With the Conservation Commission and Board of Health registering objections to the proposed poured-in-place rubber surface of a playground at the town’s new elementary school, the design team is asking the Elementary School Building...


Around Amherst: Town lays out climate change action on website
02-23-2024 9:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A town website focused on the municipal work related to addressing climate change and making Amherst more sustainable recently went live.“It’s pretty much a one-stop opportunity to access information on what has been done, what is being...


Councilors have doubts over Amherst College ‘gateway’ sign on public green
02-23-2024 9:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A large gateway sign to greet visitors to the Amherst College campus coming from points west and north, better announcing the college’s presence at the southern edge of downtown, is again being proposed for installation by college officials...


Amherst seeks bids to remove old VFW building
02-23-2024 9:46 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A contractor to demolish the former VFW building at 457 Main St. is being sought by the town, the next step in redeveloping the site for supportive affordable housing and a permanent homeless shelter.The town recently posted a bid soliciting...


Amherst Town Council asked to support cease-fire in Gaza
02-15-2024 8:29 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The Town Council could vote as early as Feb. 26 on adopting a “Resolution for a Cease-fire in Gaza,” a measure that not only calls for a cease-fire, but the release of hostages and detainees on both sides, ensuring humanitarian aid enters...


Around Amherst: Event welcomes Year of the Dragon
02-15-2024 8:29 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A year after 300 people came out to celebrate the Lunar New Year at Spring Festival with music, dance and food, a similar event to commemorate 2024 — the Year of the Dragon — takes place Saturday.The get-together, running from 10:30 a.m. to...


Hadley Select Board OKs one-day liquor licenses for Young Men’s Club events
02-15-2024 8:29 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Annual events that draw in excess of 1,000 spectators, like the Country in the Country concert and spring and fall festivals for area college students, will continue to be held at the Young Men’s Club, pending approval of one-day liquor...


Five selected from limited pool to interview for Amherst police chief
02-15-2024 8:26 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even with continued concerns over having just a small pool of applicants to be Amherst’s next police chief, a search committee is forging ahead with interviews.Five candidates, culled from 11 who submitted letters of interest in the job,...


Zoning breaks sought for four-story buildings on edge of UMass
02-15-2024 8:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An 85-unit mixed-use project is being proposed for the corner of Amity Street and University Drive, but the potential development may depend on variance requests coming before the Zoning Board of Appeals later this month.UDrive Amity LLC,...


Hadley town officials unveil $27M budget
02-15-2024 8:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A proposed $21.7 million operating budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2024 maintains all municipal and school programs and current staffing levels, according to a presentation by Hadley’s financial team last week.“There’s no...


Amherst Town Council taking closer look at residents’ call to accept subdivision’s roads 
02-15-2024 8:21 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — As subdivision roads in one housing development are nearing acceptance as town ways, roads in another subdivision, completed by the same developer several years earlier, are in increasingly poor condition, frustrating homeowners who continue...


Plans to redevelop Subaru dealership on Route 9 in Hadley gearing up
02-15-2024 8:18 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Plans for the redevelopment of a Route 9 Subaru dealership, including a new 31,568-square-foot showroom and service area and a reconfigured parking lot, are being filed with town planners.As the Steve Lewis Subaru at 315 Russell St.,...


Historic guideboard on Shutesbury town common packed up for repairs
02-15-2024 8:16 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — A historic guideboard on the Shutesbury Town Common since 1837, helping travelers navigate to Massachusetts communities both near and far, is temporarily absent from the green as a restoration project begins.The wooden guideboard was...

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