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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...


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...


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...


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...


Brouhaha over storage facility in Hadley bubbles
02-15-2024 8:15 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A new climate-controlled storage building rising on commercial- and industrial-zoned farmland, affecting the vista of the Holyoke Range for those biking and walking on the nearby Norwottuck Rail Trail, is putting a 2021 Planning Board...


Amherst families to committee: Don’t cut elementary music program
02-15-2024 8:14 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Some students let their instruments do the talking at a marathon Amherst School Committee hearing Tuesday at which dozens of people pleaded against a plan to eliminate an instrumental music teacher for the town’s three elementary...


‘Worst food anywhere’? Amherst leaders quick to crack back at dining diss
02-08-2024 8:45 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Chicken cordon bleu pizza and slices topped with tortellini are among the food offerings J. Mascis, an Amherst native and founder of the rock band Dinosaur Jr., says he can get when dining in town, likely a reference to what is available at...


Cute and charming: Shutesbury swears in Charlie, its first police comfort dog
02-08-2024 8:45 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — On his first day at Shutesbury Town Hall, a week before officially being sworn in as the Police Department’s first K-9 officer, Charlie provided a calming distraction for a stressed and flustered resident who had come to the town...


Design Review Board in Amherst backs 5-story apartment project connected to old Hastings building
02-08-2024 8:43 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A new five-story apartment project that would rise behind and be connected to the back of the former A.J. Hastings building is receiving a favorable recommendation from an Amherst town committee.Before site plans for the development at 45-55...


Around Amherst: Amherst College scores Historical Society’s Conch Shell Award
02-08-2024 8:43 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Books associated with Amherst College’s 2021 bicentennial are earning the college the Amherst Historical Society’s annual Arthur F. Kinney Conch Shell Award.The historical society will present the award during its annual meeting, which...


Amherst officials mull Puffer’s Pond improvements
02-08-2024 8:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The frequent closure of Puffer’s Pond last summer due to high levels of E. coli bacteria, coupled with ongoing concerns that sediment is filling the pond, is prompting town officials to focus on developing a plan for improvements.At the...


Amherst chamber boss Pazmany to step down
02-08-2024 8:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — In a region where most businesses are small, with 20 or fewer employees, having an organization to advocate on their behalf, help market them and assist them through unforeseen challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic is critical, says Amherst...


Police to charge Springfield man in Lego theft
02-08-2024 8:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A customer who left the Target store at Hampshire Mall without paying for more than $700 worth of Lego sets on Saturday afternoon, before driving erratically from the Route 9 location, has been identified, Hadley police said.Police Lt....


A new chapter begins at renovated, expanded North Amherst Library
02-08-2024 8:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Arriving at the North Amherst Library from their home a short distance away Monday afternoon, Zahir Kazazi, 5, and Elsia Kazazi, 7, parked their scooters at the base of a new staircase and chairlift, excitedly looking up from the $1.7...


Hadley mall owners demand Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School stop using its parking lot
02-08-2024 8:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — The owner of Mountain Farms Mall, which borders the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, is prohibiting students, staff and visitors to the school from using its parking lot, and has stationed a tow truck at the site on weekday...

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