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Around Amherst: Nonprofit gifts $40K to Affordable Housing Trust
07-24-2024 11:10 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A nonprofit organization that has long supported efforts to provide housing for low- and moderate-income individuals, and helped launch the town’s first overnight emergency homeless shelter in 2009, is making a donation to the Amherst...

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Feds eye flood mitigation measures in Pioneer Valley
07-24-2024 11:09 AM

By CHRIS LARABEEand ALEXA LEWIS

With Massachusetts experiencing its seventh-wettest year on record in 2023 as torrential rainstorms ravaged roads, farms and homes, the federal government, the state and those here in the Pioneer Valley are turning their eyes toward future flood...


Charged UMass protesters marshal defense: Question crackdown, cite ‘bad-faith’ chancellor negotiations
07-24-2024 11:08 AM

By ALEXA LEWIS

BELCHERTOWN — Protesters who were arrested at the May 7 pro-Palestinian rally on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus filed out of the Eastern Hampshire District Courthouse on July 17 after pretrial proceedings to gather with supporters,...


Run for, by its employees: Paragus IT completes 8-year transition to being 100% employee-owned
07-24-2024 11:08 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

HADLEY — When the employees of Paragus Strategic IT’s Hadley office stroll into the office on a given morning, they know that they have a good reason to stay there.After implementing the first stages of a plan in 2016 to transfer ownership of the...


Belchertown unveils more user-friendly website
07-24-2024 11:08 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — A new town website is designed to offer improved usability for site visitors and municipal employees, easier navigation and timely notifications for news and events.The revamped website presents the most-used resources for residents on...


Book Bag: ‘Pickett’s Dream’ by Christopher Carlisle; ‘Like Father, Like Son’ by Lesléa Newman; ‘Sabor Judío: The Jewish Mexican Cookbook’ by Ilan Stavans & Margaret E. Boyle
07-18-2024 1:01 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Pickett’s DreamBy Christopher CarlisleAustin Macauley PublishersChristopher Carlisle, at one time the Episcopal chaplain for the University of Massachusetts Amherst, later co-founded Cathedral in the Night, a Christian outdoor service and community in...


Knitters’ paradise: Webs, ‘America’s Yarn Store’ and a mainstay for Valley crafters for generations, turns 50
07-18-2024 1:01 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

When Webs opened their doors on May 16, the first day of the store’s annual tent sale, store manager Angela Cheek watched as a rush of people flowed through the doors for three whole continuous minutes on a Thursday morning. Within an hour, the...


Herrell’s Ice Cream to open pop-up shop in North Amherst this summer
07-17-2024 9:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Herrell’s Ice Cream, a mainstay on Old South Street at Thorne’s Marketplace in downtown Northampton, will be opening a pop-up shop in the North Square at the Mill District in North Amherst by the end of July, with plans to have a permanent...


Amherst Town Council rejects candidate over tilt toward abutters
07-17-2024 9:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Written and oral comments from a resident indicating she would prioritize views of abutters when decisions are made by the Planning Board, and might bring a confrontational relationship toward the University of Massachusetts, have cost her a...


Note from the publisher: Amherst Bulletin distribution change
07-17-2024 9:31 PM

Bulletin Readers,On Aug. 1, 2024, we are changing how the Amherst Bulletin is distributed. Effective with the Aug. 1 edition, the Bulletin will be available weekly for free pickup at nearly 60 locations throughout Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley,...


Hadley Route 9 project finish expected in spring 2026
07-17-2024 9:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — The $26.2 million project to widen Route 9 from the town center east to the intersection of North and South Maple streets remains on track to be completed by spring 2026.The expected finish date for the work on the state highway is April...


Yankee Candle consolidation prompts loss of 100 jobs
07-17-2024 9:31 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Newell Brands, Yankee Candle’s parent company, announced Monday that Sept. 9 will be the last day of operations at its distribution facility at 27 Yankee Candle Way.The news of an official date to end distribution operations there...


High-speed police chase in Hadley ends in crash, arrest on Hampton Inn lawn
07-17-2024 9:31 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

HADLEY — A high-speed chase in Hadley on July 10 ended with a car crash that closed part of Bay Road after an unmarked police vehicle collided with the pursued vehicle just outside the Hampton Inn.The incident occurred shortly after 7 p.m. with police...


Around Amherst: North Amherst Library will replace church as polling site
07-17-2024 9:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The North Amherst Library, which reopened to the public earlier this year, will be the new in-person polling location for voters in Precinct 1A, beginning with the state primary in September.Acting on a request from Town Clerk Susan Audette,...


The Lehrer Report: July 19, 2024
07-17-2024 9:30 PM

Garden report: The Sweet Williams has bloomed. I harvested a cucumber — refrigerator pickles in the future. The Sun Gold tomatoes are ripening in clumps. A mushroom has bloomed in the lawn. I haven’t had to water with all the showers we have had here...


Darcy Dumont: Townwide trash service checks all the boxes
07-17-2024 9:30 PM

By DARCY DUMONT

Conceived as a means to significantly reduce waste and resident costs in Amherst, the townwide waste hauler bylaw proposal is moving forward after several years of wheel-spinning.In 2020, the Department of Public Works received a technical assistance...


Guest columnist Matteo Pangallo: Climate bill poorly conceived
07-17-2024 9:30 PM

By MATTEO PANGALLO

 It is misleading to assert, as writer Stephen Linsky does in a July 10 letter, that the proposed climate bill “address[es] the siting concerns” of the individuals quoted in the Gazette’s July 6 article [“Energy bill doesn’t address siting fears”]. A...


$2M in historic tax credits for Jones Library expansion off the table
07-17-2024 9:29 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Around $2 million in historic tax credits sought for the $46.1 million expansion and renovation of the Jones Library will not be available after the project was deemed ineligible by the Massachusetts Historical Commission, whose staff are...


David Glassberg: Trust the process
07-17-2024 9:28 PM

Biden won the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 because Democrats believed that, among all the candidates running in the primaries, he had the best chance of defeating Donald Trump. This year, Democrats held no meaningful primary elections...


Craig Barringer: Jones Library — There are other opinions
07-17-2024 9:28 PM

The recent column concerning the Jones Library debate [“Why trustees are seeking to rebid Jones project,” June 21] was very helpful in that it made clear the trustees’ position: It’s not about the building, it’s about our opinion, namely that the...


Gerry Weiss: ‘Targeted’ killing of Hamas leaders?
07-17-2024 9:28 PM

A recent CNN headline read: “At Least 90 Palestinians reported killed in Israeli strike targeting Hamas military chief.” The news article goes on to say that the site bombed, Al-Mawasi, was “designated as a safe zone for Palestinians fleeing the...

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