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Arts Briefs: Rising indie pop star Caroline Rose comes to Florence, UMass Amherst hosts a literary festival, and more
04-01-2024 11:46 AM

Verse and melody, in an unusual combinationAMHERST — Poets and composers who teach at Amherst College are joining forces March 30 for a special program, “Words and Music: An Arts Faculty Showcase,” that will feature four musical premieres alongside...


Hadley briefs
04-01-2024 11:45 AM

Drive-through shredding eventHADLEY — A townwide, drive-through shredding event is taking place at the Hadley Senior Center, 46 Middle St., Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.A town-sponsored event, the shredding is only open to Hadley residents, who will...


Shutesbury library lands $10K accessibility grant
04-01-2024 11:45 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — A project to improve accessibility for patrons at the current Shutesbury library and the new library building that will break ground in June is being supported by a $10,000 grant from the American Library Association.Library Director Mary...


Tropical paradise? Not so much: Spring exhibits at Mead Art Museum examine the effect of tourism in the Caribbean, Native American art, and more
04-01-2024 11:43 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

What could be better in winter than a trip to the Caribbean? Warm but not overly hot temperatures, plenty of sun, crystalline waters — sounds like paradise.But as a current exhibit at the Mead Art Museum in Amherst shows, paradise for some can mean...


Paul Kaplan: Timothy Leary Memories
04-01-2024 11:42 AM

Dear Gazette: I always enjoy Richard McCarthy’s columns, and his recent one on Timothy Leary was no exception [“Leary’s unlikely arc to turn on, tune in, drop out,” Gazette, March 1]. When I was enjoying the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco’s...


Brendan Kuntz: Thank you Tara Jacobs
04-01-2024 11:42 AM

Governor’s Council is a forgotten elected office every election cycle until an underdog wins. District 8 Councilor Tara Jacobs beat out four other men because she appealed to rural western Massachusetts voter sentiment. She just stood up again for us...


Mickey Rathbun and Chris Benfey: Amherst schools must be top priority
04-01-2024 11:42 AM

We were heartbroken to hear Talib Sadiq, principal of ARHS and interim principal of ARMS, describe the woeful physical state of the middle school building at the March 6 School Committee meeting. He reported that the building’s roof leaked so badly...


Hollie Kalkstein: Must accept ‘collateral damage of peace’
04-01-2024 11:42 AM

To be a Jew right now, and the child of a Holocaust survivor, compels me to speak. Israeli children do not out-value Palestinian children across a boundary that hems them in.Why is the collateral damage of war accepted but the collateral damage of...


Darcy Dumont: ‘Ranchrofit’ II makes makes house net-zero energy abode
04-01-2024 11:40 AM

This column will give you more ideas about that carbon emission-reducing retrofit you’ve been thinking about doing. Last month, I introduced my coming “ranchrofit” project in the Orchard Valley neighborhood of Amherst, and thoughts about how to...


Amherst selects finalists for police chief, will meet public next week
04-01-2024 11:40 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An Amherst police captain who has been the department’s temporary police chief since last May and a Chelmsford police lieutenant who has led the department’s wellness division are finalists to become the next chief for the Amherst Police...


Guest columnist Matteo Pangallo: Why we must fully fund our schools
04-01-2024 11:40 AM

By MATTEO PANGALLO

The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee demonstrated leadership, forward thinking, and sound judgment in proposing a budget that actually faces reality and calls on the towns of the district to meet the full costs of providing our children with...


Breaking down the financial implications for UMass athletics after move to the Mid-American Conference
04-01-2024 11:39 AM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

When UMass joins the Mid-American Conference for the 2025-26 academic year, athletic director Ryan Bamford expects the school will bring in more revenue than it did when competing in the Atlantic 10.“This will allow us to grow our revenues to the...


Guest columnist Karen List: A legend made in Iowa
04-01-2024 11:38 AM

By KAREN LIST

The thousands of women who played high school basketball in Iowa over the years look at the adulation surrounding University of Iowa star Caitlin Clark and think: “That’s about right.”Clark, as you probably know, is the NCAA Division 1 all-time...


30-home affordable complex in Amherst gets go-ahead
03-24-2024 2:17 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An affordable housing development giving 30 families an opportunity to own their own homes is on track to be constructed over the next few years after receiving a comprehensive permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals, with a condition that,...


Amherst councilors accused of racism, disrespect over heated meeting on cease-fire
03-24-2024 2:17 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even with Town Council adopting a resolution calling for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war, supporters of the measure are calling for apologies from some councilors and anti-racism training because of their actions at that March 4...


Amherst regional school board reaches for $1M add to budget
03-24-2024 2:17 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A $35.75 million fiscal year 2025 budget for the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District that preserves 14 educator positions at the middle and high schools, but requires each of the four district towns to more than double their projected...


Three finalists in running for Amherst Regional Middle School principal
03-24-2024 2:17 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst Regional Middle School’s dean of students and administrators at middle schools in New Bedford and Wrentham are finalists to become principal at the middle school, a position that has been filled on an interim basis this school year...


Amherst housing trust wants $1.1M in cash in lieu of 3 affordable units at downtown development
03-24-2024 2:17 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Members of the Amherst Municipal Affordable Housing Trust are recommending that a developer proposing a mixed-use building at 45-55 South Pleasant St. be allowed to donate more than $1 million to the trust fund instead of setting aside three...


Guest columnist Dr. David Gottsegen: Age issue not so key as question of marbles
03-24-2024 2:16 PM

DR. DAVID GOTTSEGEN

A poll published in The New York Times on Sunday, March 3, found that nearly half of voters now strongly agree that Joe Biden is “too old” to be president, more than twice the number of voters who strongly agree that Donald Trump is “too old.” People...


Guest columnist Martha Hanner: Spirit of philanthropy can uplift so many others
03-24-2024 2:16 PM

By MARTHA HANNER

In response to the guest opinion, “When giving is only false charity” [Gazette, Feb. 27], may I offer an inspiring example of tzedakah, the Jewish tradition of giving as a moral obligation, done with gratitude and humility.Julius Rosenwald (1862-1939)...

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