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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...


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)...


Annette Pfannebecker: Support the Sunlight Act
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

It is disheartening to hear that our state Legislature is one of the least transparent in the nation. While we see our House and Senate representatives do so much for the districts they serve, writing and passing important legislation, there are also...


Jack Tullos: UMass gets a Big MAC
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

With all due deference to Gerald R. Ford, the uber-long UMass FBS independent football experiment/nightmare seems over. The 2025 season will find the Minuteman team still competing in an FBS conference, the Mid-American Conference, but the MAC...


Alex Bowman: What is going on over at UMass Athletics?
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

The decision to move to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) was driven by the misguided notion that UMass football is the darling of the school. It’s not. College football simply doesn’t have the same cultural significance here in the Northeast.I was at...


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...


The Lehrer Report: March 22, 2024
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

Garden report: I will cut forsythia branches and force them inside. Some friends told me they did this last month. Other friends said the pussy willows are out. However, I don’t have them in my yard.There is one bud on my Thanksgiving cactus. Maybe it...


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...


Yankee Candle settles $1.2M class action lawsuit over time clock rounding
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SPRINGFIELD — More than 2,400 current and former Yankee Candle employees are eligible to split $1.2 million from a class action lawsuit brought forward by an employee alleging the company failed to pay workers for “thousands of hours of work” due to...


Biologists, governor visit bear den in Pelham
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

State biologists took the governor for a visit to a black bear den in Pelham earlier this month that is part of ongoing statewide research throughout the state.Each winter, biologists from the Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game Division of...


National Park Service to survey Deerfield River
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — The National Park Service will conduct a reconnaissance survey on the Deerfield River to see if it is eligible to be designated as a National Wild and Scenic River.A designation would protect free-flowing sections of the Deerfield River —...


Longtime employees buy Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — The change of the seasons, as farmers know, often brings a slew of other changes along with it, and at Kitchen Garden Farm, this spring brings the largest change of all.Soon the farm will change hands for the first time since its founding...


Book Bag: ‘One of a Kind: The life of Sydney Taylor’ By Richard Michelson; ‘Joyful Song: A Naming Story’ by Lesléa Newman
03-24-2024 2:13 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

One of a Kind: The Life of Sydney TaylorWritten by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Sarah Green; Calkins Creek Amherst poet and children’s author Richard Michelson has often delved into history in some of his books for young readers, such as “The...


The Beat Goes On: A post-Mardi Gras show in Florence, a popular area band celebrates its newest album in Amherst, and more
03-24-2024 2:05 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Mardi Gras took place last month, but you can catch some of its flavor at the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity on March 24 at 4 p.m. when Jon Cleary & The Monster Gentlemen come to the Florence venue — with the Soggy Po Boys opening the show.Cleary has...


UMass basketball: Minutewomen’s two leading scorers Alexsia Rose, Kristin Williams headed to transfer portal
03-24-2024 2:04 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — As of Monday afternoon, two UMass women’s basketball guards have entered the transfer portal, looking to take their talents elsewhere.Senior Alexsia Rose and junior Kristin Williams have hit the portal following a disappointing 5-27...


UMass basketball: Josh Cohen, Robert Davis Jr. first Minutemen to enter transfer portal
03-24-2024 2:04 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — One of the first dominoes to fall is a massive one for the UMass men’s basketball team.Minutemen forward Josh Cohen has entered the transfer portal, ESPN’s Jeff Borzello reported late Monday morning. The 6-foot-10 senior has one year of...

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