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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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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,...


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...


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,...


$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...


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...


Pakistani scholars in UMass program revel in multi-layered learning
07-17-2024 9:28 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Being on the University of Massachusetts campus for nearly a month, her first experience outside her native Pakistan, Mahan Aslam has found Americans courteous in not bothering her when she’s not wearing a traditional headscarf.“In the U.S.,...


Working group to examine future of money-losing Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst
07-17-2024 9:28 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A working group may soon be formed to examine the future of a public golf course in North Amherst that has long relied on municipal funding to remain solvent, even though memberships, greens fees and assorted other revenues are supposed to...


Sunderland receives $195K grant to study, design multi-use trail from Whately to Amherst
07-17-2024 9:26 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With a $195,090 MassTrails grant, visions of people walking and biking on the Norwottuck North Shared-Use Path from Whately to Amherst are one step closer to becoming a reality.Alongside a $76,840 match from Sunderland, which is the lead...


Cost-saving push for Jones project keeps library entrance but scraps other interior preservation
07-17-2024 9:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Upon completion of the $46.1 million expansion and renovation of the Jones Library in 2026, the building’s main entrance, with the formal staircase rising three floors and Philippine walnut and mahogany woodwork gracing the walls, would...


Four arrested in UMass protest crackdown take diversion program
07-11-2024 8:54 PM

Staff Report

BELCHERTOWN — Four people arrested during the breakup of a pro-Palestinian encampment on the University of Massachusetts campus in May agreed to dispositions Monday in Eastern Hampshire District Court in which they will enter a four-month diversion...


Hampshire College cuts 29 jobs in effort to save $2.7M in expenses
07-11-2024 8:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Restructuring at Hampshire College will eliminate about 29 non-faculty staff positions, or 9% of the college’s workforce, saving about $2.7 million in operating costs, according to officials at the Amherst campus.“The changes are grounded in...


Bids sought for new K-5 elementary school in Amherst
07-11-2024 8:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A municipal advertisement is seeking bids from general contractors interested in constructing the planned $97.5 million, net-zero energy elementary school building next to the existing Fort River Elementary School at 70 South East St.The...


Amherst firefighters raise alarm over 2-person response to night blaze
07-11-2024 8:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A late-night fire in downtown Amherst, during which only one career firefighter/paramedic was available to extinguish the blaze, is prompting the union representing town firefighting staff to renew its longstanding appeal for enhanced...


Around Amherst: Crocker Farm earns national Welcoming Schools Seal
07-11-2024 8:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Crocker Farm School’s Amherst Early Education Center recently became one of 35 schools across the country to earn the Human Rights Campaign’s Welcoming Schools Seal of Excellence, where work over the past three years is honoring family...


$1.4M coming to region for trail work in six communities
07-11-2024 8:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — More than $1.4 million in MassTrail state grants are heading to six communities in the region for projects ranging from an accessible trail system at the former Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Amherst to additional work on a sensory trail...


Book Bag: ‘Sandwich’ by Catherine Newman; ‘The Man Who Loved Trees’ by Annaliese Bischoff
07-11-2024 8:53 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

SandwichBy Catherine Newman; HarperCollins In late 2022, Amherst writer Catherine Newman released her first adult novel, “We All Want Impossible Things,” after previously publishing a number of nonfiction titles, a middle grade novel, and quite a bit...


Rebecca Fricke: League of Women Voters of Amherst supports civic engagement
07-11-2024 8:49 PM

This past year the League of Women Voters of Amherst was proud to give out a total of $4,000 to two different local initiatives. Amherst Regional Public Schools teacher Tim Austin received a grant for The Civic Literacy and Organizing Project to...


Nina Scott: Thank you, Steve Pfarrer
07-11-2024 8:49 PM

I saw with regret that features writer Steve Pfarrer was retiring after many, many years of service to the Gazette and the arts communities. I do not begrudge him his retirement in any way, but I shall miss his writing very much. Thank you, Steve, and...

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