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Susan Tracy: Support Ukraine funding
04-11-2024 6:26 PM

When Congress returns next week, funding for military aid to Ukraine will be on the table in the House. However, if Speaker Mike Johnson brings Ukraine aid up for a vote which will pass, the MAGA Republicans have threatened his tenure as...


Smart search shirt: AHRS invention group’s garment will report rescuers’ vital signs and location
04-11-2024 6:22 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Often during search-and-rescue efforts, emergency personnel in the field prioritize helping those lost, trapped or otherwise in trouble, rather than focusing on their own safety and well-being.Understanding the risks they take, a group...


Amherst police chief finalists stress anti-racism cred, discuss other issues in separate meetings with public
04-11-2024 6:22 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Both Chelmsford Police Lt. Todd Ahern and Amherst interim Police Chief Gabriel Ting are citing their lived experiences, as well as their significant service to public safety, as reasons they should become the next police chief of the Amherst...


Small towns wary of Amherst Regional committee’s school budget ask
04-04-2024 6:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Skepticism and uncertainty from officials in Pelham, Leverett and Shutesbury over Amherst Regional School Committee’s appeal for nearly $1 million more from the four member towns is prompting the convening of a four-town meeting next month...


Amherst councilor mulls restrictions on public comment
04-04-2024 6:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An Amherst councilor may seek to place some restrictions on how public comments are made at Town Council meetings, such as requiring advance sign-up for those participating remotely, as a way of combating potential hate speech.At a Town...


School backers press council for boost to Amherst regional budget
04-04-2024 6:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Parents, educators and members of the Regional School Committee are making direct appeals to the Amherst Town Council to support a $35.75 million fiscal year 2025 budget that is nearly $1 million above the financial guidance provided by...


The love behind a perfect match: Pet rescue organization using AI to help rehome pets
04-04-2024 6:25 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

No dog trainers, behaviorists and even an psychic animal communicator could prevent Melissa Bekisz’s two dogs from fighting.The New York resident inherited her ex-partner’s 4-year-old Australian shepherd Marjoram after he moved out. Marjoram began...


‘Sport court’ eyed for Amherst recreational sites
04-04-2024 6:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A dedicated outdoor fitness space could be added to the town’s recreational sites through support from a national initiative that would provide grant money to cover most costs of its installation.The Amherst Recreation Commission recently...


Veteran West Roxbury community booster will lead Amherst Area Chamber
04-04-2024 6:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A Belchertown resident with experience in promoting economic development, leading community events and building coalitions begins his tenure as executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce this month.Jacob Robinson, most...


Popular Jones Library tours to continue in April
04-04-2024 6:25 PM

AMHERST — The popularity of recent tours giving the public peeks into all areas of the Jones Library, including some places set aside only for staff, is prompting the Jones Library Capital Campaign to continue the initiative through mid-April.More...


Survival Center’s Empty Bowls event helps fulfill aid mission
04-04-2024 6:25 PM

AMHERST — Ceramics students in an art class at Amherst Regional High School are among the professional and amateur artists whose bowls will be available for the Amherst Survival Center’s largest annual fundraiser, the Empty Bowls event, taking place...


A stuffie bond: Arts collaboration brings high schoolers, kindergartners together in Amherst
04-04-2024 6:19 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

Featuring a horn extending from its violet-colored head and a lower body resembling that of a lobster, with elements of a dolphin and turtle thrown in for good measure, the creature is quite a sight in its doll-like form.“It flies. It has wings,”...


Dave King: Cease-fire resolution passed in the UN!
04-04-2024 6:17 PM

For those of us concerned about the ongoing mayhem in Palestine, these past months have been agonizing. How can one live in security without thinking of others being shelled, shot and tortured? How can one eat a bite of food without thinking of our...


Letter: Unlocking the potential of public higher education
04-04-2024 6:17 PM

In response to the recent article about the Amherst Town Council’s resolution supporting the Cherish Act, [”Despite doubts, Amherst Town Council backs bill boosting higher ed spending,” Gazette, March 8], the council’s endorsement of the Cherish Act...


Guest columnist Shalini Bahl-Milne: Beyond empathy — A compassionate approach to polarizing issues in Amherst
04-04-2024 5:02 PM

By SHALINI BAHL-MILNE

The recent Amherst Town Council meeting exposed deep rifts within our community over a resolution concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. These divisions highlight the formidable challenges we face when approaching complex issues: We often...


Amherst’s Jones Library will take up temporary quarters on University Drive
04-04-2024 4:51 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A University Drive office building will be the temporary location for the Jones Library during the renovation and expansion of the library’s home at 43 Amity St. over the next year and a half.Trustees for the Jones Library and town officials...


Groundbreaking: Amherst officials mark start of $97.5M elementary school
04-04-2024 4:49 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — As she got to the podium to speak to the more than 50 people gathered at the ceremonial groundbreaking for Amherst’s new elementary school, resident and Democratic state Rep. Mindy Domb said she had goosebumps that a project to replace the...


Work on North Common rehab resumes this week in Amherst
04-01-2024 11:50 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An overhaul of the greenspace in front of Town Hall and removal of the adjacent 34-space parking lot resumed this week, with the $1.79 million North Common project on track to be completed this summer.Crews from Caracas Construction of...


‘It’s not kind to me’: Broken elevator causing issues at Amherst Senior Center
04-01-2024 11:50 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Mostly homebound during the pandemic, Robert Mitton has made it a point to return to the Amherst Senior Center recently, dropping by the Bangs Community Center building on a regular basis to play games, socialize with friends and participate...


Amherst seeks roundabout near UMass campus
04-01-2024 11:50 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Plans for a roundabout to replace the signalized intersection at University Drive and Amity Street, a major gateway to the University of Massachusetts, are moving forward.The Town Council recently voted to ask its Town Services and Outreach...

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