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Jon McCabe: Column ignores lack of business development
03-02-2023 9:13 PM

Until I read Jeff Lee’s column last week (“Amherst and Hadley — close in distance, but in property tax burden, not so much,” Gazette, Feb. 6), I thought the ultimate example of chutzpah was the youth on trial for murdering his parents who then threw...


Peter J. Greenwald: Noncitizens shouldn’t vote 
03-02-2023 9:13 PM

Noncitizens should never be allowed to vote! Doing so would violate the privilege afforded to actual citizens. I understand the intent: to give noncitizen residents a voice; however, there are other means for them to express their views, such as town...


Columnist Russ Vernon-Jones: Eating in the climate crisis era
03-02-2023 9:13 PM

This month I want to look at a very personal topic that we all encounter daily — food. What we eat, and don’t eat, impacts climate change. The diets of people around the world affect climate change.Increasing numbers of people in the U.S. are eating...


Guest columnist Alex Kent: Gold rush in Amherst!
03-02-2023 9:13 PM

By ALEX KENT

The phone rang and a Walpole number came up. I shouldn’t answer numbers I don’t recognize — let it go to voicemail. But out of idle curiosity, I picked up the call and it was another wholly unsolicited inquiry from a company wanting to buy my house in...


Jena Schwartz: Ad stirs internet inquiry
03-02-2023 9:13 PM

I was drinking my coffee and reading a moving column online in the Gazette by Joanna Buoniconti (“The voice that I earned”) on Feb. 7 when an ad appeared between two paragraphs. I began to scroll past it and then the title caught my eye. “Critical...


Guest columnist Jonathan Klate: Wokeness equals kindness
03-02-2023 9:13 PM

By JONATHAN KLATE

‘Wokeness” is what folks on the political right love to declare themselves as being against these days. But, what is it, really, that they oppose?The term “woke” was derived from African American vernacular English meaning alertness to racial...


Guest columnist Karin Winter: A vision for Amherst 
03-02-2023 9:11 PM

By KARIN WINTER

Our master plan in Amherst calls for an increase in density in the downtown area, both commercial and residential.But is it possible to increase residential density in downtown Amherst without destroying much of the green space and beautiful ambiance...


Girls basketball: Central takes down Amherst in Class A final, 61-47 (PHOTOS)
03-02-2023 9:06 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

WESTFIELD — Blood pooled in the cut on Audrey Bowen’s lower lip.She and the Amherst Regional girls basketball team took a punch against Springfield Central in the Western Massachusetts Class A championship game Saturday.The defending champion Golden...


Olver left indelible mark: Colleagues, constituents, friends remember longtime politician, who died Thursday at 86
03-02-2023 9:02 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACHand BELLA LEVAVI

AMHERST — John Olver of Amherst, who served as a U.S. congressman for 22 years and was on the local and national political stage for more than 40 years, died last Thursday, leaving a legacy of progressive advocacy and achievements that continues to...


Amherst regional schools’ budget limit could cut 15 positions
02-23-2023 8:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — More than $1 million in spending cuts, including approximately 15 staff layoffs, may be needed to bring the regional schools’ budget to a level that the towns of Amherst, Pelham. Shutesbury and Leverett are able to pay.At a four-towns...


14 staff positions in jeopardy at Amherst’s 3 elementary schools
02-23-2023 8:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Four classroom teachers and 10 paraprofessionals may lose their jobs at the town’s three elementary schools based on an expected cut of almost $900,000 from a so-called level services budget presented to the Amherst School Committee last...


Amherst readies to send designs for new school to state
02-23-2023 8:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A packet containing schematic designs for a new elementary school and other related documents is being submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority, a milestone step before the project is brought before voters this spring.The...


Amherst School Committee postpones moving sixth graders to middle school until at least 2025
02-23-2023 8:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Sixth graders at Amherst’s three elementary schools won’t be joining seventh and eighth graders at the Amherst Regional Middle School until fall 2025, at the earliest.In a reversal from a fall 2021 vote in which this year’s fifth graders...


Psst, check out this hidden Amherst bar: The Archives is quietly making a name for itself
02-23-2023 8:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

In a small vestibule in the basement of 30 Boltwood Walk, at the end of an awning-covered ramp leading to Brick & Mortar Realty’s office, music can be heard coming from what appears to be a wall of filing cabinets.For those who know how to make their...


New nightclub in the works in downtown Amherst
02-23-2023 8:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A new nightclub in downtown Amherst to be operated by the same entity as a nearby watering hole is being planned for a vacant commercial building.The Spoke Live is the name of the business that is coming to the 1-11 Pray St. building that...


Could junior high, high school merge? High capital costs at aging regional schools prompt discussion
02-23-2023 8:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Anticipated soaring costs related to the capital needs of the middle and high schools, including a project to replace the middle school roof that has been put on pause, is prompting local officials to ask if a single campus for regional...


Around Amherst: Sunday program explores Black music from 1619 on
02-23-2023 8:51 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — As Black History Month comes to a close, an event on Sunday afternoon will celebrate the music of African Americans over the past 400 years.The Human Rights Commission and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are cosponsoring “The...


Jones Library tea party a civilized affair, despite protest over drag queen
02-23-2023 8:48 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A children’s story hour presented by drag queen Giganta Smalls at the Jones Library Saturday morning went on as scheduled after publicity surrounding it drew a number of demonstrators, most in support of the event but also some opposed.Even...


Firefighting appeal: Departments seek ways to draw scarce new talent into their ranks
02-23-2023 8:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — On social media channels in Amherst, photographs of firefighter/paramedics accompanied by narratives about them are revealing why they are working for the town, along with fun facts about their lives.“Amherst Fire is an amazing place to work...


D2 girls state swimming & diving: Amherst collects 2nd-place trophy
02-23-2023 8:46 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

CAMBRIDGE — Lucy Smith placed one hand on fellow Amherst Regional senior Deborah Wells’ back, said, “I’ve got something for you.”She handed over the MIAA Division 2 Girls Swimming state finalist trophy she’d held since the Hurricanes received it to...

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