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Collective Power lands $1M for reproductive rights work
04-01-2024 11:50 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Collective Power for Reproductive Justice, based on the Hampshire College campus, recently received a $1 million grant from Yield Giving, a foundation created by philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.The organization, founded in 1981 as the Civil...


Three candidates in running for Amherst superintendent
04-01-2024 11:50 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Three educators, two who work in Massachusetts and the other in the Virgin Islands, are finalists to become the next superintendent for the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional schools.The Superintendent Search Committee on Tuesday...


A workplace from hell: Amherst filmmaker Matt Heron-Duranti is part of the team behind independent film “Another Day in America”
04-01-2024 11:46 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

There’s been a lot written about the problems that have plagued many American workplaces in the wake of the pandemic, from employees insisting on continuing to work from home to offices that have mirrored the polarization and social conflicts plaguing...


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...


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...


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...


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 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 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)...


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...


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...


A tale of murderous indifference: ‘The Zone of Interest’ offers a view of the Holocaust as chilling as its architects
03-24-2024 2:03 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Hannah Arendt famously coined the term “the banality of evil” in her book on Adolph Eichmann’s trial in Israel in 1963, where the former Nazi official, a key organizer of the Holocaust, presented himself as a bureaucrat who was “just doing his job” in...


Reimagining the Hampshire Mall: UMass architecture students share their visions
03-24-2024 2:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — What would Hampshire Mall’s expansive 33-acre property off Route 9 in Hadley look like as mostly a housing complex? A class of budding architects and landscape architects at the University of Amherst have spent the last couple of months...


Retired Holyoke firefighter picked to lead Amherst police alternative CRESS
03-14-2024 3:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A retired Holyoke firefighter who has worked as a licensed clinical social worker is being appointed as the director of the Community Responders for Equity, Safety and Service department, pending review by the Town Council.Camille Theriaque...

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