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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...


Taylor Swift, Emily Dickinson: Related in art and fact
03-14-2024 3:05 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

The Pioneer Valley’s most famous poet, it turns out, has a genealogical connection to the the modern world’s most famous singer-songwriter.In a segment on NBC’s “Today Show” on Monday, the genealogy website Ancestry.com revealed that Emily Dickinson...


Dozens charged during pre-St. Pat’s college revelry in Amherst
03-14-2024 3:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A large amount of alcohol consumption, a handful of altercations and complaints of public urination led to criminal charges being brought against more than 50 college-age people participating in pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebrations Saturday...


Around Amherst: Councilor, business owner honored at Springfield Mask-Off Day
03-14-2024 3:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An Amherst town councilor and an Amherst business owner recently earned recognition from a regional organization at its inaugural celebration of Black culture and the African diaspora, held in Springfield.At Mask Off Day 2024 on March 2, At...


Last look at old library: Amherst’s Jones giving tours through March
03-14-2024 3:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Final opportunities for patrons to get an inside look at both the original 1928 Jones Library building and its 1990s addition, before work commences on an expansion and renovation project at the 43 Amity St. site this spring, are taking...


Earth Matters: In awe of the evolution of seeds: Seeds have lives and ecosystem roles far beyond their use to humans
03-14-2024 3:02 PM

By LAWRENCE WINSHIP

February in New England brings longer days, uncertain weather … and seed catalogs! We gardeners pore over highly anticipated pages of glossy photos offering the promise of gorgeous fruits and flowers, all for the small price of a seed packet.Seed...


Direct from the Sunshine State: Augusta Savage Gallery celebrates its namesake with group show from Florida
03-14-2024 2:47 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Augusta Savage rose to prominence as a sculptor and educator when she moved to New York City in the 1920s, where she soon became a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance.But Savage, who was also a determined advocate for equal rights for African...


Tom Roeper: Cease-fire opportunities
03-14-2024 2:47 PM

What can a cease-fire bring? History has some surprising examples — for instance, the assistance of the Red Cross in the Korean War armistice. In addition, let me tell you the story of my great-uncle Curt Bondy, whose stories enriched my life.He was...


Andra Rose: Moratorium on gas pipelines a collaborative effort
03-14-2024 2:47 PM

Thank you to Gazette reporter Emilee Klein for reporting on the Mothers Out Front Climate Action Call in “A case for ditching natural gas: Mothers Out Front aims to send a message to legislators, utilities,” [Gazettenet, Feb. 7].We want to clarify a...


Slavery North: Researcher brings initiative, $2.65M grant to UMass to explore, tell story of enslaved people in northern U.S. and Canada
03-14-2024 2:46 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

In film, literature, paintings and other forms of art, palm trees and warm climates are almost always the settings depicted for slavery in North America, from the plantations of the American South to the transatlantic ships transporting human cargo...


Guest columnist Ali Wicks-Lim: Racism is in our way
03-14-2024 2:45 PM

By ALI WICKS-LIM

On March 14, 2022 the Amherst Town Council easily passed a resolution in support of Ukraine. On Oct. 16, 2023 they easily passed a resolution against Hamas, in solidarity with Israel. On Monday, after months of retaliation and collective punishment...


Amherst Regional School Committee will seek financial lift from Amherst College
03-14-2024 2:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Both short- and long-term financial contributions and other collaborations with Amherst College will be sought through a new negotiating subcommittee being established by the Amherst Regional School Committee.On a night when students,...


Jones trustees short on expected library project contribution
03-10-2024 1:52 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even though an end-of-January commitment from the Jones Library trustees to provide the town $2 million for the $46.1 million project to expand and renovate the 43 Amity St. building wasn’t met, town officials are anticipating no impact on...


Amherst board relaxes zoning for big project next to UMass
03-10-2024 1:52 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A large mixed-use development next to the University of Massachusetts, providing both market-rate and affordable housing, can proceed to the next phase of municipal review after receiving Zoning Board of Appeals variances that will allow the...


Around Amherst: Tibetan march on Sunday commemorates uprising
03-10-2024 1:52 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Local Tibetans will commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising on Sunday, beginning a march at 9 a.m. from the steps of Amherst Town Hall that will take them along Route 9 in Hadley to Northampton City Hall, and...


Committee searching for new Amherst superintendent to begin screening 10 applicants
03-10-2024 1:52 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A search committee for identifying the next superintendent for the Amherst, Amherst-Pelham Regional and Pelham schools can begin screening among 10 individuals who have applied for the leadership position.“We believe there are many strong...


Guest columnist Lyle Denit: Ukraine deserves a better kind of peace
03-10-2024 1:49 PM

By LYLE DENIT

I read with interest Dr. E. Martin Schotz’s column on the causes of the war in Ukraine [“Rethinking U.S. interests on anniversary of war in Ukraine,” Gazette, Feb. 23]. He recommended two speeches by Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy. I...


Preserving a key part of Emily Dickinson’s legacy: Historic Evergreens house reopens at the Emily Dickinson Museum
03-10-2024 1:48 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Between the “Dickinson” series on Apple TV+ and movies such as 2016’s “A Quiet Passion,” interest in Emily Dickinson has grown in the last several years, even beyond the already intense admiration that existed for her poetry among readers and literary...


Amherst school union demands action on racism concerns
03-10-2024 1:48 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Already having an active Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination lawsuit against the Amherst-Pelham public schools, a middle school teacher recently brought concerns about a hostile work environment for herself and other Black staff...


Rich and Sue Cairn: Protect your dog and others
03-10-2024 1:47 PM

We love dogs. Yet dogs bite 4.5 million humans each year, mostly children. Eight hundred thousand need medical attention. Dogs also bite other dogs. Being bitten is terrifying. If you think that your dog would never bite, then know that the American...

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