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Book Bag: ‘The Real Gatsby; George Gordon Moore’ by Mickey Rathbun; ‘The Book Eaters’ by Carolina Hotchandani
03-10-2024 1:46 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Real Gatsby:George Gordon MooreBy Mickey RathbunWhite River Press Just who was the inspiration for the character of the Great Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel of the same name?Scholars and literary detectives have tried for decades to...


Amherst Town Council calls for Gaza cease-fire after tussle over blame
03-10-2024 1:45 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The Town Council is calling for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war, approving a controversial resolution Monday that demands an end to the Israeli military siege in the Gaza Strip, the release of hostages and detainees on both sides and...


Music, special ed teachers back in Amherst elementary schools budget
03-10-2024 1:44 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — More money available to support the Amherst elementary schools budget should preserve the instrumental music program, as well as two special education instructors, one at Wildwood School and another at Crocker Farm School, next school year,...


Amherst Regional School budget cutting 10 teachers runs into buzz saw of opposition
03-03-2024 1:50 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A proposed $34.81 million fiscal year 2025 budget for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, necessitating cutting 10 teachers and professionals between the high school and middle school, is facing opposition from parents, students and staff,...


Restaurateurs opening 2 businesses in Amherst face nearly $500K for violations at Eastern Mass. restaurants
03-03-2024 1:50 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Business partners who are opening two restaurants in Amherst this winter are on the hook for nearly $500,000 in both restitution and penalties related to child labor, sick time, wage and hour and payroll record violations at their Plymouth...


Guest columnist Leyla Moushabeck: Amherst must back cease-fire for Gaza
03-03-2024 1:48 PM

By LEYLA MOUSHABECK

The Amherst Town Council is expected to discuss and possibly vote on a resolution in support of a cease-fire in Gaza at their meeting at 6:30 Monday at the Amherst Regional Middle School auditorium.Councilors have been considering whether this is a...


Site work for Amherst’s new elementary school set to begin
03-03-2024 1:48 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — New traffic patterns into and out of Fort River School will be in place in the coming weeks as a contractor undertakes initial site work for the new three-story elementary school to be built on the same site at 70 South East St.Town...


Around Amherst: Kindness campaign targets stress, encourages mental wellness
03-03-2024 1:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A food and diaper drive and a series of talks aimed at fostering mental wellness in the Amherst community are part of a recently launched Kindness Campaign by the town’s health and recreation departments.Starting on Feb. 29, or Leap of...


Amherst School Committee to decide in May when sixth graders will move to middle school
03-03-2024 1:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The Amherst School Committee could decide in May when the town’s sixth graders will move to the Amherst Regional Middle School, and whether they might be accompanied by sixth graders from the other three towns that make up the current grades...


FAFSA fiasco: Financial aid form meltdown trips up students, colleges
03-03-2024 1:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — A continued challenge for some prospective students and their families in accessing federal financial aid applications, and a corresponding delay in relaying the information from these forms to colleges and universities, is raising...


Guest columnist Tom Gardner:
03-03-2024 1:43 PM

By TOM GARDNER

 We just received a notice from Ming, our Gazette delivery person, that she must leave her delivery job to attend to her 92-year-old mother in Taiwan. I hope she won’t mind if I quote a section of her touching letter to her customers.“Every morning,...


Amherst council takes up Gaza cease-fire resolution Monday
03-03-2024 1:39 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Significant local and regional interest in an Amherst Town Council resolution advocating for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war is prompting the meeting to discuss, debate and possibly vote on the matter to be moved to the Amherst Regional...


Superintendent warns of 20 staff cuts in Amherst-Pelham regional schools
02-23-2024 9:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even with Amherst officials signaling a commitment to increase the town’s financial obligation to the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, around 20 staff members, including classroom teachers and paraeducators, could be eliminated at the middle...


Amherst gets good budget news that could stave off cuts
02-23-2024 9:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst’s public schools, municipal government and town libraries are in line to get spending boosts in next year’s budgets that go beyond initial projections, potentially staving off recently announced cuts that could be made to elementary...


Guest columnist Dave King: A humanitarian call for cease-fire in Gaza
02-23-2024 9:55 PM

By DAVE KING

The Amherst Town Council voted unanimously on Oct. 16, 2023, in support of a resolution to condemn the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel that killed more than a thousand Israelis. The resolution grieved for the Hamas-held hostages and their families, and...


Amherst Historical Commission not ready to OK demos on South Pleasant without more info
02-23-2024 9:55 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Appeals for more documentation of a historic performance space in a downtown building, possibly used by an Amherst College fraternity in the 19th century, are being made before the three-story brick structure is razed.The rear ell at 45...


Amherst town officials leery of playground surfaces
02-23-2024 9:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — With the Conservation Commission and Board of Health registering objections to the proposed poured-in-place rubber surface of a playground at the town’s new elementary school, the design team is asking the Elementary School Building...


Around Amherst: Town lays out climate change action on website
02-23-2024 9:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A town website focused on the municipal work related to addressing climate change and making Amherst more sustainable recently went live.“It’s pretty much a one-stop opportunity to access information on what has been done, what is being...


Councilors have doubts over Amherst College ‘gateway’ sign on public green
02-23-2024 9:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A large gateway sign to greet visitors to the Amherst College campus coming from points west and north, better announcing the college’s presence at the southern edge of downtown, is again being proposed for installation by college officials...


Larry Steinhauser: Cooley Dickinson Healthcare system: Thank you!
02-23-2024 9:51 PM

As a 70-year old person I have always prided myself on being healthy and active. Never spent a night in a hospital and never had major surgery. In December this changed when I had total knee replacement surgery. All of this happened under the Cooley...

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