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Lena Fletcher of Lake Pleasant explains to her sons Leo, 6, and Zeben, 8, that the Union Protestors across the street want the pipeline becuase it would mean work for them. Recorder/Paul Franz

Group objects to co. owner’s investment in pipeline

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The lawyer for an environmental consortium is protesting the decision by the parent company of Berkshire Gas to invest in the project at the same time the natural gas company has imposed a moratorium on new customers until the project gets approved. Northeast Energy Solutions, which represents Franklin Land Trust and a 130-member statewide land-trust alliance, called Monday on state …

UMass Amherst hires neighborhood liaison to deal with off-campus incidents

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — Enacting a recommendation from a report based on the 2014 Blarney Blowout police response, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has hired a neighborhood liaison, who started work Monday. Eric Beal, an Amherst attorney and former chairman of the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals, will work with town and campus public safety officials in responding to off-campus student incidents and complaints in …

Amherst school board discusses complaints of racially inequitable discipline, Open Meeting Law complaint

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — While Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members discussed how to confront an accusation of racially inequitable discipline practices in Amherst schools, they accused one another of violating committee policy and the state’s Open Meeting Law. At the end of a specially planned meeting Monday afternoon, the committee voted to have three members meet with the Amherst National Association for the Advancement of …

Power plant rules put climate change on 2016 radar

Monday, August 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s sweeping new power plant regulations are thrusting the divisive debate over climate change into the race for the White House, with candidates in both parties seeing an opportunity to capitalize. To Democrats, rallying …

Veterans Affairs Medical Center officials detail improvements in patient access, wait times

Monday, August 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Though Iraq combat veteran Alonzo Swift says services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs are helping him get on his feet, the agency still has a way to go in a number of key areas. …

Amherst developer seeks Northampton Planning Board approval for 13-unit development planned for Barrett Street, has OK of Conservation Commission and DPW

Monday, August 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Eight months after purchasing a single-family home on a two-acre lot at 95 Barrett St., an Amherst developer is seeking Planning Board approval to build a 13-unit apartment complex at the site. Plans for the proposed …

Ray-Ban sunglasses reported stolen off of café table — and other area police news

Monday, August 3, 2015

Amherst ∎ Steven M. Rivera, 28, of Greenfield, was arrested at Rafters Sunday afternoon on charges of disorderly conduct and obstruction/intimidation. According to police records, officers were summoned to the 422 Amity St. bar at 3:53 p.m. at the request of an employee who wanted a trespass order …

Milling work expected to cause delays on North Elm Street in Northampton, and other streets in neighborhood

Monday, August 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Department of Public Works is warning drivers to expect delays or avoid North Elm Street and other streets in that area on certain days this week as milling work begins. Warner Bros, LLC of Sunderland will be milling Prospect and Finn streets Monday and Tuesday, …

On campus, off season Five Colleges offer summer programs, convention space and even wedding venues outside the academic year

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — The academic year for colleges and universities runs from September through May — but on campus, life goes on even after the students leave for the summer. Each of the five colleges in Northampton, Amherst and …

National Science Foundation award funds UMass investigation of ‘quantum dots,’ research opportunities for community college students

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — When impurities like cobalt or oxygen react with the surface of semiconductor nanocrystals — known as “quantum dots,” which are used in some LED and tablet displays — the presence of these foreign entities can reduce …

As A-bomb survivors age, Japanese pass storytelling to young

Monday, August 3, 2015

KUNITACHI, Japan — On a recent weekend, an 84-year-old survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bombing retraced his movements on a map: the inferno during his 12-mile walk home, the “black rain” of falling radioactive particles and how he …

Area Property Deed Transfers for the week ending July 24

Sunday, August 2, 2015

For the week ending July 24, 2015: Amherst Dorie Helene Goldman Est, Evan M. Goldman Personal Representative, to Kristin Ratliff, 33 Ward St., Amherst, $259,900 Fredrika P. Clement, William P. Clement, to Clement Family Trust, Fredrika P. Clement, Tr., William P Clement, Tr. , 21 High Point Drive, …

Northampton Disability Commission installs two new benches in Florence

Sunday, August 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the passage of Americans With Disabilities Act celebrated on July 26, the Disability Commission of Northampton recently purchased and installed two new benches in downtown Florence. The wooden benches are on the sidewalks in front of Bird’s Store, 94 Maple …