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Cold in forecast postpones Amherst WinterFest; but Black Liberation flag raising still set for Saturday

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — Forbiddingly cold temperatures are forcing the postponement of the annual WinterFest from Saturday to Feb. 20. Barbara Bilz, who oversees Cherry Hill for the town’s Leisure Services and Supplemental Education Department, said the decision was made in conjunction with the WinterFest committee, made up of representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Amherst Recreation and other volunteers, due to the dangerous wind chills forecast. “We want everybody …

Political analyst Mary Anne Marsh reflects on ‘craziest’ election after New Hampshire primaries

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Expect a “slugfest through the spring and possibly the early summer.” That’s the word from Mary Anne Marsh, the Greenfield-raised political pundit reporting on “the greatest election of my lifetime, and the craziest I’ve seen,” following Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries. Marsh, a 1975 Greenfield High School graduate, appears regularly as a Democratic political …

Dean and two associates resign from UMass College of Education

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — Three top officials at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Education are all resigning, and there has been no public explanation for their departures. Dean Christine McCormick, who has held that role since 2005, as well as associate deans Joseph Berger and Linda Griffin, have all announced they will leave the college, according to an announcement last month by UMass …

Committee invites comments on Bridge Street Cemetery restoration plan at Thursday forum

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — After studying the Bridge Street Cemetery for six months, a team dedicated to its restoration suggests replacing the fences and gates, conserving deteriorating gravestones and upgrading the roads and paths. Martha Lyon, principal architect at her landscape architecture firm at 313 Elm St., has put together …

Obama unveils $4.1T election-year budget

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a record $4.1 trillion, election-year budget that finances Democratic priorities like education, health care and climate change with new taxes on crude oil, the wealthy and big banks. The progressive …

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz will allow police banner to hang at City Hall, with grommets

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Mayor David J. Narkewicz will allow police to hang a banner on City Hall in May to honor officers who have died in the line of duty. The mayor’s decision comes 10 days after the city’s police union asked permission to unfurl a banner on the …

Hampshire County Sheriff Robert Garvey, stepping down after 32 years, says he’s proud of building a ‘progressive, modern correctional facility’

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire County Sheriff Robert J. Garvey said Tuesday that at age 78 it’s time to give up the job he has held for 32 years. He cited his age as the main reason he will not …

Amherst Police patrol officers’ union files complaint over hiring civilian flaggers for road projects

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

AMHERST — The union representing Amherst Police patrol officers has filed a complaint with the town contending that several road construction projects by the Department of Public Works since last spring have used civilian flaggers, breaking the terms of its contract, violating state law and creating safety issues. …

Interim town manager says Amherst will likely meet deadline for Comcast agreement

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

AMHERST — The town’s decade-long cable contract with Comcast expires in October, but even though some officials are fretting about the deadline that is eight months away, there is little chance customers will lose service. “As long as both partners want renewal, there’s no risk,” interim town manager …

Northampton water superintendent Gregory Nuttelman to join Easthampton DPW with increased responsibilities

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — Northampton water superintendent Gregory Nuttelman has been hired for a similar job in Easthampton. Nuttelman will begin work as the city’s utility supervisor on Feb. 22. He will succeed Tom Newton, who is retiring on Feb. …

Amherst advertising for permanent town manager position

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

AMHERST — An advertisement for the vacant town manager position, which will pay at least $155,000 annually, is posted on the town website and in other online and print publications. The advertisement went public Tuesday morning. “The position is being advertised in a number of publications that are …

‘Percent for Art’ proposal heads to Amherst Town Meeting

Monday, February 8, 2016

AMHERST — A program that would pay for public art to be incorporated into large capital projects will come before Town Meeting this spring. Though the Select Board Monday indicated it would not sponsor the warrant article, members of the Public Art Commission said they intend to bring …

Granby special Town Meeting overwhelmingly approves $34.2 million school project

Monday, February 8, 2016

GRANBY — Voters at a special Town Meeting on Monday overwhelmingly approved a $34.2 million project to renovate the East Meadow School and construct a new building next to it to replace the West Street School. The measure required a two-thirds majority, which it easily achieved. The 387 …