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Governor names Victor Woolridge new chairman of University of Massachusetts board of trustees

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has named Victor Woolridge the new chairman of the University of Massachusetts board of trustees. Woolridge will replace current Chairman Henry Thomas, who submitted his resignation as chairman. Thomas will continue to serve on the board. Woolridge’s first job will be to form a search committee to begin looking for a new University of Massachusetts president. UMass President Robert Caret announced in December that …

Injured man rescued from ice on the Deerfield River

Monday, January 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — Turners Falls firefighters retrieved an injured man from the frozen surface of the Deerfield River below the Cheapside bridge Saturday night after a passerby reported a man dangling his legs from the railing. Greenfield and Deerfield police responded at 10:25 p.m. to a report of a suspicious person on the bridge and arrived to find a 25-year-old man lying injured on …

Dorie Goldman of Amherst, owner of The Backyard Bakery, dies in NH hiking accident

Monday, January 26, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst woman known for baking bread sold at local farmers’ markets and riding through town in a green, pedal-powered vehicle died while hiking in New Hampshire on Sunday. Dorie Goldman, 50, owner of The Backyard Bakery, died at Purgatory Falls in Mont Vernon, according to a statement issued by Police …

Bid to win presidential library splits Chicagoans

Friday, January 23, 2015

CHICAGO — Chicago’s rush to secure space in a public park for Barack Obama’s presidential library has unleashed a tussle typical of the president’s hometown — loud, contentious and full of suspicions about backroom deals and personal politics …

Hadley gets double the expected revenue in meals tax earnings

Friday, January 23, 2015

HADLEY — Town Administrator David Nixon accepted a windfall earlier this month — about twice the amount of local meals tax revenue as he expected. Nixon said he was not sure whether that resulted from a trend of more people eating out in Hadley or whether there were …

Textbooks still pricey, but University of Massachusetts Amherst students and staff look for ways to reduce costs

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when University of Massachusetts Amherst students spend about $1,200 a year on textbooks, one wonders whether the authors of the nearly $300 “Essentials of Investments” would advise students to actually buy a new …

Hundreds in Hatfield expected to mark 50th anniversary of Rev. Robert J. Coonan’s ordination

Friday, January 23, 2015

HATFIELD — When Patricia Hentz was home on a college break in the early 1980s, she was surprised when the new priest in town, the Rev. Robert J. Coonan, knocked on her door. “I was like, what’s the …

Northampton Police say hate crime charges possible as investigation continues of anti-Semitic vandalism on Sherman Avenue

Friday, January 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are continuing to investigate anti-Semitic and racist graffiti found on Sherman Avenue this week to determine what charges are most appropriate for the two teenage suspects. Police allege that the teens spray-painted swastikas on the …

Amherst to seek legislation establishing tax incentives for affordable housing

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — Town officials will look to the state Legislature for assistance in providing tax incentives to developers who will build affordable housing units. Town Manger John Musante told the Planning Board last week that he is developing a non-zoning article that will be ready for the spring …

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce encourages membership by students, retirees

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — Two new membership categories created by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce encourage students and retirees to be part of the organization. The $20 student membership is for undergraduates at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College and Hampshire College and will serve as a means of …

Area police news

Friday, January 23, 2015

Amherst ■ Dana D. Smith, 27, of 266 East Hadley Road, Unit 103 F, was arrested at 1:15 a.m. Friday on East Pleasant Street on a warrant. Northampton ■ A report that someone had shoplifted Beats wireless headphones worth $200 from Yes Computers at 196 Pleasant St. was …

Northampton Internal Medicine Associates hoping to see restitution after revelation that office manager of 17 years embezzled over $1.5 million

Friday, January 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Belchertown woman who embezzled more than $1.5 million from a Florence medical practice pleaded guilty Thursday, but for the physicians at the Northampton Internal Medicine Associates, the ordeal is far from over. Between seeing patients and attending meetings Friday, Dr. Deborah E. Smith said that …

Easthampton police release surveillance video, seek public’s help in identifying three suspects in Summer Street home invasion

Friday, January 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Police are seeking help identifying three men who allegedly broke into a Summer Street home earlier this month, the second time in eight months the home has been targeted. Police have released a surveillance video and photos of the latest invasion, which shows the men entering …