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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 neighborhoods near campus, according to a statement …

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 around global climate change is a way to energize liberal supporters and paint Republicans as …

Northampton parking garage elevator traps at least one after malfunction Friday night

Friday, July 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At least one person was left trapped inside the elevator in the E. John Gare Parking Garage Friday evening after it malfunctioned. The elevator was stuck for about 10 minutes around 6:30 p.m. The Northampton Fire Department used a key to lower the elevator to the …

Taking on Bush and Rubio, Clinton calls for Cuba embargo end

Friday, July 31, 2015

MIAMI — Drawing a sharp distinction with Republican rivals in the pivotal election state of Florida, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday called on the GOP-run Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed on Cuba since …

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two great egrets and a snowy egret were reported in the Northampton-Hadley area. A Bonaparte’s gull was found in North Adams, and a lesser …

Vivian Poreda, accused of robbing Northampton bank with toy gun, on house arrest after making bail

Friday, July 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Since her arrest in June on an armed robbery charge, Vivian Poreda of Holyoke has asked two judges to let her go home on house arrest so she could take care of her ailing husband while awaiting trial. Poreda, 58, was able to return home Friday …

Belchertown Road Sunoco in Amherst closed by state for unpaid taxes

Friday, July 31, 2015

AMHERST — A long-time service and gas station in the East Amherst village center is closed after the property was seized Thursday morning by officials with the state’s Department of Revenue for unpaid taxes. A large sign informing the public about the seizure is taped to the window …

Residents group files suit over pipeline

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — A group of Franklin County residents whose property would be crossed by the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline has filed a civil lawsuit against the federal government in U.S. District Court in Springfield. The lawsuit, …

First-time buyers and average-priced homes driving a healthy real estate market in the Valley, Realtors say

Thursday, July 30, 2015

June is often the hottest month of the year for home sales, and this June was no exception. According to data from the multiple listing service, single-family home sales in Hampshire County were up about 3 percent compared …

Two people arrested for ecstasy possession in Amherst — and other area police news

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Northampton ∎ Wayne L. Andrews Jr., 53, 7 Mulberry St. Apt. 3 in Leeds, was arrested around 6 p.m. Wednesday on Haydenville Road on a charge of disorderly conduct, according to police. South Hadley ∎ Charlsey Lee Mitchell, 26, of 12 Grant St., was arrested on Pleasant Street …

Medicare enrollees express their gratitude on the program’s 50th anniversary; leaders call for expanded health care rights

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Former city Mayor Mary Lavo Ford cannot recall ever having to worry that, if she or her husband were to be hit with a large medical bill, their children would have to absorb the costs. This …

Grand opening set for new Atkins location in North Amherst

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — The new Atkins Farms Country Market location will open in North Amherst’s Mill District development in August, with a grand-opening event scheduled for September. W.D. Cowls President Cinda Jones said this week that work is being completed on refurbishing the old “Cow Palace” barn at 113 …