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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 Provost Katherine Newman. Deputy Chancellor Robert Feldman, …

Atlantic Furniture will move to vacant factory at Deerfield Industrial Park

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Vacant for about four years, a 277,000-square-foot factory building at Deerfield Industrial Park has a new occupant. Deerfield Industrial LLC, which is owned by Mark Valone, purchased the building for $1,916,250 at auction and will rent the space to Atlantic Furniture, which is owned by the limited liability company. Valone also said he expects to add 15 to 20 new …

Native of Ghana who has covered Africa as journalist will speak at UMass

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, a BBC and NPR journalist who has extensively covered West Africa, will speak with John Higginson, a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, on New England Public Radio at an event at the Commonwealth Honors College. The free event will occur at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23. “We are thrilled to be one of Ofeibea’s few stops …

Obama asks Congress for Zika funding

Monday, February 8, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says “there shouldn’t be a panic on …

Area police news

Monday, February 8, 2016

Amherst • Police are investigating an accident at 3:47 a.m. Sunday on North Pleasant Street in which a pedestrian, who was not in a crosswalk, was struck by a vehicle. Police said the pedestrian suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Cooley Dickinson …

After 32 years, Hampshire County Sheriff Robert Garvey will not seek re-election

Monday, February 8, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire County Sheriff Robert Garvey, who has held the position for 32 years, announced Monday he will not seek re-election in November, his office confirmed. A native of Amherst, Garvey was appointed by then-Gov. Michael Dukakis …

New Hampshire primary energizes Valley political activists

Monday, February 8, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Ellie Scott isn’t old enough to vote in this year’s presidential election, but that has not kept the 16-year-old from Westhampton from getting involved in New Hampshire’s primary campaigns. Scott has joined the ranks of Valley residents who have traveled to New Hampshire in recent months …

Lengthy investigation leads to arrest of Jacob Kinney of Amherst for heroin distribution

Monday, February 8, 2016

AMHERST — A lengthy investigation into heroin distribution in town led to the arrest of a 28-year-old Amherst man Saturday afternoon, according to police. Jacob S. Kinney, of 30 North Hadley Road, was arrested at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at his home on a charge of possession with intent …

Six people to be summoned to court for weekend noise complaints in Amherst

Monday, February 8, 2016

AMHERST — Fines totaling up to $3,000 could be imposed on six people responsible for loud parties following police responses to two residences during the weekend. The first incident occurred at 1:01 a.m. Saturday, when police were called to a home at 533 Main St. and found more …

Snowstorm brings up to 4 inches to Pioneer Valley

Monday, February 8, 2016

Snow fell for about 12 hours Monday in most of the Pioneer Valley, with snow-coated roads creating difficult driving conditions for much of the afternoon and evening. Numerous fender-bender accidents and vehicles going off roads were reported by …

At least a dozen Amherst residents will run for charter commission

Monday, February 8, 2016

AMHERST — With a 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline for candidates to get their names on the March 29 election ballot, interest is swelling in serving on a charter commission that would examine Amherst’s current government structure. As of Monday morning, 12 residents had filed nomination forms, obtaining the …

Q&A: In what ways can a small business or an individual declaring bankruptcy disrupt the local economy?

Monday, February 8, 2016

Alexandra Hogan, an attorney in Springfield with Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C., specializes in bankruptcy. She was recently selected to serve on the Emerging Insolvency Professionals Subcommittee of the American Bankruptcy Institute. In this Q&A, she explores the …

Area business briefs

Monday, February 8, 2016

Easthampton Chamber holds networking event EASTHAMPTON — The Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Networking by Night event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Glendale Grill, 65 Glendale St. There will be a cash bar and door prizes. The event is sponsored by Canon …