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Southampton Select Board, Regional School Committee members unseated by newcomers in Monday election

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Voters shook up local government Monday, selecting four new members to its two most powerful boards at the annual town election. Newcomers elected to the Select Board are Charles J. Kaniecki and Shannon Cutler, both of whom defeated longtime incumbent member David McDougall in a three-way race for two seats. Kaniecki received 305 votes, Cutler 302 votes and McDougall 256 votes. Meantime, Hampshire Regional School Committee will also …

Amherst Town Meeting OKs regional, elementary school budgets

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

AMHERST — Despite concerns about continued declines in student enrollment, whether the University of Massachusetts is contributing enough to cover the cost of educating the children of its students who live in tax-exempt housing and a controversial schedule change at the middle school, Town Meeting approved spending plans for the regional and elementary schools Monday night. By voice vote at the third session …

Obama sets up alliance to aid minority youth

Monday, May 4, 2015

NEW YORK — In a deeply personal response to outbreaks of racially motivated protests, President Barack Obama on Monday blamed a lack of opportunity in minority communities and harsher treatment of black and Hispanic men by police for fueling a sense of “unfairness and powerlessness.” The country’s first black president called for a …

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg urges DPU to investigate issuing refunds for electric rate recalculation fees

Friday, May 1, 2015

Consumers faced with unexpected “recalculation fees” after switching electricity suppliers this winter may get a refund if state Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg gets his way. In a letter sent Friday to DPU Commissioner Angela O’Connor, Rosenberg criticized …

Protesters march from Amherst College to UMass demanding increased access to education for undocumented immigrants

Friday, May 1, 2015

AMHERST — About 70 people, mostly college-aged, marched from Amherst College to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Friday chanting their mission to bring undocumented immigrants “out of the shadows, into the classroom.” Hampshire College student Gustavo Madrigal described …

Downtown Northampton parking lots had no rapes or other violent assaults in past 28 months

Friday, May 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Plenty of people may feel unsafe in the Round House lot — one city restaurant owner recently said the lot has an eerie nickname, the “rape lot” — but police crime statistics do not support such …

Area police news

Friday, May 1, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating two alleged assaults reported Thursday. A man came to the police station at 4:19 p.m. to report being punched in the face by another man in the area of Hobart Lane. The second incident was reported at 11:05 p.m., when a man called …

Northampton recreation department will stay for now at Smith School

Friday, May 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura is the hero of the day for senior citizens who call the Northampton Senior Center their home away from home. Mayor David J. Narkewicz is pretty thrilled with him, too. …

UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan to head UMass system

Friday, May 1, 2015

Marty Meehan, chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell and former representative of the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives, will be the next president of the University of Massachusetts system. Meehan was chosen in a unanimous vote at a UMass Board of …

Berkshire Gas spokesman apologizes for referring to pipeline opponents as engaging in ‘ecoterrorism’

Friday, May 1, 2015

Ecoterrorism? The term used by Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell last week to describe Tennessee Gas Pipeline project opponents has caused some confusion, hard feelings and, in some cases, amusement, among those who say they have never thought of themselves that way. Farrell, the company’s manager of …

No contested races in Sunderland, vacant seats on School Committee

Friday, May 1, 2015

SUNDERLAND — There are no contests in this year’s annual town election Saturday. Polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sunderland Elementary School. There are two vacant seats on the Sunderland Elementary School Committee. Candidates are incumbent Scott A. Bergeron, for a three-year …

No contests in Deerfield annual election; candidate needed for Frontier Regional School Committee

Friday, May 1, 2015

DEERFIELD — There are no contested races in the annual election Monday, and no candidates for a seat on the Frontier Regional School Committee. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the town offices. Carolyn Shores Ness, who has served four terms on the …

Area briefs

Friday, May 1, 2015

Hatfield ABSENTEE BALLOTS: Absentee ballots for the May 19 annual election are available in the town clerk’s office. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is noon May 18. Voters may vote by absentee ballot in the clerk’s office. A written request is required for an absentee …