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Support in Amherst for second downtown parking garage

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — Beginning the process of bringing a second parking garage to downtown Amherst appears to have strong support from business owners, residents and some town officials. People who attended the third downtown parking forum, sponsored this week by the Planning Board and Select Board, made it clear that pursuing construction of a new parking facility, which would supplement the Boltwood parking garage that opened in 2002, should be a …

Increasingly ugly environment discourages some candidates from running for Amherst School Committee

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — In one sense, the town of Amherst exemplifies the spirit of local democracy: just about everyone who has an opinion shares it. But by another measure, the town falls short — at least this year. Voters heading to the polls for Tuesday’s elections will find only one actively contested races for …

Amherst write-in campaign backs Lawrence O’Brien for school panel, but he says he will not accept seat

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — Supporters of incumbent School Committee member Lawrence E. O’Brien are staging a write-in campaign on his behalf in advance of Tuesday’s town elections. Problem is, he’s not interested. O’Brien, who withdrew from the election despite collecting enough signatures to be on the ballot, said Thursday he will not serve another term …

Amherst Farmers Market opening up to more producers

Monday, March 23, 2015

AMHERST — When the Amherst Farmers Market begins its season April 18, more farmers and producers who live in the community will be able to participate. As part of negotiations between town officials and the private Amherst Farmers Market Committee, which has run the market on Spring Street …

Anne Awad challenges Jeffrey Labrecque for seat on South Hadley Electric Light Department commission

Monday, March 23, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Former Amherst Select Board member Anne Awad is challenging two-term incumbent Jeffrey Labrecque for a three-year seat as a commissioner for the South Hadley Electric Light Department. Awad said she is running to promote green …

Netanyahu apologizes to Israel’s Arab citizens

Monday, March 23, 2015

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Israel’s Arab citizens on Monday for remarks he made during last week’s parliament election that offended members of the community. The move appeared to be an attempt to heal rifts and mute criticism at home and in the United States. …

Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton overhauled in celebration of 50th year

Monday, March 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — With its last winner crowned just four months ago, Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton’s chairwoman Jennifer Lawton said there are monumental changes afoot during the scholarship program’s 50th anniversary show Sunday. In addition to moving …

Sen. Donald Humason Jr. and Rep. John Scibak among legislators seeking end to regulation changing consumers’ electricity rates

Monday, March 23, 2015

After receiving numerous phone calls from baffled energy customers, state Sen. Donald F. Humason Jr., R-Westfield, and eight of his colleagues are urging the state to end a regulation that requires energy suppliers to retroactively change consumers’ rates …

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg among political leaders seeking analysis of Boston Olympic Games’ impacts

Monday, March 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three state leaders plan to hire a publicly funded consultant next month to analyze the potential impacts of Boston hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. Gov. Charlie Baker, Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo said they are seeking an independent …

Activist Angela Davis to speak at UMass about social justice

Monday, March 23, 2015

AMHERST — Angela Davis, an internationally known civil and women’s rights activist and scholar, will speak at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Monday about social justice. Her talk, titled “Sustaining Social Justice Movements and Intersectional Struggles,” is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts …

Area police news

Monday, March 23, 2015

Amherst ∎ A purse was reported stolen in a break-in to a vehicle parked at the Notch Visitors Center, 1500 West St. The incident was reported at 12:22 p.m. Sunday. ∎ Christopher P. Chilson, 25, of 29 Stebbins St., Belchertown, was arrested at 2:53 a.m. Sunday on West …

Police send unknown substance found on Northampton High School student to drug lab for testing

Monday, March 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police have sent an unknown substance found on a student at Northampton High School to a drug-testing lab after questioning him Friday, according to Northampton Police Captain Jody Kasper. She said an NHS administrator called police to the school after discovering what she reported as a …

Four people hurt in two-vehicle accident on Route 9 in Hadley

Monday, March 23, 2015

HADLEY — At least four people were taken by ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton following a two-vehicle accident on Route 9 at West Street on Sunday morning, according to Hadley Police. The crash occurred near the Esselon Cafe, 99 Russell St. at 10:04 a.m., said Officer …