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Elizabeth Barajas-Roman new director of Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

After advocating for issues related to women’s rights and immigrants on the national level, Elizabeth Barajas-Román has switched to promoting change and creating partnerships locally as the new chief executive officer of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. An experienced leader in policy and advocacy, Barajas-Román will now lead one of the top social change philanthropic organizations dedicated to women’s … 0

Whately Historical Society sponsors tour of town’s old ‘Main Street’

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

WHATELY — Did you know that the milk bottle in Whately center was once a dairy bar on Routes 5 and 10? Or that there was once a general store at the Whately Inn? The Whately Historical Society will host a guided tour up and down Chestnut Plain Road on Saturday, during which … 0

Charges likely in Amherst accident that injures two as car nearly strikes house

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

AMHERST — Police said charges will likely be filed against the driver of a car that went off South East Street Monday around 10 p.m., struck a tree and nearly hit a house, injuring the male driver and a female passenger. Sgt. Jesus Arocho declined to specify what the charges might be or … 1

Vincent Gillen of Belchertown charged with breaking into Lincoln Avenue home in Amherst; similar incident reported at Lincoln Apartments

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — An intruder was arrested after allegedly breaking into a Lincoln Avenue home early Thursday morning, less than an hour after a similar break-in was reported by a resident at Lincoln Apartments, according to Amherst and University of Massachusetts police. Vincent R. Gillen, 18, of 36 Bay … 0

Area police news

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Amherst ∎ Blanche Susan Walsky, 54, of Coral Springs, Florida, was arrested at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday on North Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and failure to stay within marked lanes. Walsky was arrested after management at a downtown … 0

Double fatality victims identified as Edward D. and Brittany D. McGrath; possible crash cause cited in court records

Thursday, August 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON —The victims of the double fatality on Route 5 in Easthampton have been identified as Edward D. and Brittany D. McGrath, according to documents in Northampton District Court, where a judge Friday ordered the driver facing charges … 2

Amherst Town Manager John Musante’s annual salary increases to $150,628

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst Town Manager John Musante’s salary will increase to more than $150,000 after he and the Select Board agreed to adjustments to his five-year employment contract this week. The Select Board met in executive session Monday to finalize an agreement with Musante that will pay him … 0

Teacher Kathleen Stier of Deerfield returns from instructing biology teachers in China about AP courses

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BUCKLAND — At Mohawk Trail Regional School, Kathleen Stier is a highly regarded science teacher. But in Harbin, China, she was a celebrity. This month, Stier, of Deerfield, instructed 20 biology teachers at a weeklong summer workshop about … 0

Police, traffic adjustments in Amherst as UMass freshman class arrives Friday

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — The town’s population will swell Friday as the 4,650 members of the freshmen class at the University of Massachusetts arrive for orientation. While entering students spend their Labor Day weekend learning the ins and outs of living at UMass — including taking a pledge to affirm … 0

Kelly Fuller of South Hadley arrested twice in five days for thefts near Connecticut River, including two kayaks

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Police twice this month arrested a 24-year-old South Hadley woman for charges including stealing two kayaks. Kelly C. Fuller, 24, of 173 Riverboat Village Road, Apt. 118, was arrested at 3:05 a.m. Aug. 21 near … 0

Florence motorcyclist Frederick Ranaudo remains in hospital with broken bones suffered in Ryan Road collision

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Florence man who was injured in an accident on Ryan Road Monday remained in fair condition at Baystate Medical Center Wednesday night. Frederick D. Ranaudo, 64, of 90 Lake St., suffered injuries including broken bones in his left knee, left foot and left thumb, according … 0

Area police news

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Granby ∎ Carlos Garcia, 24, of Ludlow, was arrested on Amherst street at 2:53 p.m. Aug. 16 on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding. Northampton ∎ A 36-year-old man whose address is listed as the streets of Northampton will be summoned to court on … 0

Interim teacher hired to replace Carolyn Gardner at Amherst Regional High School

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — Math teacher Carolyn Gardner, who left her job at Amherst Regional High School in May as anonymous racial and hostile threats aimed at her continued, was not expected to be back in her classroom on the … 0