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Commemorative American flags to go up annually on 9/11 in Amherst

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — After more than a decade of debate about whether commemorative American flags should line the streets of downtown Amherst on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Select Board Monday approved a new policy that will allow these flags to go up annually. As a way to both recognize …

Amherst forms town-gown collaborative to address housing, economic development

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — A newly appointed group of residents, University of Massachusetts students and UMass and Amherst officials will work together on housing and economic development initiatives aimed at improving both the town and campus. Town Manager John Musante and UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy on Monday announced the creation of the University/Town of Amherst Collaborative, known as UTAC, and the members who will be …

UMass to lead New England branch of federal advanced manufacturing initiative

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will lead the New England branch of a $75 million federal venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the …

Sewer break reported near Mill River in Northampton; residents advised not to swim

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City officials are warning residents not to swim in the Mill River after a reported sewer line break. According to a statement issued by the city Friday, the Department of Public Works reported that a sewer line break near the river left untreated sewage leaking toward …

Amherst Select Board to revisit policy on flying flags to mark anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — A policy on when commemorative American flags go up on downtown utility poles to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is on the Select Board’s Monday agenda. The request to revisit the policy, last adjusted in 2010, comes from blogger and Town Meeting member …

‘Amherst for All’ group lobbies for changes to town charter, government structure

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — A new organization is aiming to create a charter commission that could propose changes in how Amherst town government works, including potentially ending representative Town Meeting as the town’s legislative body. Amherst for All is the …

Suspicious package forces evacuation at Northampton blacksmith shop

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Workers at Ralph’s Blacksmith Shop at 36 Smith St. were evacuated from the building Friday after police received a call about a suspicious item inside the building. That item turned out to be a shotgun shell …

Faces to open cafe at Main Street store

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The new owner of a popular downtown Northampton store says he plans to open a small cafe at the site. Owner Camile Hannoush says Faces will open a cafe on its top floor with a menu of salads, sandwiches, appetizers, desserts and specialty coffees and teas …

Federal official tours addition at Chinese Immersion school

Thursday, August 27, 2015

HADLEY — Lian Duan, a middle school math teacher at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, has a large classroom on the fourth floor of the school’s new addition — but it wasn’t always that way. Her …

Northampton Housing Authority board to address Open Meeting Law violations, ‘litigation issues’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Housing Authority’s board of commissioners will convene a special meeting early Monday to publicly address for the first time a reorganization of the agency. The meeting begins with a closed-door session to discuss “litigation …

On Katrina anniversary, Obama salutes people of New Orleans

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — Visiting residents on tidy porch stoops and sampling the fried chicken at a corner restaurant, President Barack Obama held out the people of New Orleans on Thursday as an extraordinary example of renewal and resilience …

Chairwoman of South Hadley utility commissioners calls management decision to not involve board in audit preparations ‘unacceptable’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — The chairwoman of the South Hadley Electric Light Department board of commissioners is upset that the manager of the municipal utility has laid the groundwork for an audit without involving board members. Anne Awad said …