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Christopher Montanez, left, 6, Joe Beaulieu and Miriam Rosas, all of Chicopee, talk Tuesday morning about their overnight stay at the Red Cross emergency shelter at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School.

Six people ride out the storm at Red Cross regional shelter in Northampton

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Six people spent Monday night during the storm at the American Red Cross regional shelter at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Joe Beaulieu was one of four people who drove up from Chicopee Monday evening to stay in the shelter, he said. The reason was his friend’s 6-year-old son, Christopher Montanez, has asthma and sometimes needs …

Governor names Victor Woolridge new chairman of University of Massachusetts board of trustees

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has named Victor Woolridge the new chairman of the University of Massachusetts board of trustees. Woolridge will replace current Chairman Henry Thomas, who submitted his resignation as chairman. Thomas will continue to serve on the board. Woolridge’s first job will be to form a search committee to begin looking for a new University of Massachusetts president. UMass …

Plow crews in Valley will be sorely tested by heavy snowfall, officials warn

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In company with 4,000 pieces of state-owned equipment and about 50 from the city of Northampton, Florence resident Kate Towles will be out with her own little snowblower clearing her patch of road Tuesday — her driveway. At the Northampton Department of Public Works facilities Monday, Towles filled up two buckets …

Academics react to terrorism in France, study-abroad students safe

Friday, January 9, 2015

In an essay he wrote in response to the terrorism that occurred in Paris while he was visiting this week, Ronald C. Rosbottom opened with a response to someone who asked if he was safe. “The answer is …

UMass Amherst reports 63 percent decline in off-campus student conduct violations during fall semester

Friday, January 9, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst reported Friday a 63 percent decline in off-campus code of conduct violations by students during the fall semester compared to the same period in 2013. The report released by the dean of students office showed 107 students were involved in 83 …

Black hole probed by team led by Amherst College astronomer Daryl Haggard

Friday, January 9, 2015

AMHERST — A record-breaking X-ray flare from the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy, observed by an Amherst College astronomer’s team, could help scientists better understand how this object 20,000 light years from Earth functions. …

‘Registration express’ Saturday at Holyoke Community College

Thursday, January 8, 2015

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community Collge will hold a “registration express” on campus from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday during which people can apply, take the computerized college placement test, meet with an academic adviser and register for classes. The event is held outside the HCC admissions office, on …

Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella elected to national Council of Independent Colleges Board

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella is now a member of the national Council of Independent Colleges Board. “It helps us really work together to sustain the nation’s historic mission of educating for democracy,” Pasquerella said Wednesday in a telephone interview from San Diego, where …

Training session in January for volunteers at Smith College Botanic Garden

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A training session will be offered this month to prepare community members who would like to volunteer at the Botanic Garden at Smith College. Once a year in January, the Botanic Garden offers an intensive three-day …

Hadley Town Hall, Department of Public Works, public safety roof replacements on the ballot Tuesday for tax override

Monday, January 5, 2015

HADLEY — Voters will decide Tuesday whether to replace three municipal roofs and remove asbestos tiles in the Town Hall by borrowing $405,000 beyond the town’s operating budget. Money from the Proposition 2½ override would pay for replacing the roofs of the Town Hall, Department of Public Works …

UMass-connected neutrino research proving sun’s stability a top-10 Physics World breakthrough

Saturday, January 3, 2015

AMHERST — The sun is not going to blow up or sputter out any time soon. Most people had predicted (or just hoped) that was the case, but a team of scientists called the Borexino Collaboration — including …

Harvard Law to resolve sex harassment complaint

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard Law School has agreed to revise its sexual harassment and assault policies and to review sexual harassment complaints dating to the 2012-2013 school year after U.S. education officials found the school in violation of federal law, officials announced Tuesday. Under the voluntary resolution agreement, …

John Grillo, longtime UMass art professor, dies at 97

Sunday, December 21, 2014

AMHERST — Spread across an upper wall of a quiet reading room at the Jones Library, recently deceased artist John Grillo’s 1991 mural looks down upon the stacks of large print and fiction. The artist and former University …