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Legislative committee recommends increased financial aid for public education

Saturday, April 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — A legislative committee led by a local lawmaker said last week that the state should act soon to help relieve rising college costs and student debt. “Fewer people are going to start going to college ... (and) you also can’t shed this debt,” said state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, who co-chaired the Subcommittee on Student Loans and Debt. “If all of a sudden almost 20 percent of the … 0

Area police news

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating a break-in at a Duxbury Lane home reported at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday Entry was made through a bathroom window and inexpensive silver-plated jewelry was stolen, according to police. UMass ■ Baoquan Sun, 20, of Marlborough, was arrested at 11:27 p.m. Wednesday on North Pleasant Street on charges of failure to stop for police and operating a motor vehicle … 0

Area police news

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Granby ■ Jose A. Marquez, 45, of Holyoke, was arrested on West State Street at 7:56 a.m. April 9 on a warrant out of Holyoke District Court. ■ Kevin R. Ellis, 26, of 6 Philip Circle, was arrested at home at 8:27 p.m. April 8 on a warrant issued by Northampton District Court. ■ Benjamin McCullough, 21, of Belchertown, was arrested on New … 0

Amherst officials praise hiring of former Boston police commissioner to study ‘Blarney Blowout’ melee

Friday, March 14, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst officials are praising the University of Massachusetts’ decision to hire former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis to review last weekend’s Blarney Blowout melee and make suggestions concerning future large-scale gatherings. “I think it’s a great … 0

Social media, party-promoting websites helped bring out-of-towners to Blarney Blowout

Friday, March 14, 2014

AMHERST — On Twitter in the week leading up to the Blarney Blowout, there were dozens of tweets such as “roadtrip to Umass,” “heading to UMass like the rest of the world” and “I will buy alcohol for … 0

Area police news

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police are trying to find a silver canoe taken from the side of Sunderland Road Wednesday afternoon. A woman breaking up with her boyfriend told police at 4:30 p.m. that she placed the man’s property near the road and a passerby likely mistook it as a … 0

Amherst, UMass officials take steps to minimize pre-St. Patrick’s Day partying

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

AMHERST — Social media is buzzing and event T-shirts are ready to order. Some University of Massachusetts students seem to be itching for the pre-St. Patrick’s Day “Blarney Blowout” Saturday that is becoming an annual promotion at downtown … 0

Alleged drunken driver crashes into snowbank after officer’s warning — and other area police news

Monday, March 3, 2014

Amherst ∎ Carlos A. Saravia, 28, of 151 East Hadley Road, Apt. A, was arrested at 1:34 a.m. Sunday on Main Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (third offense), negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, possessing an open … 0

Cause undetermined as officials end investigation of 2013 fire that killed UMass student Jake Hoffman

Friday, February 28, 2014

AMHERST — The cause of a fire that claimed the life of a University of Massachusetts student at Rolling Green Apartments a year ago has been officially declared unknown. State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Amherst Fire … 0

No driver found in rolled over pickup truck in Leeds — and other area police news

Friday, February 28, 2014

Amherst ∎ Nicholas T. Abraham, 20, of 286 Belchertown Road, was arrested Friday at 1:58 a.m. on Main Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, failure to stop at a red light and negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger. … 0

Expansion, renovation underway at UMass Blue Wall cafe

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

AMHERST — With the demolition process wrapping up and construction to begin in early March, the $19 million project to renovate the Blue Wall cafe in the University of Massachusetts Campus Center is well underway. The project, which … 0

UMass-Amherst town-gown steering committee to interview three finalists for consultant

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

AMHERST — Three finalists to assist the University of Massachusetts and town of Amherst in completing a town-gown study focused on meeting future housing needs and promoting economic development will be interviewed Tuesday afternoon. The town-gown steering committee, which is overseeing the process of hiring a consultant for … 0