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Propane gas tank leak at University of Massachusetts lab leads to brief evacuation of building

Friday, June 27, 2014

AMHERST — A leaky valve for a propane gas tank in a lab at the Goessman building at the University of Massachusetts led to the evacuation of the building shortly after noon Friday. The valve on the 100-pound tank was tightened and the air cleared by Amherst firefighters, who responded to the call along with University of Massachusetts police and environmental and safety officials, UMass spokesman Edward F. Blaguszewski said. … 0

Tick Talk: Panelists, public share experiences with Lyme disease ‘epidemic’

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When panelists at a forum on Lyme disease Tuesday listed symptoms that often go unrecognized by doctors, many heads in the audience were nodding. Many of the approximately 130 people at the standing-room-only Tick Talk event at JFK Middle School were victims of the disease or had loved ones who suffered … 0

Number of University of Massachusetts students disciplined for off-campus misbehavior declines in past year

Friday, June 13, 2014

AMHERST — Fewer incidents in Amherst meant fewer University of Massachusetts students were disciplined because of their off-campus behavior during the recently completed academic year, according to a report compiled by the dean of students office. However, the number of students involved in major incidents remained almost the same, according to UMass. Released Friday, the report, which covers Sept. 1 through May 12, … 0

Making news in Valley business

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mullins Center has new marketing director AMHERST — Rachel Meyrowitz has been named director of marketing for the 10,000-seat Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts. Meyrowitz previously worked for Global Spectrum, which operates the Mullins Center, at … 0

Fans celebrate UMass’ return to NCAA tournament

Sunday, March 16, 2014

AMHERST — For the past 22 years, Ann Malinowski of Easthampton has been such a dedicated spectator at University of Massachusetts men’s basketball games that players know her as “Ann the Fan.” On Sunday night, Malinowski joined dozens … 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

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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

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